Lovely Tonight: Dancing With Our Parents

After the final notes of “Lovely Tonight” faded, it was time for another very important dance”¦one with my daddy.

Picking a song to dance to was a head scratcher. I didn’t have one in particular in mind, so I left it in my dad’s capable hands. He selected the song “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw for our father/daughter dance”¦

Oh man, I knew from the moment the music started that I wasn’t going to make it through the dance without a few tears. I always cry when I watch other brides’ father/daughter dances”¦I knew that I was a goner.


My dad could be described as”¦smart, intimidating (so I’ve heard), and always prepared. He is the man who created a set of note cards replete with questions and details to grill Mr. Buttons with when he came over to my parents’ house to ask for my hand in marriage. If I ever have a question about anything, he is the first one I would ask (well, to be honest”¦my mom would be right up there too”¦they are a tie, but you get my point).

He has always been such a supporter of me, and has always been proud”¦even when I seem like I have no path in life or am confused about what I am going to make of myself.

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen my daddy cry. The first was the Christmas before I graduated high school and was leaving for college. We had all finished opening presents, but he ran back into his bedroom to grab one final item. He walked out with an Elon University shirt, and at that moment a few tears were shed. The second time occurred when he got a really bad charley horse in his leg. Ouch. The third time? On the wedding day.

As soon as we started dancing I said in his ear: “don’t you dare make me cry.” He responded with telling me how beautiful I was and that he loved me. Dang it, dad!!!!





I really love my dad. I just wanted you guys to know that. And, even though it is totally cheesy to repeat the lyrics of the song: I will indeed always be his little girl.


As the last chorus died out and the song ended, I gave my dad a big hug and told him I loved him. Cue: tears. Again.




Ok”¦time to lighten it up a bit”¦Mr. Buttons was next to take the floor, with his mother this time!


As they moved across the floor our guests looked on, and our flower girl even managed to get a little goofy. I had gifted the two young bridal party members with some stuffed animals before the wedding: they took them on to the dance floor for our dances. It ended up being a smart idea, because they had something to occupy themselves with during the 15 minute time span (which can be quite some time for kids to stand still)!








With our dances complete, it was almost time to eat!

*All photos courtesy of Pilster Photography*



Mrs. Buttons

Clearwater, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2010
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    DoxieDoll 164 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:54 am

    *tears*!! I always cry, too. He looks so happy!!

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    sparks 649 posts, Busy bee @ 10:55 am

    I teared up looking at your dad and daughter dance pictures, such a special moment!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:00 am

    That song brings me to tears every time I hear it, and your photos capture your emotions so well! Great idea about the stuffed animals, too.

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    thefuturemrs.o 221 posts, Helper bee @ 11:06 am

    My dad and I will be dancing to the same song. One year for Christmas he gave my sister and I songs that reminded him of us and it was this song. It made the decision a no brainer. It definitely makes me teary thinking about it… I will forever be his little girl so I understand the feeling.

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    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:32 am

    I feel the same way with my dad. We have a really special bond, I was 5 weeks premature and so tiny, my whole body fit in the palm of his hand (he’s 6’9 with decent size hands, but still!). The doctors assured my parents i wouldn’t live to see my first birthday, even though I was totally fine when born and didn’t even need to be incubated. With that thought looming over him, my dad took it upon himself to do anything and everything he could for me, even though he was terrified the slightest touch could hurt me. He sang me to sleep a lot, and his voice was the one that soothed me immediately, no matter what. He nicknamed me baby shortcake, and still to this day calls me shortcake. So, even though you aren’t sposed to play favorites with your kids, i hold an extra special place with my dad. He says in his eyes, I’ll always be that little girl who was completely fearless when my daddy was around, and felt that in his care, I was total invincible and could accomplish anything. He used to put me on his shoulders at the store to look for my mom, and you should have seen some peoples faces to see this little kid peering at them over the aisle!! So, it was amazing to have my dad walk me down the aisle, he sang our first dance song (Wild Horses by the best band ever, The Rolling Stones), and chose the perfect song for our father daughter dance (daddy’s little girl by Al Martino).

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 11:41 am

    Those stuffed animals are such a good idea.
    Your pictures are beautiful. I got a little teary looking at them and listening to the song.
    What song did Mr. Buttons and his mom dance to?

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    thorlm01 2 posts, Wannabee @ 11:43 am

    Aw! These pictures are priceless :)
    What song did Mr. Buttons and his mamma dance to? We’re having trouble finding a song for my fiance and his mom!

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    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:00 pm

    Aww…these pictures made my eyes well up a bit. Such beautiful moments caught on camera.

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    bridesmomma 476 posts, Helper bee @ 12:19 pm

    These are the most wonderful photos I’ve ever seen of a father daughter dance!

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    lox 1465 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:32 pm

    Awww Buttons, you totally made me tear up at work over your father/daughter dance.

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    daydream 57 posts, Worker bee @ 12:38 pm

    awww :) My father & I will be dancing to the same song as you did….I can’t even listen to it on the radio without tearing up so I don’t know how I’ll make it dancing with him without crying! you were a beautiful bride by the way :)

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 1:27 pm

    Aww that last one of your and your dad made me tear up!

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    Pincushion 1074 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:44 pm

    Very very sweet. The emotions just pour through the photos.

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 2:24 pm

    THat is sooo sweet about your dad. I love how touching the photos look.

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    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:38 pm

    Your dads face in that last picture was so sweet!

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    msbuttons 5014 posts, Bee Keeper @ 4:49 pm

    @miss.qwerty: @thorlm01: they danced to “The Rose,” which my MIL selected. I was very hands off with the selection, since it was their dance!

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 5:41 pm

    Tears! Such a sweet moment, Buttons. I bawled like a baby dancing with my dad too. <3

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    biscuit 627 posts, Busy bee @ 11:05 pm

    So sweet! And beautiful pics! I love them :).

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    sarahcisme 347 posts, Helper bee @ 11:42 pm

    Aw this was the song we used for our father-daughter dance at our wedding. Beautiful photos of you and your Dad!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:32 pm

    AWWW, you and your dad!

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    MrsShamrock 11 posts, Newbee @ 4:05 pm

    I’ve read the past 5 entries and watched the videos and now my makeup is RUINED! :)

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