Take My Sweater: First Dance

After everyone had their fill of cupcakes, the dinner portion of the night was over and it was time to dance! Our DJ asked everyone to move into the reception room, so Mr. Cardigan and I could have our first dance.


Way back when we were first engaged, I thought that we would have a choreographed first dance. I wanted it to be unique and fancy and amazing. But then we couldn’t afford the lessons, and while I was disappointed I soon realized that it was almost better this way. We wouldn’t have to stress about having a perfect first dance, and we’d be able to relax, enjoy ourselves, and just bask in the glow of being married.


We chose Ingrid Michaelson’s  The Way I Am for our first dance (which, if you haven’t noticed, is where my recap title came from!), which is one of our favorite songs ever. It probably also helps that it’s a very short song, so we didn’t have to be in the spotlight for too long!




I’m so glad that we decided to forgo go the fancy dance. Our first dance was so incredibly special, and we loved those few minutes to just hold one another and pretend like no one else was in the room.

And in the end, I think it’s safe to say that none of our guests missed the choreographed dance, anyways.


(All photos by She-N-He Photography)


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Mrs. Cardigan

Wedding Date:
January 2011
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  1. earrings Member
    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:24 pm

    Your first dance looks so relaxed and romantic :)

  2. barrettes Member
    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 6:54 pm

    So lovely :) We winged it too– sometimes those are the best anyway.

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    dreamocracy 1570 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:59 pm

    I chose the same song! I think winging it is just as romantic <3 First dances are always so sweet anyway

  4. meerkat Member
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:19 pm

    Those photos are soooo perfect!

  5. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:26 pm

    Your “non-fancy” first dance looks perfect, I love that last photo of you two!

  6. mssocks Member
    mssocks 1336 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:34 pm

    Your first dance was perfect! We had so much fun watching you guys just enjoy yourselves, so no fancy dance moves were needed! You look so beautiful in all of these pictures!

  7. knitting Member
    knitting 1072 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:25 pm

    Love the song! we definitely went the no choreography route as well.

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    Kcoleybear 683 posts, Busy bee @ 11:09 pm

    You look so lovely and happy in all your pictures.

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 7:58 am

    Loved winging our first dance. It was so much fun just like yours looks.

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    LisaM 160 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:23 am

    So sweet! Everything went perfect too. Congratulations to you guys!

  11. funnelcake Member
    funnelcake 1171 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:49 pm

    Aww, such love filled in your eyes in that last picture.

    I always enjoy seeing your beautiful headband against your dark hair in your recaps too. *Sigh*

    We probably won’t do a choreographed dance. We are way too uncoordinated and lazy for that. :) I look forward to a moment as special as yours!

  12. highwire Member
    highwire 1021 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:09 pm

    We’re winging it as well :) Love the look on your face in these pics!! So happy

  13. snowcone Member
    snowcone 1141 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:48 am

    who needs choreography when you have smiles and glances like those?!

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