After our first dance, it was my dad’s turn to have a dance with me. For both the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance at our wedding, we invited guests to join us so we didn’t feel so awkward out there! There was one guest though, who joined in the fun in a different way…
Yup, that’s one of my family’s oldest friends running around with a parasol. Don’t worry, he isn’t nuts (much). He happens to be one of the people we met when I was very young in Papua. At celebrations in that part of the world, it is customary to honour people by running with a spear and calling out blessings/praises, etc. to them. So that is what Uncle Jim did. It was a total surprise, but it turned out awesome because everyone at the wedding who had some connection to Papua (over 50% of the guests), got it straight away and joined in with the whoops. And those who weren’t connected to Papua? They soon figured it out and joined in too!
But, back to the dancing. The song Dad and I chose was “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman. Now every time I hear that song I tear up a little. It was very special to share that moment with my dad.
One of my cousins and her father (who was also our officiant), were the first to join us on the dance floor, followed by my mum and brother.
Then Mr E and his mother danced to “I Believe in You,” also by Chapman.
By this time, more people were braving the dance floor. I knew our wedding would never be a raving dance party because of the location/time, etc, but that didn’t matter. We all had fun anyway!
Next up: My favourite photos from the entire day. That’s right, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Stay tuned for our “picnic for two” shoot coming up [insert commercial break].
*All photos by Jane Sanders, unless otherwise noted
So far in our midsummer dream….