Made in the Shade: First Dances

Ball Cap and I had a difficult time deciding on a song for our first dance. The problem was that we didn’t have one song that we considered to be “our” song—we had several! After some deliberation, we narrowed in down to two: Jack Johnson’s “Better Together” and Coldplay’s “Sparks.”

Ball Cap is a huge Coldplay fan, and we just recently went to their concert in Chicago (amazing, by the way!). Before I met him, I had no clue who Jack Johnson was (I apparently lived in a hole). Both artists and their songs have built the soundtrack to our relationship.

It felt wrong to choose one song over the other, so why not dance to both? I emailed our DJ, and we decided to dance to the first half of “Better Together” and the second half of “Sparks.” Our DJ did a great job and the transition was seamless.

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Song transitioned around the 2:15 mark

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Song picked up around the 1:50 mark



We talked, we laughed, we had the time of our lives.




Ball Cap tried to throw in some fancy steps.


And when you are wearing the dress of your dreams, you have to twirl.

I was actually a little nervous to dance with my dad. I had stayed fairly composed throughout the day, but knew that if there was one moment I’d lose it, it would be during my dance with him. Well, I wasn’t wrong!

If you remember from this post, I let my dad choose the song we’d dance to. At first, he chose “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” I guess that choice wasn’t sitting quite right with him, so he did a little researching on his own. He finally decided on Ray Allaire’s “A Song for My Daughter.” I still can’t listen to it without bawling!

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I’m concentrating here—trying not to cry.


But once dad pulled me in closer, we both cried.


It was a dance I will never forget.

Up Next: Toasts and Dinner

Images by Stephen Martin Photography


Mrs. Sunhat

Dyer, IN
Wedding Date:
December 2011
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  1. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:55 pm

    Love that you used both Jack Johnson and Coldplay for your first dance, two of my favorites!! The pictures with your dad are just so sweet.

  2. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:21 pm

    The pictures with your dad are so sweet, I’d frame one of those, beautiful.

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    Reader 36 posts, Newbee @ 11:01 pm

    Awww, that’s lovely. Your guests do not seem to be watching you dance with your Dad. I think I like the privacy of that.

  4. msfairy Member
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 3:54 am

    I love that you were able to combine both of your favorites!

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    Sa0306 122 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:48 pm

    Such sweet pictures of you and your dad. I’m touched by the pictures, I can only imagine how the emotion takes over you. You looked beautiful, by the way :)

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