I’m going to be totally honest here and tell you that our first dance was pretty awkward. We had done a brief practice at home during which we figured out a way to at least get onto the dance floor gracefully, but when we attempted it at the wedding, we had to tell everyone we were going to dance, hit play, then walk away so we could come back in, and everyone started yelling, “WHERE ARE YOU GUYS GOING?”
Mr. D tried to still do the intro but I panicked and stepped right into the high school shuffle, where I firmly stayed for the rest of the dance.
Note how Mr. Dragon is smiling and I’m doing all that I can to not look at the people staring at us.
Add to that the fact that my dress was improperly hemmed and was still too long, and there we were, spinning in tight circles, while I stepped all over my dress. I felt dizzy and flustered and on display, which made me really want everything to be done and over with. I guess I wasn’t quite finished with those nerves!
Check out our sweet propane heater!
During wedding planning, I talked about how my anxiety and introversion was giving me worries. As soon as the ceremony was over I felt fine, and I had no problem with the speeches, talking to people I had just met, or anything like that. But the slow, traditional dances? I told my Mom later that they were the most excruciating part of the whole day. During the ceremony, everyone was watching us but I was able to block it out. During the dance? It was all I could see.
If you think you might feel like me, I’d considering combining some of your dances so it’s not just you and your partner in the spotlight-or get dance lessons!
Mr. D and I ended up spontaneously dancing to our second-choice song in the kitchen at home after our honeymoon, though, and it was much nicer.
Dancing with my Dad was a bit less nerve-wracking, although I couldn’t really handle talking much. We seemed to each be in our own little world, though we were sharing the moment with happiness.
Mr. Dragon and his mom looked totally natural! It was their first time dancing together, but I think Mr. Dragon is way more capable of being comfortable in potentially anxiety-inducing situations. Either that or people weren’t actually staring at me, much like they weren’t staring at Mr. Dragon.
Even if I felt kind of nervous, I’m still happy we did all of these dances. They were quiet moments in a pretty loud day, and it was nice to make those memories.
Did you have a tough time with any of the in-the-spotlight moments?
- Our journey begins with a bit of reflection on our wedding.
- We road tripped down Highway 11 to Brockville.
- Sadness came before our joy when we found out a family member passed away.
- We rehearsed, ate pizza, baked a cake, and hot tubbed!
- The girls got up bright and early for a hair appointment.
- We put on our makeup and did our nails while everyone else took care of wedding prep.
- I became a (nervous) bride, and with dress, accessories and makeup on”¦waited.
- Mr. Dragon shares his side of the story.
- Both of the Dragons were jittery, but we managed to get the wedding started.
- But”¦where was Mr. Dragon going?!
- Everyone made it up the aisle, and it was time for the ceremony.
- We sealed our vows with a kiss.
- Inside the house, we signed our license, and took a few relaxing breaths!
- After a rocky start, we breezed through family photos.
- Most of our wedding party photos were candids, because we wanted everyone to be able to eat.
- We dug in to delicious BBQ food and sweet treats.
- Speech! Speech! Speech!
All images are by Rozy Seitz.
- Sioux Lookout/Brockville, ON
- Wedding Date:
- September 2012
- Mother of the Bride's residence