Burnin’ Love: Slow Dancing

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!

 

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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. :)

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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.

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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?

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All images are by Rozy Seitz.

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Mrs. Dragon

Location:
Sioux Lookout/Brockville, ON
Wedding Date:
September 2012
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    mz2handgrip 119 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:20 am

    How cute! I can’t wait for our first dance. I’m not the best dancer but I’m looking forward to it, especially since my fiance and I are so silly together!

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    LaughLines 346 posts, Helper bee @ 9:23 am

    We had the Awkward First Dance, too. Luckily I had already told the DJ to cut the song short, so I knew we wouldn’t be out there too long, but it seemed like forever!

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    SoonToBeMrsMoose 176 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:05 am

    We both thought our first dance was too long and kind of awkward too. Probably the least fun moment of the ceremony or reception, lol.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:51 am

    I cannot tell by that picture that you were nervous, you just look romantic and in the moment.

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 11:05 am

    @Mz2handgrip: See, all I had was dread leading up to it, haha!
    @LaughLines: Ours wasn’t a terribly long song but MAN it felt like forever. Even when I was dancing with my dad I kept trying to figure out when the song was ending.
    @SoonToBeMrsMoose: I think it was my least favourite moment too!
    @Miss Toadstool: Haha, I’m glad the photos look romantic, at least!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:18 am

    You don’t look nervous, just in love :)

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:27 pm

    I know how you feel, lol! During our first dance my husband and I were like “damn this is a long song.” LOL and we didn’t really practice at all. And we were shy and wanted the focus off of us. We ended up getting creative with our dance moves. Pretty sure we’ll go down in history as the most awkward first dance ever, but it was great. LOL

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:55 pm

    I agree with the other ladies – you can’t tell you are nervous! Our dances felt like they went by so far. I’d love another minute or two to spin around the dance floor with Mr. PaC or my dad.

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