After our wonderfully productive and fun cocktail hour, our guests proceeded upstairs so that we could finally start the reception.
I have a confession to make: I did not want to get announced as we entered the room. Whatcha talkin’ about, Mrs. Swan? I was kinda uncomfortable with the hoopla-esque feeling of it. In my ideal world, Mr. Swan and I would come upstairs, take a seat just like our guests did, and let things proceed from ther.
But we got announced anyway… yeah, I punked out on this one, too. It was one of those times where people were saying, “You’re not going to do THAT? You’ve got to do THAT!” Okay. We did it. It was another small thing I hadn’t expected to do, but it was actually fun.
We decided to do the first dance immediately.
By the way, I’ve never understood why first dances tend to occur as soon as the bride and groom enter the reception. Do any of you know why? Is it to “open the dancing?” Hmmm…
I was happy that we decided to have our first dance sung by one of my friends, Big Mitts (not her real name). Remember her? She has a lovely voice, has sung in a variety of settings, and I knew that one of the songs we were thinking of would really suit her voice. She sang “Inseparable” by Natalie Cole.
We always talk when we dance.
I think Mr. Swan and I tried to make sure we didn’t totally just do the 8th grade sway. We did try to get something going by adding a turn or two.
Our song ended, and I thought, “Well, that was fun!” Little did I know that our dance time was actually not over. I’ll have you remember that Mr. Swan was out of work for most of our engagement. That left him with quite a bit of time on his hands and the ability to take some dance lessons. Our DJ, Rob, piped in and said that in honor of my love of “Dancing with the Stars” Mr. Swan had taken salsa lessons and was going to put on a show… with me! WHOA! I definitely didn’t see that coming!
I’m not THAT great of a salsa dancer, but I wanted to at least get the basic step right. I really had to concentrate.
Mr. Swan shaking his hips was just too darn cute. Go, Mr. Swan! Go, Mr. Swan! Go, Mr. Swan!
He even threw in a dip!
I just burst into a fit of laughter because Mr. Swan had performed a Michael Jackson-worthy spin move.
Our first dance ended up being a lot more eventful than I thought it would be. Thank you, Mr. Swan!
Are you planning anything special for your first dance? Does your fiance(e) ACTUALLY know about it? 🙂
Swan Tip #13 – While you might want everything to turn out a certain way during your wedding, be open to the fun surprises that may be in store.
All images by Senor Dante Williams
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A Harborside Wedding – Puttin’ It on at the Ritz, Dress & Shoes Edition
A Harborside Wedding – Puttin’ It on at the Ritz, Veil, Etc. Edition
A Harborside Wedding – The First Moment
A Harborside Wedding – Just the Two of Us
A Harborside Wedding – Gearing Up
A Harborside Wedding – We Shall Proceed…
A Harborside Wedding – Our “Other Guests”
A Harborside Wedding – The Meaning of It All (or a Ceremony Begins) – Part I
A Harborside Wedding – The Meaning of It All (A Vow & a Ring Exchange) – Part II
A Harborside Wedding – A Productive Cocktail Hour