Arm in Arm: Wanna Grow Old with You

After toasts, the DJ invited Mr. A and me onto the dance floor to take our first steps together as husband and wife. After little deliberation, we chose to dance to Adam Sandler’s “Wanna Grow Old with You,” made famous in his movie, The Wedding Singer.

Adam Sandler movies are a shared passion between us, and we loved the fact that the song is long enough to do the junior high sway to, but short enough to not get awkward. The music started, Mr. A put his arms around me, and for a few moments we were the only two people in the room.


I wanna make you smile
Whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I wanna do, is grow old with you


I’ll get you medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
So, it could be so nice growing old with you…


I’ll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold
Need you
Feed you
Even let you hold the remote control.


So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink
Oh I could be the man that grows old with you
I wanna grow old with you.


At the end of our dance, we were suddenly both very aware again of the 150 people staring at us, and we both sort of instinctively went in and hugged it out instead of going in for a kiss. We’re awkward like that, people.

Not having any rest, I went straight into the father/daughter dance with my dad. You may or may not have guessed what song my dad and I danced to, but in case you didn’t, here’s the spoiler: “Over the Rainbow”!

The song was a 100% confident choice from the very beginning, although we chose to two-step to the ukulele version by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.


My dad and I are often not all that sentimental toward each other, but good ol’ Papa Dillo was seriously the biggest softie I have ever seen on my wedding day. During our dance, he leaned in, told me he loved me, and said, “I just want you to know, I’ve been looking forward to this for a really long time.” That got me all teary eyed and wistful, and we really soaked up our moment dancing together to a song that meant so much to my childhood and my relationship with him.


We sang the lyrics together for a good portion of the song, which is why my dad looks like he’s about to sneeze in the picture below. After shouts from the crowd, I lifted up the skirt of my gown to give everyone a glimpse of my highly appropriate shoes, at which point everyone cheered. I felt like a movie star and, at the same time, like a five year-old little girl standing on her daddy’s feet to dance to her favorite song.


After we finished (the DJ faded it out after about two minutes because DANG, that song is long), Mr. A and I headed up to the front of the room to CUT THE CAKE!




Mrs. Armadillo

Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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Classifieds: September 18, 2013
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  1. msbicycle Bee
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 1:23 pm

    What a sweet moment with your father!

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    MissRuthie 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:50 pm

    Aw! I’m glad I’m not the only one that finds I Wanna Grow Old With You so utterly sweet. Its on my top 5 first dance songs for the future Ruthie wedding. I found some beautiful cover versions. A little silly for those who know the movie and to everyone else, just sweet 🙂

    Excellent taste of music!

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    MissRuthie 138 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:51 pm

    …AND somewhere over the rainbow? Were we separated at birth!?

  4. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:55 pm

    Such sweet moments – I love how these photos captured all of the emotions!

  5. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:00 pm

    What a sweet first dance song, and the moment with your dad is so special!

  6. mspalmtree Bee
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:39 am

    I don’t want to spoil anything but this was going to be Mr. Palm Tree’s and my First Dance as well! He surprised me out of nowhere one day with a different pick about which he felt uncharacteristically strongly, but had that not occurred this totally would’ve been it. I definitely love it and it’s so sweet and unique. Great choice!

  7. mswaterfall Bee
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:17 pm

    Aw, your dad is so sweet!

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