I was thrilled my grandparents were able to attend our wedding. I’ve always been very close with them; they feel like a second set of parents. And they’re the cool kind of grandparents, sometimes cooler than my own parents! What would be the best way to pay tribute to them? I first read about the idea of an anniversary dance on Weddingbee. I knew immediately that this tradition was for us. And we would make it a surprise!
Now that we had decided to put the spotlight on my grandparents, we had to give them something to dance to. After a secretive phone call to my mom, we decided “Moonlight Serenade” would delight them. It’s a big-band classic for their generation and remains a beautiful song.
DJ Z invited all married couples to the dance floor for a sweet, slow dance. The familiar melody floated through the room as couples who’d been seated for most of the night got to their feet. The dance floor was filled with so many of our friends and family.
As newlyweds, our spin on the dance floor was short-lived. Couples married less than 24 hours—bye-bye. Watching the generation dance from the periphery, time slowed, the moment became sweeter, and a transcendent feeling of surreal happiness washed over me. These precious few minutes were my first opportunity to experience the wedding from our guests’ point of view and allowed me to truly savor the now. And I must add, we enjoyed focusing the spotlight on someone else.
“Anyone married less than a month,” called out DJ Z. Our Cinco de Mayo newlywed friends, just one day shy of their one month anniversary, were the next couple to leave the dance floor.
Did you spot Mr. PaC in the background “consoling” our newlywed friends?
DJ Z ticked off the anniversaries: 5, 10, 15…all of our friends joined us on the sidelines.
… 20, 30, 40. A handful of couples remained.
My Minnesota aunt and uncle were still up there, for now.
Friends of Mr. PaC’s mother step aside.
Down to only two couples, as gestured by Mr. PaC’s uncle:
Mr. PaC’s aunt/uncle and my grandparents.
Uh oh, looks like it’s a dance off!
I think they have it in the bag!
DJ Z called out one final year…and someone else left the dance floor.
Boo! A friendly thumbs down from his aunt as they’re dismissed.
We won?! (Love my grandmother’s jubilant face in this one!)
DJ Z asked how long they’d been married. My grandparents proudly responded, “Sixty-five years!” after their milestone anniversary in January. Our wedding was a celebration of love and I could not find a finer example than my grandparents’ love legacy!
Taking a victory spin around the floor!
P.S. I’d just like to point out my grandmother is rocking a glow necklace. Told you she was cool!
All this dancing had certainly worked up our appetites. Join us for dinner next!
(all photos by Heather Fowler Photography, unless otherwise noted)
Catch up on our PaC recaps!
- In the days leading up to the wedding, I wanted to be sedated.
- I walked the line between calm and stressed for the better part of our rehearsal day.
- “Don’t panic” and its friends were what Mr. PaC kept telling me on the way to our rehearsal dinner.
- Best wedding morning advice: wake up slow and tackle the day at your own pace.
- Once at our venue, our DIY projects were assembled with our own two hands.
- The girls get ready with champagne and chocolate-covered potato chips.
- The guys are ready… and waiting.
- She’s mine! All mine! (The dress that is.)
- Brown-eyed girl (and guy) portraits.
- Something old and new, borrowed and blue.
- My sneaky groom has a secret heart when it comes to surprises.
- A first look for the two of us plus more couples portraits in the garden.
- With brother and sister standing by, we took our bridal party and family portraits.
- After fretting about rain, the sun came out just as our guests arrived for the ceremony.
- Maybe I was just a little amazed at how beautifully our ceremony had started.
- After waiting 19 long months, here comes Mr. PaC’s girl!
- We spoke of love and some verses in our ceremony.
- Cocktail hour began with a rockin’ start.
- That silly “Mahna Mahna” song we used to introduce our important people.
- Our first dance shows that we are truly better together.
- The parent dances allow us to appreciate the important people in our lives.
- Jammin’ the first half of the night away.
- Our siblings made sure we were toasted and roasted!
- Wildflowers, escort cards and other details didn’t go unnoticed.