After dinner, we had the DJs play a few songs before we did The Dances. But, I’m going to save all the awesome dance pictures for one post…so here’s where I share our first dance and the father-daughter dance.
Our first-dance song was up for debate untillll…the day of the wedding! Yes, we picked our first-dance song the day of. We had it down to two different songs and just couldn’t decide; we even practiced dancing to both songs in the days leading up to the big day and still couldn’t decide! We declared our final decision after we finished our dinner; the DJs were ready to play either song so it was just a matter of us making that decision.
Our final decision was “Stand by Me” by Ben E King. We didn’t have a special song that we had ever claimed as ours, so it wasn’t easy an easy pick; but in our eyes, “Stand by Me” is romantic and the words spoke to us, plus it was easy for us to glide across the floor to. I even made a promise in my vows to stand by Mr. Honey and, although unintended, I like that the two crossed over.
Above three photos by BM Scoot
We chatted a little bit, and I think I sang along at a few parts, but mostly we just took in the moment as we officially made “Stand by Me” our song. I remember at one point saying, “I feel like I have a death grip on you.” And I did.
Our photographer chose to take video of both the first dance and the father-daughter dance; I felt like the room was silent as Mr. Honey and I danced our first dance because we were in such a blissful bubble, but when I watched the video I was surprised to hear just how much our guests were cheering us on! I would share the video with you but, honestly, it is probably way more exciting for us to watch than it would be for you to watch.
Mr. Honey and I finished our first dance, and we went immediately to the father-daughter dance. Honey Dad and I picked a pretty nontraditional song for this dance…”Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band. There were a couple reasons for this: One, my dad cries at the drop of a hat, so something sentimental or emotional would have been a downer on the dance. Second, we both love two-stepping, so we wanted something more fast paced to showcase our love for a good ol’ country song and some country swing!
Check out that bustle job—yikes!
I had so much fun doing the father-daughter dance! Just like during our first dance, our guests enthusiastically encouraged our dancing with lots of cheering. Toward the end of the song, the DJ requested other father-daughter pairs to join us, but instead of just the fathers and daughters joining us, the dance floor was infiltrated with all sorts of combinations: mother-son, husband-wife, best friends, boyfriend-girlfriend, and even flower girl-flower girl! I love that our guests didn’t listen to the father-daughter restriction and instead chose someone special to join my dad and me in the last minute of our song.
Mama Honey & Honey Bro
BM Mae and her dad, my Uncle M
Flower Girls B & S
After “Chicken Fried” came to a close, the DJ put on a couple mellow songs so as to not pack out the dance floor quite yet…it was time for speeches!
*All photos by the talented duo of Zak Fleming Photography
- We had a busy wedding week.
- Teamwork made our Dreamwork.
- We rehearsed casually.
- There was a pizza party!?
- Friday night was Princesses, Panties & Practice.
- Bridal details made me reminisce during my morning.
- I became a bride!
- The Honey Girls took a walk in the snow.
- The Dudes got handsome.
- We did our first look, with our doggy!
- The Honeys posed as bride and groom.
- The Honey Dudes played in the snow.
- Twenty People and a Dog posed.
- I swooned over the details.
- We all trekked down a snowy aisle.
- There were vows, a declaration, and a kiss!
- Our recessional was tricky.
- Guests drank and I bustled.
- We ate finger-lickin’ good BBQ