Traditional Parent Dances
All photographs are thanks to our fabulous photographer, Amilia Photography.
When it came to a father-daughter dance and a mother-son dance, I was in the camp that we could take them or leave them. As I already established, dancing is really not my ish. In fact, we thought we could probably get away with not doing it if we incorporated time for us to get the sweet father-daughter photos together before the ceremony, instead of having a father-daughter dance at the reception.
However, it was very important to Mr. Blue Moon and his mom to have a mother-son dance, and my mom was a little bit
crushed disappointed at the prospect of Blue Dad and me skipping this particular tradition. So as you can see, we were totally outnumbered, and the parent dances were on.
The only decision we had left to make was which song to
embarrass ourselves dance to. We ended up going with “Soulshine,” by the Allman Brothers Band. It’s Blue Dad’s favorite band, and we figured the lyrics are at an acceptable level of sappiness for this type of thing.
We made it through without stepping on each other’s feet, we sang some of the lyrics from the song, and we laughed a lot at ourselves. It was fun, and definitely a great moment with Blue Dad. I’m glad that we ended up with a traditional father-daughter dance, even if it took some prodding from the moms.
Mr. Blue Moon and his mom danced next, to the Rod Stewart iteration of “Forever Young” (Mama Blue’s choice). They wowed us all with their skills, and doesn’t Mama Blue look fabulous?
Thankfully, there were no tears during these dances; it was all joy! As long as it doesn’t make you feel too awkward, I really recommend bending to tradition a little bit to include dances with your parents. Ours only delayed dinner by a few minutes, and they really meant a lot to our parents, I think. We both come from such tight-knit families and it was the right choice for us to honor our parents in this way.
Still need to hop on the Blue Moon recap train?
- My girls and I indulge in some R&R.
- We have a fancy bridesmaids’ luncheon.
- We rehearse, eat, and forget to take pictures.
- I get ready with my girls.
- My dad and I pretend like we are not the most awkward people on the planet.
- We have the hottest first look of all time.
- Our wedding party takes a hike.
- We share all the little details.
- My inner diva comes out.
- We wait impatiently.
- The family and bridesmaids walk.
- I walk down the aisle without embarrassing myself (too much).
- We begin our ceremony with some laughs.
- Our best man saves the day.
- We seal it with a kiss.
- We take advantage of the Tennessee twilight.
- We take a turn about the dance floor.