I’ll Never Desert You: The Food & Dances

After Mr. C and I had our post-ceremony portraits taken, we were taken back to the house so that we could have a quick dinner in private and share our first moments alone together as husband and wife. The venue set up a small sweetheart table in the bridal suite and had our food waiting for us when we arrived. They made sure we had drinks and anything else that we needed!

Like many brides before me, I could barely touch my food. What I did manage to eat was amazing, though! Our venue is owned by an Atlanta/Athens catering company called A Divine Event. When we booked the venue, we knew that we were going to have amazing food, regardless of what we chose for the menu. After the wedding we had lots of guests gush about the delicious buffet-style dinner. We had cheeseburger sliders and buffalo chicken spring rolls as passed hors d’oeuvres during the cocktail hour. For dinner we had bistro beef with a merlot demi-glace and parmesan crusted chicken with artichokes, wild mushrooms, and a lemon cream sauce. Our sides included a mixed green salad with oranges, strawberries, and sweet and spicy pecans, macaroni and cheese with panko bread crumbs, and sauteed seasonal vegetables. These were some of the most economical options available through A Divine Event and everything was great! I can only imagine what it would have been like if we had extra room in the budget to splurge on the food.

After dinner I snapped a few quick photos with my phone to preserve the memories. We were newlyweds at last!


Just married!

Another reason I barely touched my food was that I was incredibly anxious to get back downstairs and see our guests. It had already been over an hour since the ceremony and it was time for us to be introduced to our guests as husband and wife. I didn’t change my last name, so I had my brother (the DJ) introduce us simply as newlyweds. Then it was time for our first dances.

All photographs are by Christopher Helm Photography.


Mr. C and I did not sign up for dance lessons before the wedding. Not only did we forgo the dance lessons, but we never even set aside time to practice our first dance! I think somehow in all the insanity and hustle before the wedding, it was simply forgotten. We ended up swaying awkwardly for several minutes in front of our intensely attentive guests. We passed the time by joking and laughing, hence all the photos of us smiling. I love these photos and I don’t regret not taking lessons or practicing. It worked for us—but a warning to future brides: it can be awkward!


We danced to Adele’s cover of The Cure’s “Lovesong.” I think it’s a really romantic and beautiful song, and I love the lyrics. I’ve always loved the original song by The Cure, but Adele definitely adds an extra element of romance with her beautiful, haunting voice.

Whenever I’m alone with you

You make me feel like I am home again

Whenever I’m alone with you

You make me feel like I am whole again

Whenever I’m alone with you

You make me feel like I am young again

Whenever I’m alone with you

You make me feel like I am fun again


However far away, I will always love you

However long I stay, I will always love you

Whatever words I say, I will always love you

I will always love you


And then, the moment I was silently dreading: the father/daughter dance. Why was I dreading it? Because I knew I was going to cry my eyes out! I wrote about this months ago, about how I’m such a daddy’s girl and I knew this was going to be a very emotional moment for me. I was cruel to my father and never told him which song I chose. It was “I Will” by The Beatles—the song he used to sing me as a little girl. I still can’t listen to this song without my eyes welling with tears.

As predicted, I cried the entire two minutes. Thankfully, it’s a rather short song! I settled for covering my face with my bangs to avoid looking like a hot bawling mess in front of 80 guests.


Who knows how long I’ve loved you

You know I love you still

Will I wait a lonely lifetime

If you want me to, I will.

For if I ever saw you

I didn’t catch your name

But it never really mattered

I will always feel the same.

Love you forever and forever

Love you with all my heart

Love you whenever we’re together

Love you when we’re apart.

And when at last I find you

Your song will fill the air

Sing it loud so I can hear you

Make it easy to be near you

For the things you do endear you to me

Oh, you know, I will

I will.


Luckily Mr. C and his mom were able to lighten the mood a little after the emotionally charged father/daughter dance. Mr. C’s mother chose the song for the mother/son dance: Sarah McLachlan’s “Ordinary Miracle.” Their dance was a lot less emotional, more sweet and lighthearted. It also gave me a moment to finally sit down at our official sweetheart table (which was barely used throughout the night).


It’s not that unusual

When everything is beautiful

It’s just another ordinary miracle today


The sky knows when it’s time to snow

Don’t need to teach a seed to grow

It’s just another ordinary miracle today


Life is like a gift they say

Wrapped up for you every day

Open up and find a way

To give some of your own


Isn’t it remarkable

Like every time a raindrop falls

It’s just another ordinary miracle today


Birds in winter have their fling

Will always make it home by spring

It’s just another ordinary miracle today


When you wake up every day

Please don’t throw your dreams away

Hold them close to your heart

‘Cause we’re all a part of the ordinary miracle


Do you want to see a miracle?

It seems so exceptional

The things just work out after all

It’s just another ordinary miracle today


Sun comes up and shines so bright

And disappears again at night

It’s just another ordinary miracle today


At this point I think our guests were eager for the dance floor to officially open. My brother, the epic DJ, set the night alight with some awesome music. Up next, the guests get down and the lovely speeches.

Previously on The Camel Wedding Recaps:

  1. Getting Dressed & Exchanging Gifts
  2. Putting on the White Dress
  3. Our First Look
  4. The Ceremony Begins
  5. The Reading
  6. The Vows
  7. The Kiss and Recessional
  8. The Bridal Party
  9. Wedding Portraits



Mrs. Camel

Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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  1. candy apple Bee
    candy apple 1877 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:27 am

    Aww, I love dancing pics. So sweet! Love the first picture of you and the Mr.

  2. rucksack Bee
    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 12:56 pm

    These are so sweet – and I love your song choices!

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    missgoldfish 454 posts, Helper bee @ 2:01 pm

    Aw your first dance and father/daughter dance pictures are too sweet!

  4. Member
    daniellekira 573 posts, Busy bee @ 2:21 pm

    So sweet. I never thought of having a dinner alone with my husband after the ceremony.

  5. msmongoose Bee
    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 3:35 pm

    Your food choices sound incredible. And I LOVE “Lovesong” by the Cure–such beautiful lyrics and Adele’s version makes it sound so much more romantic.

  6. msfilly Bee
    Mrs. Filly 85 posts, Worker bee @ 4:28 pm

    Yeah, our first dance is pretty much going to be awkward swaying too – but at least the pictures look great! And your food choices sound heavenly.

  7. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:26 am

    I love these photos- the string of lights make everything look so magical and you look so happy!

  8. mspalmtree Bee
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:37 pm

    I’m going to just officially adopt the state of mind that any first dance is awkward unless you’re a dancer. Mr. PT and I DID practice our dance and spent the entire thing whispering to each other about what came next. We ended up giggling through it and agreeing, ‘okay, no more!’ but still.

    Those pictures with your dad, btw, absolutely made my breath catch. So sweet.

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    kellis 54 posts, Worker bee @ 10:28 am

    You did it again…. you with your dad TOTALLY made me tear up (at work!!) Beautiful photo’s and dances.

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