09 April 2014

Wedding Song Dance Along!

Linking up with Grace at Camp Patton for the Wedding Song Dance Along.

Today, we're answering the question: what was your first dance at your wedding?

The hubs and I were married in 2008, which sometimes feels like a miiiillion years ago, but in reality is an eye blink.

Our first dance was "What a Wonderful World," by Louis Armstrong, and here we are dancing to it:

But! Mildly amusingly -- because let's be realistic about how amusing this story is, shall we? -- our song was supposed to be something else. Our original plan was to dance to "You and I" by Michael Bublé, because I just love the line about God making us fall in love.

However, my then-fiancé and I took dance lessons prior to the wedding because while I had substantial dance experience, he... Did not. And my husband is easily embarrassed, and he knew that if he didn't have lessons, he would freeze up on the dance floor and we would just stand there. I have a new slogan for Arthur Murray: Not Cheap, But Worth Every Penny. But even the professionals at Arthur Murray could not get my husband to dance to the tempo of "You and I." He never got the hang of the modified fox trot (they call it "foxy"!) that was necessary. So a couple of weeks before our wedding, we chose "What a Wonderful World" because we could properly fox trot to it, and really, who doesn't love it?

And then we got down with our bad selves:

(Grace, I think this was also to "Low" by Flo Rida!)


  1. Our dance class story was in reverse! Chris could dance, but I couldn't, and the dance class just didn't help. Ha!

    1. One class wouldn't have helped Michael either. We took a series of six! And whoooboy, it was NOT CHEAP. But in the end, we were both really glad we did it.

      (Also, let's be serious -- as a woman, you probably were never the dancing disaster that my cinder-block-footed man was!)

  2. I love your dress, and love that you took dance classes! We decided to just wing it with hugging while swaying, but when it came time for the father-daughter dance, my dad told me that he had been secretly taking lessons! It was so sweet, but I felt a little bad because I don't really know how to dance myself! Oh well, a great time was had by all!

    1. Thanks! The dress isn't what I had in mind either -- when my mom dragged me dress shopping (I was weirdly resistant to the whole thing), I had it in my head that I'd have a simple, full-skirted gown with some kind of sleeve, maybe a boat neck? Just not anything strapless.

      ... And then I ended up with a strapless princess gown with pickups in the skirt. And I loved it! (And I really loved the price, because with alterations and accessories and all it came in under $800, which still sounds like a lot but you know wedding dresses: they have you by the throat and they take full advantage.)

      I guess you could say the theme of my wedding was Not What I Had Planned. :) And just like you, a great time was had by all!