Once all the toasts had been made and the cake was cut, it was time to hit the dance floor.
Ryan and I shared the first dance of the evening to “Everything” by Michael Bublé. While we were dancing we talked about how excited we were to actually be married… and how goofy we felt having all these people look at us! I laughed as Ryan threatened to dip me.
One random night before the wedding, we decided to “practice” our first dance. Ryan twirled and dipped me in our living room. He dipped me left and I dipped. He dipped me right and… uh… I didn’t. Turns out, I can’t dip right. This became quite the joke between the two of us, and I made him swear not to try to dip me to the right during our big dance.
After our right-dip-free first dance, it was time for my dance with my father.We headed onto the dance floor as “Little Miss Magic” by Jimmy Buffett began to play.
We cried, smiled and swayed, listening to the special words of the song.Then, about 3/4 of the way through the song, I surprised my dad by having the DJ fade the song out, while simultaneously fading in the song “Danger Zone” from Top Gun.
He was totally shocked, and the upbeat song gave us a chance to break it down! Once our funky dancing was done, it was time for Ryan and his mom to share their special dance to “A Song for My Son” by Mikki Viereck.I absolutely love the above photograph of Ryan and his mom. She looks so incredibly happy to be sharing a dance with her son. The genuine smiles and laughter Ryan and his mom shared during their dance were truly special to watch.
Once the formal dances concluded, our DJ kicked the music up a notch and everyone hit the dance floor.The dance floor was packed the entire night! Yes, that would be my dad, gettin’ low. Love that picture of my parents! Dancing went by so quickly! We had such a blast dancing to oldies, classic rock, hip hop and top 40 jams.
Though the dance floor was full, we had to abide by our contract with the venue and conclude the evening amidst all the fun.
Two fun traditions, tossing the bridal bouquet and the garter, were the last two events of the night. It took me three tries to throw my bouquet! The first time, it went straight down, several feet in front of the waiting women. The second time it got caught in the chandelier! We could not stop laughing!
Luckily on the third throw it landed in the hands of my friend Cherayne.
Ryan threw his garter and it was successfully nabbed on the first throw. And with that, our wedding was over. Though I’ve detailed our wedding through numerous wedding recaps, I know I did not come close to truly capturing the magic and emotion of the day. I feel so incredibly blessed to be married to the most amazing man. Ryan and I will never forget October 30, 2010 and all of the people who helped make the day so special for as long as we live. Past Wedding Recaps:
- Getting Ready
- Behind the Door
- My Father
- My Mother
- Reception: Part I
(All photos courtesy of Gina Leigh.)