And then there was dancing. Mr Ruby Slippers and I are not dancers by any stretch of the imagination, so we asked Groomsman Andrew, who takes dancing lessons and sometimes gives them, too, to choreograph an incredibly simple dance for us. And when I say "simple", it meant a basic rumba step with a few twirls thrown in...
Look at my Ruby Slippers!
...one of those "hold-long-arms-and-walk-round-in-a-circle" thingys...
And an impressive dip at the end...
So impressive, in fact (because it's us!) that I have to show you it from two different angles. Who knew we could dip??
Look at my tiara trying to tip off! Luckily it was gripped on very tightly.
This is our song, "Under Your Spell" by Amber Benson (from the Buffy musical episode)
Then it was time for the father-daughter dance! Now I have to say my Dad is even worse at dancing than Mr RS and I are. I didn't want to freak him out by having a rehearsal, so I told him we'd just wing it on the day. He knew the song I had chosen - Steve Tyrell's "The Way You Look Tonight" from Father of the Bride - but that was it!
I love this one, because it's so typical of my Dad, who is going a bit deaf, and always leans right into you when he wants to hear something.
I think we did quite well.
I had decided ages before that I didn't want to dance only with my Dad. He had already walked me down the aisle, and it feels very old-fashioned; the father "giving away" his daughter, with no mention of the mother who raises the child just as much. I wanted to share this moment with my mother as well, so halfway through the dance I steered my Dad back over to where my Mom was standing waiting, and they switched.
My mom and I often used to dance randomly in the kitchen while we cooked, so this was a nice way to acknowledge our past and her "giving me away" as well. Also, this is her favourite song! She has a CD that has four different versions of "The Way You Look Tonight" on it. Seriously.
Mr Ruby Slippers has never danced with his mother in his life. But he started that night!
Look how colour-coordinated our Moms are!
And we hugged and cried.
I don't know if they did, but we sure did.
Part I: The Night Before
Part II: Salon, Supermarket & Judy Garland
Part III: Setting Up
Part IV: Prettifying
Part V: All Bridalled Up
Part VI: For the Boys
Part VII: Going to the Chapel and We're...
Part VIII: Meanwhile, Back at the Chapel...
Part IX: Down the Aisle
Part X: Readings, Vows & Tasty Treats
Part XI: Man and Wife
Part XII: Cake and Family
Part XIII: Boys & Girls
Part XIV: Couple Shoot the first
Part XV: Couple Shoot the second
Part XVI: Details - Programs
Part XVII: Details - Reception
Part XVIII: Speeches
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