As Mr. Whale and I made our way off the stage after performing “The Luckiest”, I made my way back to my seat. But I didn’t get too far before I heard a loud whisper, “Erin! Erin! Where are you going? We’re doing our first dance!”
I almost forgot our first dance!! Am I a blonde or what? The music was already starting as Mr. Whale pulled me back toward him.
Mr. Whale and I spent forever trying to pick a first dance song. Oddly enough, Mr. Whale was very concerned with whether the song had an “appropriately danceable” tempo. He actually kind of wanted to learn to waltz so that we could dance for real. (Why did I not take full advantage of this opportunity??) Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any waltzes that were slow enough that we didn’t look ridiculous and so that Mr. Whale wouldn’t be stepping all over my dress.
In the end, I told Mr. Whale that my dress probably wasn’t going to lend itself to much fancy footwork, and we should probably just do some swaying.
After much deliberation, we decided on “I’ll Catch You” by The Get Up Kids. Mr. Whale, as you might recall, is a bit of a punk kid, so he’s always loved the song. I associate it with a lot of memories that involve Mr. Whale. I wouldn’t call it “our song”, but it’s very “us”.
(Oddly enough, I think we do have “a song”, and it’s “Falling Slowly” from Once. Somehow it never made an appearance at the wedding. Isn’t that strange?)
Here are some of the lyrics from The Get Up Kids song:
your arms in mine, anytime
i wouldn’t trade anything
you’re still my everything
to my surprise, before my eyes, you arrive
don’t worry I’ll catch you
don’t ever worry
I had heard from the wise words of the internet that one might feel as though their first dance is dragging on. Since our song was over four minutes long, I had a little bit of worry that this might happen to us. But I’m happy to report that I never felt awkward at all. Mr. Whale was singing to me for most of the song.
And when we weren’t singing, we were smooching.
I mostly just tried to relax and enjoy the moment.
Both of us tuned out the rest of the crowd, and for those four minutes, it was just us, enjoying the beginning of our time as husband and wife.
Before I knew it, the song was coming to a close. Mr. Whale surprised me by bringing me in for a dip. I, of course, lost my balance, and we ended up looking ridiculous.
But I managed to right myself and steal one last kiss.
Then it was time to PARTAY!
*All photos by the totally terrific Brenda Upton Photography.
If you missed any part of this whale of a tale, get caught up here. Previously…
- My underwear was nabbed by the underwear bandit.
- We did last minute errands in Atlanta, then drove to Blairsville, where I had an emotional moment in the courthouse getting our marriage license.
- I got emotional at our rehearsal. Then it was off to bed, where my Ambien caused some unexpected weirdness.
- I awoke on my wedding day, and headed off to get ready with my bridesmaids (and give them some gifts!)
- My braided hairstyle was everything I ever dreamed of.
- After putting on my veil, it was time to head over to where I was getting married!!
- The bridesmaids got dressed, and then I got dressed!!
- I showed off my accessories, which featured turquoise tights, a fab hair flower, and a bright pink crinoline!
- The bridesmaids and I took some super fun photos, and then I took some solo shots. And then the guys got in on the photo fun.
- I squealed with excitement over our wedding video sneak peek.
- The girls feasted on snacks while the guys panicked.
- We processed in, and Mike began our ceremony. We said our vows (which were written on our manatee cards), exchanged rings, and Mr. Whale sang a special song.
- I hugged some people, even though I felt awkward. Then we moved on to family photos.
- The wedding party posed, jumped, and ran! Mr. Whale and I took some pictures together.
- We kicked the reception off with some Montell Jordan and Van Halen! Then we chowed down on dinner and cake.
- We heard some musical toasts and then toasts from my dad, the best man, and the maid of honor. Then Mr. Whale and I put on a special performance of our own.