While our guests were eating dinner, I got to steal a dance with my dad.
We danced to Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman.
At the end, he gave me the biggest hug - I don't think he was quite ready to let go.
Mr. Gloss danced with both his mother and step-mother to the Book of Love by Peter Gabriel and Simple Man by Lynard Skynard.
I think this was a great way to kick-off the night - after we were done with the 'special dances' the DJ invited everyone onto the dance floor and that is where they stayed ALL night.
Our photographers pulled us outside just for a brief moment to capture the sunset -
Before we went back in we stood off to the side, just to watch everything. Everything we had worked on diligently for over a year had finally come together. We looked around at all our family and closest friends having a great time and concluded that it was all worth it, times 10. The time, the money, the stress (because lets face it wedding planning is not all rainbows and sunshine), just washed away and we just watched, blissfully happy and only a tad bit sweaty.
Reflection time over - lets DANCE!
And while everyone was dancing I snuck off for some additional sustenance, since I had all of 6 bites of my dinner -
Yes, I made s'mores in my wedding dress and surprisingly enough didn't get *anything* on it!
And then headed back out for more dancing....
(the little boy you see on the floor a lot is Jack - he was 'break dancing'.)
At this point I was exhausted, we had one final dance to Ray Lamontagne's You Are the Best Thing. We said goodbye to our friends and families and were driven to our hotel.
We had arranged for transportation home for everyone who wanted to really celebrate. Unfortunately (or fortunately), no one wanted to leave so the poor bus driver had to sit in the parking lot for 3 hours. (He was still getting paid, so I don't feel too bad for him) but instead of driving everyone home, he ended up driving most of our guests to a nearby bar after we shut everything down - apparently there was more partying to be done!
There are photos from said bar floating around out in cyberspace, however I will not be posting them - you can breathe a sigh of relief and thank me later (yes, you all know who you are).
And that was our wedding day.
Was it perfect? Nope.
Were the days leading up to it stressful beyond belief? Ugh, you have no idea.
Was it everything I wanted? Yes, and so much more. Without a doubt it was one of the happiest days of my life; not just because I married my best friend. It was an incredible feeling to be surrounded by so much love. I'm so thankful for everyone who came, who helped, who smiled and laughed and danced - although this was the end of a great celebration, it was the perfect way to start the rest of our lives.
*photos by Erica Lyn Photography and &Unlimited
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