Now to the best part of the wedding day: The PARTY! Of course, we know very well how to do that! Our friends and family are not shy when it comes to having a good time and that is just fine by us. At that point in the evening, there was nothing left to worry about, so we got right down to business. We did our first dance after dinner, rather than before. Given that our space was a little broken up, we wanted to draw people back into the dance room. Our first dance song was “Someone Like You” by Linda Eder from the musical Jekyll and Hyde. Of course, we are that gay! Also, our DJ, from Piper’s Entertainment, was very good! He played the songs we wanted to hear and really understood our crowd. We gave him the following directions, which I think he ran with and it worked well ” You know the gays, they like to sing along.”
There was various points during the night that I was overwhelmed with the totality of the day, particularly when we were doing traditional things that we have watched at every wedding. From our entrance into the reception (which was insane; to walk down the stairs and see so many screaming people all taking pictures…we now understand how the celebs feel…well, understand better) to our first dance. There is something that is all consuming about these moments that we could not fully experience it until it is all done and we revisited it in pictures and videos.
After our first dance, we had our mom and son dance. Dave danced to “Baby Mine” from Dumbo sung by Bette Midler. There was not a dry eye in the house. I love this picture of Dave and his mom, it really does capture well the tenderness of the moment.
I, of course, could not do just one song with my mom, so I did a mash up of “Puff the Magic Dragon”, which was my lullaby song when I was a kid and “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller. The latter song is a staple at any of our family weddings, and when I was a kid I used to always do the Lindy with my mom to this song, so it was fitting. She did not know about either song and was very surprised.
This is one of my favorite shots from the wedding, I think it is while Dave and I are dancing. There is just something about it. We had told the photographer that we wanted her to have a photo-journalistic eye when taking pictures, and I think she hit the mark here.
Okay so this has to be the cutest picture of my nephew Jack. He is such a sweet kid. When we were home over the summer he asked “Uncle Michael, who are you marrying?” and I said “Dave” to which he replied “Yessssss!!” with the same level of jubilation as a kid on Christmas morning at the unwrapping of a long sought after gift.
In the next blog I am going to talk about all the little details of the day, from our table markers, to our DIY photo booth, candy bar and everything else in between.