Picture Perfect: The Very Last Dance

After the last song, there was the very last song. Our DJ cleared the guests out, getting them set up for our farewell send off, but I knew I wanted to have a special last dance that was just Cam and I. We had been surrounded by our friends and family all day, which was wonderful, but we had just gotten married and I knew I wanted to end our wedding the same way it started – just the two of us. 

When we were picking out our first dance song, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out which would be best, and had a list of 10 songs at one point. In the end, we narrowed it down to two – Ray Lamontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing,” which we ultimately chose, and also “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. We love us some Van Morrison. When I brought up the idea of a last dance for just the two of us, the choice was easy. 

Our guests made their way out of the tent and into the front of the house, while Cam and I headed back under the strings of cafe lights. Van Morrison began to play. 

“I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles,
And the heavens open every time she smiles.
And when I come to her that’s where I belong,
Yet I’m running to her like a river’s song.”

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She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love.
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love”

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She’s got a fine sense of humor when I’m feeling low down,
And when I come to her when the sun goes down.
Take away my trouble, take away my grief,
Take away my heartache, in the night like a thief.”

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She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love.
She give me love, love, love, love, crazy love”

 

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Yes I need her in the daytime,
Yes I need her in the night.
Yes I want to throw my arms around her,
Kiss her, hug her, kiss her, hug her tight”Image

 

And when I’m returning from so far away,
She gives me some sweet lovin’ brighten up my day.
Yes it makes me righteous, yes it makes me feel whole,
Yes it makes me mellow down in to my soul.”

It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. I buried my head in Cam’s shoulder and cried. Tears of joy for our new marriage, tears of sadness the wedding was over, tears of relief that nothing went too terribly wrong, tears of exhaustion. We headed out front for the sendoff. 

Initially, I wanted sparklers. Then I wanted Chinese wish lanterns. But as it turns out, there was no fire allowed at The Island House. So we went with the old standby – bubbles. 

Our guests lined the pathway to our awaiting limo buses, which by the way, was supposed to be one long limo bus but they brought us 2 shorter ones instead, and Cam and I made our way down through a sea of bubbles. Mostly I was trying not to cry. 

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We hopped onto our party bus, but it was already full. Too bad, because this is what we were missing:

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GM Sailor was doing his best Miley impression on BM FUN. It’s okay. They got married a month later. 

Off that bus and onto the next one, we took the last photos of the night. Here they are in their sweaty, exhausted glory.ImageImage

And thus ends the Camera wedding. As I alluded to in the first recap, everyone gathered in our hotel room (that’s normal, right?) where the after party went down until 3am when we got shut down by the fun police, I mean the hotel staff. All in all, it was an amazing weekend. 

I miss it. 

But you don’t have to miss me yet! I’ve got a couple more posts before I hit the road. 

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