Ooga-Chaka Ooga-Ooga

 

I knew this was going to be a fun couple to work with when Stephanie called to set up their first lesson and told me their wedding dance was going to be to the Guardian’s of the Galaxy theme song! What we created with them was fun and lively, yet still romantic. Unfortunately, there was a miscue with the DJ and we’ll never get to see the actual first dance, but this practice session offers a pretty good peek at how it would have gone.

 

So sassy!

Fresh as a Ocean Breeze

This couple just proves the old saying “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” You see, while they were taking lessons one of them was living in Memphis and the other in St. Louis. Talk about dedication! Completing this routine took a lot of planning, but it was all worth it when they had their gorgeous and romantic first dance on the beach at sunset.

Teamwork gets it done.
Tropical perfection!

Breezy Boho First Dance

 

Since they’ve already been working together for years running an iconic downtown restaurant (eat at The Arcade ya’ll), this couple truly knows the value of teamwork. Add in hard work, crazy hours, and gallons of coffee and you get a beautiful first dance. Oh, and the bare feet? If it wasn’t already romantic enough, the wedding was in a tent on the beach.

 

 

Hard work and lots of coffee!

 

Casual elegance at it’s best.

A Modern Fairy Tale

 

When the bride is a professional wedding photographer, you know her standards are going to be high. But this gorgeous couple even exceeded their own expectations. From the moment he presents her with the flower to the final dip, this Viennese waltz is pure romance. And if that weren’t enough, Elizabeth secretly recorded herself singing their song (she has a beautiful voice). You can see the emotional moment toward the end when he realizes that it’s her. So beautiful.

 

Having fun and working hard.

 

The story unfolds.

Opposites Attract

 

 

Wendy and Chris are a good example of the axiom opposites attract. Okay, so they’re both sweet, intelligent, successful people, but they’re personalities are yin and yang. In other words, perfect together! So it’s no surprise that their charming wedding in the garden at Acre was a beautiful blending of the two, and their first dance was just sweet, sweet, sweet.

 

Feel the love!

A Father-Daughter Fake Out

What do you get when you combine a doting (and slightly ADD) father, Daddy’s little girl, and a great song? Magic! Wes and Elaine didn’t want to do a standard stand and sway dance, but they did want people to think that’s what they were going to do. And they managed to keep their secret right up until the moment when the music sped up and they broke into a lively swing dance. Their enthusiasm and energy are amazing and the crowd loved it.

 

Elaine & Wes perform their father-daughter swing dance with the help of Jeremy Shrader’s Octacats!

A Sophisticated Wedding Foxtrot

 

 

Ahhh, a spring wedding. Olivia and Jacob’s outdoor service at Southwind was perfect!

When I first met this lovely couple, I asked what they hoped to get out of their lessons and Olivia said, “We just want to look like sophisticated adults.” Excellent. That request was made even easier since they chose a song that was a Foxtrot, which is a smooth and classy dance.

Working with these two was so much fun because even though they laughed (a lot!) during their lessons, they worked hard and progressed quickly. With only a few lessons, they had a dance they could really be proud of. The only glitch was that while practicing in the hallway right before going out on the floor, Olivia realized she had a little trouble moving backwards in her dress. But they worked as a team to overcome that obstacle, and isn’t that what marriage is all about? 

 

Olivia and Jacob having fun learning the foxtrot.

 

 

The big event!