Following a wonderful ceremony in the garden, the guests at my nephew's wedding entered Deer Park Manor for a Swing Dance lesson and the bride and groom retreated to some unknown private corner for a few moments of solitude and bliss. The bride and bridal party also took this time to change their shoes from the delicate silver heels they'd worn for the wedding to their dancing shoes!
This reception was all about family, friends, and dance, and Bill and Jennifer wanted everyone to have the opportunity to truly enjoy the swing band - The Stardusters.
When the lesson was over, the entire bridal party paraded on to the dance floor and found their seats at select tables. At last, the married couple would appear - and, of course they did it in their distinctly personal and humorous style - my nephew carried his bride in over his shoulder - to the delight and laughter of us all.
Then the father of the bride took his daughter's hand, and my nephew took his mother's and a waltz was danced to Moon River.
With traditions satisfied, the floor now filled with eager members of the bridal party who really did "swing" - pent up energy and enthusiasm was poured in to their dance and those of us on the sidelines simply smiled. As dances slowed and different partners were selected, the non-dancers mingled with one another - soaking up all of the positive energy in the room.
Photos & Slde Show © 2012 Claudia Ward & Peter Tooker
Music: Sing, Sing, Sing by the BBC Big Band Orchestra
This slide show shows to me the warmth that surrounds these two young people from family and friends and the fun time that was had by one and all.