While this dance is quickly becoming a standard at many weddings, I wanted to ours to offer up a twist or two. So, first, as guests danced to Kenny Rogers' "Through the Years," they were treated to a surprise slideshow featuring many of their own wedding photos, which we and our families had provided, and which my bridesmaids had kindly worked into a presentation. This display was such a hit that the DJ even had to replay the song a second time, since the first round consisted of everyone simply standing on the dance floor watching!
Finally, when two of Stephen's family friends were at last declared the winners for having been married nearly 35 years, we presented them with a wine-themed salt and pepper holder we'd chosen as a fun prize.
They loved it, and everyone cheered, but the surprises didn't end there. You see, there was another very deserving couple in the room, though they were unable to take to the floor and dance. This time, I'm talking about my grandparents, both cancer survivors who have fought and beat the odds more than once, and who recently celebrated 58 years of marriage.
To the resounding applause of the crowd, I presented them with another wine-themed gift, as the DJ shined the spotlight and they enjoyed a little well-deserved attention. Though I know they certainly won't be with us forever, being able to share my wedding day with them was in every way a dream come true.
Are you doing anything special to honor loved ones at your wedding?
(Photo Credits: Alex Neumann Photography)