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The Dance: Wedding Blog No. 2

June 3, 2013 - Carrie Olson
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The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, as the engagement quickly turned to the wedding planning phase. Dress. Check. Date. Check (huge check!). Venue. Check. And now, I (and my wonderful wedding planner Mom) have five short months to get everything in order. I wasn't planning on having such an early wedding, but that is just how it seemed to work out best, which I'm totally okay with.

Before the whole process of calling our wedding party and seeing if our date jived with our immediate family, Nate and I did something pretty fun and spur of the moment. We watched "The Notebook." Yes, he sat through this cry-fest, and while he liked parts and disliked others, it was what happened afterwards that is worth mentioning.

We were listening to some older music, Jimmy Durante and Perry Como, when I asked him if he ever learned to dance. I mean, we both have high school danced at various events, and that's all fine and dandy, but that's not what I meant. Could he dance in a square? Could he dance the old fashioned way that I find so appealing? For me, a lifelong attachment to community theater, I had learned various simple dance moves for different roles that I have played. And they have stuck with me. And after a glass of wine, he was interested in trying it out.

So there we were, in the middle of our living room, the coffee table pushed to the corner, dancing side by side. There was awkwardness, stumbling, and even a little frustration. Eventually, we were able to match our steps enough to dance slowly together to "As Time Goes By." And while it wasn't completely in sync, it worked out quite nicely. That was one of those times I can say I will always remember fondly.

Yesterday, we put together a tentative playlist of various love songs from our favorite bands. And after a couple hours had gone by, I realized that while this whole planning process will be hectic, at times, it can be a totally fun and freeing experience. I learn more about my future spouse each day, and look forward to many more of these moments in the months to come.


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