First Dance Songs

The first dance is such an iconic part of a wedding.  A song can say so much and it’s such a personal choice between the couple; I always love hearing what they chose to share as their first dance as husband and wife.  Music is a huge part of my life, so I decided to put together a small list of some First Dance Songs that may not be the most traditional, but are romantic, quirky and great for a couple to dance to.  When I got married almost 2 years ago (holy smokes, 2 years already, time flies!) it took my husband and I FOREVER to find a song that fit what we wanted to say.  We ended up choosing This Will Be Our Year by the Zombies because the lyrics perfectly summed up what it felt like to finally be getting married after being in a long distance relationship for 8 years.   

I’d love to hear what some of your favorite first dance songs are.  Share in the comments or on Facebook! 

Here’s my list- some slow, others with a more upbeat tempo.  Some may be a bit on the long side, but usually your DJ can help trim down whatever song you may chose.  

Happy listening! 

1. First Aid Kit- Emmylou

2. Lord Huron- She Lit A Fire

3. Mandolin Orange- Turtle Dove And The Crow

4. Gregory Alan Isakov- The Stable Song

5. Band of Horses- No One’s Gonna Love You

6. Tristan Prettyman- Simple As It Should Be

7. The Weepies- Somebody Loved

8. Landon Pigg featuring Lucy Schwarts- Darling I Do

9. Dawes- Love Is All I Am

10. Hozier- Like Real People Do 

11. Iron and Wine- Love And Some Verses 

12. Ryan Adams- Two 

13.  Nickel Creek- When You Come Back Down

14. Neil Young- Harvest Moon

15. Amos Lee- Sweet Pea

Wrapped up with love

I’m in the process of rebranding my business, which means I’m trying some new things in terms of packaging my weddings.  I love the idea of giving my couple’s something special.  Almost like a “thank you for choosing me to photograph such an important day in your lives” type of deal.  For this wedding I used a wooden box lined with soft moss, since moss was used throughout the decor.  I also included some prints from their day, a custom wooden usb with an image from their wedding on it (eventually these will be engraved with my logo), two chocolates (because love is oh so sweet!), and finally a small glass vial that can be used to hold a number of things (petals from her bouquet, soil from where you got married, etc.)  

I’ll be tweaking things a bit, but I’m loving making these special little packages for my couples! 

Sarah & Mike// The Cloisters Castle Wedding// Maryland Wedding Photographer

Sarah and Mike were such a fantastic couple to work with!  I had the privilege of photographing their engagement photos near their Hampden, Baltimore home last fall and was beyond excited to photograph their wedding.  They were married at the stunning Cloisters Castle in Lutherville, Maryland.  Seriously, I could not have thought of a better venue for their wedding, which by the way was Hobbit/ Lord of the Rings inspired.  The Cloisters Castle sits high up on a hill surrounded by acres of woods.  The sky was soft grey and some unexpected snow flurries fell throughout the day.  I’m guessing nature was a bit confused, seeing as it had been spring for a few days.  However, the light snow added such a magical element and you truly felt like you had stepped into a Tolkien book.  

Moss and candles adorned the tables, which were named after various locations around Middle Earth, in the reception rooms.  Sarah’s bouquet had ferns mixed within the flowers giving it a lush, Middle Earth feeling.   To top everything off Sarah had a stunning hand made cloak she wore in place of a veil.  Not only was it unique and lovely, but it kept her warm with the chill that lingered in the air.   It was an unforgettable day! 

Congratulations Sarah and Mike!  It was an honor to photograph your day! 

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