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What We Danced To: Amel Larrieux’s “Make Me Whole”

When Lisa and Stephen were separated (he's a physical therapist and was training out of state), this romantic ballad kept the two connected.  "When Stephen was doing his clinical internship in Chicago, we were talking everyday but also emailing back and forth," Lisa says. "He emailed me a link to this song and I sat... read more

What We Danced To: Harry Connick Jr.’s “A Wink and a Smile”

Their Wedding Style: Jennifer and Cliff's wedding was whimsical from beginning to end. At the reception, they made their entrance with a tandem bike ride across the dance floor while their guests shook pom-poms. Their Reception Music: Classic tunes and Motown favorites kept guests on the dance floor until the couple made their grand exit... read more

What We Danced To: Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody”

Why they love the band: Kings of Leon is Amelia’s favorite band, and while Amelia and Bryan were dating, they went to two of the band's concerts together. Why they love the song: Amelia is a fourth year surgery resident, so she has more than her fair share of late nights at work. "The words... read more

What We Danced To: Bobby Caldwell’s “What You Won’t Do For Love”

Why They Chose it: This was one of the first songs Anelena and Joel danced to when they started dating. The Significance: The couple even watched Joel's friend (and groomsman) Peter perform it with his cover band while getting to know each other. The song was an easy, meaningful choice for their first dance, but... read more

What We Danced To: The Zombies’ “This Will Be Our Year”

To understand Elise and Bill's first dance song choice, "This Will Be Our Year" by The Zombies, you need to know their story. The couple met in high school -- a world religions class, to be exact -- when Bill was a senior and Elise was a junior. "He used to walk me from our... read more

What We Danced To: Moulin Rouge’s “Come What May”

For Mallory and Brett, this song from the movie soundtrack was so perfect they used it all over their wedding. At Their Ceremony: First, the couple had an instrumental version of the song played at their ceremony after the ring exchange. At Their Reception: "Brett and I absolutely love this song and also had it... read more

What We Danced To: Rilo Kiley’s “I Never”

At their vintage wedding in St. Pete Beach, Florida, Lesley and Mike shared their first dance to this "ballad from a woman to a man" by indie rock group Rilo Kiley, Lesley says. Why They Chose It: "This is my favorite band of all time, so Mike was being sweet and... read more
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