Father/Daughter Dance | In Memory

Today I am heading to the bay area to attend a celebration of life for my dear friend Kimi’s wonderful dad, Bruce. In his memory, I wanted to post a few photos from Kimi’s wedding, (by Samuel Potter Photography) and specifically the amazing father/daughter dance, to ‘Days Go By,” the theme song from Family Matters. It was truly the most fun father/daughter dance I’ve ever seen, and one I won’t ever forget.

Kimi being walked down the aisle by both her parents

Bruce had such a vibrant and fun personality, making everyone around him smile and laugh. He stole the show as the master of ceremonies at the reception. (I’m not entirely sure that was the plan!) Kimi and her husband Mike had a 20′s style wedding, filled with peacock details, so Bruce started a chant, “When I say ‘pea’ you say…” well, you get the idea.;)I definitely laughed more at Kimi’s wedding than any I’ve been to, thanks to Bruce.

The amazingly fun father/daughter dance – they covered that dance floor!

Look at the smiles on their faces! And you can see me in the background beaming back at them – I was enamored.

How many father/daughter dances feature air piano? Well this one did!

As days go by,
we’re gonna fill our house with happiness.
The moon may cry,
we’re gonna smother the blues with tenderness

As days go by,
it’s the bigger love of the family.

What a wonderful life Bruce lived. I know he left his loved ones so many joyful memories to cherish.

Kathy - July 12, 2013 - 7:15 pm

That was a wonderful tribute to Kimi’s dad! He was such an amazing MC at their wedding ~ really full of personality, and so funny! We send along love, hugs and many, many good memories to Kimi and her Mom today and forever!

Our Story | In Video Form

For those who don’t know, my husband is the video director at our church. He directs cameras, edits sermons that get broadcasted on t.v., and shoots & edits videos that are shown to the congregation each week. He’s super talented at amazing at it. I may be biased, but really… he is.

Laura Hernandez Photography

We wanted to share this video at our wedding, but that didn’t work out. But it was totally worth making and we will always cherish it. It was shot by two awesome friends of ours and edited by Dave. Hope you all enjoy!

David and Colleen – Our Story from David Estrella on Vimeo.

To read our full story as I wrote it, click here.

Hannah Warren - July 18, 2013 - 5:50 pm


Erica Garcia - July 18, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Beautiful! Love this Colleen!

Brittany Andrews - July 18, 2013 - 5:51 pm

This is beautiful. I’m so happy for you!

Melisah - July 18, 2013 - 5:52 pm

I know you both, and I know your story, but this video is truly beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes. :’)

Alex Hepper - July 18, 2013 - 5:53 pm

This story is beautiful! Just watched it with my roommate. So nice to hear about your obedience and patience to make sure that you were acting in the will if God!

Sarah B. - July 18, 2013 - 5:53 pm

This is my favorite love story, It is so beautiful! I had already seen it, but when I saw you posted it I had to watch it again. I’m so happy you two found each other. I couldn’t think of any two more perfectly matched. Congratulations again! Love you!!!

Davete - July 18, 2013 - 5:54 pm

This is such a wonderful video. Thanks for sharing it Colleen. I agree with Sarah this is my favorite love story. So very happy you both found each other. You both are awesome people of God I am very glad I came to hungry. Congrats on your wedding. You both looked great.

Trish - July 18, 2013 - 5:54 pm

A beautiful love story of a beautiful couple!! I wish you years and years of happiness.

Krissy - July 18, 2013 - 5:55 pm

I love this so much!!! I’m so happy you two found each other. You are so deserving of the best love story!!!

Becky Marsh - July 18, 2013 - 5:55 pm

I love this!!!!! :)

Melissa Ratliff - July 18, 2013 - 5:56 pm

you guys are too cute :) and may god continue to bless both of you!!!

Mercedes Marleaux - July 18, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Beautiful!! Love it!!

Top 40 For Your Wedding

One music piece that’s hard for me to keep up with is dance music. There are constantly new songs to dance to, and since I’m not a regular at the clubs, and it’s not exactly my favorite genre, I can get out of the loop. But you know who is in the loop? Ryan Seacrest. Ha. So I’ll look to him, and the Top 40 charts every week, for the latest dance songs. I will only be posting my favorites (aka the most danceable, or best suited to weddings) – but I’ve created a Top 40 Spotify playlist, and will include all the songs there, adding the new ones each week.

Studio Impressions via Style Me Pretty

1. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Actually #1 on the charts. Super dance-able.

2. I Love It – Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – (#3) The lyrics aren’t exactly wedding appropriate, but it’s definitely catchy. It’s also a great song to sing loudly in your car when wedding plans aren’t going your way and you need to yell. Haha.

3. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line – Only, I repeat ONLY for weddings who’s guests know how to dance to country music. Know your audience.;)

4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – For you indie lovers. I find it interesting that the 70′s musical stylings seem to be making a comeback. My least favorite time in music history, but I’ll try to embrace it.

5. The Other Side – Jason Derulo – Gets danceable after about 45 seconds. Not for iPod weddings.

6. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I. – another throwback to the 70′s. I need more cowbell.

7. #Beautiful – Mariah Carey feat. Miguel – for cocktail/dinner time for the pop/hip-hop loving brides.

8. Love Somebody – Maroon 5 – for cocktail or dinner time. For anyone, really. The chorus could be a cute recessional too. “I really wanna love somebody. I really wanna dance the night away.”

9. Next To Me – Emili Sande – Sweet for cocktails or dinner.

10. Feel This Moment – Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – also gets danceable after about 50 seconds. Let your DJ be in charge of this one.

11. Lego House – Ed Sheeran – Which one of these does not belong? This song feels really out of place to me with the other songs. It’s a nice song though – for cockatils/dinner.

12. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – If you don’t feel weird about J Lo still making music, like I do. It’s danceable.

13. Glowing – Nikki Williams – Danceable. About love. It works.

For more dance tunes for your wedding, check out our Listen To The Music Page.

Father/Daughter Dance | Top Five

Our Father/Daughter dance post is one of our most popular posts. (Also the follow up posts here and here. Check out the full Spotify playlist here.) Since it appears that brides are often on a lookout for a song for that special dance, I will be regularly posting song options in smaller doses. We will start out with some popular and classic favorites.

Sedona Bride Photographers via Style Me Pretty

1. I Loved Her First – Heartland

“I loved her first and I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
But it’s still hard to give her away
I loved her first”

2. Cinderella – Steven Curtis Chapman

“So I will dance with Cinderella
While she is here in my arms
‘Cause I know something the prince never knew
Oh I will dance with Cinderella
I don’t want to miss even one song
‘Cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight
And she’ll be gone”

3. Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle

“Gave me butterfly kisses with her mama there,
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair
“Walk me down the aisle, Daddy-it’s just about time.”
“Does my wedding gown look pretty, Daddy? Daddy, don’t cry”
Oh, with all that I’ve done wrong I must have done something right.
To deserve her love every morning and butterfly kisses at night”

4. My Girl – The Temptations

“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.
When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May.
I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl)”

5. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

“Isn’t she lovely
Isn’t she wonderful
Isn’t she precious
Less than one minute old
I never thought through love we’d be
Making one as lovely as she
But isn’t she lovely made from love”

Annie McElwain via Style Me Pretty

Listen to these songs and more on Spotify or check out our playlists on the Listen To The Music page.