First Dance at a Gerding Theater Wedding

Gerding Theater wedding at the Armory photographed by

It will be a day unlike any other, they tell you. It’s going to fly by, or it’ll be over before you know it. Are you nervous? It’s the best day of your life.

If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll hear each of these phrases, oh maybe 1000 times? And if you’ve already married, you cringe when you hear each one. Such a cliche, amiright? The thing is? Sometimes they’re true. Mostly. Partly. It doesn’t matter.

The best thing you can do is find some time to be alone with your new spouse on the wedding day. Even if it’s only five minutes, it’s an anchor. A snippet of time in which you can simultaneously breathe together. And so when you look back on your wedding day, you won’t think it was a blur – you’ll remember those moments you took with each other and no one else.

Hannah and Stewart did this on their wedding day. They spent nearly the entire day in party mode and having a blast with friends and bouncing from place to place and energy and an icy drink in hand and talking with this aunt and that godfather… until their first dance. Their Gerding Theater wedding had guests upstairs for dinner, moving down for the dancing portion of the evening into the lobby. Situated in the lobby of The Armory where Portland Center Stage performs, it’s a unique venue. It allowed Stew and Hannah some time to walk downstairs alone for the first dance and begin before the majority of their guests realized the evening was transitioning. And it was marvelous, seeing them stare only at each other and take those moments to just be.