Day 23: A Song You Want Played At Your Wedding

When the hubs & I got engaged nearly 15 years ago, I was 19, and the hubs was 21. We were still living with our folks and they had a lot of say in our wedding, especially when it came to the guest-list. Yes, we both have big families, but… inviting over 600 people was not the hubs & my idea. A little over 400 people showed up, and the sea of guests took forever to swim through. Yes, it was a beautiful (although incredibly hot & humid!!) day, we released butterflies after the ceremony and I’m more in love with my groom than ever. However, that’s the short list of things I wouldn’t change. If I were getting married today, oh wow. Our wedding would be completely different. 

There are times that I look back on our wedding and although we knew we were soul-mates, pretty much from the beginning, a part of me wishes I would’ve been more comfortable with who I was back then, didn’t worry so much about pleasing people, especially our Catholic mothers, and rebelled. Ya know, lived in sin with the hubs for awhile so we could’ve had a wedding that was more us instead of what our parents wanted? 

So let’s say, just because the prompt is using future tense, that after 16 years, living in sin has lost it’s luster and the hubs & I are finally making it official… if I were getting married today, we would invite maybe 150 people or so, our wedding colors would be black & red, my bridesmaids would wear whatever black dress they felt great in, groomsmen in black suits, we would all carry a variety of red flowers. Black linens on the tables, with lots of candles & red floral centerpieces. We would celebrate somewhere downtown GR in October, in an evening, candlelit ceremony. A jazz trio would play over cocktails & dinner, but we’d find a funky rock band to play after dinner that wouldn’t scoff at the idea of the bride & groom and a few of our musician friends randomly sitting in for a song or five. I would still love to use I Will Not Take These Things For Granted by Toad the Wet Sprocket as our first dance, and Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix (although we used the Sting version) to dance with my dad. However, the song I chose for today’s prompt is a little different. It’s a song I would love to strap on my bass and sing to the hubs just before our first dance. The Story accurately expresses my feelings for him, and between us. Just in case you aren’t familiar with the lyrics, I’m enclosing those today as well. Who knows, maybe someday, ya know, if we ever have money for such things, we can renew our vows and celebrate in a similar way. 

The Story, Brandi Carlille 
All of these lines across my face

Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true… I was made for you.

I climbed across the mountain tops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules
But baby I broke them all for you
Because even when I was flat broke
You made me feel like a million bucks
You do
I was made for you.

You see the smile that’s on my mouth
It’s hiding the words that don’t come out
And all of my friends who think that I’m blessed
They don’t know my head is a mess
No, they don’t know who I really am
And they don’t know what
I’ve been through like you do
And I was made for you…

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I’ve been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don’t mean anything
When you’ve got no one to tell them to
It’s true…I was made for you.

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  1. Posted April 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Wow. You about summed up our marriage in your second statement. A small wedding. Black & Red (bridesmaids wore any black dress they wanted) flowers were red roses (the month was January) We didn’t have dancing (small reception) with a jazz band, but the joint was upscale uptown. It was lovely & romantic.

    PS. Little wing (stevie ray’s version) is one of my favorite songs.


  2. Posted April 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    That’s awesome, Alita! I also enjoy SRV’s version of Little Wing quite a bit too!!

  3. Posted April 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    Love the colors. I originally wanted a glorious red wedding dress that I had found, but knew that it would upset a lot of people so I went with white instead. I’ve always wished I would have went with what I loved.

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