Our official song
Eight years ago, I awoke on this day to the sound of my niece’s small voice. As I sat up in bed, I felt a crick in my neck from sleeping on the wold’s flattest pillow. The pain tried to entice me to stay in bed for a while longer but not on this day. I jumped up and came out of the room to find my sister, Steph.
We drove to the salon to get our hair and make up done. It would be a long process but well worth it. I sat in a chair and sipped coffee while the stylist worked on curling and pinning my hair down. Steph was getting hers done too but I knew it wouldn’t take as long as mine. 3 hours later we walked out like princesses. All that was missing was our gowns.
We arrived at the unairconditioned church about 30min later. Last night’s first ozone action day of the year had led to that minor discovery. Oops… such a small detail, especially since it was the 2nd ozone action day of the year. But even the day’s soaring heat and humidity couldn’t keep me down. It was an exciting day and only going to get better. At the church, we snacked on a veggie tray and deli sandwiches brought by a friend. No fainting maids on this day! We dressed and fixed last minute details. My sister attached my train and I waited with my Mistress of Ceremony as my bridesmaids left the room.
It’s been 8 years but I can still remember so well exactly how I felt that day. Not a touch of nervousness, just pure excitement. There were no tears for me, I was way too happy. But the hardest part of the day up til then was not being able to talk to Dan. Here was the most exciting, wonderful, happy thing that had ever happened to me and I couldn’t talk to the one person that I share everything.
I couldn’t wait to see him. I wondered if he would like my dress, my hair, my gloves. Would he think I looked beautiful? My dad met me at the closed congregation doors. I took his arm and they opened the doors. There he was. He looked so handsome in his tux. Uncomfortable in the heat but a smile for me anyways.
The ceremony was beautiful and fast. I laughed when Dan said my full name (Christine) in our vows. It’s been the only time that he’s ever called me that to this day. Then Matt & Steph sang David Allen Coe’s Would You Lay Me (full song link & lyrics here) while Dan’s brother, Kevin accompanied them with the guitar during the lighting of the unity candle. We chose that song because it seemed so appropriate. If you listen and read the lyrics (I really hope you do:) you can see that it asks would you be willing to love and sacrifice for me if I give myself to you. To us, that was important since marriage often takes work and compromise. Certainly, loving each other just isn’t enough. I’m not sure if anyone on the planet has ever understood our choice of song there but that’s ok, it was our wedding not theirs.
A limo waited for us after the ceremony. We arrived at the reception about an hour later with only 1 quick stop at a gas station for the bride (classy) 😉 to use the rest room. Our reception was to be the biggest party we ever threw and we wanted it to be a great one! We did the usual stuff like dinner and cutting the cake and drinks were had by all. It was a grand celebration and when it came time to leave, it was hard to get people out the door. I think everyone had a wonderful time. I know Dan & I did.
My Our wedding day was over but it was perfect. Our family and friends made it a perfect day. At the reception, they got to leave us hilarious video messages for us to watch later. 3 guys (they know who they are LOL) decided they would leave us a naked video message but fortunately family, friends and their mother talked them out of it while they were still in the parking lot. I still crack up when I think about that. I loved every minute of it, from sunrise to sundown. It was beautiful and joyous. It was our wedding day and I wouldn’t have changed a thing 😀