The first Monday of June! Sheesh, time is flying by! Since it is Monday, that, of course, means music! This week’s theme is “Wedding Songs—play at or wish you had or want.” Let’s get this wedding party started! I’m going to do something a little different by sharing the songs we had at our surprise wedding way back in 2003. But first a little background that led up to said wedding. 

The hubby and I are pretty unconventional.  When I met him, he was a confirmed bachelor and had no intention of ever getting married – until he met me, that is.  By our second year of dating, we were already talking about planning a wedding during Y2K, provided the world didn’t come to an end on New Year’s Eve.

As with any relationship, life happens – and in our case, a ne’er do well who liked to interfere, so we put the brakes on the whole marriage thing.  We made it through the rough times, and our marriage talk resumed.  He even gave me a ring setting (sans the diamond) for Valentine’s Day 2000.

We took our first ‘real’ vacation to Punta Cana in May 2002 and even considered getting married there. However, we abandoned those plans when we realized there was so much red tape for getting married in a foreign country. So we decided we’d just have fun on the beach and get married in the fall—my favorite season.

During the 4th of July weekend in 2002, he surprised me with a ‘complete’ ring – he had a diamond added to the setting he’d gotten me two years prior.  Two weeks later, we discovered I was pregnant with our miracle baby, so we decided to postpone the actual wedding part and get married after she was born – so there would never be a question of having to get married vs. wanting to.

Being as unconventional as we are, we decided to forgo the fanfare, and on August 4, 2003, we got married at the Justice of the Peace.  Of course, there was some backlash – friends were lamenting the missed opportunity to see my confirmed bachelor actually walk down that aisle.

We started plotting and planning and decided to have a surprise wedding during our housewarming party scheduled for October 4, 2003.  Pretty cool that the day date was the same as our actual wedding date two months later (though it proved to cause confusion with the hubby later, as he kept thinking our actual anniversary was October 4th and forgot the August 4th date one year).

I made all the bouquets out of silk flowers so they’d be keepsakes (I still have my bridal bouquet—I made a special one to toss to the single ladies). We borrowed a couple of small event tents and strung lights all over the backyard. My sister took the photos for me, though in retrospect, I suppose I should have rethought doing a whole nighttime wedding.

Our 50+ guests were definitely surprised when they were asked to congregate out in the driveway for the actual surprise – a wedding complete with a minister, bridesmaids, and groomsmen:

We even had a live band – hubby was part of a Country band during that time, so they set up their equipment in the barn earlier that day, and after the ‘kiss the bride’ moment, opened the barn doors and started playing music:

The song I had playing when walking down the sidewalk aisle was appropriate with the former friend/meddler having broken us up a few times during the 6-ish years leading up to our wedding, Shania Twain with “You’re Still The One”:

One of the songs the band played is one that I badgered them to play (since it was a song my girlfriends and I always asked the live band to play on our monthly Girls’ Night Out), Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl.”  Hubby sang lead for this one and always joked that he should change the lyrics to ‘Hazel Eyed Girl” since my eyes aren’t brown.  But I prefer the original (and I wish I had a video of the band actually doing it, but alas, I do not):

We also danced to some of my favorites in 2003, like Brad Paisley‘s “Little Moments”:

And, of course, this fun one from 2003, Alan Jackson with Jimmy Buffett (may they both RIP) with “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”:

Thank you for walking down memory lane with me – what was your favorite song at your wedding?

That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday! See you on the dance floor!

Now, onto the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me: Photobucket

I have the supreme honor and privilege of being a co-host with the inimitable Xmas Dolly and our musical cohort, the awesome Cathy from Curious as a CAThy, and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM!

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!

Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!

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7 Comments

  1. Ahh, what sweet wedding memories! You looked fabulous as a young bride and a new mommy!! Thanks for sharing your songs from that special day. 😉

  2. OmG I love this beautiful post! Lovely memories and music!
    Riders on the storm is my favourite song from our wedding nearly 53 years ago 💜💜. Love all your songs 💜💜

  3. Love your love story. Sounds a little like my parents. They met, fell in love but my mom was married to a jerk who would not grant a divorce. Many issues later, 3 yrs and she got her divorce when the ex met someone else and my dad agreed to pay for everything re: my mom’s divorce. My parents were living together and had my brother in 1961. They finally married in 1962. I l9ve the songs you chose Here and your pictures.

  4. I loved your marriage backstory, and the music. And your husband’s band provided the music. I love those kind of surprise stories. Know what? Unconventional works. My husband and I (long story) had a simple wedding in my best friend’s Brooklyn apartment and a simple reception with no music, catered by a local deli. That was 50 years ago.