I’m super excited to have Bree from Capitol Romance guest posting today! She and her blog are awesome and fun, and from what you are about to see and read, it looks like her wedding was an absolute blast. Check out her story of how she and her fiance Andy chose their wedding music. And don’t miss the fantastic video. (When you get there, just click the link, watch it, and come back. Don’t be scared.) Enjoy this fun peek into Bree & Andy’s wedding day!
When it came time to plan our wedding, my husband and I both easily agreed that our music selection needed to be, without a doubt, absolute perfection. Music has always been one of the most important elements of our almost 8-year relationship and we knew it would be a monumental part of our wedding day.
We wanted a wedding playlist that not only perfectly reflected who we were currently as a couple, but where our relationship had been over the past 8 years, since those mix cds from High School.
Countless road trips to NJ (where our families are from), while we planned our wedding in Washington, DC, allowed us to dissect our ipods and find the ultimate selection of music for the ceremony and reception. What we ended with, to us, was an amazing array of songs from all over the music genre spectrum and I am so pumped to be sharing them all with you.
The ceremony entrance was easy, after seeing 500 Days of Summer, I didn’t want to shimmy down the aisle to any other song but Hall & Oates’ “You’re Makin’ My Dream Comes True”. The song set the tone for the entire day, and was the first chance guests had to get a feel for the type of wedding we would be having. Our wedding party adored it:
The rest of the ceremony was rounded out by:
“Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World for the Candle Lighting Ceremony
“Wait” by Something Corporate for the Exchange of Peace
“All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch, but sung and performed by my brother in law for the Meditation
And then we exited in true rock and roll style to “24 Hours” by the Sounds
The reception entrance proved a bit harder for us. We knew we wanted something upbeat that really got guests ready to PAR-TAY. On one particular NJ roadtrip, my husband Andy put on the Jock Jams Megamix as a joke, but the second it started, we both looked at eachother and knew, our wedding party was going to enter to this amazing 90s compilation, and our guests would love it.
Our first dance was a project – Andy & I cannot slow dance, and we were adamant about doing something different. My older sister suggested a pre-choreographed flash dance and we were hooked. We filmed the moves, put them on Youtube, and sent them to our wedding party, some friends and family … and the end result was one of our absolute favorite parts of our entire wedding, I still get a huge dopey smile & goosebumps when I watch it:
Video by Tim Alan Smith
Song: “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To” by Weezer
The rest of the reception included: a mother-son dance to “Geraldine” by Chuck Ragan ~ a song the artist wrote for his mom, an up-beat father-daughter dance to “Closer to Free” by BoDeans ~ when I was little my Dad always changed the words to “Everybody wants to be … closer to Bree,” and an anniversary dance (in lieu of a bouquet toss, I gave my bouquet to the couple that had been married the longest) to “When I’m 64” by the Beatles.
Our insanely perfect wedding day and night was then ended by the ever-astounding, one and only, Kelly Clarkson. We had asked the band to end the night by putting on “My Life Would Suck Without You”, and Andy & I belted our hearts out, while surrounded by our closest family and friends. I cannot help but get teary EVERY time I heard that song.
Photos by Live It Out Photography
Wowza, what an awesome day. Share some love, and go then go visit Bree at her blog and say hello. Thank you for sharing with us Bree!