Today I’m so happy to share with you this lovely story written by my guest Karen. Later, you should pay Karen a visit at her blog, Karen’s Healthy Lifestyle. But for now, read her sweet story of how she and her fiance chose their first dance song.
It had to be perfect. It couldn’t just be any old song. It had to fit our relationship, it had to demonstrate our feelings toward each other, and it had to be something we could each dance to. Most of all, it had to be something different than what everyone else was playing. Our wedding song, like our ceremony and reception, had to be unique and fitting for us.
We sat for hours listening to various songs that were used for weddings. We looked at list after list of recommended songs, and we even tried a few on for size. Dancing to “Almost Paradise” we thought we had found it. Right up until Daniel started mocking the song, changing the lyrics to “Almost Parrot Ice…” The frozen drink we enjoyed at the convenience store down the street was not quite what I had in mind for my first dance as Daniel’s wife. Next!
One day we decided to take a break and just listen to music for the enjoyment. We threw on the LeAnn Rimes CD that I didn’t pull out too often and started cleaning our tiny condo. From one end of our home to the other I could hear the tracks of “You Light Up My Life: Inspirational Songs.” Other than to get more cleaning done, though, I wasn’t too inspired. Truth be told, I was secretly hoping to find “that” song on this CD. I was getting tired of searching, and I was getting ready to give up on dancing at my wedding altogether.
Then track seven started. “I’ve never been so certain, I’ve never been so sure.” Stop cleaning. “We’re on the side of angels, if we believe this love is pure.” Stand completely still. “Is it so hard to trust it, ‘cause we’ve been wrong before?” I held my breath, thinking about how this was a second marriage for both of us. “There comes a time in every life, we find the heart we’re waiting for.” Tears started to stream down my face.
“Um, Daniel,” I called. “I THINK WE’VE FOUND IT!” I crossed the room, grabbed my future husband, and we danced around the living room. “Every time you touch me, don’t you feel it too? The gentle hand that’s guiding us You to me, me to you.” We danced, and we sang. We played the song over and over again, looking for any reason to declare it imperfect. It was flawless. LeAnn Rimes’ “On the Side of Angels” was exactly what we had been looking for.
I called the DJ the next day and told him what I wanted played as our first dance. He had never heard of it, and he was very honest when he told us he had no intention of buying a CD just for one song he was unsure of. This was before the days of single track downloads, so Daniel and I went out and bought another copy of the CD that day. We gave it to the DJ for his collection. Problem solved.
On June 24, 2000 Daniel and I got married at the Grand Canyon Deer Farm in Williams, AZ. A week later we had our reception in the backyard at Daniel’s parents’ house. When the time came for our first dance, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Because the song was not so popular that it was played over and over on the radio, our guests really heard the lyrics.
I knew at that moment we had made the right choice. Not just for the song, but for our lives. We were going to make it. Life together may not always be easy, but we would be together. “We’re on the side of angels after all.” Not every marriage gets to start with angels on their side.
Thank you so much Karen for sharing your beautiful story with us!!