First Dance Fridays | Duets (Part 2)

Last week we shared some sweet duet options for your first dance. (For couples who love the idea of a song that represents the perspective of both spouses.) This week we have more duets! These are a little more out of the box, for the fun/unique/quirky brides and grooms out there. They are either stylistically or lyrically a little different than your average first dance song, but they’re super cute!

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1. You And I – Ingrid Michaelson

Oh, let’s get rich and buy our parents homes in the south of France
Let’s get rich and give everybody nice sweaters and teach them how to dance
Let’s get rich and build a house on a mountain making everybody look like ants
From way up there, you and I, you and I

2. Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches

Here is the church and here is the steeple,
We sure are cute for two ugly people
I don’t see what anyone can see in anyone else but you

3. Say Hello – Rosie Thomas

There’s an airplane in the sky
With a banner right behind
Loneliness is just a crime
Look each other in the eye
And say hello
And say hello

4. Forget Me Not – The Civil Wars

Forget me not my dear, my darling
Forget me not my love
I just wanna hold your hand
Hang on every word you say
Let’s write a song for us
And sing until we’re old and grey

5, Love Will Take You – Angus & Julia Stone

If we never found this love
If we never took that road
If we hadn’t had the heart
We wouldn’t have this home
Love, love will take you
Love, love will take you there

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Your Soundtrack | Molly (Lake Wedding + 80′s/Classic Rock/Country Playlist)

Your Soundtrack = My response to brides asking for music help. If you would like help with music for your wedding day, contact me! I’d love to do what I can.

Today’s soundtrack is for Molly. Here’s what Molly had to say: “I’d love some help with our wedding music! We are getting married in September, and our ceremony will feature a harpist for the prelude, processional, candle lighting, and recessional. I am hoping you can help us with some ideas for harp-appropriate music for our wedding. I would like both a combination of modern/cover songs like DMB-You and Me, as well as Air on a G String- Bach.For our reception, my fiance loves more rock style music. I’d like to incorporate some 80s awesomeness with stuff like The Outfield- Your Love, Hall & Oates- You Make My Dreams Come True, etc. Also some 90s/00s country, classic/Southern rock (a la CCR, Allman Brothers, Billy Joel, etc). Looking forward to seeing what you come up with! We are getting married near the beach of Lake Michigan, and will take lots of photos there, and our wedding decor is pretty casual. Our flowers will be simple and somewhat modern in birch covered square planters.”

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Happy to help Molly! Finding harp music was tricky but I found a few amazing harp covers that I listed here, along with classical choices. It really depends on the style and level of skill of your harpist. (I actually play the harp and I could never pull of these covers, but then again I haven’t picked up the instrument in years!) If they are very talented, they can probably make a lot of modern songs work. Anyway, hope you enjoy the list! Best wishes!

Classical for Harp

Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner (Specifically for bridal entrance)

Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn (Specifically for the recessional)

Canon In D – Johann Pachelbel
Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring – Johann Sebastian Bach
Ave Maria – Johann Sebastian Bach
Air On The G String (also called Air or Aria) – Johann Sebastian Bach
Four Seasons (Spring) – Antonio Vivaldi
Danza Pastorale – Antonio Vivaldi
Amazing Grace – John Newton
Modern Covers for Harp

Fireflies – Owl City

Stairway To Heaven – Led Zepplin

River Flows In You – Yiruma

Use Somebody – Kings Of Leon

Firework – Katy Perry

The Cave – Mumford And Sons

Marry Me – Train

Clocks – Coldplay


Lonestar – Amazed
Thompson Square – Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not
The Doobie Brothers – Black Water
Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
Little Big Town – Bring It On Home
REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
The Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See
Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son
George Strait – Carrying Your Love With Me
The Cure – Close To Me
Wet Willie – Dixie Rock
Huey Lewis & The News – Do You Believe In Love
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner
The Police – Every Breath You Take
George Michael – Faith
Journey – Faithfully
Taylor Swift – Fearless
Randy Travis – Forever And Ever, Amen
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car
Blake Shelton – Honey Bee
Kenny Chesney – How Forever Feels
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died in Your Arms
Lady Antebellum – I Run To You – Live
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
Madonna – Into The Groove
Tim McGraw – It’s Your Love
John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
Keith Urban – Kiss a Girl
The Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’
Lee Brice – Love Like Crazy
The Allman Brothers Band – Midnight Rider
Journey – Open Arms
Taylor Swift – Our Song
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
Cowboy – Please Be With Me
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
Keith Urban – Put You in a Song
Billy Joel – She’s Always A Woman
Kenny Chesney – She’s Got It All
Keith Urban – Somebody Like You
Queen – Somebody To Love
Kenny Chesney – Somewhere With You
Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Rascal Flatts – Take Me There
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
Don Henley – The Boys Of Summer
Billy Joel – The Longest Time
Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
When In Rome – The Promise
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Faith Hill – This Kiss
Brad Paisley – Toothbrush
The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Brad Paisley – We Danced
Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start The Fire
Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name
Blake Shelton – Who Are You When I’m Not Looking
Keith Urban – Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me
U2 – With Or Without You
Josh Turner – Would You Go With Me
Chris Young – You
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
Kenny Chesney – You Had Me From Hello
Shania Twain – You’ve Got A Way
The Outfield – Your Love


Prince – 1999
Michael Jackson – Beat It
Michael Jackson – Billy Jean
Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey
Young MC – Bust A Move
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Beyonce – Crazy in Love
Abba – Dancing Queen
Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Rihanna – Don’t Stop The Music
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Chris Brown – Forever
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
OutKast – Hey Ya! – Radio Mix/Club Mix
Madonna – Holiday
The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – I Love Rock N’ Roll
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men
Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
The B-52′s – Love Shack
Billy Idol – Mony Mony
Sam Morrison Band – Old Time Rock N’ Roll
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012)
Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Say Hey (I Love You)
Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Rick James – Super Freak
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
Rihanna – We Found Love
Billy Idol – White Wedding
Tone-Loc – Wild Thing
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
AD/CD – You Shook Me All Night Long

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Father/Daughter Dance | Upbeat Songs

As I’ve mentioned, some of our most popular posts are our father/daughter dance lists here and here. So I’m taking songs five at a time just for the fun of it. Long lists can be overwhelming. At least for me.

This week’s five are some upbeat and fun songs for the bride who doesn’t want to cry, or who isn’t into slow dancing. These songs will keep everyone smiling.

mk photography vis Style Me Pretty

1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

I close my eyes at night wondering where would I be without you in my life.
Everything I did was just a bore, everywhere I went it seems I’d been there before.
But you brighten up for me all of my days with a love so sweet in so many ways,
I want to stop and thank you baby, I just want to stop and thank you baby.
How sweet it is to be loved by you

2. Jackie Wilson Said – Van Morrison

I’m in heaven, i’m in heaven
I’m in heaven, when you smile
When you smile, when you smile

3. Your Smiling Face – James Taylor

Whenever I see your smiling face, I have to smile myself because I love you, yes, I do
And when you give me that pretty little pout, it turns me inside out
There’s something about you, baby, I don’t know

4. The Way You Do The Things You Do – Marvin Gaye

You’ve got a smile so bright, you know you could have been a candle
I’m holding you so tight, you know you could have been a handle
The way you swept me off my feet, you know you could have been a broom
The way you smell so sweet, you know you could have been some perfume
Well, you could have been anything that you wanted to
And I can tell, the way you do the things you do

5. Two Of Us – The Beatles

Two of us riding nowhere
Spending someone’s
Hard earned pay
Two of us Sunday driving
Not arriving
On our way back home
We’re on our way home
We’re on our way home
We’re going home

To check out and listen to our FULL list of options for your dance with dad, visit our father/daughter playlist on Spotify.

Monday Moments | Puppy Love

stillmotion photo + cinema via Junebug Weddings

This photo melted my heart.

I have to share something with you all that I never shared here. (Since I was mostly absent from the blog during the time I planned my wedding.)

My beautiful puppy passed away ten days before my wedding. It was a complete shock and came out of nowhere. She was 7 years old. I had her since she was 8 weeks. Here she is:

Here’s what I shared on Facebook the following day: “Yesterday I lost my sweet, beautiful Penny girl. I am heartbroken. She was my little buddy, my closest companion, my family. She moved and lived with me in 7 different homes, 6 different cities, and 2 states. She slept under the covers in my bed every night. She was a stealer of the covers, and sometimes pillow. She kept me company when I was sick or sad, and she seemed to just understand. She loved humans better than I ever will. I believe she enjoyed every minute of her life. I loved her more than words can say and I will miss her every day. This upcoming week is going to be the best of my life, and although I am grieving, I will embrace every drop of joy that it brings, because Penny would have wanted me to. That’s what she was about. Rest in peace my sweet girl.”

It was terrible timing. But at the same time, the timing made it easier. I wept every day for about a week, and then I had to pull myself together and get married. Which was, of course, the best thing I ever did. So the joy was entirely full and sincere.

Not to mention my now husband, who rushed over the moment I called with the terrible news. He rode his bike so fast from work to my house that his heart was nearly pounding out of his chest when he held my sobbing self in his arms. After consoling me for awhile, he moved her body to a safe place until we could bury her at my parents’ house. He cleaned up a terrible mess that she had made in her last moments, because I couldn’t bear it. (She died of a brain tumor, and during seizures she lost control of her bodily functions… it was not pretty.) Then he held me that night until I fell asleep and was there with me in the morning when I had to wake up without her for the first time. (We did not live together until after marriage so this was a big deal.) From that moment I knew with certainty that we could get through anything together. So that was another blessing in the midst of tragedy. He is wonderful.

I will miss my girl always.

And I still have my little man, Rocky, to fulfill my need for animal love. Here he is on my wedding day:

Jessica Velarde Photography

Right on my lap, where he always is.

So that’s my Monday moment. Hope it wasn’t too much of a downer for you guys. Just wanted to share. xo

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Angelica - August 12, 2013 - 7:07 pm

I am SO sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you, I lost both of my dogs last year within 6 months of each other and I know the heartache you must be feeling.

PS – Penny was such a pretty girl!!

Definitely in my prayers! XO

Katie - August 12, 2013 - 11:13 pm

I am so sorry to hear this Colleen. Those puppies become our babies. I think Penny knew she needed to go before your big day so that she could make sure everything went off without a hitch on your wedding day. :)

Hugs to you sweet friend!