Your Soundtrack | Andrea (Backyard Wedding + Country/Indie/Rock 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 Andrea. Here’s what Andrea had to say: “I just discovered your website and it is wonderful! I am getting married in August 2013. We are having a small backyard wedding with immediate family and friends. Our ceremony will go right into the reception, which will consist of outdoor games like horseshoes, and some dancing. We have been trying to put together a playlist that is fun, romantic and possibly a little funny. I never knew it would be this hard! We would love if you could help us out with some suggestions! I grew up listening to country and still enjoy it, I also listen to indie and alternative. He on the other hand likes more rock, classic to punk to alternative and he loves grown-up children songs. We want some songs that are cutesy and romantic but also some upbeat fun songs that everyone will like. We do not want to hit the skip button! :)”

Groom: Bryce Covey Photography via SMP Lemonade: Uplift Photography via SMP Couple: Michelle Gardella via Emmaline Bride Flowers: Tana Photography via SMP Horseshoe Sign: Jose Villa via SMP Windmill: Captured by Aimee via SMP

Happy to help Andrea! Sounds like a fantastic shindig. Here are A LOT of tunes that I hope are what you had in mind to set the mood for your festivities.:)

Barry Louis Polisar – All I Want Is You
Modest Mouse – Float On
Keith Urban – Better Life
Rogue Wave – Everyday
Coldplay – Paradise
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Conway Twitty – I’d Love To Lay You Down
U2 – Beautiful Day
Shades Of Blue – Oh How Happy
OneRepublic – Good Life
Finley Quaye – Your Love Gets Sweeter
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
Sol Hoopii – I Like You
The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun
Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
Regina Spektor – Us
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
She & Him – Oh Boy!
Brad Paisley – Toothbrush
Minnutes – Sunshine Goodtime
The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year
Matt White – Best Days
Rascal Flatts – Life is a Highway
Ingrid Michaelson – You And I
John Mellencamp – Small Town
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Sugarland – Stuck Like Glue
Vetiver – Can’t You Tell
Keith Urban – Kiss a Girl
The Format – Inches and Falling
Leif Garret – Home Sweet Home
Blake Shelton – Honey Bee
The Weepies – Same Changes
Steve Miller Band – The Joker
A Fine Frenzy – What I Wouldn’t Do
Johnny Cash – Rose Of My Heart
Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
Easton Corbin – Lovin’ You Is Fun
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
The Icarus Account – Favorite Girl
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
Chris Young – You
Dr. Dog – I’ve Just Got To Tell You
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me
Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
The Beatles – Ob-la-di,Ob-la-da
Zee Avi – Just You And Me
Lady Antebellum – I Run To You
Dokken – In My Dreams
Miranda Lambert – Fastest Girl In Town
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend
Regina Spektor – Fidelity
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Josh Turner – Would You Go With Me
Coldplay – Viva La Vida
Van Morrison – Crazy Love
U2 – Sweetest Thing
Conway Twitty – Tight Fittin’ Jeans
the bird and the bee – How Deep Is Your Love
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Passion Pit – Moth’s Wings
Keith Urban – Put You in a Song
Forest Sun – Morningbird
AC/DC Tribute Band – You Shook Me All Night Long
The Strokes – Someday
Miranda Lambert – Heart Like Mine
The Waifs – Love Serenade
Coldplay – Clocks
John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
Vampire Weekend – White Sky
Lenka – Don’t Let Me Fall
The Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music
The Lumineers – Ho Hey
The Cure – Lovesong
Guns N’ Roses – Paradise City
Zac Brown Band – Free
Phoenix – 1901
Eddie Vedder – Tonight You Belong To Me
Keith Urban – Somebody Like You
Peter Bjorn And John – Young Folks
Tyrone Wells – Happy As The Sun
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down On The Corner
Ingrid Michaelson – Everybody
Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Barry Louis Polisar – I Love Your Eyes
Keith Urban – Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me
Tyler Ward – Teenage Dream
Lady Antebellum – Our Kind Of Love
Dave Matthews Band – You & Me
The Beach Boys – Don’t Worry Baby
The Weepies – Gotta Have You
Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
Band of Horses – Marry Song
Wilco – You And I
Barry Louis Polisar – You’re As Sweet as Sugar on a Stick
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
The Avett Brothers – January Wedding
The Beatles Tribute Band – A Hard Day’s Night
Coldplay – Strawberry Swing
Fun. – The Gambler

Real Couple | Us!

If you have not been following our story, and would like to, the most recent post is here, and contains links to all the previous posts.

So, once we got together, because of various ministry and family events, it was a couple weeks before we were able to have a real, official, full-day date. We went to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, because we both love it, and we had two free tickets! It just so happened that our dear friend, Laura Hernandez, who happens to be a fabulous photographer, was there with her family that day. I asked her to snap a couple of photos of us. This is what happened…

Laura Hernandez Photography

And now we have amazing photos of our first real date that we will cherish forever!! Laura is the best!!!

Laura Hernandez - July 3, 2013 - 12:32 pm

What it isn’t normal to have a photographer follow you around on your first date? ;) I was honored to be able to capture this day for you guys. Love you and thanks for the feature! :)

Updated Playlists + Find Us on Spotify

Since our wedding, I have been working on the playlists on the blog. I finally have them all updated. (Something I’ve been wanting to finish for-ever.)

Jessica Velarde Photography

If you are looking for specific songs for your wedding, you can find a smorgasbord of playlists on our Listen To The Music page.

Also, if you do not have a Spotify account, you should definitely get one. It’s free. (They do not pay me to endorse them, I just genuinely appreciate their product.) It will help you organize your music, and if you have a DJ, you can just send him or her the link to your Spotify playlist, and easy peasy, they know what to play! And even if you’re not planning a wedding, it’s just a great way to listen to music.

If you do have a Spotify account, or you just went and got one because I convinced you how awesome it is, come and see us! All of our playlists are right there for your convenience so you can give them a listen. (Note: A number of songs/artists are not on Spotify, though not many – some of our playlists have covers of the original song, so you can still get an idea of the vibe of the song if you aren’t familiar with it or need a refresher.

Click on the link below to check out our playlists, and follow us if you feel so inclined.

And as always, feel free to contact me if you need individualized help with your wedding soundtrack!

The Soundtrack Is Back

Hello friends. Strangers. Anyone reading this.

Jessica Velarde Photography

I have neglected my lovely little blog for far too long. Ironically, I found it too challenging to plan my own wedding and write a wedding blog at the same time.

I am married now. It’s the best thing ever. I will share more about that later.

The main point of this post is to tell you that… I am back now. Really and truly. Regular posts, coming your way. Mainly music related, because that is what I created this blog for. Some wedding planning advice posts, because hindsight is 20/20. Occasionally other things, as I see fit.

Mainly, I want to get this blog back to being what it was created to be – a source of help and inspiration for brides planning their weddings, and choosing the music to set just the right soundtrack to the best day of their lives. Welcome. Stay awhile.

Our Story | Making It Official

So. In our story so far, we met, we danced, we Valentined, we had a DTR, I waited, we had another DTR. Synopsis with pictures here. (All posts of our story here.)

The first time we held hands… I took a picture. I’m that girl.

So finally, we are up to the point when our relationship actually began. After the conversation I mentioned before, when he told me he wanted to wait until after his birthday, I waited very anxiously for his birthday to come. By the time it came, I had convinced myself that I had imagined that entire conversation in June, and nothing at all was going to change. Dave went away with his family the weekend of his birthday. When he returned, he had shaved his beard. I found this interesting. We had lunch that Tuesday for ministry purposes, and he made no mention of anything relationship-y. Now I was sure that nothing was going to happen.

The next day, Dave texted and asked me to lunch. My stomach filled up with butterflies. Could this be it?! We went to Elli’s – our spot, it seemed. He had cut his hair. I’m not gonna lie, I was a little disappointed, because I love him with long hair and a beard, but I chose to take this as a good sign. And he is a handsome devil, no matter what.

He was nervous. I was nervous. We were awkward.

When we sat, he said, “You probably know what I wanted to talk to you about.”

I said, “I think so…” desperately hoping he wouldn’t ask, because what if I was wrong?? He didn’t.

He started talking, and I honestly can’t tell you what the first few sentences were because I had a strange moment of paranoid panic and went temporarily deaf. “What if I was wrong about everything??” My subconscious was screaming. “What if he brought me here to tell me that after praying about it, he had chosen a life of celibacy??” Yeah, this is the kind of crazy I was dealing with. Then I told that voice to shut up and snapped back to reality.

Dave was giving a synopsis of our relationship up to that point. Everything you read about in the previous posts, he was summing up for me. He said that all this time he was trying to protect my heart by not letting either of us get emotionally invested before it was the right time. Ha. While he attempted to protect my heart, I had ripped it out of my own chest and served it to him on a platter. Umm… that metaphor was kind of gross, sorry. I digress.

Dave said that he wanted to start spending a lot more time together, and getting to know each other more deeply. We could have lunches together… and dinners… and go for long drives… and maybe to the Boardwalk! This was his adorable way of telling me he wanted to date. Then he said, would you like to do that? I think the answer is pretty obvious.

I said yes, I definitely would like that.

The first photo someone took of us after we started dating.

The next day, we made it extra official – girlfriend/boyfriend status.

The day after that, we were Facebook official. Serious business.

And the day after that, he asked me if he could see me all the days ever after. Oh sorry sometimes Jane Austen book/movie quotes just comes out and I can’t stop them. But seriously, 3 days after our first official “date,” we discussed marriage. I shared with him what it had been like in my mind and world for the last 2 years. (See previous posts if you don’t know what I’m referring to.) He thanked me for sharing my heart and returned the favor by saying that he would not have asked me out in the first place if he didn’t have the intention of marrying me someday. So that was out on the table.

Two days after that, he told me he loved me, and I said I loved him too. (Via text… don’t judge, it’s just how it happened.) That night, I mentioned that I wanted a spring wedding. He said, “let’s get married this coming spring.” I said, “THIS spring? The one that’s 8 months from now?!” He said yes. (“8 months is a long time!” He said. Ha.)

The next day (this is 6 days into our relationship, in case you’re trying to keep track) I panicked. I had no concerns or fears about David. I was 187% sure he was the man for me. I was worried about him. What if we were moving too fast, and when all of my deep secrets were revealed, he would want to run, but it would be too late because we were already married? (Insecurity at its finest.) I’m messy. A slob, really. Ask my roommate. I hardly cook. I’m willing to try but I will never fit in with the Julia Childs and Martha Stewarts of the world. He kind of knew this already, but not the extent of it, I was sure. Not to mention some things in my past that I was less than proud of. David never went through those cliched “crazy college years” that I unfortunately participated in. He knew this about me, but not the details. The colossal speed of our relationship caused me feel frighteningly vulnerable – what if I wasn’t good enough for him??

That night we went to the beach. We sat face to face on our knees in the sand, and I told him all my fears and insecurities. I told him about my past. He listened silently. When I was done, he said, “I love you.” (The first time he said it out loud.) I couldn’t speak through the tears. He said it two more times. Then he told me that everything I had said about my past he would forget about and never think about again. He said that he would love me with all of his mind, in addition to his heart. That whenever anything negative about me came into his mind, he would replace it with all the things he loved about me.

He said, “I promise you are safe with me, I’ll protect you. It’s me. I’m the one you’ve been waiting for. And you’re the one I’ve been waiting for. I love you and I’m committed to loving you for the rest of my life.”

I can’t even believe I’m describing real life. He is the most amazing man. All my insecurities flew out the window. In the following days, we told our families and started planning our wedding. From that moment on, I didn’t doubt for a moment.

And I cannot wait to marry him in 10 days.

Amelia - May 1, 2013 - 3:45 pm

You really know how to make a girl cry! So happy for the both of you!

Stephanie - May 5, 2013 - 7:14 am

Can I just say that I’m in love with your story! These words sound like a fairytale. Congrats on you two finding true love and happiness!

Danielle {Bayside Bride} - May 7, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Sounds like a dream! Congratulations!! Best of luck!

Emma - July 1, 2013 - 8:39 pm

This is my favorite one yet!

Sarah B. - July 1, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Your story is so beautiful! I’m tearing up over here. Lol I’m so excited for you two, and I can’t wait till your wedding!

Rachel B. - July 1, 2013 - 8:40 pm

What the heck, Colleen!!! Why are you trying to make me cry??? Seriously wow… Amazing story!!!

Melisah - July 1, 2013 - 8:40 pm

Best recovering medicine (for me) after a accident right here. :)

Deanna - July 1, 2013 - 8:41 pm

Definately the best part! Especially your time at the beach. :) Soo happy for you two!! :)

Michele Lady - July 1, 2013 - 8:41 pm

I just cried reading this. So sweet and loving!! I am just in love with your love story!! I’m so happy for you!

Davete - July 1, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Colleen you are a good writer. I love reading your guys love story. You both a good couple and are very wondering people of God. May God bless you both. I know you are going to look amazing.