I Heart Music: The Wedding Edition

Ultimate wedding songs

Last week we celebrated 8 years of marriage. In case you missed the post, you can read it here.

So all week I’ve been listening to our wedding playlist… reminiscing and all that.

Music is such an important part of a wedding, for us it was right up there at the top of the list. I wasn’t too bridezilla precious about the cake or the table decorations, but the music HAD to be perfect! We had so much fun picking out the songs for all our special ‘moments’. It was hard to choose because we wanted them all, but in the end we went with these:

  • Walking down the isle song: ‘Happy Ever After In Your Eyes’ by Ben Harper
  • Signing the registry song: ‘God Only Knows’ by The Beach Boys
  • After ceremony songs: ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Isreal Kamakawiwo’ole and ‘all you need is love’ by The Beatles
  • Entrance to reception: ‘Hey Ya’ by Outcast
  • Cutting of the cake: ‘What a wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong
  • First dance: ‘Blowers Daughter’ by Damien Rice
  • Exit song: ‘Float On’ by Modest Mouse
Lyrics from one of our fave songs 'The Luckiest' by Ben Folds

Lyrics from one of our all time fave songs ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds

We gave all our Wedding guests a CD with our special songs and a heap of our other faves {It seems funny talking about CD’s these days, but its so what you did 8 years ago}. Its amazing how often friends say to us things like ‘god we love your wedding album, we still listen to it all the time’. Gosh it makes me happy when I hear that! So I thought I’d share it with you too. {embedded playlist below}

And because you can never have too much wedding music, I also put together the Ultimate Wedding Songs playlist, with input from you wonderful people via social media this week. I loved listening to all your special songs, it really made me want to tie the knot all over again {to the same guy of course}.

So here they are! Follow the playlists on Spotify and pop them on if you’re feeling romantic over the long week end, or if you just want to feel happy and fall in love all over again! So much happiness here! Old classics, modern picks and everything in between {just no Celine Dion, sorry, I just can’t deal!}.

S&C’s Wedding Album Playlist

The Ultimate Wedding Songs Playlist

Married? I’d love to hear what your special songs were so I can add them to the Ultimate Wedding Songs playlist. Not married, what are your fave happy love songs? Tell me in the comments below.

  • Walking down the isle song:
  • Signing the registery song:
  • After ceremony song:
  • Entrance to reception:
  • Cutting of the cake:
  • First dance:
  • Exit song:

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8 Years

eight years

I asked the huz the other day if he could remember his wedding vowels. Nope… couldn’t recall. And whoops… neither could I.

Apart from the bit that went “….. and be your best friend ever“.  I couldn’t for the life of me remember them.

Well, It has been 8 years! These days, I forget how old I’m turning at my next birthday. {tell me it’s not just me this happens to!} But wedding vowels are different. You’re not meant to forget them! I mean, it’s just a lifelong pledge to the person you choose above all others! No biggie!

But what we do remember are the people that made that day everything it was, and the precious little moments. Our sand ceremony. Dad walking me down the isle. The poem written just for us by my Maid of Honour, painted on canvas as our wedding gift. The scent of frangipani’s. Just making it through the ceremony and the heavens opening up. How tiny my niece and nephew were. The tight squeeze of my hand from C’s 100 year old Grandfather when he congratulated us. And the music. The music I definitely remember! {There’s a wedding ‘I heart music’ blog post coming soon}

Poem written by my Maid of Honour, Michelle Karutz and painted onto canvas as our wedding gift. So special!

Poem written by my Maid of Honour, Michelle Karutz and painted onto canvas as our wedding gift. So special!

It really was everything you dream your wedding day will be. I asked C what some of his favourite memories were from the day and he said:

  • Seeing me arrive
  • Our first dance
  • How he and his groomsmen had to madly race back home to get the umbrellas after seeing the storm front coming. {Thank god they did, the photo above with the umbrella is one of my faves}

So 8 years on… I’m still madly in love with this guy I’m proud to call my husband {even if he hasn’t shaved since that day!} And I’m in complete awe when I look at everything we’ve achieved and created together since we said those vows {whatever they were!} on that hot, humid stormy day back in March 2007. I’ll let the pics tell the rest of the story…

Pilu Entrance

The Venue: Pilu at Freshwater Beach

The flowers

The Flowers: Frangipani’s and My borrowed: Mum’s diamond earings

The dress

The dress: Silk georgette gown with swarovski beaded Indian sari braid by Culture Bridal Couture (unfortunately no longer operating)

Walking down the isle

Walking down the isle song: Happy Ever After in Your Eyes – By Ben Harper

sand ceremony

The sand unity ceremony. Such a precious moment. Our late friend, groomsman Ash, helping us combine sand from both our birth places to signify the joining of our lives

Dad Giving me away

The first glance after walking down the isle. Look at those storm clouds!

bridal party

The incredible bridal party.

family

Mumbala & Dad!

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With C’s 100 year old Grandfather.

First Dance

First Dance: The Blowers Daughter – Damien Rice

kissing

Sittin on top of the world!

The Cake: Us sitting on top of the world! By Sugar Princess. I suprised C and put him in a Manly Jersey.

Dance with Dad

I love this photo of me dancing with Dad and our bridal party in a bit of a circle of love behind us!

Lyrics to 'Happy Ever After In Your Eyes' - Ben Harper {my walking down the isle song}

This canvas with the lyrics to my walking down the isle song ‘Happy Ever After In Your Eyes’, by Ben Harper is on our bedroom wall

So happy anniversary handsome bearded one. Married life has been one blissful, challenging, fun ride. May the next 8 be just as amazing.

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In case you missed it, you can read about The Proposal here.

Married? What’s your favourite memory from your wedding day?

Can you remember your wedding vowels? No cheating… Jot what you do remember of them in the comments below.

Photo credit: Erol Touman Photography