I come from a big huge Irish family.
My dad is one on 9, my mom is one of 7, and her dad's brother had 10 kids!
The majority of them are musicians.
When we get together we play music, it's just part of how we celebrate.
Because of this, music has always been an important part of my life
and I was excited to integrate both sentimental tunes & longstanding tradition
into our special day.
We had a lot of help from family members,
and I wish I had raw video of actual performances,
but I thought I would share what I could....
Before the ceremony started, we served lemonade (yes, out of the bed of our pickup)
and my dad's two brothers played some songs for our guests.
Our bridal party walked down to
Dolly Parton's cover of "Shine" (Listen: Here)
& my sweet dad escorted my sobbing crying self down the aisle to
Ray LaMontagne's "Hold You in my Arms" (Listen: Here - music starts at 0:53)
During our ceremony, Todd and I tied a knot to symbolize our commitment.
While we were doing this, my cousin serenaded the crowd to
Adam Sandler's "Grow Old With You" (Listen: Here)
When we were officially married, everyone danced there way to the party courtesy of
Josh Turner's "Would You Go With Me" (Listen: here)
Our crew walked into the reception to personalized introductions
over the Bulls Entrance Song (Listen: here)
and after everyone had found a seat & my dad gave a little toast,
he and I danced to his brothers (same ones from the beginning of the day)
singing Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl"
It was originally supposed to be a slowed down version,
but it kind of became a sing along - and that was fine by me!
After dinner, my two uncles, cousin and I surprised Todd with a little
acoustic bluegrass version of Jason Aldean's "Staring at the Sun"
(Listen to his version: here )
I was grateful to have that portion be over because
I might have been more nervous about singing in front of 300 people
than I was about marrying Todd!
As soon as all the instruments & set up were moved out of the way,
Todd and I twirled around the dance floor to the first verse of
The Lumineers "Hey, Ho" (Listen: here)
Why only the first verse?
Because on the second verse we invited everyone
to come join us and get this party started!
...and that was pretty much the dance floor the rest of the evening.
What music did you use in your big day?
Any you wish you would have?
If you are in the Chicagoland area, I would HIGHLY recommend calling
Jordan at Luxe Productions
He and his crew set up every microphone, amplifier & light to really make our vision come to life.
Could NOT have done it without them!