Tunesday: Everything Has Changed

Allow me to present a song that, lately, has given me the drive to keep going and going and going. Sure, it’s not particularly boppy and the lyrics aren’t inspirational in that traditional/running sense that you’re used to seeing here… but it might as well be to me.

You see, Everything Has Changed by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran was my first dance with my husband at our wedding two weekends ago.

All I know is we said, “Hello”
And your eyes look like coming home
All I know is a simple name
And everything has changed

We hemmed and hawed so much over our first dance song, changing our minds weekly (sometimes even more often than that!). Out of all the songs in all the world, you’d think there’d be one that just fit instantly, seamlessly, right? Almost two months before the big day we still didn’t love anything, and figured we’d just have to settle.

When I first heard this song early in my wedding planning, I wanted to love it because I love Taylor Swift (and Ed Sheeran, to a lesser degree). But at first glance, it was a song about meeting, not enduring. And the lyrics “everything has changed”? And “I just want to know you better now?” I mean, sure my last name was changing (and all my credit cards and identification and user names and omg..), but wouldn’t our love be the same? And isn’t this guy my best friend? Don’t I know him better than I anyone else? How could I possibly know him any better than that??

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On our honeymoon in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Then, in those last two months before the wedding, I listened to this song again in desperation and boy, everything had changed!

Of course the guy I was about to marry was my best friend, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t getting to know him better, wouldn’t be getting to know him better, every single day of the rest of our lives. And certainly, our love would be the similar on the other side of “I do,” but so much of how we would function moving forward, how we would refer to one another (from boyfriend to fiancé to husband), and even how the rest of the world saw us, would change. And our love would hopefully change, too… by growing stronger.

Suddenly, with a new perspective, the song that didn’t work before was the perfect fit.

THE BESTAll I know is a new found grace
All my days, I’ll know your face
All I know since yesterday
is everything has changed

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It’s Friday, Get Happy: Wedding Bells

As much as I don’t want this to turn into a lifestyle/wedding blog, I know I’ll have to talk about it from time to time because, well, it’s a huge part of life. And it gets me happy!

And that’s the big thing that’s getting me happy today: it’s official!

I mean, if the ring and the love and all that stuff didn’t make it all official before, it’s definitely official now. Venues have been visited, options have been weighed, contracts have been signed and deposits have been sent.

In 364 days (April 16, 2016), me and the dude of my dreams are getting hitched.

That’s my excuse for being so silent here for the past few weeks. Not that I was keeping secrets (well, kind of), but because nailing down a venue is hard work! And then, once that’s done, the avalanche of all the other stuff weddings have (officiants! dresses! music! flowers!) rushed down on me and I went straight into research-everything-mode, librarian style:

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Yes, I have a wedding binder. And yes, I am using a library book, Post-its, and highlighters to do this thing. I guess all that studying I did in my life did serve a post-grad purpose after all…

Today, I’m still in get-stuff-done mode, but with slightly more breathing room because I am no longer stuck under the planning avalanche. I am rolling right along with it.

Our wedding website is up and running, our wedding party has been asked and they’re all in, and we’re on a mission to start gathering addresses from our guest list so I can send out some (DIY!) Save the Dates. Tomorrow, John and I are meeting with a DJ, seeing our venue set up for a wedding (bonus points for it being at the exact time of year our wedding will be!), and, as you read this, I am at my first session of wedding dress shopping.

Will I say yes? Well, maybe you’ll find out next Friday… ;0)

Is planning a wedding tough or what?

Are you attending any weddings this year?