In case you haven’t picked up on it already, Mr. Whale and I are musical folks. We’re in a band together. We go to karaoke together. We have impromptu sing-a-longs in our apartment. (Some popular sing-a-long hits include “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia and “Under the Bridge” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We’re cool like that.) Basically, we just really like making music.
And the same is true for a lot of our friends. So during the course of wedding planning, Mr. Whale suggested that we have a few friends play some music for us at our wedding. Sort of like a toast, but a little different. He tossed out the idea to his groomsmen, and two of them ended up performing for us.
After the cake was cut and we made our way back to our seats, Alvin took the stage to play first. He introduced the song by saying it was something he wrote for his girlfriend (awww), but thought it would be appropriate for us, too.
The song is really good, and he did a fabulous job performing it. In fact, every time I listen to it, it’s stuck in my head for days. Listen at your own risk.
After Alvin came Zach. Zach said a few introductory words, and then made us all go, “Awwww” when he said (with such sincerity), ”I’m totally honored to be a part of your wedding, and I’ve never been more moved at a wedding in my life.” And then as an afterthought, he continued, “Sorry to everybody else here if I’ve been to your wedding”¦” (Awkward turtle.)
That got some serious laughs. You can see him in action in the video.
He played a song that I just love—“Let us be naked” by Eef Barzelay. It’s a mesmerizing song, and it sounds so good in Zach’s voice.
Here’s a sample of the lyrics:
Life’s the most tender illusion
Close your eyes and you’ll see
Nothing is real since you’ve kissed me
afloating away we shall be
Flawless performances from both guys. I feel so lucky to have all these talented people in my life.
I think it was also one of Mr. Whale’s favorite parts of the night. Mr. Whale didn’t have a ton of wedding requests. (The main ones were, “We better not have crappy candy at the candy buffet,” and, “The groomsmen have to have liquor.”) So it was nice when we got to a part of the wedding that he suggested. All those little things made it our wedding instead of just my wedding or his wedding.
What did you do to make your wedding your own?
If you missed any part of this whale of a tale, get caught up here. Previously”¦
- My underwear was nabbed by the underwear bandit.
- We did last minute errands in Atlanta, then drove to Blairsville, where I had an emotional moment in the courthouse getting our marriage license.
- I got emotional at our rehearsal. Then it was off to bed, where my Ambien caused some unexpected weirdness.
- I awoke on my wedding day, and headed off to get ready with my bridesmaids (and give them some gifts!)
- My braided hairstyle was everything I ever dreamed of.
- After putting on my veil, it was time to head over to where I was getting married!!
- The bridesmaids got dressed, and then I got dressed!!
- I showed off my accessories, which featured turquoise tights, a fab hair flower, and a bright pink crinoline!
- The bridesmaids and I took some super fun photos, and then I took some solo shots. And then the guys got in on the photo fun.
- I squealed with excitement over our wedding video sneak peek.
- The girls feasted on snacks while the guys panicked.
- We processed in, and Mike began our ceremony. We said our vows (which were written on our manatee cards), exchanged rings, and Mr. Whale sang a special song.
- I hugged some people, even though I felt awkward. Then we moved on to family photos.
- The wedding party posed, jumped, and ran! Mr. Whale and I took some pictures together.
- We kicked the reception off with some Montell Jordan and Van Halen! Then we chowed down on dinner and cake.