For our readings, I had chosen a poem by EE Cummings, read by my very good friend Ivonne, and Marco went with the lyrics of the Leonard Cohen song Dance Me To The End Of Love, which he had asked his brother Nino to read.
I had never been one of those girls who have their whole wedding planned by the age of 10, so I had no idea what tune I would like to walk down the aisle to. But when Pearl Jam's album Backspacer was released in fall 2009 and I heard the song Just Breathe, I knew that that was THE ONE. The lyrics are just perfect, about loving somebody for the rest of your life and making sure that they know you love them. And Pearl Jam has been my favourite band like pretty much forever. I still get tears in my eyes every time I hear it now, because it reminds me of what Marco and I have together.
After we had said our vows and exchanged rings, it was time to sign the register. We asked for Bruce Springsteen's If I Should Fall Behind to be played in the background. Marco is a big fan, and I don't think The Boss is all that bad myself. Again, the lyrics suited our relationship, with the song being about travelling together and watching out for each other.
The last piece of music was Don't Falter by Mint Royale, a very happy song about love. Not that being presented as Mr. and Mrs. for the very first time did not make us happy enough already! My favourite part of the song is when Lauren Laverne sings Now everything is fine, because he is officially mine and as long as we've got each other, it's gonna be officially summer! Too right! And we will try to never ever let that summer end, either.
The last page of the program had a map with directions to the reception venue and a little pocket for a handkerchief. I had collected vintage handkerchiefs from friends and family for this purpose, and bought a big batch on eBay, too. Some of our guests said that they were really grateful that we had provided them with one, because for some reason they needed to wipe their eyes! I think we made them cry and hearing them sniffle behind us also got Marco and me really tearful in return.
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