Wrapped Around Your Finger: Gonna Fly Now

The girls joined Mr. Ladyfingers and me in the gazebo for a bit, before our catering manager came by to tell us it was time to do the introductions leading up to the first dance. We gathered in the main room — which was the first time I had seen it all put together, so, WHEEEEE! — and then, for some reason, I immediately started worrying that we hadn’t signed the marriage license.

“Do you remember signing the marriage license?” I frantically asked Mr. Ladyfingers. “I don’t think we signed it. I can’t believe The Reverend left without us signing it. OMG WE’RE NOT REALLY MARRIED WHAT WILL WE DO?!?” That was probably the only freakout of the whole day… well, maybe not, but one of the only. Mr. Ladyfingers managed to calm me down, and we all stood around, wondering when one of John’s groomsmen would get the memo and find us… only to hear the DJ announcing our first bridal party pair. Quickly, quickly! We paired them up in rapid fire and pushed them out.  …

To the tune of the “Rocky” theme.

Pretty much one of Mr. Ladyfinger’s favorite movies ever, and what I thought was a fine and fun way to come out to our crowd of adoring fans.

Not at all shockingly, I was super awkward just standing there waiting for our first dance song to kick in. I don’t do very well with tons of people just staring at me. Mr. Ladyfingers kept doing his, “What is wrong with you” look.

Then our song queued up — Don Henley’s “Everything is Different Now.” (Note: Sorry about the video. It’s a little odd… so if you’re at all squeamish, maybe just listen.)

I hate to tell you this, but I’m very, very happy,

And I know that’s not what you’d expect from me at all.

I’m not the kind to smile and bow out gracefully —

I always wanted to take it to the wall.

But I found somebody with a heart as big as Texas,

I found an angel with the golden wings.

She saw me down here in the dark somehow,

And everything is different now.

Yeah, I miss the old crowd sometimes,

And the wild, wild nights of running.

You know, a starving soul can’t live like that for long.

You go around in circles, they just keep getting smaller.

You wake up one morning, and half your life is gone.

I got so tired of that;

I got so lonely.

Dropped out and I called out to heaven, ‘Send me someone to love.’

And heaven shot back, ‘You get the love that you allow’

And everything is different now.

Oh, it’s sweet to know

The wisdom that living brings

Since I got a telegram from the God of simple things.

She said, I don’t care what you do for a living.

She said, I don’t care what kind of car you drive.

All I want to know right now is what do you believe in?

What it means to you to be alive.

Will you stand here in this fire with me?

Are you ready for another life?

So I bit that bullet, I took that vow,

And everything is different now.

All photos by Shorts Shots Photography

We made final preparations, visited with family members, rehearsed, and ate a miniature Mr. Ladyfingers

The girls and I got gussied up and headed out to the venue

I got all verklempt, the people took their places, and I waited quietly, alone

We kinda got a little married

We stood for portraits

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