on a midnight train going anywhere…

February 1st, 2012

When Chad and I got married, I was a bridezilla about one thing, and one thing only:

The music at the reception.

The morning of my wedding, while I was supposed to be sitting still for the makeup artist to do her job, I had my laptop in my lap burning a CD that the band could play while they were on their breaks.  My do-not-play list was about 100 songs long, and I scoured the internet for every awful, cheesy wedding song that I could possibly tick off.

What I wanted: Classic Rock/Eighties Dance Party.

What I got: So… um.

Bon Jovi?  Tom Petty?  Whitesnake?  Guns and Roses?

Yeah… not so much.

But there was this moment, at the very end of the night, when the band seemed to realize that the all the oldies and the wedding songs had been played, and that the people who were still dancing were basically all under 30.

So they threw us a bone.

And that bone was Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’.

So now, when I remember our wedding, I remember the cake and the flowers and our families and how happy I was.  And how, weirdly, one of the happiest moments of the whole crazy day was when I finally got my 80s Dance Party moment.

And best of all: they followed up with a Michael Jackson montage (that one was Chad’s request).

None of this has anything to do with the outfit I’m wearing, except that whenever I see train tracks, I think of that song, our wedding, and just kind of smile.

Lanvin top, ASOS skirt, gifted Falke tights, Alexis Bittar and J. Crew bracelets, gifted Payless heels, gifted Chanel sunglasses (via Lenscrafters).

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kristen // Feb 1, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I remember dancing at your wedding.  It really was the best, even the oldies and wedding songs 🙂 love you!

  • 2 Lindsey // Feb 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous in these photos! Such great lighting! Having good music at weddings is so important!

  • 3 Inès A. // Feb 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    You look amazing !

  • 4 armbåndsur dame // Feb 7, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Thanks again for a great post, and for everything, I am learning more from you than you know and I think I am growing my blog and my brand quite well as a result, so thanks mate.

  • 5 ashley // Apr 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

    would you mind sharing your do not play list? I’m working on this right now and I’m horrible at it! I need music help!! 🙂

  • 6 katy // Apr 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Ha!  Sure!  I took a quick look through my email and here’s a preliminary list I sent our band.  It’s marginally obnoxious, but I was trying to get my point across. 🙂


    Classic rock and 80’s music!

    For example:

    Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi (really anything Bon Jovi from the 80s)
    American Girl – Tom Petty (and other Tom Petty!)
    Here I Go Again – Whitesnake
    Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
    Laid – James
    Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
    Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
    Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
    Every Rose Has Its Thorn – Poison
    Like A Prayer – Madonna
    Smells Like Teen Spirit -Nirvana
    The Impression that I get -The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

    Plus we love anything by the Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Elton John or Bob Dylan
    that’s danceable (or even that isn’t danceable, while dinner is being served)

    From your website, we like the Dido and Billy Joel songs, Unchained Melody, Eric
    Clapton, the Beatles, Joe Cocker, etc. We really want a lot of classic and 80’s rock!


    Cheesy music. 

    In particular, not:

    Chicken Dance
    YMCA (and anything similar)
    Celebration – Kool and the Gang
    Wolly Bully
    We are Family
    Love Shack
    Stayin Alive — Bee Gees
    The Twist
    Twist and Shout
    Car Wash
    That’s the Way I Like It
    Build me up Buttercup
    What is Love
    Under the Boardwalk
    Memory (Cats)
    Turn the Beat Around
    Wind Beneath My Wings
    I Will Always Love You

  • 7 ashley // Apr 26, 2012 at 11:39 am

    haha! love it! I am definitely copying your entire do not play list.  That was easy! 🙂

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