SMITTEN BY A SHIPPMATE SURPRISE
For you to fully understand the magical of this past Friday night, I need to take you back to June of 2010.
Ryan and I were just about to be married, and while I fully knew our wedding would be full of unbelievable glimpses of God smiling down on our day, I was NOT expecting any surprises. I had a detailed itinerary of our day that had been checked and re-checked and while much fabulous was in store for the 25th of June, surprises just weren’t on the schedule.
Especially Shippmate Serenade kind of surprises.
You see, when Ryan and I first started dating, I knew he was a rockstar of a singer and performer, and incredibly early on we had a conversation about the idea of the groom singing at a wedding. It was nothing about us, but about someone else he knew, and he was very adamant that he would NEVER do that. He said there was just no way he would want to do that on the wedding day and it would be too much, and I remember leaving that conversation fully convinced that boy would never sing at his own wedding.
Fast forward a couple of years to our proposal when I realized that wedding we had spoken about would see him as the groom and ME as his bride, and I remember very early in our engagement him just reminding me NOT to get my hopes up that he had changed his mind, because he still wasn’t a fan of a groom kind of performance.
AND I TOTALLY BELIEVED HIM.
If you’ve been around this blog (or me personally) much you know I am a HUGE dreamer. My hopes? Oh, they’re always up. Truly- I expect great and wonderful things to happen.
It’s my best– and sometimes worst– quality, really.
Recently my mom was shopping with her friend Rhonda and sent me this picture because she said it so made her think of me:
So with all of that knowledge about my dream big self, I can tell you with 100% honesty and sincerity I KNEW he wouldn’t sing to me at our wedding. KNEW it. There was just way too much other excitement surrounding the day, we had a wedding singer lined up… it just didn’t fit, and I KNEW he was so serious he would never do that at his wedding.
My hopes that are always up did not even have him singing to me on the radar!
So just imagine my incredible surprise– I mean TOTAL AND UNBELIEVABLE SURPRISE– when my dad and I peek into the sanctuary to see this:
I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT. COULD NOT. COULD NOT. COULD NOT BELIEVE THIS.
This was my initial reaction:
There is seriously part of me that STILL can’t believe Ryan did that for me.
And he didn’t just serenade me down the aisle to some random Dave Barnes love song.
OH NO NO NO.
HE WROTE ME A SONG! His own words for ME.
WORDS ARE HUGE TO ME! I’m sitting on my couch between two cats writing this with the hugest, goofiest grin known to man right now, because it made/makes me a giddy like no one else in this world could make me.
Since I’m already a smiling, crying mess, let me just go ahead and share the lyrics with you:
“I know what I’ve been told ’bout you girl- you’re one of a kind-
So won’t you take a chance and won’t you take my hand, let’s see what kinda trouble we can find…
We can watch the shadows dance their slow silent song beneath the trees. And with a little luck, you’ll be by my side watching leaves fall on a winter’s eve.
The stars fall and the day begins and Lord knows I’m convinced-
You can stop the world with just your smile and start it it again with a single kiss…
So won’t you stand by me?”
I’ve been to a lot of incredible weddings since June 25th of 2010, but I was just telling Ryan and my parents this past weekend how I have yet to attend another wedding where the groom serenaded the bride down the aisle. In fact, the only other wedding I’ve ever even heard of it happening was the wedding of Dayne and Katy Matthews. And in the event you’re not familiar, those are characters in my MOH Karen’s books!
It was the most romantic surprise and a moment I will never forget.
And the song Ryan wrote for me– Stars Fall– is so special to me, and one I rarely can hear him sing to me without tears.
This past Friday night, Ryan was performing at a Summer Concert Series in downtown Warrensburg, and I knew Stars Fall was on the playlist, so my heart was already anticipating that sweetness.
But like three summers ago, I was about to be surprised by my Shippmate once again.
He introduced the song to the crowd as not only the best song he has ever written, but also his favorite, and he explained he wrote it for me for our wedding.
So yeah… I was already crying!
With each of the familiar words he sang from that fairy tale of a day, my heart just felt more and more in love with him and just giddy with the special that brings me to listen to him sing words he wrote just for me.
As I anticipated the song drawing to its end, I noticed he was still playing, so I assumed he was going to sing it again, maybe?
But instead of repeating those wedding day lyrics, all of the sudden, my heart literally leapt inside my chest!
These were new words!
“So here we are- we’ve come so far
And we’ve got a little girl on the way
Someday soon I’ll tell, tell a grateful tale
’bout how her mother stole my heart that day.”
There are just no words to describe the surprise… the precious… the special… the PERFECT that new verse is to me.
The closest word I can come up with is smitten. Smitten by another Shippmate serenade.
And as I keep writing about the new chapters of our lives, it makes me so excited to hear the verses my Shippmate will likewise be adding to our song.