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Writer’s Workshop: One Love

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Got my assignment for this week’s Writer’s Workshop from MamaKat, and it’s:

Write about your wedding song. What was it and why did you choose it?

So I am writing about our wedding song, One Love. It isn’t widely known, so if you could click the link and listen to the song first before reading the rest of this post, I’d appreciate it. And so will you, I guarantee it!

Click this link to listen to the song! Rick and Cathy Riso – One Love

To one love
I’ll give my everything, my all to you alone
Oh, as now I say ‘I do’
For all my life, my love,
I promise you my heart forevermore
And only you cherish and adore
So from this day on
I will serve you with one love

The first time I heard this song was through My Man, years before we even got together as a couple and started dating. It was included in Rick and Cathy Riso’s album “As For My House”. They told the story of how, amidst all the stresses of their wedding preparation, they decided to write and sing their vows to each other. Crazy, right? But at the time I remember thinking, “Wow, what an amazing idea.” Really though, it’s such a beautiful song!

Years passed, and after we’d gotten engaged, our own wedding plans took off. One by one, all the details fell into place. The wedding venue was finalized. The caterer was booked, as were the florist, photographer/videographer and sound system dudes. Soon, we were faced with the challenge of having to pick songs for the ceremony and reception. At the same time, I was pestering trying to convince my then-fiancé that we should write our own vows, and he reminded me about this song. He suggested that we (and by we, I mean my brother D and sister C) should sing this during the wedding because, according to him, it so accurately conveys his feelings for me (insert eye roll here). I pshawed at this, but secretly mulled it over.

He’s a smart one. It was perfect for the wedding AND he wouldn’t have to write his own vows. He just knew I was keen on this song and used it to his advantage. In the end, I beat myself up for not thinking of it myself relented, and then there was only the matter of browbeating my brother and sister to sing it for us. NO WAY was I going to sing at my own wedding (although I may have privately daydreamed about doing just that). Besides, My Man plays mean tunes on the piano or guitar, but no one can pay him enough money to hum a song in public. We were elated when my brother and sister agreed without the need for much arm-twisting.

In all seriousness, I loved the song for the fact that towards the end, it has become a vow by the couple to God – a vow to put Him first and center in the marriage, just as My Man and I believe it should be.

We love each other. We trust each other. We respect each other. We try to make our vows ring true in our everyday lives, but I must admit, some days are easier than others. I know there are days when Wifezilla just rears her ugly head. Sometimes he does things that drive me up the wall or just leave me seriously confuzzled. But it’s during these days that God reminds us that we made an oath to love, cherish and serve not just each other, but ultimately Him, with our marriage.

Oh Lord, we’ll give our everything, our all to You alone
As now we say ‘We do’
For all our lives, we promise You our hearts forevermore
And only You cherish and adore
And from this day on
We will serve You, Lord
And with joy we’ll sing unto You, our King
So from this day on
We will serve You with one love!

Your turn to share! What was your wedding song and why did you choose it? Then head on over to MamaKat’s and linky up!

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  • In the midst of all the wedding chaos, couples look for a perfect song that reflects their love and life together. This is THE song!

    • It so is! Whenever I listened to it while preparing for the wedding, it melted away all the stress, caused me to stop from the rushing and reminded me what marriage was really all about.

  • This song really brings back memories from our wedding. I like the lyrics, melody and the arrangement of the song too. Love you hun!

  • What a beautiful song! And it must have been amazing having your brother and sister singing it to you. Also love the story of how you chose it. Your husband is very cunning and must know you very well!

    • I'm glad you liked it! It was great having them sing it to us, we are very grateful to this day. Haha, you are right, he is cunning and he knows me very well. Thanks for stopping by and hope you come back. 🙂

    • Yes Sandrine, I know her very well because she is my best friend too.

  • This is indeed a beautiful song and wonderful choice.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you liked the song! 🙂

  • Confuzzeled? I think that is my new favorite word!

    Stopping by from Mama Kat’s!

    • Haha, yeah. I've loved that word since the first time I heard, er, read it. Thanks for visiting! I'll be sure to stop by your blog too. 🙂

  • amy

    What a beautiful and sweet post. I love your little bits of sarcasm here and there.

    By the way, I LOVE your landing page.

    Thanks for stopping by my site earlier.

    • HI Amy! Thanks for stopping by too. My blog's design is the handiwork of my genius of a husband, and he says he's glad you liked it. 🙂

  • thank you so much for stopping by my blog!!! What a neat post. Our song was "At Last" by Etta James. I've always loved that song, and we never really had a song together…so I just chose one I liked, lol!

    • I’ve been stalking following you for sometime now, actually (insert evil laughter). I love reading your posts! And “At Last” was on my list too, but “One Love” eventually won. Thanks so much for stopping by, I feel like a celebrity just graced me with her presence! LOL.

  • Beautiful song! I LOVE it! We had "Only God Could Love You More" and "This is the Day (that the Lord has made)" at our wedding. Still love them — and him! ;0)

    Thanks so much for stopping by on my TMC feature day! You are so right about the struggle to be a good mom and to just 'be'. I'm getting better about being performance-oriented, but it will always be a challenge for me. You were so kind in your comments. Thanks so much for following also. I'm doing the same! ;0)

    • Oh, your songs are equally beautiful! Yes, we're all learning the ropes one day at a time. Thanks for visiting my blog and for following me too. 🙂

  • writingjoy

    How terrible is it that I can't remember which song we had sung at our wedding??? My to-be sister-in-law sang, and I THINK she sang a song my husband wrote for a friend's wedding. Another friend was supposed to sing too, but she got sick at the last minute.

    I actually know the song "One Love" – my husband and I sang it for the wedding of some friends of ours! How crazy is that? We found it in a book of lesser-known Christian wedding songs and just loved the words. Very cool to hear how it was supposed to sound – we managed to get pretty close. 🙂

    • Wow, that's great that you know this song! It does have great words, doesn't it? Ha! I'd have loved to hear you and your husband sing it. 😉

  • TomRenalds

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  • Hello, I think your blog might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, very good blog!

  • Choosing the right song  for our wedding day is very important. Because this can help our day so romantic.