A vow is a solemn promise to live in accordance with a certain, binding set of rules. The vows we said at the justice of the peace for our first ceremony were traditional – the same ones said by many who came before us, many since, and many still to come. For our formal wedding ceremony, we chose to write our own.
I expect to be held to these, and I expect my husband to honor his, too. We have them in writing so we can look at them and be reminded of the promises we made to each other. May we always carry that hope and love that radiated all around us on our wedding day.
Andrew’s vows to me:
Katie, I didn’t know what true love meant until our paths intersected and I picked up the one for e at Logan International. Thanks for getting on that plane. Life has been good to me – and you’ve made it immeasurable better. Your laugh, your smile, your boundless zeal for living life – I’m so lucky to have found you. I know there will be good days and bad ones – and many others in-between, but together we can do anything. I could – and everyone here knows I actually can – talk forever, and I still would fail to adequately express how you make me feel. But I’ll get to the point. I love you. I will always love you. I’m so proud to be your husband and am so honored to have you as my wife. You are my reason for being until I take my last breath. Let’s do this. I love you baby.
My vows to Andrew:
The first thing I noticed about you was your awesome energy and enthusiasm for life. I will never forget you looking me straight in the eyes and saying, “Let’s do this.” I knew then that you were committing to never letting me, or us, down. Your genuine passion for, and commitment to everything you love is amazing, and I am so honored and grateful to be a recipient of your intensely beautiful love. Your smile and laugh instantly make me smile and laugh, and I want to bring that contagious joy out of you as much as possible. Marriage is a lot of work and a huge responsibility, without the option of giving up or quitting the team. It means that we are submitting to each other for life. Your needs over my own. I give myself to you because I trust you to handle me with care. I want everything for you and with you, and I will do my best to be a partner who can support or lead, always knowing that what’s best for us, is best for me. You are my soulmate and my very best friend, and I vow to give you the most perfect love I can for the rest of my life.
Nothing makes a workout go by faster or makes me push myself harder than a great playlist.
Below is some of what I’m listening to right now. Not all of it is current, and you might make fun of me for some of it, but it will get you moving whether you’ll admit to it or not. The last few are a little slower because I phase into cool down mode and like to end chill and happy.
I’d also love to know what your favorites are so I can check them out.
Kings & Queens – 30 Seconds to Mars
Higher – Taio Cruz & Travie McCoy
Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars
Raise Your Glass – P!nk
Grenade – Bruno Mars
Bring It On – Brokedown Cadillac
Faded – Soul Decision
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Ballroom Blitz – Brokedown Cadillac
Hold It Against Me – Britney Spears
Break the Ice – Britney Spears
Lose Yourself – Eminem
Let It Rock – Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne
Carry Out – Timbaland and J.T.
King of Anything – Sara Bareilles
Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Who? Brokedown Cadillac
What? An amazing country music band who has been to Iraq three times in the last year to perform for our troops serving overseas, and have been featured on “Hellcats” and “Desperate Housewives.” They also appeared in Disney’s “Race to Witch Mountain.”
I’m not gonna lie, I do have a personal connection to them. The lead vocalist is my sister. We grew up with music in the house because my father is a musician, and my sister has studied music pretty much her entire life. We’re not talking about a girl who just thinks she can sing. She had the raw talent from the get-go, but fine-tuning your vocal instrument requires the same effort and energy as learning to play any other instrument.
My father, both my grandfathers, and my husband have all served our country, so my sister felt driven to entertain our troops. She’s one of those people who gets choked up telling stories about every soldier she’s met. I am enormously proud of her. For someone with so much talent, she’s as down to earth as the first time we fought over Barbies and Nintendo.
Having said all that, getting into the music industry costs a pretty penny, and it’s not something you can do part-time, so it’s important to support your favorite artists – especially those who are new and haven’t achieved “Bieber-dom” yet. They write all their own stuff, so it’s completely organic and free of pesticides.
You can buy their music on iTunes. They are busting their rears writing a ton of amazing music, and I hope you’ll check them out. If you like good music, you’ll love Brokedown Cadillac.
Lead Vocals – Corri English
Vocals/Rhythm Guitar – Randy Dunham
Bass/Backing Vocals – Jeff LeGore
Lead Guitar – Don Ian
Drums – Danny Reuland
Eagles, Journey, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Fleetwood Mac,
Dixie Chicks, Elvis, Beatles, Shania Twain, Jackson Brown