“The Walk” | The Budget Savvy Bride
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The walk down the aisle is probably THE most anticipated moment of any in weddings.  It’s a very special moment and the music you select is very important.

the walk

Long before I was ever engaged I always knew that I’d walk down the aisle to a Stevie Wonder song. It was predestined. When I was just a seed in my mommy’s belly, my dad took headphones that looked something like this:

80s Headphones

…and placed them on her stomach so that I would have a proper introduction to the musical genius that is Stevie Wonder. I admit it; I’ve always had a slight obsession with Stevie. At a young age, I was all about his music. It made me feel emotions I didn’t understand but I couldn’t break away from it. It was my music of choice when I sang in the shower or at karaoke. What more can I say? I LOVE Stevie! And in my mind, it was only fitting that my father would give me away as we were enveloped by the sounds of the man he introduced me to in the womb.

Well, I came across this song called, “The Walk,” written and performed by Nikki Leonti on YouTube. It captured everything I’d want to say to Sherrod on our wedding day if we were going to write our own vows. I felt her lyrics….Every. Single. Word.

Upon first hearing it, I melted and knew that I’d found my song. I felt a little guilty for cheating on Stevie Wonder, so I sat on it for a while but the song is so beautiful I couldn’t help it. It’s raw and there’s an honesty in it that I couldn’t walk away from. The only issue is that the recording may be a little too rough to play during my walk and I don’t know anyone who could master the feeling Nikki evokes with her voice in this song. She recorded a studio version with music, but her raw voice is so much more moving. I wish Nikki and I were besties so I could ask her to do me the honor of singing for me, but that’s not gonna happen. However, one of my sorority sisters is a self-taught musical genius and is polishing up the audio so that I can make my walk to “The Walk.”

Take a listen, go over the lyrics, and tell me what you think.

Racing Away
All out of breath
Looking above
Asking what could be next
Send me dove
Send me a sign
I prayed for peace and I prayed for light
And out of the blue you stopped me in my tracks
I took in the moment and didn’t look back and stopped running…

Then I walk to you
into Forever
And I will walk with you
Now and forever
and I will speak love
into your life
the hand that I give will hold on
when there’s darkened skies
we will walk it through
and this is my promise to you

Saying the words
is easy for me
when I see future
your face is all I see
The sun reminds me our day is here
the peace that I feel it tells me I’m ready

and into the blue I will follow the tracks and now in the moment
we never look back and stop running….

Bridge:
When our bodies grow weak
our love will grow stronger every time
Let us never forget the better when the worse tries to divide

Leonti/Ali DarlingNikki-ASCAP

“The Walk” is not a traditional wedding song; it’s more personal and that’s why I love it. I’ll have my moment with Stevie Wonder and my dad during the father-daughter dance. And I’m very much so looking forward to it.

So, tell me, what song did you choose for your walk? Why?

 

I’m Bianca, a Washingtonian transplant from Chicago’s Southside. During the day, I work for the people; after hours, I moonlight as an artist and avid DIYer. On May 10, 2014, I’ll wed my love of 4 years in Atlanta, GA and add a few letters to my list of achievements…M – R – S.

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  • Comments (8)
    • Laura W
    • May 2nd, 2014

    I love it! I wish I could be there to hear it. Josh and I went with bluegrass/folk music for our wedding selections. When we first started dating, he made me a CD with a lot of sweet songs on it, so I went there for inspiration. He loves Jack Johnson, and I always had “Angel” in mind. That was the song I walked down the aisle to, and it was just beautiful. I love the personalization a song can bring!

    • Monique
    • May 5th, 2014

    This is beautiful!!! I love it! *swoons*

    • Joy
    • June 1st, 2014

    Oh Lord! Thank you for putting the words here! My heart just ached with love just listening and reading the words! THIS IS THE SONG!

    • Julie C
    • June 22nd, 2014

    Any chance you would be willing to share an mp3 of the version your friend cleaned up? I, too, love this song and prefer the raw emotion of the acoustic version! Thanks for considering and congratulations on your recent wedding!

    • Thanks Julie C!! I’m not sure how to upload it but I’ll email it to you if you reply with your email address.

        • Julie Creger
        • June 23rd, 2014

        Thanks for your generosity and for helping to make my big day even more special!

        • No problem! Your day will be special because you are. Best wishes!

        • Julie Creger
        • June 23rd, 2014

        The email address is [email protected] Thanks!