When it came time for country duo and real-life couple Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels -- aka Haley & Michaels -- to write their wedding vows, the pair did what came naturally: they wrote a song.
Now, their single "Giving It All (To You)" is becoming a first dance favorite.
"We have been so overwhelmed by all of the people who have reached out to us telling us that they have used our song as a part of their wedding, or that they are planning to," Haley & Michaels tell ETonline. "It is honestly the most powerful thing that has ever happened to us -- especially because we know how important one's wedding day is."
In fact, these two are sharing their own big day with us through the tear-jerking music video. ETonline has the exclusive debut of the "Giving It All (To You)" music video in the player above. Directed by Shane Drake, the video was filmed during Haley & Michaels' real-life nuptials at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, in May of this year.
"Since this song is so personal to us, we wanted to make everything about it as personal as possible," the duo said of the video. "We really wanted to share our real lives with people."
Since it was released to SiriusXM's The Highway around the same time as their wedding, the single has sold more than 30,000 units with no label support. On Friday, they'll perform the song on the Today show. (Hoda Kotb featured it on her playlist earlier this summer!)
Read on for our Q&A with Haley & Michaels, including details about what to expect from their full-length, the classic songs they danced to at their wedding, and their wise words for engaged couples writing their own vows.
It’s so sweet that you are sharing your wedding with the world in your music video. Was there a favorite moment from the day that you knew had to be included?
The moment we just HAD to include in the video was our first dance because everybody who knows Ryan knows that he "doesn't dance". But we actually took dance lessons and had a whole song choreographed (was about a year of practice). We even busted out "The Charleston" moved for a few measures. His mom almost fell over when she saw it!
Do you have an album in the works?
Yes. We are currently in the studio working on our first full-length album and we will definitely be including this song!
What can you tell us about the upcoming LP?
We are really excited to be recording new songs that capture the energy of our live shows. We love singing true duets that feel like conversations between two people, and we like to touch on all aspects of relationships. This album will reflect that.
What is your advice to couples who are in the process of writing their own vows? (Cough-cough, my fiancé & I.)
Congratulations to you and your fiancé!
We definitely had the most anxiety about writing our vows, probably because to us it was the most important part...and it was of course one of the last things we did.
First of all, carving out time and space dedicated just to writing the vows was really helpful for us.
Secondly, starting off with a real conversation about how you honestly feel about spending your life with one another, and what commitments you want to make to each other is a great way to find your own words for your vows. That way you know everything is coming from your heart, and you can then mold it into a shorter form...or a song!
How did the decision come about to use your wedding footage in the video. Did you know ahead of time, or did you decide after the “I Dos” were done?
Since this song is so personal to us, we wanted to make everything about it as personal as possible. We really wanted to share our real lives with people. It was pretty funny because Ryan coordinated most of the logistics for the video part of the wedding with our director Shane Drake. They had to figure out a way to have four cameras there WITHOUT making it seem like a video shoot so that Shannon wouldn't notice as she was walking down the aisle, or feel the need to have multiple takes of the "I Dos."
Have couples told you they’ll be using this for their first dance song? How do you react to that?
We have been so overwhelmed by all of the people who have reached out to us telling us that they have used our song as a part of their wedding, or that they are planning to. It is honestly the most powerful thing that has ever happened to us -- especially because we know how important one's wedding day is. The thought that couples are including us as a part of their special day is such an honor and it's very energizing and inspiring.
What song did you do your first dance to?
We started out with Garth Brooks' version of "To Make You Feel My Love" because he is our favorite artist of all time. But then we got tricky and in the middle of that song it turned into "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole, and we busted out (to our best ability) our choreographed dance.