It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since we first “met” Christine and Greg (via Skype) to talk about disc jockey service for their wedding reception at Windows on the River’s Cityview Room in Cleveland, Ohio.
For us, Christine and Greg were one of those couples that we just “clicked” with, immediately. Obviously, they’re a good-looking pair, but more than that, they’re easy people to really admire on the inside, and we were continuously impressed with them throughout our planning process for the very same reasons — Christine and Greg are that rare breed of deeply kind people with easy smiles and the kind of respectfulness for one another that only comes from loving families and a sincere love for one another. It’s easy to become frustrated in general during the stressful wedding planning process, but Christine and Greg never bickered during their planning meetings — they listened carefully to each other’s ideas and encouraged each other. They’re one of those couples that you meet, and you just can’t believe how HAPPY you are that they found each other!
On the evening of the wedding reception, DJ Tony and I had the pleasure of working with Mat and Kristen from Finest Moments Photography (you’ll see their many talents showcased here), as well as the staff from AGinc Video Productions.
Christine and Greg chose “I Gotta Feelin'” by the Black Eyed Peas for their parents’ and bridal party’s very energetic entrance, followed by “Beautiful Day” by U2 for their grand entrance down Windows on the River’s CityView Room’s beautiful bent staircase!
As many of you may know (especially if you’ve ever seen any of the photos of my own wedding cake and custom wedding cake topper) I’m a firm believer that a beautiful dress deserves a beautiful cake. Christine chose Michael Angelo’s Bakery to create a stunning, sculptural design with hints of lace to compliment the lace along the midriff and hem of her gown (the style number of that gorgeous gown is Allure Bridals 2009, by the way), and she also ordered a custom topper created by yours truly!
Christine’s gown had a number of lovely details that made it a special challenge to find a “stock” match for among pre-made wedding cake toppers. The first was the overall silhouette of the dress; with it’s fitted bodice, pick-up style skirt, and chapel-length train, the shape of the dress, itself, made it difficult to find a ready-made approximation. Add to that the plunging backline and the lace detailing along the waist and hem of the gown, and you’re looking at a lot of great opportunities for a very unique topper!
Christine’s design process started at the beginning of April, when she started to send me stock photos of her and Greg’s attire from the designer’s websites, as well as inspiration photos of her hair, flowers, and cake, as I began to shape the skirt, especially. Later, after her dress fittings began, we followed up with photos of her actually in the dress, as I finalized the shaping, fired the design, and began painting details.
Christine and Greg chose the unforgettable classic “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole as their cake cutting song.
The Traditional First Dance:
Christine and Greg chose “Blue Eyes” by the Cary Brothers for their traditional first dance. They are both very fair and both have blue eyes, so I thought this was particularly appropriate for them! Greg sent Christine this song just after they started dating, and it quickly became “their song.” It’s a beautiful song by the indie rock singer-songwriters about struggle, loss, and the enduring power of love and friendship. To listen and read the lyrics, check it out on YouTube.
The Father-Daughter Dance:
Christine chose “I Loved Her First” by Heartland for her dance with her dad, Ted Klesta. This is one of my favorite father-daughter dance choices, as well as one of my favorite country songs, in general! I love it, because it’s such an accurate reflection of what many fathers are feeling in this moment — “I prayed that she’d find you someday, but it’s still hard to give her away. I loved her first.” It was a great choice for Christine and her dad, too — Ted was very obviously touched.
The Mother-Son Dance:
Greg chose “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack for his dance with his mom, Nancy Beers. Again — one of my favorites for either parent-child dance, as well as one of my favorites, in general. This song has had a lot of meaning to my own mother and I, and Nancy, obviously loved it, too!
The In-Laws Dance:
Christine and Greg decided to start a tradition of their own! Immediately after the Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances, Christine and Greg invited their new In-Laws for a dance — Greg with Christine’s Mom, Darlene Klesta, and Christine with Greg’s Dad, Dr. Richard Beers. This was a lovely way to allow ALL of the parents to get a special dance with the bride or groom. For this dance, they chose “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.
The dance floor opened to Greg’s favorite dancing song — “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson just before it was time for the couple to sneak outside for some night-time portraits with Mat and Kristen from Finest Moments Photography.
Other Highlights of the evening:
The Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce
The Garter Toss: “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen
Special Dedication from the Sister of the Bride, Kelly Klesta: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
Dedication to the BULLDOGS: “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams
“The Electric Boogie” by Marcia Griffiths
“The Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
“God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
“I’ll Stand By You” by Carrie Underwood
“Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton
“You & Me” by Dave Matthews Band
“Faithfully,” “Open Arms,” and “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
“Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra
“Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers
DO NOT PLAYS:
“The Hokey Pokey”
“Cotton-Eyed Joe” by Rednex
“Amazed” by Lonestar
“The Chicken Dance” by Sorta Crackers Band
“Y.M.C.A.” by the Village People
Here is a link to their Video Testimonial at the end of the night.