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The Cocktail Hour:
Michael and Sarah chose a calming, classic mix of big band and jazz favorites for their guests to meet and greet to while the bridal party finished up with pictures. In the mean time, the party began with a mellow feel as guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers by the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake and gushed about the beautiful gazebo ceremony that had taken place just minutes before.
We chose a light mix of classic big band tunes, jazz standards, piano, strings, and some adult contemporary to set the party mood as we awaited Sarah and Michael’s return while providing a comfortable atmosphere that naturally facilitated conversation.
The Grand Entrances:
Sarah and Michael chose the very popular “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO to set the tone for the evening as the soundtrack for their parents’ and bridal party’s entrances, each couple entering with a great deal of panache.
Then, we slowed it down a notch to change the pace for slowing it down a notch for their own entrance with the romantic and sentimental “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Callait.
The Cutting of the Cake:
Sarah and Michael chose the tongue-in-cheek “Cut the Cake” by Average White Band for their ceremonial cake cutting.
The beautiful lace icing design, created to mimic the lacework on the Bride’s Gown — by the way — was decorated the morning of the wedding by none other than the Groom’s Mother, herself, Paulette. Talk about some talent under pressure!!! Click the image, below, and then click the thumbnail, again to admire her handiwork!
The First Dance:
For their first dance, Mike and Sarah chose “Forever” by Ben Harper. I think the lyrics to this song are really touching and especially suited for a first dance.
The Mother-Son Dance:
For Mike’s dance with his mom, Paulette, he chose a rock ballad — “Thank You for Loving Me” by Bon Jovi.
It was such a great choice for them, because it really fit their style a lot better than some more “traditional” Mother-Son Dance choices, and — as the photos, below, show — it really created a memorable moment for Mike and his talented mom, Paulette. More proof that it’s ok to be different! What’s important is to be true to your own sense of style!
The Father-Daughter Dance:
For Sarah’s dance with her dad, Steve, she chose “Always, In All Ways” by Kenny Loggins.
I’ve always loved this tune for the Father-Daughter Dance, because of it’s poignant lyrics about fatherly devotion, support, and affection for one’s child — it seems almost as though it was written for this very purpose — but, as a very new mom, I found the lyrics particularly touching, this time around.
My favorite verse:
I thought you’d always be daddy’s child
And suddenly you were grown.
Now that you’re on your own,
If ever you feel alone,
I’ll be there beside you
For always, in all ways.
The Bridal Party Dance:
Sarah and Mike chose a classic for their Bridal Party Dance: “With A Little Help from my Friends” by Joe Cocker.
When it comes to Bridal Party Dances, there are usually three popular ways to “play” this special dance — either by pairing up your bridal party with the person with whom they walked down the aisle for a slow dance, pairing them up with their own dates (assuming they have them) for a slow dance, or by playing a more upbeat tune to which everyone can dance together. Michael and Sarah’s Bridal Party Dance seemed to almost start out as the first option, but quickly morphed into a collective group sing-along! What a great bonding experience for the bridal party to kick off the night right!
Sarah knew that with her family’s European heritage, we had to include one good polka. Sarah chose the sassy “She’s Too Fat for Me Polka” by the Hayes Boys, and it was a HIT! Guests of all ages joined in on the fun as the couple whirled around the dance floor.
The Bouquet Toss:
For her bouquet toss, Sarah chose the ever-popular “Single Ladies” by Beyonce.
This song has become the new standard for bouquet tosses, besting even Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and Madonna’s “Material Girl” as our most-commonly-requested song for this special event. But — come on! — with these lyrics, it’s a perfect match:
.All the single ladies, all the single ladies! All the single ladies, all the single ladies! All the single ladies, all the single ladies! All the single ladies, now put your hands up!
Yep — that’s exactly what we need for a bouquet toss! 1.) All the single ladies with 2.) your hands up. Recipe for bouquet success!
The Garter Toss:
Michael chose “Wild Thing” by Tone Loc for the Garter Toss, and he definitely lived up to the title!!!
Without a doubt, this was one of the most EPIC Garter Removals I have ever witnessed. When faced with the dilemma of how to bridge the gap of space between him and his lovely bride, Michael’s guys chanted “CROWD SURF” and they lifted him high into the air, before dropping him off right at Sarah’s feet!
Last, but not least, open dancing! Here are some highlights and must-plays from the open dance floor!
“Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler
“At Last” by Etta James
“Hot in Herre” by Nelly (for the Garter Replacement)
“Cotton Eyed Joe” by Rednex
“Spice Up Your Life” by the Spice Girls
“Hold On” by Wilson Phillips
“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
Special thanks, again, to Heather Martello and Martello Photography for capturing this beautiful day in pictures!