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Event Review: Sarah and Michael’s Classic Wedding at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake (Part 3 — The Soundtrack)

See more of Sarah and Michael’s classic wedding hosted by the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake by clicking here.

Special thanks, again, to Heather Martello and Martello Photography for capturing this beautiful day in pictures!  Read more about Heather Wednesday on the blog!  DJ AJ9’s exclusive interview with the mind (and eye) behind this spectacular photography studio!

The Newlyweds: Sarah and Michael's Traditional First Dance at their Beautiful Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake.  Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

Sarah and Michael’s Traditional First Dance at their Beautiful Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

 

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.

 

Sarah and Michael's Beautiful Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake.  Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

Sarah and Michael’s Beautiful Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

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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.

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An Energetic Entrance for the Parents and Bridal Party!  DJ, MC, and Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photography by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

An Energetic Entrance for the Parents and Bridal Party! DJ, MC, and Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photography by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

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Michael and Sarah's Grand Entrance at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.  Photo by Martello Photography.

Michael and Sarah’s Grand Entrance at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Photo by Martello Photography.

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.

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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.

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The Cutting of the Cake:

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Sarah and Michael chose the tongue-in-cheek “Cut the Cake” by Average White Band for their ceremonial cake cutting.

Cut the Cake: Sarah and Michael's Traditional Cake Cutting at their Beautiful Wedding Reception at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake.  Cake by the Groom's Mother, Paulette.  Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

Sarah and Michael’s Traditional Cake Cutting at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. Cake by the Groom’s Mother, Paulette. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

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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!

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Sarah and Michael's Beautiful Cake at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake.  Cake by the Groom's Mother, Paulette.  Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

Sarah and Michael’s Beautiful Cake at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. Cake by the Groom’s Mother, Paulette. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

 

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.

Sarah and Michael Share a Romantic First Dance at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake.  Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

Sarah and Michael Share a Romantic First Dance at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

Not talkin’ ’bout a year
 No not three or four
 I don’t want that kind of forever
 In my life anymore
 Forever always seems to be around when it begins
 but forever never seems to be around when it ends
 So give me your forever
 Please your forever
 Not a day less will do from you
 
Every single day
 Runnin’ ’round all over town
 Givin’ their forever away
 But no not me I won’t let my forever roam
 and now I hope I can find my forever a home
 So give me your forever
 Please your forever
 Not a day less will do from you
 
Like a handless clock with numbers
 An infinite of time
 No not the forever found
 Only in the mind
 Forever always seems to be around when things begin
 but forever never seems to be around when things end
 So give me your forever
 Please your forever
 Not a day less will do from you
Sarah and Michael Share a Romantic First Dance at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.
Sarah and Michael Share a Romantic First Dance at the Lodge at Geneva on the Lake. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello of Martello Photography.

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!

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Mike's Mother-Son Dance with his Mother, Paulette.  Uplighting by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Heather Martello, Martello Photography.

Mike’s Mother-Son Dance with his Mother, Paulette. Uplighting by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello, Martello Photography.

 

The Father-Daughter Dance:

Sarah's Father-Daughter Dance with her Father, Steve.  Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Heather Martello, Martello Photography.

Sarah’s Father-Daughter Dance with her Father, Steve. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello, Martello Photography.

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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.

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Sarah's Father-Daughter Dance with her Father, Steve.  Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment.  Photo by Heather Martello, Martello Photography.

Sarah’s Father-Daughter Dance with her Father, Steve. Uplighting Design by Something New Entertainment. Photo by Heather Martello, Martello Photography.

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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.

Michael and Sarah's Bridal Party Dance at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.  Photo by Martello Photography.  Lighting design and DJ by Something New Entertainment.

Michael and Sarah’s Bridal Party Dance at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Photo by Martello Photography. Lighting design and DJ by Something New Entertainment.

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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!

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Michael and Sarah's Polka at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.  Photo by Martello Photography.  Lighting design and DJ by Something New Entertainment.

Michael and Sarah’s Polka at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Photo by Martello Photography. Lighting design and DJ by Something New Entertainment.

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The Polka:

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.

Sarah's Bouquet Toss at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.  Photo by Martello Photography.  Lighting design and DJ by Something New Entertainment.

Sarah’s Bouquet Toss at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Photo by Martello Photography. Lighting design and DJ by Something New Entertainment.

 

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:

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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!

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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!

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Michael's EPIC Garter Removal at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.  Photos by Heather Martello Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Michael’s EPIC Garter Removal at the Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

The Dancing!

Last, but not least, open dancing!  Here are some highlights and must-plays from the open dance floor!

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah's Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah’s Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah's Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah’s Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah's Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception.  Photos by Heather Martello Photography.  Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah’s Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

Must Play:

“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

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah's Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah’s Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah's Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah’s Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah's Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

Open Dancing at Michael and Sarah’s Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake Wedding Reception. Photos by Heather Martello Photography. Lighting Design by Something New Entertainment.

 

Special thanks, again, to Heather Martello and Martello Photography for capturing this beautiful day in pictures!

 

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