It was a mix of traditional and modern at Dana + Harry’s wedding and reception. They opted for a traditional ceremony at a church, incorporating their own modern flair as the evening continued. They chose to hold their reception at the Bluewater Grill in Hermosa Beach, the downstairs of which is an upscale restaurant, while the upstairs is reserved for special events such as Dana + Harry’s. There were about 75 guests, all of whom were more than ready to celebrate! We started the evening off with Dana + Harry’s Grand Entrance (“Signed, Sealed, Delivered“), segued directly into the first dance (“Cupid’s Victim” – a special request of the bride and groom), and after dinner was served, moved into the father/daughter dance (“Blessed“).
As the night continued, we built the energy inviting guests onto the floor with our party medleys, playing everything from “Billie Jean” to “Blurred Lines,” playing a little bit of everything to keep the wide range of guests pleased. Dana + Harry opted for a dessert table in lieu of a traditional wedding cake, but wanted to stick with the good old fashioned bouquet toss (“Single Ladies” – yes, I sang it!), and of course the garter toss for the guys (“Let’s Get It On“).
From there, it was a free for all dance party until every last guest was beat. The evening went on so long we had to pull out all the stops, digging into some of our more down and dirty material (“I Wanna Be Your Lover,” “Kiss,” “SexyBack,” “Hold On, We’re Goin’ Home“). It was definitely a night to remember for everyone who was there.
Read the kind words Dana had to say about her experience with us at www.weddingwire.com/benmallareacoustic.com.
All photographs were taken by Carissa Woo Photography, and video was shot by Calvin Williams with KMR International.
It’s the moment your guests will be waiting for – your first dance together as a married couple. While some couples choose a specific song that both means something to them AND works as a first dance, other couples want their first dance to be a new memory – marking the beginning of marriage with the perfect song that captures the moment and takes your guests there with you. Here are our top five first dance songs for 2015:
- You Are The Best Thing (Ray LaMontagne) – Our favorite kind of first dance song is one that has a little soul. The lyrics have just the right amount of sap, while the instrumentation is classic and undeniably grand. This tune will elevate the sophistication of your event and bring a smile to everybody’s face.
- I Won’t Give Up (Jason Mraz) – When this song was first released, it was criticized for being overly simplistic. Three years later, that simplicity is the reason we play this song at every show we do. The emotions you’ll feel at your wedding reception won’t be complicated – and neither should your first dance as a married couple.
- The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra) – You can’t argue with this one. Timeless, sophisticated, and the perfect beat to dance to – no need to worry about brushing up your dance skills with this one!
- A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) – This is the tear-jerker on the list. If you want a first dance song with impact, this is the one to go with. The melody is flowing and the chord structure is deeply emotional. Even better if you have a band with strings.
- Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran) – This song is still fresh, so there’s no guarantee it’ll be recognized as a classic in years to come. But there’s no denying that these lyrics are CUTE! It’s exactly the memory you want to create for your first dance, and if nothing else, it will always remind you of the music that was on the radio during your wedding year.
Ben Mallare Acoustic Entertainment offers acoustic party bands for weddings, galas, fundraisers and corporate events. Visit us at www.benmallareacoustic.com for more information.