All images by Aspen Zettel.
From Mandy’s very first email, I knew we were going to get along. If you want to know what she said that made me go all heart-eyes…
“We are huge fans of Ella, Frank, Louis, Billie, Nat (and all those classic jazz cats). We also have been known to go crazy for motown and disco – those groovy dance beats from Tina, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael, The Supremes, Diana, Lionel, Gladys, and the modern folks who are also feeling that vibe, Macklemore, Bruno Mars, Adam Levine… you get the drift. We also totally dig that you take requests and we will have a crowd that will want a bit of dance driving rock…”
Sold! When and where?! I’m in.
Mandy and Damon had an intimate wedding in Banff, and followed it up with a reception at the Trans Alta Arts Barns in Old Strathcona a few weeks later. It was a casual but classy party, and their friends and family were a blast!
Oh, and can we just talk about her dress for a minute!? You know I love a short wedding dress, and this baby blue lace number was perfection. Mandy even paired with gold peep-toe heels…. but changed into matching baby blue Keds later on. #winning
Here are some of the music highlights from this awesome wedding:
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off
Nat King Cole – L.O.V.E.
Doris Troy – Just One Look
Billie Holiday – Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Leon Bridges – Better Man
Diana Ross – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
First Dance: Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon
Bouquet Toss: Beyonce – Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Garter Toss: Barry Manilow – Oh, Mandy
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
Jamiroquai – Canned Heat
Etta James – Something’s Got A Hold On Me
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Macklemore – Downtown
Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Bruno Mars – Treasure
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling
Now, on to the awesome photos! I have to say, these are some of my favourite photos I’ve ever received from one of my wedding performances. So much happy! These photos make me smile every time I look at them. Do you ever start looking at photos and get into it so hard that you realize you’re leaning forward towards your computer, trying to enjoy every detail? (Just me? Okay.) These photos make me do that. Shoutout to Aspen Zettel, who is as talented as she is lovely, for capturing the joy on Mandy and Damon’s dance floor.
(Oh, and shoutout to the girl in the pineapple dress. First of all, your dress is adorable. Secondly, the amount of fun you’re having is like… exactly why I do what I do. You rule.)
Want a party like this one? Let’s chat.