A Centennial Park and Maretalia Wedding for Connie and Mike
When I met Mike and Connie, I was immediately excited for their wedding at Maretalia on August 24th!
Their ceremony was held at Centennial Park in Coronado. The alter looked beautiful, with many floral arrangements. I ran the officiant's microphone and another microphone for Mike and Connie. I also played instrumental guitar while their guests were being seated. Some of the songs I played included What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong and My Cherie Amor by Stevie Wonder. Connie walked down the aisle with her son. She selected and instrumental violin version of Can't Help Falling in Love by Daniel Jang. One of my favorites! It was a beautiful moment. During the service, Mike and Connie had a unity sand ceremony and released butterflies as a sign of their love.
After a short service, Connie and Mike invited the 50 guests to Maretalia for refreshments and appetizers. During the cocktail hour, they had a live guitarist/singer, provide music. He also was wonderful! After the photographer Adam of Urban Tripod did pictures, I invited guests to the backroom for the grand entrance and dinner. I started some music and went back to the bar to line up Mike and Connie and their kids for introductions with help from planner Emily from Weddings by Emily Grace.
I introduced them to "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eye Peas. The salads were already preset, and the entrees came out soon. During dinner, I had a mix of rock, standards, and classic Motown playing. (See their playlist below!)
After dinner, we had the toasts and cake cutting to "Sugar Sugar" by The Archies. The couple's first dance shortly followed with Connie and Mike dancing to a unique mix of "Something" by The Beatles which changed into "She Loves You" by The Beatles. Mike and Connie had a choreographed dance to the songs which went perfectly! The Mother Son dance followed. Connie and her son danced to "Mother Like Mine" by The Band Perry. Mike and his daughters danced to "Speak to a Girl" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill'. Then I opened the floor to everyone with some disco and hits from the 60s and 70s that filled it for the next two hours. Before the wedding, Connie told me that she and her friends loved to dance. She was right! They danced all night long!
I ended the night with "Last Dance" by Donna Summer, which was a special selection from Mike and Connie. Finally, I invited everyone outside where the newlyweds had a sparkler exit.
Thank you, Connie and Mike! I LOVED playing this wedding!!
- DJ Joe