There are some weddings so awesome, so amazing that they leave me with an absolute loss for words when they have came to their conclusion.
And as I sit here and try to come up with the words to describe this wedding, I’m exactly that: at a loss for words. From start to finish, it couldn’t have been any more perfect. (And speaking of finishes, it was absolutely nailed by my team! My lighting designer, Christian, did magic with our four moving head setup; and my video guru, Matt, was in the perfect position to capture the final hurrah for Audrey & Joe. Watch it in the highlight video above; I’ve replayed it more times than I can count – it’s that good.)
There were so many awesome moments and interactions that myself, Audrey, and Joe included in our Entertainment and Production Script. And while they were all well-executed, two really stand out for me. The first was our method for inviting tables to the buffet. Rather than assign a table a number, Audrey & Joe assigned each table with a song title. Guests had to listen for their song snipped to play, which then prompted them to head over to the buffet table. It was a lot of fun to watch an entire room start singing along to “Sweet Caroline” or do the “YMCA” during the dinner hour. It was the perfect invite presentation idea for Audrey & Joe’s group of family and friends.
My second favorite presentation? A twist on lyric music videos, with the lyrics of *NSYNC’s “This I Promise You” appearing in real-time with the song as Joe & Audrey danced. Here’s a clip of this First Dance presentation from my Facebook page:
So when I met Audrey & Joe at the Des Moines Beach Park Event Center for a site visit, we were trying to figure out what to do with the wall behind the stage I would be DJing from. It was the perfect blank canvas for something magical; plus I wanted something more than uplights and a monogram. I wanted to produce something cool, something unique… something innovative and fresh.
In other words, I wanted a WOW! factor moment for Audrey & Joe!
A few days later, I was watching a Chainsmokers music video on YouTube when I became inspired with this awesome idea: a First Dance Lyric Video.
Right then and there, I knew we had that WOW! factor moment.
I pitched it to Audrey and Joe, and they thought it would be awesome for their First Dance to *NSYNC’s “This I Promise You”; thus, this video showcasing the end result! Enjoy!
Posted by Tony Schwartz on Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Audrey & Joe: I’m honored to have been selected as a part of your wedding day celebration. You are two of the nicest individuals I have ever worked with and I couldn’t be happier for the two of you. Good luck, and may you both be blessed with good fortune and even greater success!
Prelude: Vitamin String Quartet Selections (Contemporary)
- Joe, Family & Wedding Party Processional: Train – “Marry Me”
- Audrey’s Processional: Christina Perri – “A Thousand Years”
- Recessional: The Monkees – “I’m A Believer”
Cocktail Hour: Alternative Rock, Oldies, 90s-00s pop, Contemporary Country
Dinner: Alternative Rock, Oldies, 90s-00s pop, Contemporary Country
- Wedding Party Introductions: Backstreet Boys – “Larger Than Life”
- First Dance: *NSYNC – “This I Promise You”
- Parents Dance: Stevie Wonder – “You Are The Sunshine of My Life”
- New Parents Dance: Michael Buble – “Everything”
- Cake Cutting: Taylor Swift – “Love Story”
- Bouquet Toss (Invite): Shania Twain – “Man! I Feel Like A Woman”
- Bouquet Toss (Toss): Dixie Cups – “Chapel of Love”
- Garter Toss (Invite): Jimi Hendrix – “Foxey Lady”
- Garter Toss (Removal & Toss): Zayn – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
- Last Dance: Green Day – “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)”
Dancing: Motown, Oldies, Classic Rock & Roll, 1990s, 2000s, Top 40, Country, Hip-Hop