Over the years, there has been a shortlist of venues I have wanted to perform at. The Top of the Town room at the Historic Sorrento Hotel in Seattle was one of those rooms. It has the classic, retro feel that reminds me of the Rat Pack era. Thanks to Nathan and Rosanna choosing it as their venue for their wedding ceremony and reception, I can now cross it off my list.
From the moment I met Nathan and Rosanna at the Starbucks on Interurban Ave in Tukwila, I knew we were the perfect match. Referred to me by Mark & Tracy, who had an awesome outdoor wedding at The Majestic Inn in Anacortes, Nathan and Rosanna were planning an intimate wedding reception, with approximately 100 of their closest family and friends in attendance. Their style was formal and classy, but not stuffy. The most important priority was that they wanted each and every guest to have fun.
I can honestly say, from Processional to Last Dance, they nailed it.
One of my favorite officiants, Annemarie Juhlian, led yet another amazing ceremony. Honestly, she is the best: her writing, her presentation, and her passion is second to none. And the best part? She made the ceremony come to life with Nathan & Rosanna’s personality and style! It is always fun to watch her perform.
As for the reception, there were so many fun presentations and moments that guests will remember fondly. The RSVP Spotlight was a nice touch, as was the advice given by the Longest Married Couple to our the newlyweds. And how could one forget Angela’s Matron of Honor toast, complete with cue cards? One of the most genuine, creative, and humorous toasts I have seen in a while.
Really, check out all the photos below, as Nate Walters did a fantastic job at really capturing the emotion of each moment.
And then of course, there was the dancing! Intimate weddings require more pinpoint song selection, and it didn’t take long to dial in the precise genres that registered with Nathan & Rosanna’s guests. 80s was huge – and I had a hunch going in it would be as Rosanna provided me with four pages of songs she liked ;). And of course, you can’t end a great 80s set without choosing the pinnacle 80s sing-a-long for the final song of the night: Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”.
Thank you Nathan & Rosanna for selecting me as your Host & DJ. I wish you both a lifetime of luck and happiness!
Prelude: Soft Piano Instrumentals
- Family & Wedding Party: Piano Instrumental – “Somewhere In Time”
- Bridal Procesion: Rachmaninoff – “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini”
- Recessional: Modern English – “I Melt With You”
Cocktail Hour: Live Pianist
Grand Entrance: Chris Malinchak – “So Good To Me”
Dinner: Upbeat Crooners
- First Dance: Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together”
- Mother/Daughter Dance: Stevie Wonder – “Isn’t She Lovely”
- Mother/Son Dance: James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)”
- Longest Married Couple Dance: Frank Sinatra – “Young At Heart” & Ben E. King – “Stand By Me”
- Cutting of the Wedding Pies: Don MacLean – “American Pie”
- Bouquet Toss: Kool & The Gang – “Ladies Night”
- Garter Toss: Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines”
- Last Dance: Journey – “Don’t Stop Believing”
Dancing: Motown, Disco, Rock & Roll, 80s, Top 40, Funk, Hip-Hop
Photos Courtesy: Nate Watters.
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