Paul & Danielle

On their own, weddings are already amazing spectacles of celebration. But when you add in a groom from New Orleans to the mix, a normal Grand Entrance just won’t cut it; Paul & Danielle’s Grand Entrance featured a live New Orleans brass band leading the way as Mardi Gras beads were tossed to their guests. That’s setting the tone for the rest of the night.

Random Fact: For about two years, Danielle and I actually went to the same college, the University of Puget Sound, yet never met, despite an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students. Regardless, as I got to know her and Paul during our planning meetings, I had a great feeling about them and their reception, which was held at Tacoma’s Chambers Bay. They couldn’t have picked a better day to get married – the weather was beautiful and the views around the bay and of the golf course were stunning.

One of the things I like most about wedding receptions are the small personal touches, as well as the inclusion of guests into the special formalities. One such example: after Paul & Danielle cut their cake, we invited one of the guests, Melanie, up to the cake table as a surprise to her. The reason why? In honor of her birthday, which was on Paul & Danielle’s wedding day, she got to cut the second slice of the wedding cake as the entire guest list sang her “Happy Birthday”. Thats creating a memory she’ll never forget.

Of course, when that orange ball finally sank into the water, and the Chambers Bay tent transformed into a hot pink glow from my uplights, the party really got started! The dance floor was constantly filled with guests celebrating with Danielle and Paul – both who loved to dance, especially to Michael Jackson and Britney Spears! – up until it was time to send them off with a Sparkler Exit. Check out the video below for more highlights, and do check out the photos by John Crozier – it was my first time working with him and his work, especially the formal portraits, is stunning – definitely click on his website link at the bottom of this post.

Musical Selections

Cocktail Hour: Soft Classic Crooners, Soft Contemporary, Soft Country, Classic Love Songs, Yacht Rock

Grand Entrance: Live Mardi Gras Brass Band

Dinner: Mid-Tempo Classic Crooners, Mid-Tempo Contemporary, Mid-Tempo Country, Yacht Rock

Formal Selections

  • Cake Cutting: Coldplay – “Til Kingdom Come”
  • First Dance: Etta James – “At Last”
  • Mother/Son Dance: Rascal Flatts – “My Wish”
  • Father/Daughter Dance: Iz – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
  • Last Dance: Edwin McCain – “I’ll Be”

Dancing: Motown, Crooners, Disco, Rock & Roll, 80s, 00s, Top 40, Hip-Hop, Oldies, Country, R&B

Video Courtesy: Anchored Memories.

Photos Courtesy: Crozier Photography.