Monday, November 29, 2010

Kyle & Michelle 10.23.2010

Michelle's brother Jeff had gotten married five years ago, and he and his wife had hired us to perform at their wedding. We were very honored when Michelle was looking for entertainment now for her wedding, that she chose us for her special day as well.

Kyle and Michelle live in Maryland, and decided to hold their wedding in Naples where Michelle's mother lives. Kyle & Michelle chose the country club at The Strand for their ceremony and reception site. Nearly all their guests were from out of town.

The weather was perfect that afternoon, as the ceremony started at 5:30 pm with wedding officiant Paul Mielke . Classical music was played as the guests were seated. The ceremony was beautiful! The guests were treated to a cocktail hour on the terrace following the ceremony as photographer Charlie McDonald worked with the wedding party for photos.

Kyle & Michelle were introduced to a round of applause, and then danced to their song "Fascination" by Al Martino. The had taken dance lessons together for their First Dance, and it showed - it was flawless!

They decided on a song for their wedding party - "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Jem (first sung by Paul McCartney's "Wings"). They invited all the guests to join them halfway thru, then followed that with a party song "Celebration" to get everyone dancing from the very beginning of the night.

Toasts followed, and while Michelle's mother toasted, she recognized all the people that had traveled to the wedding from all over the world - including England and South Africa. Wow!

It was an elegant yet fun celebration, just what Michelle and Kyle were planning for. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Wynne!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Kevin Hamilton & Nichole Wooldridge 10.09.2010

Kevin & Nichole had their destination wedding plans for Naples. Nichole's parents own a house in town, and hope to soon retire here. Kevin is in the Air Force, and has done tours in the Middle East. Needless to say, they were very excited to celebrate their marriage in Southwest Florida.

This Saturday was a beautiful day - one of the nicest days we've every been part of for a wedding. The weather was absolutely perfect, the humidity was low, and sunshine was abound. Their ceremony was held on the white, wide beach at Wiggins Pass State Park.

The theme for the wedding was a "beach theme", and Nichole had great ideas to make her day original. She actually walked down the aisle with her father to Jason Castro's version of "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." The dark suits and heavy dresses were exchanged for a casual, yet elegant look for their wedding party.

The ceremony was performed by Brian, a close friend of the family. It was a perfect setting with the waves rolling in as they exchanged their vows. They used Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" for their recessional song.

After the ceremony, the guests headed to the Tiburon Country Club in Naples. Guests enjoyed cocktails outside on the terrace while listening to steel drum music. Again, it was perfect weather outside - about 78 degrees and low humidity. Beautiful!

Inside, the guests welcomed the entire wedding party in to the song "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas. Nichole and her mother are HUGE Keith Urban fans, and have seen him in concert a few times. So it was without hesitation that Nichole chose "Only You Can Love Me This Way" by Keith Urban for their first dance song.

That was followed by the father / daughter dance. Penny and Fred, Nichole's parents - only have one daughter, one child - Nichole. It was a strong emotional moment as Nichole danced with her father to "I Hope You Dance" by LeAnn Womack. Tears of happiness were shed thru the song. Afterwards, Kevin and his mom Lisa danced to Rascal Flatts' "I Wish."

Guests were treated to a large buffet dinner. Nichole & Kevin chose only to have a cake topper - they instead had dozens of cupcakes and white chocolate sea shells for dessert.

The dancing was soon underway. Everyone was primed to party! The dance floor was crowded, so guests danced next to the floor on all sides! It was great to see guests of all ages dancing to songs from all generations, including today's music. Nichole's family makes everyone else feel like "family" - in a warm and generous way. They had a wonderful time, and so did we. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Hamilton!