Real Wedding | Scott & Dani

I am thrilled to share this awesome wedding with you guys today, shot and submitted by Casie, of Rebel Belle Photography, who is pretty much just an amazing person all around. Plus, this fun couple are both radio DJ’s, so they are a man and woman after my own heart. They were married at The Llambia’s House in St. Augustine, Florida. Enjoy the gorgeous pictures, and share some love!

From Dani:

Considering we both work in radio, we are pretty passionate and particular about our music taste. For our ceremony, it was really important to us to make it personal and have live music – so we chose to have a friend of ours play acoustic guitar. He played the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World”. Then of course we walked back down the aisle as husband and wife to the ever fitting “Tonight’s Gonna Be A Good Night” by the Black Eyed Peas!

As for the reception – we chose all the music and stuck to what we loved… classic rock hits, 80’s pop and hip hop, and just a good mixture of our favorites! Plus, we banned the electric slide and chicken dance! We probably played only 2 slow songs the whole night, and that was because we wanted everyone to just dance the night away!!

My advice to other brides and grooms would be… do what you want! Don’t worry about traditions or what is expected. It’s your night and you can be as specific as you want to be on what music is played (we gave our DJ a detailed play list and do not play list). Remember what you loved or didn’t love about other people’s wedding music choices and make sure you make your choices based on what you want! The music you choose can really determine the vibe of your reception so keep that in mind.

Congratulations Scott and Dani! I bet your guests had a blast at your wedding! Thanks again to Casie for sharing these great photos with us!
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Love For Lovelies

Last week was my parents’ 42nd wedding anniversary. Yesterday was my sister and her husband 7th wedding anniversary. So another shoutout – Happy Anniversary Kelly and Rob! Love you guys!

In other news, my friend Jess, who is an amazing photographer, shot a gorgeous wedding in the woods, and it was featured on Hi-Fi Weddings yesterday, along with the bride and groom’s awesome playlist from their day. Go check it out!

Have fantastic Tuesday lovelies!

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Thursday Tips | Getting Perspective

Today, I seriously stressed myself out. And guess what? I’m not the one planning a wedding. But I was working on a music post for a friend (songs that get people on the dance floor) that I promised I’d get up by today, I was having lunch with a friend that I haven’t seen in forever, I got a surprise attack visit from my landlord, and then… oh yeah, just 8 hours at the good old day job. Which by the way… I work at a group home for teenage girls who have mental health and substance abuse disorders. So… it’s not what I would call an easy job.

So the point of this very belated Thursday Tips post (it’s already Friday in Central and Eastern time – lucky I’m a Cali girl!) is to say… just relax. When I realized that I was stressing out about blog posts?? I seriously love this blog, don’t get me wrong, but let’s get a little perspective here. It’s a blog post, not the next great American novel.

So… to translate my crazy to yours: when you, fabulous bride-to-be, are stressing about all the nitty gritty details, just take a moment, a deep breath, and look at the big picture. On your day what really matters is being surrounded by friends and family, and celebrating your forever union to the one you love. People remember how happy you were and how much fun you had more than all the little things.

I know that this is a simple tip, but I needed a refresher on it today, so I thought maybe I wasn’t the only one.

You’ll find some much more thoughtful and detailed Thursday Tips on these fantastic blogs: {Every Last Detail} {Bow Ties & Bliss} {The Oceanside Bride} {Catie Ronquillo Photography} {Stremel Photography}
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Everybody Dance Now

If your dream wedding involves people dancing all night long, this list is for you. (Unless you have a live band playing their own music.) I’m always disappointed at weddings when only one type of music is played, because weddings are a blend of all ages, so the music should be a blend as well. I also have a personal distaste for very inappropriate hip hop songs being played when grandma and/or the kids are still around. Don’t get me wrong, I am a hip hop fan, but there are some great ones out there that won’t make your great aunt faint if she happens to catch the lyrics. So, with all that said, here is a list of some great songs from the 50’s to today that are guaranteed to get people moving. The songs with questionable lyrics have an asterisk*, so that you can decide for yourself whether they are appropriate for your wedding. These are the most popular dance/wedding songs from the last 60 years, but if you like more offbeat stuff or want more songs from a specific era, stick around. We won’t leave you hanging.

50’s and 60’s
Twist And Shout – The Beatles
Do You Love Me – The Contours
The Twist – Chubby Checker
I Got You (I Feel Good) – James Brown
Shout – The Isley Brothers
Respect – Aretha Franklin
ABC – Jackson 5
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
California Girls – The Beach Boys
Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
Wild Thing – The Troggs
Gimme Some Lovin‘ The Spencer Davis Group
Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Dance To The Music – Sly & The Family Stone
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
I Want You Back – The Jackson Five

Sweet Home Alabama – LynyrdSkynyrd
Dancing Queen – ABBA
We Are Family – Sister Sledge
Brick House – The Commodores
Stayin‘ Alive – The Bee Gees
Y.M.C.A. – The Village People
Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
Electric Slide – Various Artists
Old Time Rock & Roll – Bob Segar
Get Down Tonight – KC & The Sunshine Band
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough – Michael Jackson
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
(Shake Shake Shake) Shake Your Booty – KC & The Sunshine Band
Grease Megamix – John Travolta & Olivia Newton John
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Last Dance – Donna Summer
You Should Be Dancing – Bee Gees
Proud Mary – Ike & Tina Turner

80’s and 90’s
You Shook Me All Night Long – ACDC*
Love Shack – B52’s
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard*
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-A-Lot*
Livin‘ On A Prayer – BonJovi
Don’t Stop Believin‘ – Journey
Celebration – Kool & The Gang
Billy Jean – Michael Jackson
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
Thriller – Michael Jackson
Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
Jump Around – House Of Pain
Kiss – Prince
Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield
Bust A Move – Young M.C.*
Macarena – Los Del Rio
White Wedding – Billy Idol
Wild Thing – Tone-Loc*
Like A Prayer – Madonna
Push It – Salt-N-Peppa*
1999 – Prince
Super Freak – Rick James
GettinJiggy Wit’ It – Will Smith
The Humpty Dance – Digital Underground
Holiday – Madonna
MonyMony – Billy Idol
Beat It – Michael Jackson
I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls
Brass Monkey – The Beastie Boys
Jump, Jive An’ Wail – Brian Setzer Orchestra
Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
Vogue – Madonna
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) – C+C Music Factory
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
I Love Rock & Roll – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi
Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson
Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
U Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer
What Is Love – Haddaway

Recent Hits
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
Sexyback – Justin Timberlake*
Don’t Stop The Music – Rihanna
Hey Ya! – Outkast
Firework – Katy Perry
Tonight (Radio Edit) – Enrique Iglesias*
Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
ChaCha Slide – DJ Casper
Dynamite – Taio Cruz
Yeah – Usher featuring Ludacris & Lil’ John
Hot In Herre – Nelly*
California Gurls – Katy Perry*
Low – Flo Rida*
Crazy In Love – Beyonce
I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) – Pitcull
Umbrella – Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
The Way I Are – Timbaland Featuring Keri Hilson
Only Girl In The World – Rihanna
Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
Get The Party Started – Pink
My Humps – Black Eyed Peas
Bulletproof – La Roux
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
Gold Digger – Kanye West Featuring Jamie Foxx*
Forever – Chris Brown
4 Minutes – Madonna & Justin Timberlake
Rock Your Body – Justin Timberlake*
Glamorous – Fergie Featuring Ludacris
Stronger – Kanye West*
Hips Don’t Lie – Shakira
Hold It Against Me – Britney Spears*
Rock That Body – Black Eyed Peas
OMG – Usher*
Every Time We Touch – Cascada
Temperature – Sean Paul*
Shake It – Metro Station
S.O.S. (Rescue Me) – Rihanna
Just Dance – Lady GaGa & Colby O’Donis*
Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls*
Gimme More – Britney Spears*
Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
Blame It – Jamie Foxx*
She-Wolf – Shakira
Ain’t No Other Man – Christina Aguilera
Smack That – Akon Featuring Eminem*
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
DJ Got Us Falling In Love – Usher
Put A Ring On It – Beyonce
Circus – Britney Spears
Pon De Replay – Rihanna
FergaliciousFergie Featuring Will.I.Am
Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Say Hey (I Love You)

You can listen to these songs on the “Dance!” playlist on the Listen To The Music page.

What song makes YOU have to get up and dance??
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Guest Post | Lost In This Moment

I am thrilled to have Cheryl as our guest today. Cheryl wrote me a sweet little facebook note, thanking me for commenting on her lovely wedding pictures on The Wedding Pickle. So I asked if she wanted to share a bit about the music from her day and she said yes! Don’t you love making connections like that? I do! So without further ado, here is Cheryl’s story:

I married the love of my life, C.J. Rhody, on November 13, 2010 in Jupiter, Florida. We had a traditional, simplistic Christian ceremony in my husband’s church (Church of the Good Shepherd, Tequesta, FL) followed by a tropically-infused, Key-West style reception at the Sugar Cane Island Bistro (Jupiter, FL).


One of the best dynamics of our relationship is the fact that we are both light-hearted, playful and fun-loving. I was born and raised a spunky Midwest girl and my redneck Romeo (if you will) is a native Floridian with a liking toward all things hunting, fishing and football-related. My passion for the sand and sea lead me to the Sunshine State, where I met and fell in love with C.J….and the rest was history!


We both have a mutual love of country music. This naturally inspired us in our selection process. We wanted to choose songs with lyrics that were heartfelt, sincere and above all relatable. It can be quite difficult for a song to truly express how you feel emotionally, but I do believe our songs came pretty darn close.


My mother and I have both known for quite some time that my perfect Father/Daughter Dance would be set to the lyrics of “I Loved Her First” by Heartland. The song perfectly encapsulates the relationship a father and daughter have, specifically the relationship I have with my own father. My dad always has cheered me on in life, full-heartedly supporting (and often funding) my dreams and passions with an unparalleled confidence. This goes without saying, but my mother played an equally important role, the role of my best friend and confidante. She and I have enjoyed our own dances throughout life, although often to the beat of our own drums! Without the unconditional support, love and compassion my parents bestowed upon me and the upbringing they gave me, I would never have been able to become the confident, ambitious and kind-hearted woman (and wife!) that I am today. An added bonus? The lyrics were a perfect tie-in from our First Dance, “Look at the two of you dancing that way. Lost in the moment and each other’s face.” Blissfully perfect.


When it came to our First Dance as husband and wife, we unanimously agreed that we must dance to Big & Rich’s “Lost in this Moment”. And boy were we glad we did. The wedding was so magical, surreal and fairytale-like. This song perfectly captured those “once-in-a-lifetime” emotions we were experiencing as we said “I Do”. The lyrics mention the Christian elements of a marriage, which was also incredibly important to us in planning our wedding The words to our first dance also describe “Watching all my dreams comes true, lost in this moment with you”, which is exactly what happened.


Our wedding party danced to Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” which fits our cast of friends perfectly and is the ultimate Southern celebration song. Not to mention a great way to get the reception started!


The icing on the cake? As a wedding present to me, my hubby signed us up for ballroom dance lessons and even helped orchestrate the perfect routine for our song. For a former football player and avid outdoorsman, that is unconditional love.

Photos by Alexi Shields, Palm Beach Wedding Photography

I’m so happy that Cheryl shared her story with us! What a beautiful wedding! You can see more beautiful photos from Cheryl and CJ’s wedding via The Wedding Pickle: Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
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Real Wedding | Rochelle & Ernie

Real weddings posts are awesome. Looking at pictures of pretty brides, grooms who love them, and all the fun details… well, I could do it all day. (And sometimes I do! Shh, don’t tell.) But this real wedding is extra special. Because I was there! The bride is my friend Rochelle, and she and her husband Ernie had a beautiful and super fun wedding that I’m excited to share with you guys!

From Rochelle: We met in our church youth group when I was 13 and he 16. We were not fast friends though. I accidentally slammed his head in a sliding glass door by kicking it shut when I wanted some privacy. We were never in high school at the same time because he’s older. We had mutual friends and so we started hanging out together and developed a really solid friendship (my heart was else where and he was like an older brother.) Five years later, my heart changed in what felt like a moment (total lightbulb realization) and we started dating the summer before my junior year in college. Another five years later we were married 🙂 He proposed by leading me to the edge of a cliffside near the beach and below he had arranged driftwood to spell out “marry me” in the sand with a personally prepared picnic.

So sweet. Ernie and Rochelle were married at the Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, California. These beautiful photos were captured by Cecily Parrish Photography.


The Playlist
Processional: Sweet Afton, by Nickel Creek (instrumental version on acoustic guitar)
Bridal Entrance: Canon in D (acoustic guitar)
Recession: Don’t Stop Believing, by Vitamin String Quartet
Reception Entrance: Ring of Fire and Darlin’ Companion, by Johnny Cash
First Dance/Father-Daughter/Mother-Son: Wonderful Tonight, by Eric Clapton
Reception Exit: You Are The Best Thing, by Ray LaMontagne

Coordinator: Fancy’s Events

Hope you had as much fun looking at these lovelies as I did, reliving the day! Thanks for
sharing with us Rochelle!
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Real Wedding | Holly & Bill

I have yet another fabulous wedding to share with you all today. Holly submitted these beautiful photos of her posh and elegant wedding to the love of her life, Bill.

Here’s what Holly had to say:

We got married on October 4 at Slatersville Congregational Churchand had the reception at Providence Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.
I met my husband back in 2000. I just graduated college and was moving back to my home state of Rhode Island to start law school. We met and dated for a few years and then moved in together in Newport, RI where we lived for about 5 years. We decided to buy a house in 2006. He didn’t propose to me until October of 2008. I guess I had just grown accustomed to our long term relationship…but the proposal surprised me! I’m a little nosy and had no idea. He took me out to eat at the restaurant/bar we met at . Then we did a little trip down memory lane to some spots that meant a lot to us that we used to hang out at when we lived in Newport, RI.

When we planned our wedding we wanted it to be classic, elegant and sophisticated. My husband pooh pooh-ed a lot of my fun ideas since he was so concerned about it being elegant. So, we opted to have it in the historic Biltmore Hotel. The grand ballroom has massive ornate ceilings with huge windows with a spectacular view of the city. Even though the hotel was amazing, my favorite part of the day was exchanging our vows. We wrote our own and opted to each read one vow to the other and went back and forth instead of having one person read theirs and then the other. I also loved that we took an hour by ourselves for pictures with our photographer. It kind of slowed things down and made the day not fly by.

Holly and Bill danced to “Someone Like You,” by Van Morrison. They used their second favorite, “The Luckiest,” by Ben Folds, to start off the after-dinner dancing.
Photos by Melissa Robotti

Thank you so much for sharing your photos and story Holly! It was a privilege to get a peek into your lovely day.

Go check out Holly’s lovely blog, Becoming Mrs. Allan.
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