Mark & Amanda
Mark and Amanda had both gone through a divorce and just so happened to join the same dating site. With them both being single parents, finding the time and opportunity to go somewhere and meet someone was nearly impossible. After many many crazy messages giving up on finding that certain someone seemed like the only option for both of them, that is until Amanda came across Mark’s profile picture of him, his 3 kids and his smile. Amanda had a notion from the universe that this person was different than all of the previous people she had encountered. She took a chance and sent a message to him...and waited. If she’s anything like I am, I’d keep checking and refreshing and checking and refreshing. Mark responded 2 days after Amanda sent her message. They began talking and...here we are; Mr. & Mrs.
Mark and Amanda wanted a 1920s theme and as fate would have it they found the arcade theater; built in 1920s and very much had that vintage vibe that the happy couple was looking for. The entire theater had a candle lit glow and the table centerpieces were topped off with a flapper girl flavor. The walls were lined with gold uplighting giving the overall room a black and gold feel; No doubt due to an affinity for our New Orleans Saints.
While guest were arriving and seating, Love Me Like You Do (Ellie Goulding) Always Remember Me This Way (Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper) and Time of My Life (Bill Medley) were played. We had a Stage 1 Music first during Mark and the officiant‘s walk up...A violin cover of Gangster’s Paradise. The theme from The Notebook was selected for the parents procession while Young & Beautiful (Lana Del Rey) set the tone for the bridal party. Finally, Amanda proceeded down the aisle to a violin cover of Crazy in Love (Allison Sparrow) and it was like something out of a movie...as if the violin’s notes carried her down to Mark. The officiant was very engaging and kept the mood as magical as the atmosphere. Mark and Amanda wrote their own vows, which was the highlight of the ceremony of course. In my opinion, the vows were more important because they didn’t only vow to each other, but just as equally the children. Mark even went as far as to gently threaten the young man that would eventually date one of the girls. It’s that kind of father protectiveness that we are overall missing in today’s day in time. Just before the ceremony concluded, Mark presented Amanda with a New Orleans Saints jersey. (Well done Mark!)...another Stage 1 first. Finally, our now married couple exited the ceremony to Nothing’s Going To Stop Us Now (Starship) which obviously made a statement!
The reception opened to with the Couple’s Dance setting the tone, signifying that we are officially in celebration mode. Amanda and Mark entered the reception to none other than Halftime (Ying Yang Twins) and danced to What’s Mine is Yours (Kane Brown). It was mentioned that this song was chosen because when they heard it, they felt it was the perfect song because of the lyrics. The idea of sharing everything together, I would assume. Amanda danced with her father to Daddy Dance With Me (Krystal Keith) followed by Mark and his mother to Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Milder), However midway through it was time to Get Your Roll On (Big Tymers)...That’s right, Mark AND his mother danced to Get Your Roll On! We do not have a picture of it (I’m sure someone does), but that is a moment Mark will cherish forever.
Throughout the reception we received requests that covered every corner of our library. Amanda and Mark’s taste in music seemed to have no bounds; Some of the music they asked for prior to the wedding; Brick House (The Commodores), Wipe Me Down (Foxx), I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston) and “Friends In Low Places” (Garth Brooks). As we looked around the room, everyone was having a great time, singing, dancing, eating, drinking….celebrating would be the collective word! Amanda tossed her bouquet to Dear Future Husband (Meghan Trainor) and for the garter toss, Mark selected The Wolf (Spencer Lee Band) then proceeded to entertain his bride and guests with a “tasteful” striptease dance; Definitely an attention grabber, and I’ve never heard of the song, but it was the perfect choice! Throughout the amount of various genres we covered during the reception, I’d have to say Called Me By My Name (David Allen Coe) had to be a highlight. I do not recall seeing anyone not singing along. Although the energy was high, when our time was up, Mark and Amanda selected Save The Last Dance For Me (The Drifters) as their last song. What a great way to finish out the evening. Congratulations to Mark and Amanda- Best Wishes*