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May 07, 2012

there are so many decisions and plans when it comes to a wedding – color choices, flowers, flavor of wedding cake, etc. one of the items on the top of my agenda were the songs. I have been surrounded by music since birth – my grandmother was a music teacher for most of her life and both of my parents had large album collections when they met that combined into an impressive collection of everything ranging from broadway musicals and jazz to classical and bluegrass – so my tastes are pretty eclectic and music is a huge part of my life. I think that the songs played throughout a wedding give me a glimpse about my couples and their families that I may not always see through my lens – some are romantic and sentimental, others are classic and upbeat and some just plain hysterical (‘bad to the bone’ anyone?). our choices weren’t very traditional but perfect for us on that day

processional of bridal party: in my life – the beatles

my walk down the aisle: if I had the world to give – the grateful dead

recessional: god only knows – the beach boys

first dance: steady as we go – dave matthews band

father/daughter dance: the way you look tonight – frank sinatra

mel had some fun choices as well…. as she walked out there were celtic bagpipes and her first dance with mike was don’t let me fall by lenka. after shooting over 300 weddings… we have heard it all. while some of the classics are great (who can really hate ‘at last’ by etta james? even if you’ve heard it 1,000 times)  but I prefer original and sometimes offbeat choices because you know that either it’s ‘their song’ or a song that says everything that they feel on that day. so with no further adieu, I have compiled a small list of some of my favorite choices of our fabulous couples!  :)


  • here comes the sun – the beatles
  • viva la vida – coldplay
  • somewhere only we know – keane
  • happy together – the turtles
  • I will – the beatles

first dance:

  • all I want is you – barry louis polisar
  • no place to fall – isabel campbell
  • it must be love – madness
  • harvest moon – neil young
  • come by me – harry connick jr
  • #40 – dave matthews band


father/daughter dance:

  • father and daughter – paul simon
  • daughter – louden wainwright
  • how you’ve grown – 10,000 maniacs

mother/son dance

  • loves me like a rock – paul simon (again!)
  • sweet child o mine – sheryl crow
  • you are my sunshine – ray charles

and when your dad writes you a song just for your wedding day? and performs it at the reception? well it doesn’t get much better than that!

we can’t wait to hear what this season will bring!