Kristen and Wesley Bray – Saturday, October 27th, 2007; Cicada Restaurant Los Angeles

Kristen and Wes called me because one of their friends had seen me at a previous wedding, and liked my style. As soon as I met them at their home in Pasadena, I was pretty sure that I would be able to make them very happy!

They had met back in college at UCSB, and had been going out for…“a while.” Hanging out with them in their living room and getting to know each other was a lot of fun, and one of the first things I learned was that their favorite cerveza is Pacifico.

They were looking for a fun and upbeat celebration where everyone would have a great time, as they both have outgoing families, and there would be a hosted bar. I also found out that Wes really knows his music!

Kristen’s main concern was even though it was her day, she didn’t want to be “in the spotlight” too much, and we discussed ideas for their wedding program that made her feel comfortable. We also talked about some staging and layout options to best utilize Cicada’s awesome two story art deco design.

On the big day, they arrived with their wedding party, and all of their guests were enjoying piano and classical guitar selections that were playing on my system. Their ceremony began with the seating of their grandparents and parents to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable,” and Wes’ Uncle Craig was their officiant.

At the conclusion of their ceremony, everyone rose to their feet and applauded as Harry Connick Jr.’s “It Had To Be You” set the tone for the cocktail and dinner atmosphere!

Upstairs in the lounge, their guests enjoyed classic cocktails and the crooning of “Max,” who specializes in “Rat Pack” selections. Max is one cool cat, and he also performs during the week at Cicada.

Their grand entrance was truly grand, as we had each bridesmaid and groomsman walk down either side of the staircase, then they joined each other on the landing, and continued down the rest of the way to the head table. It was sophisticated, and dramatic!

Wes escorted Kristen down the stairs, and they went right into their first dance with Max’s stellar rendition of “Fly Me To The Moon.”

During dinner, since Kristen loves the rat pack crooner classics, Max sang for a while, and then I took over.

When it was time to get down and party, it was a big mix of Motown, soul, 80’s, Top 40, and….the song of the night? A little backstory….during our planning meeting, Wes mentioned that “The Darkness” was their “inside joke band” from their college days, but he got busy with work, and didn’t have a chance to email me their favorite songs, or bring the CD.

So the night before their wedding, I hopped on iTunes, and downloaded a few of what sounded like “The Darkness’” best hits.

Around 1130PM, Wes suddenly had a flashback! He apologetically asked if perhaps, by any chance (?) I just happened to have any of “The Darkness” songs, and I showed him what I had on file.

His face lit up, he pointed to their favorite (“Girlfriend”), we got all of their friends out to the middle of the dance floor, and it was two and a half minutes of “one hit wonder” pandemonium! All I can say is that they are some of “The Darkness’” biggest fans!

Kristen and Wes ended their evening by saying their farewells, and I remember chatting with their parents for a little, and we agreed that it was a successful event….classic, fun, and it fit their vision and personalities, perfectly.

It’s a few months past their one year anniversary as I type this, and Kristen can’t believe that time has gone by so fast.

Congratulations to Mr. And Mrs. Wesley Bray. Keep on dancing!

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