Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Ramada Inn, Grand Forks
Photos by Sustad Photography
I’ve been slacking about these blog posts, but not today! Plus, its approximately 135 below zero outside, so its not like I’m going anywhere.
The weather presents some challenges, but it seems like most things went off without any real problems. The photographer did mention that, during outside photos (wait… OUTSIDE?!), she had to ask them to not breath. And while you wonder how that works… it was more than cold enough that each breath made the little steam clouds, and they were showing up in all the photos, covering faces.
Video slide show on a loop during the first part of the evening.
Nice that they schedule a bit of extra time: social started at 5pm, dinner isn’t until 6:30.
Speeches were really good. Two best men (Chris’ brothers) and two on Tiffany’s side. Both of the ladies were extraordinarily nervous, and yet, well prepared and did very well. On the men’s side, big brothers and dad all mentioned how they were expecting baby Chris to be baby sister. Oh well…
A traditional start to the dance, with my one change: Tiffany and Chris approved my special, custom short versions of their songs. Each just over two minutes meant that their first dance, father-daughter, and mother-son dances totally about 7 minutes, instead of about 12 the original versions would have meant. Everyone gets their moment, and the guests get involved that much sooner.
Chris is 90’s country, most of the guests were pretty typical, and one bridesmaid desperately wanted more new music but it just didn’t work out for me to play as much as she would have liked.
Here are tonight’s songs. An asterisk marks a request:
1st: “Me and You” by Kenny Chesney
Father/bride: “Daddy Dance with Me” by Krystal Keith
Mother/groom: “A Mother’s Song” by T. Carter
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars
Billie Jean – Michael Jackson
*Celebration – Kool and the Gange
Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) – Silento
Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley
[I was told to play a few polkas]
In Heaven There is No Beer – Frankie Yankovic
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
Fishin’ in the Dark – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
*Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
Make My Dreams Come True – Hall and Oates
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
Sugar – Maroon 5
Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammar
Low – Flo Rida
Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot
Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex
Thank God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver
Callin’ Baton Rouge – Garth Brooks
You Look So Good in Love – George Strait
If You’re Gonna Play in Texas – Alabama
Sold (Grundy County Auction) – John Michael Montgomery
*Queen of My Double Wide – Sammy Kershaw
*YMCA – Village People
Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Little Willy – Sweet
Twist and Shout – Beatles
Wobble – V.I.C.
Yeah – Usher
Crazy in Love – Beyonce
Turn Down for What – DJ Snake
*Broccoli – D.R.A.M.
Ignition (remix) – R.Kelly
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
*Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
*Party for Two – Shania Twain and Billy Currington
Chattahoochee – Alan Jackson
*Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Everyday – Luke Bryan
Redneck Girl – Bellamy Brothers
*That Summer – Garth Brooks
Run Around Sue – Dion and the Belmonts
Cecilia – Simon and Garfunkel
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Grease Megamix – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
Walk this Way – Run DMC
Another One Bites the Dust – Queen
Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
*Old Thing Back – Matoma and Notorious B.I.G.
Tiny Dancer – Elton John
Shut Up and Dance With Me – Walk the Moon
500 Miles – Proclaimers