Tanya’s biggest priority for her wedding was that people would dance. She wanted a band with an energy and repertoire that would guarantee that the dance floor was never quiet and her reception would be one that her guests would never forget. Fortunately, a work friend put her on to The Usual Suspects, and a vision was fulfilled.
Tanya and Matt had very definite ideas about what they wanted to hear on the night and brought a whole lot of suggestions to the band in the lead up to the big day. Must-haves included The Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Daft Punk and Michael Jackson – once we saw these names, we knew we were going to love working with them; and that The Usual Suspects would indeed be a perfect fit! For the special moments in the evening, the happy couple chose the following:
Bridal Party Entrance: September – Earth, Wind & Fire. Starting the party with a disco classic!
Bride and Groom’s Entrance: Finally – Cece Peniston. Showing their sense of humour with a subtle bit of tongue-in-cheek. ‘Finally’ is not only a hilarious choice for weddings, but a go-to dance floor hit.
Cake Cutting: Everything I Do I Do It For You – Brian Adams. A sentimental option always works well to heighten the moment.
Bridal Waltz: At Last – Etta James. Effortlessly beautiful and so romantic – this classic is a bridal waltz favourite for a reason.
Farewell Song: Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles. Ending the night on yet another humorous note!
Congratulations Tanya and Matt! It was a pleasure to be involved in such a wonderful celebration, and we hope your night was everything you envisioned and more!
Fort Denison is such an incredible venue to work with. Nestled in the gorgeous Sydney Harbour, this iconic, heritage listed site always makes for a truly unique event experience. Which, of course, made it the perfect spot for Kate and Steven’s elaborate, Gatsby themed extravaganza!
As a massive fan of Baz Lurhmann’s The Great Gatsby, Kate wanted her wedding to be as dazzling and as epic as the film itself. Our DJ Damo entertained guests with some vintage jazz standards, mingled in with pop favourites from the movie’s soundtrack – the end result was an authentic 20s vibe with a fun and modern party edge. The marquee looked absolutely amazing draped in delicate fairy lights; and the bride was stunning in an elegant, flapper-inspired lace gown.
The couple stayed thematically on-point for the special moments of the night, opting for the following song choices:
Bridal Party Entrance: Crazy In Love – Emeli Sande. The catchy, quirky cover of the Beyonce hit from Lurhmann’s masterpiece set the tone for the night perfectly!
Bridal Waltz: Power of Love- Gabrielle Aplin. This dreamy piece was absolutely lovely and so, so romantic for the first dance. They chose to liven things up afterwards by kicking straight into A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie, Q Tip and Goon Rock (also from the Gatsby soundtrack) – definitely got the dance floor going!
Farewell Song: Young & Beautiful – Lana Del Rey. Winding down the party with this hugely ethereal and magically sweet track was such a nice touch. The lyrics convey such a wonderful message for Kate and Steven’s future and these perfectly planned musical details really brought the night together!
Congratulations Kate and Steven! It was great working with you guys and we wish you both so much for your lives together – if the wedding was any indication, they’ll be filled with romance, happiness and fun!