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Ian and Betsy Beautiful Family Wedding - San Diego Botanic Garden

Ian and Betsy were married at the San Diego Botanic Garden on July 20, 2018

Ian and Betsy were married at the San Diego Botanic Garden on July 20, 2018

Weddings are generally the beginning of two lives together. But often times, it is more than just two; and it can be the beginning of a new family life together.

Such was the case with Ian and Betsy wedding day, July 20, 2018. There love for one another was equal to that of their own children. It was touching to see how much these two wove together their kids into various parts of the day. From the ceremony, to the grand entrance and all of the dancing, this day was not just for them, but for their amazing family.

What a pleasure to be a part of all of that. Here’s a look at their setlist.

First Dance

Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You

Dinner
Bay Ledges - Safe
Charlie Puth - Some Type Of Love
The Lumineers - Ophelia
Mr. Probz - Till You're Loved
John Mayer - Half Of My Heart
Capital Cities - Safe And Sound
Noah Cyrus f./Labrinth - Make Me (Cry)
Khalid - Location
Vance Joy - Fire And The Flood
A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Naughty By Nature - Jamboree
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Steve Winwood - Higher Love
Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (Slushii Remix)
Blackstreet, Blinky Blink, Mase & Mya - Take Me There
Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (Select Mix Remix)
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Carl Carlton - She's a Bad Mamma Jamma

Open Dancing
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Beatles - Twist & Shout
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Chris Brown - Run It
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Kanye West - Touch The Sky
Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
The Temptations - My Girl
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Jersey Boys - December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine
The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind
Louis Armstrong - Cheek to Cheek
Drake - God's Plan
Flo Rida - Low
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Usher - Yeah
Nelly - Hot In Here
Michael Buble - Everything
Natalie Cole - This Will Be an Everlasting Love
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Rascal Flatts - Bless the Broken Road

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies:
Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Catering: Miho
Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden
Photography: Lillywhite Photography(all photos in this blog, courtesy of Lillywhite Photography)

Kori and Joey's Wedding Dance Party at Calimigos Ranch; Malibu, California

Kori and Joey’s first dance at their Calimigos Ranch Wedding.

Kori and Joey’s first dance at their Calimigos Ranch Wedding.

Calimigos Ranch was the location for Kori and Joey’s summer wedding. Nestled in Malibu, it was the first time I traveled to this incredible venue. It was an amazing dance party, topped off with a special rendition of “Jump Around” for all of the fans of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Here’s a look at the full setlist:

First Dance
Celine Dion - How Does a Moment Last Forever

Dinner
Solange - Cranes In The Sky
LP - Lost On You
HAIM - Want You Back
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Gavin DeGraw - Chariot
Bay Ledges - Safe
Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet
Toto - Africa
Backstreet Boys - I Want ItThat Way
Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (Select Mix Quick Trax)
Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U
Gerry Rafferty - Bakerstreet (Select Mix Remix)
Lauv - I Like Me Better
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Cheat Codes f./Fetty Wap - Feels Great
George Ezra - Budapest

Father/Daughter Dance
The Temptations - My Girl

Mother/Son Dance
Blake Shelton - Forever Young

Open Dancing
Pharrell Williams - Happy
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Usher f. Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah
House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA
N.E.R.D. ft Rihanna - Lemon (Mr. Collipark Remix)
Jackson 5 - Want You Back (Z-Trip Acapella In Remix)
Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray to O.P.P.
ZEDD, Maren Morris & Grey - The Middle
Third Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life (Pat C's Mashup)
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love
Beyonce - Single Ladies
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T
Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
Avicii, Aloe Blacc - Wake Me Up
Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good (Select Mix Remix)
Flo Rida - Low
Otis Day & the Knights - Shout
Tupac - California Love
Dr. Dre - Next Episode
Sam Hunt - House Party (Bpm Supreme ReDrum)
Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (Select Mix Remix)

Last Dance
Jennifer Warnes - I've Had The Time of My Life

Makenna and Daniel's Fairy Tale Wedding - Hotel Del Coronado

Makenna and Daniel pose on the beach next to a custom sandcastle after their wedding ceremony at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Makenna and Daniel pose on the beach next to a custom sandcastle after their wedding ceremony at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Makenna and Daniel’s first dance in the Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Makenna and Daniel’s first dance in the Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado.

I’ve DJ’d/MC’d many weddings at the Hotel Del Coronado during the past 15-plus years, but this one might have been the most beautiful. From the ceremony all the way through the reception, it was beautifully designed fairy tale showcasing the love of Makenna and Daniel for their June 16, 2018 wedding.

For their first dance, they chose the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s duet, “The Rest of Our Life.” A sweet song, with the perfect lyrics for a young couple starting their journey in life.

“Even if time takes its toll, we'll stay young for the rest of our lives”

To get the dance floor started, Makenna had a great idea to play a song for her mom, as we transitioned out of the Father/Daughter dance. This was a great idea, as she noted that the mother of the bride usually doesn’t have a designated dance for her.

So we played, naturally, “Mom,” by Meghan Trainor. This was a fun way to kick off the night.

Here’s a look at all the music from the night.

First Dance
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - The Rest of Our Life

Dinner
X Ambassadors - Unsteady (Stash Konig Remix)
Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U (Promo Only Intro Edit)
HAIM & BloodPop - Little Of Your Love (Remix)
Chris Malinchak - Magic
Snakehips & MO - Don't Leave (Throttle Remix Full Radio Edit - Clean)
Halsey - Colors (Blonde Remix Radio Edit)
Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Le Youth Remix)
Lost Frequencies f./Sandro Cavazza - Beautiful Life
Christina Aguilera - Telepathy (Rare Candy Radio Edit)
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till Get You Get Enough (Hot Classics Remix)
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (Select Mix Remix)
Macklemore, Skylar Grey - Glorious (Select Mix Remix)
Solange - Cranes In The Sky
LP - Lost On You
HAIM - Want You Back
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Gavin DeGraw - Chariot
Bay Ledges - Safe
Charlie Puth - Some Type Of Love (Select Mix Remix)
The Lumineers - Ophelia
Mr. Probz - Till You're Loved
John Mayer - Half Of My Heart
Capital Cities - Safe And Sound
Bebe Rexha f./Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be
Lauv - I Like Me Better
Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet
Noah Cyrus f./Labrinth - Make Me (Cry)
Khalid - Location
Colbie Caillat - I Do
Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U
The Temptations - My Girl
Backstreet Boys X Jonas Blue - I Want It That Way X Fast Car (DJ Ragoza Bootleg)
Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car (Promo Only Quick Edit)
Mr. Belt & Wezol ft Aevion - One More Day
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey - The Middle
Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar - Don't Wanna Know (Select Mix Remix)
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Toto - Africa
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely

Father/Daughter Dance
Tim McGraw - My Little Girl

Mother/Son Dance
Le Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

Open Dancing
Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor - Mom
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Usher - Yeah
House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
Sam Hunt - House Party (Select Mix Quick Trax)
Bruno Mars & Cardi B - Finesse
Jackson 5 - Want You Back (Z-Trip Acapella In Remix)
B-52's - Love Shack
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Pink f. Lily Rose Cooper - True Love
Maroon 5 f./SZA - What Lovers Do
Iggy Azalea - Fancy (Seize Where The Ladies At Edit)
Jack Black - Let's Get It On
G-Eazy f./A$AP Rocky & Cardi B - No Limit (PO Clean Edit)
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall - JuJu On That Beat
Miranda Lambert - Little Red Wagon
Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
AC/DC - Shook Me All Night Long
Flo Rida - Low
Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
Rihanna vs Riggi & Piros vs Sidney Samson & Tujamo vs La Roux - S&M Bulletproof
Icona Pop f./Charli XCX - I Love It
Camila Cabello ft Young Thug - Havana (Pat C's Better On Me Mashup)
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
Tupac - California Love
Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA
N.E.R.D. ft Rihanna - Lemon (Mr. Collipark Remix)
Flo Rida - My House
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f./Justin Bieber - Despacito (Remix)
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Otis Day & the Knights - Shout

Last Dance
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance

Vendor Team
DJ and Emcee: DJ Kanoya Productions
Photographer: The Youngrens
Venue: Hotel Del Coronado
Event Design and Coordination: Emily Smiley Fine Weddings and Soirees

Michelle and Cameron’s Destination Wedding at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Michelle and Cameron pose by a fountain after their wedding ceremony at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Michelle and Cameron pose by a fountain after their wedding ceremony at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Michelle and Cameron made their special day a destination wedding for them and many of their guests. And there’s not much of a better place in North County San Diego than the San Diego Botanic Garden.

There were some great musical highlights as well, which included a Polynesian dance (led by Michelle) and some interesting covers for their first dance and the father/daughter dance.

Michelle’s musician dad, and a total rocker, chose to dance with his daughter to Sweet Child ‘O Mine. This would have been epic with Gun ‘n’ Roses, but he found a sweet, acoustic, mellow version. A version I had never heard before.

And for their first dance, Michelle and Cameron chose the classic Elvis Presley tune, Can’t Help Falling In Love. However, it was a version performed by 21 Pilots.

Some great moments and great music. Here’s the rest of the setlist.

First Dance
21 Pilots - Can’t Help Falling In Love

Dinner
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Colbie Caillat - Brighter Than The Sun
HAIM - Want You Back
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Gavin DeGraw - Chariot
Bay Ledges - Safe
Charlie Puth - Some Type Of Love (Select Mix Remix)
Bastille - Pompeii
Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet
Beatles - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Carl Carlton - She's a Bad Mamma Jamma
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Foster The People - Sit Next To Me
Backstreet Boys X Jonas Blue - I Want It That Way X Fast Car (DJ Ragoza Bootleg)
Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car
Mr. Belt & Wezol ft Aevion - One More Day
Colbie Caillat - I Do
Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills

Mother/Son Dance
Mark Masri - A Mother’s Love

Father/Daughter Dance
Jasmine Thompson - Sweet Child Of Mine

Open Dancing
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Pacific Soul/Marina lyrics - O Le Taualuga
Willie K. - You Ku'uipo
Archies - Sugar, Sugar
The Temptations - My Girl
Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Flo Rida - Low
Silento - Watch Me
Usher - Yeah
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey - The Middle
Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
J Balvin & Willy William - Mi Gente
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
Casper - Cha Cha Slide
Jay Sean - Do You Remember
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine
Beatles - Twist & Shout
B-52's - Love Shack
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Bruno Mars & Cardi B - Finesse
Scratch Sample - Ahh, Fresh, Aww Yeah
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
DJ Khaled f./Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning

Last Dance
Lumineers- Sleep On The Floor

A highlight for me was the coffee bar Michelle and Cameron set-up at their wedding.

A highlight for me was the coffee bar Michelle and Cameron set-up at their wedding.

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies:
Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Catering: Bottaro
Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden
Photography: True Photography

Denise and Kevin's Lodge at Torrey Pines Wedding

Kevin and Denise share a post ceremony moment under a tree at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Kevin and Denise share a post ceremony moment under a tree at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Denise and Kevin celebrated a beautiful wedding at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in San Diego. For their first dance, they choose “Lights Down Low” a sweet pop song that was a perfect start to the evening.

It was clear their guests were ready to dance as soon as dinner wound down, because they actually did just that before the floor was officially opened up. I certainly was not going to stop them.

Here’s a look at the setlist.
First Dance
Max - Lights Down Low

Father/Daughter Dance
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight

Mother/Son Dance
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

Dinner
Colbie Caillat - Fallin For You
Chris Malinchak - Magic
HAIM & BloodPop - Little Of Your Love (Remix)
Snakehips & MO - Don't Leave
Halsey - Colors (Blonde Remix Radio Edit)
Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Le Youth Remix)
Lost Frequencies f./Sandro Cavazza - Beautiful Life
Christina Aguilera - Telepathy (Rare Candy Radio Edit)
Hotel Garuda - Smoke Signals
Solange - Cranes In The Sky
LP - Lost On You
HAIM - Want You Back
Bay Ledges - Safe
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Bee Gees vs Bruno Mars - Stayin Alive (Serafin Finesse Edit)
Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels (Fabian EWF Mix)
Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again
Capital Cities - Safe And Sound
Noah Cyrus f./Labrinth - Make Me (Cry)
Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U
Justin Timberlake - Senorita
Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (Slushii Remix)
Blackstreet - No Diggity (Mayeda Twerk Remix)
Kygo f./Justin Jesso - Stargazing (PO PopRoXxX Intro Edit)
Ed Sheeran vs Joe Maz - Shape Of You (Dynamiq Edit)
Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne - Rather Be (Mighty Mi & Slugworth Twerk Mix)
Backstreet Boys X Jonas Blue - I Want It That Way X Fast Car (DJ Ragoza Bootleg)
Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car

Open Dancing First Set
Boogie Vice - Bel Air
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
Flo Rida - Low
Avicii - Levels
Flo Rida - Good Feeling
Mariah Carey - Emotions

Bouquet Toss
Iggy Azalea - Fancy (Seize Where The Ladies At Edit)

Open Dancing Second Set
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Meghan Trainor f./John Legend - Like I'm Gonna Lose You
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
Young MC - Bust A Move
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T (remix)
Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
Pink - Raise Your Glass
Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations (Select Mix Remix)
Lika Morgan - Hit Me
Klingande - Jubel
Dua Lipa - New Rules
J Balvin & Willy William f./Beyonce - Mi Gente (Single Remix)
Lionel Richie - You Are
Lionel Richie - All Night Long
Usher - Yeah
Party Break - Montel Party Break
Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)
House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
N.E.R.D. ft Rihanna - Lemon (Mr. Collipark Remix)
Queen, Notorious B.I.G. - Fat Bottom Girls Hypnotize
Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
Biggie vs Young MA - Hypnotize vs Ooouuu (DJ EDiT Mashup)
DJ Snake & Lil jon Vs Finatticz - Turn Down For Thun Thun (Acapella In To Turn Down)
Bruno Mars & Cardi B - Finesse
Sister Sledge - We Are Family
Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
Flo Rida f./Robin Thicke & Verdine White - I Don't Like It, I Love It
Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
DJ Khaled f./Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Luniz - I Got 5 On It
Blackstreet ft Dr. Dre - No Diggity
Biz Markie - Just A Friend
50 Cent - In Da Club
DMX - Party Up In Here
Elvis Crespo - Suavemente
Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval
Tupac - California Love
Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg, Kurup & Nate Dogg - The Next Episode
Britney Spears - Baby One More Quickie
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)

Last Dance
Avicii - Wake Me Up