Niki and Frank, a fun-loving couple from Miami, Florida, wanted a small, intimate Colorado destination wedding in the Rocky Mountains. They chose Estes Park, and the Della Terra Mountain Chateau, for their special day in early November.
Their 49 guests all traveled to the Colorado destination wedding, so Niki and Frank wanted to be sure everyone had a fun, memorable time. The Estes Park wedding featured a late-afternoon ceremony and evening reception in a lovely venue, ensuring it would be elegant and romantic. Because they love to dance and party, the couple wanted to make sure that there was plenty of good music that got people dancing, and a great wedding MC/DJ. Enter Matt Martindale with Amore’ DJ Entertainment.
Niki works as a project manager, and Frank is a commercial painter and musician, so they approached planning a Colorado destination wedding with high expectations on how the day would flow, and the role that music would play in both the ceremony and the reception. Matt responded, providing his usual seamless and customized wedding celebration, complete with perfect musical selections for a day that would reflect the couple’s tastes and personality, while tastefully entertaining guests.
The couple said of the experience planning their wedding from afar with Matt:
“Matt took two hours from his day to chat with me via Skype – before I even looked at a contract! Since we were planning our wedding from Miami, it was important that our vendors be available to communicate with us online. Matt went above and beyond by connecting to us. Also, this is truly Matt’s passion, and it shows through his attention to detail and his creativity.”
To set the tone for the day of the Rocky Mountain wedding, guests received a printed wedding guide with a timeline of the day’s events, along with information on the wedding party. This way, everyone knew the precise time everything would happen, and who the “players” were for each part of the celebration.
When guests arrived for the ceremony, they were greeted selections from the Vitamin String Quartet (VSQ) playing covers of classic rock songs as they were seated. Selections included Billy Joel’s Piano Man, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Journey’s Faithfully, and many more. The wedding party entered to a rendition by the same group of Muse’s Knights of Caledonia; and the bride walked down the aisle to VSQ’s version of Starlight. The recessional tune was the original Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen.
Immediately after the ceremony, Matt coordinated having all the guests move outdoors into the clear, crisp mountain air for a quick group photo, while the wedding party had a variety of photos taken and prepared for the reception.
The reception featured a lineup of musical selections that ran the gamut of eras, artists, and styles, from country to classic rock to line dance favorites to Motown, and more. The wedding party and the new couple entered to Lady Gaga’s You and I; the first dance tune was Otis Redding’s That’s How Strong My Love Is
; and the cake was cut to the Archies’ Sugar, Sugar.
Niki and her dad danced to LeAnne Womack’s I Hope You Dance
; Frank and his mom shared a dance to My Wish by Rascall Flatts. The Snowball Dance was done to a brilliant remix of The Twist by Chubby Checker; the bouquet toss featured Lenny Kravitz’s version of American Woman.
With tons of dancing, laughter, and smiles throughout the reception, the last dance was Fun’s We Are Young. The couple and their guests had loads of fun and left with great memories of a fantastic evening that went off without a hitch. A special local guest even made an appearance, an unusual site for the out-of-town guests.
The couple noted that Matt’s coordination of a brief open mic session after the formal toasts to the couple were done was a special touch that helped make the event a very memorable wedding for them and their guests, courtesy of Amore DJ Entertainment.
Their Wedding Wire review:
“Had a great time. Matt is very thorough and caring and wants the best day for the newlyweds. Thanks it was a blast!” Frank and Niki