“Good Evening, buenas noches, buona sera. Welcome to, bienvenidos al, benvenuto a tutti al: Courtyard at the Eden Resort!
The newlyweds, los recién casados, gli sposi: Mr. & Mrs. / El Señor y Señora / Signore e Signora: Andrea & Sol Pellerito!!!”
That’s how I welcomed and introduced this past weekend’s couple. Why, you ask? The bride and her family are from the Dominican Republic, and much of her family and friends were native Spanish speakers. The groom and his family are from Sicily, Italy, and his parents did not speak a lick of English.
Being a native Spanish speaker myself, and having a grandmother who doesn’t speak English, I know how important it is for non-English speakers to feel like they’re part of the celebration. So I did many announcements throughout the evening in English, Spanish, and Italian.
Our day with Andrea and Sol started with their ceremony in the Courtyard with Rev. Kelly Jo Singleton officiating. We love working with her; she’s such a sweet, gentle woman and our favorite officiant. She’s great, and we HIGHLY recommend working with her.
After the ceremony, guests moved up to the bar at Arthur’s inside the Eden to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, while the Pellerito’s and their friends and family hung back at the Courtyard for pictures with Todd Spitler Photography.
Funny story about Todd Spitler: the last time Mike and I worked at the Courtyard was with Todd Spitler as the photographer.
I love doing Introductions at the Courtyard because of how large the room is, and how dramatic the walk down from the entrance is.
If you’ve never been there, it’s a LARGE, open room with HIGH ceilings. It’s a bright room with a wonderful fountain that you notice when you step into the large area. There’s only one way into the Courtyard, and that’s down a ramp and into a HUGE dance floor area.
So Intros are a big deal at the Courtyard. I introduced the parents, flower girls and ring bearer to “Beautiful Day” by U2.
The bridesmaids and groomsmen were introduced to “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D and the Boyz.
And of course: The newlyweds, los recién casados, gli sposi: Mr. & Mrs. / El Señor y Señora / Signore e Signora: Andrea & Sol Pellerito walked into “La La La” by Shakira.
The Intros were such a blast, and we could tell right off the bat that it was going to be a fun, dancing crowd.
Andrea and Sol put on quite a show once they arrived at the dance floor and relished in the crowd’s applause and cheering. They danced for a minute to “La La La”, which really fired up the crowd.
In my meetings with Andrea & Sol, I realized they were VERY laid back and let us have free reign over most of their music. For dinner music, I went with a mellow mix of popular and contemporary Italian, Latino, and American music. It was definitely nice to hear all three cultures come together musically, as it was coming together right before our eyes.
Andrea & Sol wasted no time, not even eating, and went around to their family and friends to say hello and get pictures taken! They even spent a good bit of time with their guests at Hey Photobooth!
Parent Dances and Cake Cutting
After dinner, we went right into the parent dances:
Sol danced with her father to “No Basta” by Franco De Vita and Andrea danced with his mother to “Portami a Ballare” by Luca Barbarossa
The party got underway instantly, as we imagined, and the Pellerito wedding went into full-party mode all the way until the end!
Cocktail Hour Playlist:
Rosemary Clooney – Mambo Italiano
Dean Martin – Sway (Quien Sera)
Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon
Paolo Conte – Via Con Me
Air – La femme d’argent
Stan Getz – The Girl From Ipanema
Sidney Bechet – Si tu vois ma mère – From ”Midnight In Paris”
Mélanie Laurent – Je connais
The New Stan Getz Quartet – Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
Michael Bublé – Save The Last Dance For Me
Peggy Lee – Fever – 1998 – Remaster
Mel Torme – Comin’ Home Baby
Beth Rowley – You’ve Got Me Wrapped Around Your Little Finger
Ray Charles – Night Time Is The Right Time
Floyd Cramer – On The Rebound
Brenda Lee – Sweet Nothin’s – Single Version
Beth Rowley – A Sunday Kind Of Love
Percy Faith & His Orchestra – Theme From “A Summer Place”
Vince Guaraldi Trio – Since I Fell For You
Melody Gardot – Your Heart Is As Black As Night
Madeleine Peyroux – J’Ai Deux Amours
Doris Day – Que Sera SeraFrancoise Hardy – Suzanne
Ella Fitzgerald – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart In San Francisco – Single Version
Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E – 2000 Digital Remaster
Louis Armstrong – A Kiss To Build A Dream On
Michael Bublé – Home
Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea
Julie London – Cry Me A River – 1991 – Remaster
Michael Bublé – Feeling Good
Harry Connick, Jr. – It Had To Be You (Big Band and Vocals)
Michael Bublé – Haven’t Met You Yet
Sam Cooke – (What A) Wonderful World
Nancy Wilson – The Masquerade Is Over
Van Morrison – Moondance
Bruno Mars – Marry You
Enrique Iglesias – Bailando
Francesco Renga – Il mio giorno più bello nel mondo
Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong
Magic! – Rude
Jovanotti – A Te
Antonello Venditti – Alta Marea (Don’t Dream It’s Over)
Francesco De Gregori – Rimmel
ChiChi Peralta – Procura
Juan Luis Guerra – Bachata En Fukuoka
Eros Ramazzotti & Anastacia – I Belong to You (Il Ritmo Della Passione)
Idina Menzel – Let It Go
Aventura – Un beso
Prince Royce – Darte un Beso
Prince Royce – Stand By Me
Romeo Santos – Promise
Enrique Iglesias – Cuando Me Enamoro
Angeles De La Bachata – Traicion
Andrea Bocelli – Vivo Per Lei
Billy Joel – Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Aerosmith – Dream On
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
Michele Zarrillo – Una Rosa Blu
Andrea Bocelli – Con Te Partirò
Amos Lee – Flower
Norah Jones – Turn Me On
Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Over the Rainbow
Stevie Wonder – I Wish
Simon & Garfunkel – The Only Living Boy In New York
Sara Bareilles – Brave
Raphael Saadiq – 100 Yard Dash
I went to the bathroom, Mike did this while I was away with my phone.
Mike has this superpower that he doesn’t know about. It’s called: Walk in front of Eric as Eric is taking video.