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I love the traditional dances at wedding receptions. The song choices make me wonder why the couple chose that song. Was it “their song,” or was it the song their parents or grandparents danced to? Is it a classic love song by a late great or one remade by one of today’s stars? I like the mystery, so I don’t follow up and ask, but as the 2016 wedding season gets underway, I got to wondering what the popular songs will be this year. Naturally, I asked one of my favorite wedding DJ’s, DJ Armin, what he thought. He and I came up with the following list of songs that we think will be played by smitten newlyweds everywhere.

I Get To Love You by Ruell
Latch by Sam Smith (acoustic version)
You and You Alone by Martina McBride
The Best of Me by Josh Kelley
Better Place by Rachel Platten
Under the Stars by John Legend
One Call Away by Charlie Puth
Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
XO by John Mayer (Beyonce recently recorded this as well)
Like I’m Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor & John Legend

And, of course, no post would be complete without photos. Isn’t this couple adorable during their first dance?

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It seems like it has been forever since I’ve blogged, and that’s probably because it’s been many, many months. I’m wondering if I even remember how to do it!

I thought I’d start out by showing you all some moments from Aaron and Jade’s beautiful wedding at Oak Valley Vineyards in San Antonio. I have lived off and on in the San Francisco Bay Area where vineyards and wineries are everywhere, but I didn’t know there were vineyards in San Antonio until Jade hired me to photograph her wedding.

Jade was the most relaxed bride I’d ever seen. When I arrived at Oak Valley, she was completely ready to go. The venue was set up, the decorations were in place, and the smell of the food was in the air. We waited for the guests to arrive, they were married, we ate and partied, and went home happy to have witnessed such a sweet event.

Aaron, Jade, and Charlie, thank you all for allowing me to be part of your special day. I am so happy to have been part of it, and I wish you nothing but love, happiness, and success!

xoxoxo

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A while back I received top secret information that Marc Ford, Elijah Ford, and their bands were going to be playing at the Sahara Lounge, and after being given permission to photograph the show, I did just that! It was great getting to meet everyone, including the great Ian McLagan who came to say hello to his good friend, Marc. He even sat in for a song which was an extra special treat. It was really great to experience the excitement of this warm-up show and then the ease and comfort of the final show on the tour at Threadgill’s. You can view those photos here.

 

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