Last summer I had the incredible experience of collaborating with Mark and Mariana on their destination wedding in Bozeman, MT. It was a highlight of my year and a great challenge to blend of all three of our musical ideas together into what turned out to be THE DANCE PARTY of 2016. Mark & Mariana loved funky jams, disco and indie dance pop, so I was right at home when we first started talking about music. In addition, Mariana's family is from Bolivia, where they have an incredible tradition called Hora Loca, which they wanted to incorporate into the dance party. (You can read about Hora Loca in a NYT article here). In short, it's about an hour of dancing where the music goes Latin, hats & masks come out, tequila flows, and the party turns up to 11.
Mark & Mariana had every detail dialed in and it was so much fun executing their ideas. On the day of the wedding, the weather was spotty, with storm clouds rolling through the Montana skies, over the area where the outdoor ceremony was being held. Just as everyone was seated, a huge flash storm surged down, and everyone retreated in the rain to a covered area.
We tried again and just as the sun broke, I started, "Here Come the Sun" by the Beatles, and Mariana emerged from the barn with her father. They walked down the aisle and it was really beautiful.
The recessional song was "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher, by Jackie Wilson. It was perfect and celebratory, and reflected everyone's mood. The cocktail hour was full of low-key but funky latin vibes and created the perfect backdrop for the international guest list and fun atmosphere.
When it came time for the grand entrance before dinner, Mark, Mariana and the wedding party danced into the main hall to Howard Huntsberry's incredible version of "Higher & Higher" from the Ghostbusters soundtrack to bring everything full circle. The guests were on their feet clapping along. So much fun.
Mark & Mariana launched straight into their first dance, (ironically) "Last Dance" by Donna Summer, complete with a cleverly choreographed dance. Again, these two know how to throw a party.
After dinner and several heartwarming speeches, (the highlight being Mariana's father's beautiful tribute, which didn't leave a dry eye in the house), I kicked off the dance party with "Rock With You" by Michael Jackson. Soon everyone was on the floor having a great time. Some of my favorite tracks from the dance party included, "She Can't Love You" by Chemise, "House Party" by Fred Wesley, an amazing group spectacle to "Shout!" by the Isley Brothers, lot's of Chic & Sister Sledge and finally some Holy Ghost, Cut Copy and Daft Punk.
Then the lights came on... HORA LOCA! The waiters brought trays of tequila out to the dance floor, along with masks, props and glow-sticks. We started with "Magalenha" By Sergio Mendes (which has this amazing drum intro), along with songs from Elvis Crespo, Los Hermanos Rosario and more. The dance floor went crazy.
Watch the full wedding video from Moonstone Pictures, give our Spotify playlist of favorites from the wedding a listen, and check out all the wonderful vendors below:
Cinematography- Moonstone Pictures
Wedding Planning: Time Of Your Life Events
Photography- Lockie Photography
Venue: Big Yellow Barn LLC
Ceremony Officiant : Adam Silverness
Catering: Food for Thought
Dessert and Wedding Cake: LUXE
DJ: Vintage Vinyl Events
Photobooth: Big Sky Photo Booth
Floral Design: Labellum
Bar: Scissorbills BigSky