Your Soundtrack | Andrea {Yellow & Grey Wine Country Wedding + Indie/Rock Playlist}

Your Soundtrack = My response to brides asking for music help. If you would like help with music for your wedding day, contact me! I’d love to do what I can.

Today’s soundtrack is for Andrea. (Funnily enough the last one was another Andrea! Very different weddings though.) Here’s what Andrea had to say: “I love your blog!  It is about time someone tried to update wedding music and add some current songs. I really need some help with mine.  My fiancé Andrew and I love all types of music, but we are mostly alternative/indie and rock lovers. Some of our favorite artists are: U2, Adele, The Lumineers, The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, MGMT, Fun., and Jack White. Music is one or our favorite things, but we are having a hard time, because we want acoustic guitar music (maybe with a singer) for the ceremony and DJ for the rest. Our wedding is in Napa at a private estate. [The colors are yellow and gray.] Any help you can give is greatly appreciated!”

Boutonnieres: Rowell Photography via Exquisite Weddings Tablescape: One Love Photography via The Knot Bridesmaids: Trent Bailey Photography via SMP Bridal Bouquet: Melissa Schollaert via Martha Stewart Weddings Bridesmaid Bouquet: Sweet Monday Photography via SMP Dinner: One Love Photography via SMP Bride & Groom: Rad + In Love Photography via A Desert Fete

Ok, Andrea. Let me first say: The acoustic part was tricky. I ended up just throwing in a bunch of my favorite acoustic songs in hopes that you’ll like them too. I will also say that the cocktail/dinner songs, are almost entirely by the bands you mentioned and bands like them. I have never made a playlist quite like this one, so I may have gotten a little carried away. (Which I tend to do, aout 87% of the time.) If you’d like to get some ideas from other styles/genres, you can check out the playlists I’ve made for others, or visit our Listen To The Music Page. Anyway I hope these songs inspire you!

Ceremony (Acoustic)

U2 – All I Want Is You
Nick Drake – Northern Sky
Band of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You
Joshua Radin – Only You
The Raconteurs – These Stones Will Shout
Iron And Wine – Love And Some Verses
The Beatles – I Will
Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice On You
Bright Eyes – First Day Of My Life
Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats
Cat Power – Sea of Love
Zee Avi – Just You And Me
The Lumineers – Flowers in Your Hair
Big Star – I’m In Love With A Girl
Coldplay – Til Kingdom Come
Hellogoodbye – Oh, It Is Love

Cocktails/Dinner

The Lumineers – Ho Hey
U2 – With Or Without You
The Killers – Human
The Black Keys – Howlin’ For You
Fun. – Carry On
Peter Bjorn And John – Young Folks
MGMT – Kids
Of Monsters And Men – Mountain Sound
Spoon – I Turn My Camera On
Mumford & Sons – White Blank Page
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Cake – Love You Madly
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
Jack White – Take Me With You When You Go
The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize??
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
The Killers – Read My Mind
Adele – Make You Feel My Love
The Raconteurs – Steady, As She Goes
Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over
Fun. feat. Janelle Monáe – We Are Young
The Lumineers – Stubborn Love
Modest Mouse – The World At Large
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Man On Fire
Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me
Jack White – On And On And On
U2 – Beautiful Day
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition
Mumford & Sons – Lover of the Light
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Adele – Daydreamer
The Raconteurs – Level
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
MGMT – Time To Pretend
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Florence + The Machine – Cosmic Love
Fun. – Some Nights
U2 – Sweetest Thing – The Single Mix
Coconut Records – West Coast
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin
Peter Bjorn And John – Objects Of My Affection
Modest Mouse – Float On
Cake – Short Skirt/Long Jacket
Jack White – Wayfaring Stranger
The Raconteurs – Hands
Adele – Lovesong
MGMT – Of Moons, Birds & Monsters
The Cure – Lovesong
The Black Keys – Girl Is On My Mind
The Waifs – Love Serenade
Noah And The Whale – 5 Years Time
Dave Matthews Band – You & Me
The Killers – Miss Atomic Bomb
The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
Phillip Phillips – Home
The Lumineers – Dead Sea
Spoon – I Summon You
Band of Horses – Marry Song
Fun. – The Gambler
Of Monsters And Men – Love Love Love
Coldplay – Clocks
The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year
Adele – Crazy For You
Imagine Dragons – It’s Time
The White Stripes – We’re Going To Be Friends
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream
Jaymay – Gray Or Blue
Bon Iver – Beach Baby
The Raconteurs – Blue Veins
Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
Adele – Best For Last
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
Imagine Dragons – On Top Of The World
Matt and Kim – Daylight

Dancing

MGMT – Electric Feel
Jackson 5 – I Want You Back
Katy Perry – Firework
The B-52′s – Love Shack
Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger
Def Leppard– Pour Some Sugar On Me
Icona Pop – feat. Charli XCX – I Love It
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer
OutKast – Hey Ya!
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want To
Michael Jackson – Billy Jean
La Roux – Bulletproof
AD/CD – You Shook Me All Night Long
Martin Solveig – Hello
Kenny Loggins – Footloose
M.I.A. – Paper Planes
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Phoenix – Lisztomania
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
Daft Punk – One More Time / Aerodynamic
Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Metro Station – Shake It
Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name
Rihanna – We Found Love

Andrea - July 17, 2013 - 8:18 pm

This is perfect Colleen! Thanks so much!

Tim Halberg - July 18, 2013 - 6:53 pm

brilliant site, love what you’re doing!!

Monday Moments | A Little Girl’s Dream

Swoon. I saw this photo on Pinterest and I almost fell off my chair. Holy cuteness Batman. So with it, I bring back Monday Moments, in all their glory. Granted, they are usually candid moments from weddings, that’s kind of the whole point. But even though this is a “posed” shot from a GORGEOUS styled shoot on Heart Love Weddings, it is still a moment between these two little ones that is almost too cute to bear. Go check out the rest of the shoot styled by Danielle Pasternak and shot by Kim Winey Photography, you will not regret it. I do have to share a few more precious photos of these kiddos though…

Be still my heart. Happy Monday!

Kathy - July 15, 2013 - 11:04 pm

Wow ~ they are super adorable!

Alexandra {Heart Love Weddings} - July 16, 2013 - 1:53 am

Thank you so much for sharing!! Little heart melters, aren’t they? :) xoxo

Layla Mayville {A Military Story} - July 16, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Tooooooooooooooo cute!

Deborah {Wedding Thingz} - July 31, 2013 - 2:37 am

OMG….this is sooo cute!!

On A Sweet Note - July 31, 2013 - 5:52 pm

Hee hee “Holy cuteness Batman” is right! Love this shoot!!!

Father/Daughter Dance | In Memory

Today I am heading to the bay area to attend a celebration of life for my dear friend Kimi’s wonderful dad, Bruce. In his memory, I wanted to post a few photos from Kimi’s wedding, (by Samuel Potter Photography) and specifically the amazing father/daughter dance, to ‘Days Go By,” the theme song from Family Matters. It was truly the most fun father/daughter dance I’ve ever seen, and one I won’t ever forget.

Kimi being walked down the aisle by both her parents

Bruce had such a vibrant and fun personality, making everyone around him smile and laugh. He stole the show as the master of ceremonies at the reception. (I’m not entirely sure that was the plan!) Kimi and her husband Mike had a 20′s style wedding, filled with peacock details, so Bruce started a chant, “When I say ‘pea’ you say…” well, you get the idea.;)I definitely laughed more at Kimi’s wedding than any I’ve been to, thanks to Bruce.

The amazingly fun father/daughter dance – they covered that dance floor!

Look at the smiles on their faces! And you can see me in the background beaming back at them – I was enamored.

How many father/daughter dances feature air piano? Well this one did!

As days go by,
we’re gonna fill our house with happiness.
The moon may cry,
we’re gonna smother the blues with tenderness

As days go by,
it’s the bigger love of the family.

What a wonderful life Bruce lived. I know he left his loved ones so many joyful memories to cherish.

Kathy - July 12, 2013 - 7:15 pm

That was a wonderful tribute to Kimi’s dad! He was such an amazing MC at their wedding ~ really full of personality, and so funny! We send along love, hugs and many, many good memories to Kimi and her Mom today and forever!

Our Story | In Video Form

For those who don’t know, my husband is the video director at our church. He directs cameras, edits sermons that get broadcasted on t.v., and shoots & edits videos that are shown to the congregation each week. He’s super talented at amazing at it. I may be biased, but really… he is.

Laura Hernandez Photography

We wanted to share this video at our wedding, but that didn’t work out. But it was totally worth making and we will always cherish it. It was shot by two awesome friends of ours and edited by Dave. Hope you all enjoy!

David and Colleen – Our Story from David Estrella on Vimeo.

To read our full story as I wrote it, click here.

Hannah Warren - July 18, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Love.

Erica Garcia - July 18, 2013 - 5:50 pm

Beautiful! Love this Colleen!

Brittany Andrews - July 18, 2013 - 5:51 pm

This is beautiful. I’m so happy for you!

Melisah - July 18, 2013 - 5:52 pm

I know you both, and I know your story, but this video is truly beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes. :’)

Alex Hepper - July 18, 2013 - 5:53 pm

This story is beautiful! Just watched it with my roommate. So nice to hear about your obedience and patience to make sure that you were acting in the will if God!

Sarah B. - July 18, 2013 - 5:53 pm

This is my favorite love story, It is so beautiful! I had already seen it, but when I saw you posted it I had to watch it again. I’m so happy you two found each other. I couldn’t think of any two more perfectly matched. Congratulations again! Love you!!!

Davete - July 18, 2013 - 5:54 pm

This is such a wonderful video. Thanks for sharing it Colleen. I agree with Sarah this is my favorite love story. So very happy you both found each other. You both are awesome people of God I am very glad I came to hungry. Congrats on your wedding. You both looked great.

Trish - July 18, 2013 - 5:54 pm

A beautiful love story of a beautiful couple!! I wish you years and years of happiness.

Krissy - July 18, 2013 - 5:55 pm

I love this so much!!! I’m so happy you two found each other. You are so deserving of the best love story!!!

Becky Marsh - July 18, 2013 - 5:55 pm

I love this!!!!! :)

Melissa Ratliff - July 18, 2013 - 5:56 pm

you guys are too cute :) and may god continue to bless both of you!!!

Mercedes Marleaux - July 18, 2013 - 5:56 pm

Beautiful!! Love it!!

Top 40 For Your Wedding

One music piece that’s hard for me to keep up with is dance music. There are constantly new songs to dance to, and since I’m not a regular at the clubs, and it’s not exactly my favorite genre, I can get out of the loop. But you know who is in the loop? Ryan Seacrest. Ha. So I’ll look to him, and the Top 40 charts every week, for the latest dance songs. I will only be posting my favorites (aka the most danceable, or best suited to weddings) – but I’ve created a Top 40 Spotify playlist, and will include all the songs there, adding the new ones each week.

Studio Impressions via Style Me Pretty

1. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton - Actually #1 on the charts. Super dance-able.

2. I Love It – Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – (#3) The lyrics aren’t exactly wedding appropriate, but it’s definitely catchy. It’s also a great song to sing loudly in your car when wedding plans aren’t going your way and you need to yell. Haha.

3. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line – Only, I repeat ONLY for weddings who’s guests know how to dance to country music. Know your audience.;)

4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams – For you indie lovers. I find it interesting that the 70′s musical stylings seem to be making a comeback. My least favorite time in music history, but I’ll try to embrace it.

5. The Other Side – Jason Derulo – Gets danceable after about 45 seconds. Not for iPod weddings.

6. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I. – another throwback to the 70′s. I need more cowbell.

7. #Beautiful – Mariah Carey feat. Miguel – for cocktail/dinner time for the pop/hip-hop loving brides.

8. Love Somebody – Maroon 5 – for cocktail or dinner time. For anyone, really. The chorus could be a cute recessional too. “I really wanna love somebody. I really wanna dance the night away.”

9. Next To Me – Emili Sande – Sweet for cocktails or dinner.

10. Feel This Moment – Pitbull feat. Christina Aguilera – also gets danceable after about 50 seconds. Let your DJ be in charge of this one.

11. Lego House – Ed Sheeran – Which one of these does not belong? This song feels really out of place to me with the other songs. It’s a nice song though – for cockatils/dinner.

12. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull – If you don’t feel weird about J Lo still making music, like I do. It’s danceable.

13. Glowing – Nikki Williams – Danceable. About love. It works.

For more dance tunes for your wedding, check out our Listen To The Music Page.