Father/Daughter Songs | Lullabies

My dad used to sing me to sleep when I was a little girl. One of my favorite memories of childhood. The song I danced with my dad to at my wedding, in case you’ve been wondering (I know, it was keeping you up at night) was Danny’s Song, by Kenny Loggins. You will not find it anywhere on my father/daughter dance lists, because lyrically, it doesn’t really fit. But my dad used to sing it to me, so it was special to us. For those of you out there who were as lucky as I was to have a musician for a dad, or you just think lullabies are sweet, here are a few. Plus check out a super cute video which inspired this post because it reminded me of my own childhood.

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1. Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel) – Billy Joel

Goodnight, my angel
Time to close your eyes
And save these questions for another day
I think I know what you’ve been asking me
I think you know what I’ve been trying to say
I promised I would never leave you
And you should always know
Wherever you may go
No matter where you are
I never will be far away

2. You Can Close Your Eyes – James Taylor

Well the sun is surely sinking down, but the moon is slowly rising
So this old world must still be spinning round and I still love you.
So close your eyes, you can close your eyes, it’s all right

3. Lullaby – Dixie Chicks

How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough, is forever enough
How long do you want to be loved
Is forever enough
Cause I’m never, never giving you up

4. Kooks – David Bowie

Will you stay in our Lovers’ Story
If you stay you won’t be sorry
‘Cause we believe in you
Soon you’ll grow so take a chance
With a couple of Kooks
Hung up on romancing

5. Baby Mine – Alison Krauss

Baby mine, don’t you cry
Baby mine, dry your eyes.
Rest your head close to my heart,
never to part,
baby of mine.

6. Goodnight – The Beatles

Now it’s time to say good night
Good night, sleep tight
Now the sun turns out his light
Good night, sleep tight
Dream sweet dreams for me
Dream sweet dreams for you

7. Lullaby – Creed

Hush my love now don’t you cry
Everything will be all right
Close your eyes and drift in dream
Rest in peaceful sleep
If there’s one thing I hope I showed you
Hope I showed you
Just give love to all

8. A Father’s Way – Seal

I build a fence around you in a father’s way
I try to feel what it is your going through
‘Cause I’ve played many ways
When you grow, how much will it take to slow you down
Half the way

Annnd… watch this video. It will make your day. (And if you don’t already know the song, listen to it. It’s a great song.

Dinner Music | 1980s

I recently realized, based on requests from various Your Soundtrack posts, that I need to create a few more posts/playlists with different types of music for cocktail/dinner time. It’s an area that I’ve sadly neglected.Β You can find a list of my personal favorites for the dinner hour here, and a list of indie favorites here. If you’re looking for classics, you can find them here, or country… it’s here. We are missing a few styles though, so we’ll start where life started… for me anyway. πŸ˜‰ The 80s! I have to say this music makes me really happy. It wasn’t my first choice for my own wedding, but these songs just make me smile. So enjoy!

80Michele Beckwith via Offbeat Bride

Btdubs… there are 80 tracks listed below. I didn’t even do that on purpose, it just happened. Magic.

Bryan Adams – All For Love
Journey – Any Way You Want It
David Bowie – As The World Falls Down
The Thrillers – Billy Jean
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
Kool & The Gang – Celebration
Dexys Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved
Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Huey Lewis & The News – Do You Believe In Love
Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
The Police – Every Breath You Take
The Police – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
George Michael – Faith
Journey – Faithfully
Sting – Fields Of Gold
Tom Petty – Free Fallin’
George Michael – Freedom! ’90
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
Bryan Adams – Heaven
Madonna – Holiday
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
John Mellencamp – Hurts So Good
U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life
Sting – If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
Madonna – Into The Groove
Harry Connick, Jr. – It Had To Be You
John Mellencamp – Jack & Diane
Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
The Cure – Just Like Heaven
Billy Joel – Just The Way You Are
REO Speedwagon – Keep On Loving You
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
Madonna – La Isla Bonita
Prince & The Revolution – Let’s Go Crazy
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Prince – Little Red Corvette
The Cure – Lovesong
Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
Journey – Open Arms
Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Prince & The Revolution – Raspberry Beret
UB40 – Red Red Wine
Michael Jackson – Rock with You
Billy Joel – She’s Always A Woman
Billy Joel – She’s Got A Way
Queen – Somebody To Love
Huey Lewis & The News – Stuck With You
Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Eddie Money – Take Me Home Tonight
Berlin – Take My Breath Away
a-ha – Take On Me
Don Henley – The Boys Of Summer
Billy Joel – The Longest Time
Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
When In Rome – The Promise
Michael Jackson – The Way You Make Me Feel
Billy Joel – Uptown Girl
Madonna – Vogue
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Katrina & The Waves – Walking On Sunshine
Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’
The Romantics – What I Like About You
U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name
U2 – With Or Without You
Phil Collins – You Can’t Hurry Love
The Gap Band – You Dropped A Bomb On Me
Chicago – You’re The Inspiration
The Outfield – Your Love

80Michele Beckwith

And there’s probably 80,000 more choices, but those are some faves. In case you have a super awesome 80s wedding like the one above. If you need 80s dance tunes, go here.

The Spotify playlist for the songs above is here.

Beatles Continued | Two Of Us

Sad to say this is our last post featuring our Beatles shoot. I shall miss them. Enjoy this behind the scenes video from the shoot that I collaborated with Laura Hernandez Photography to make happen. And of course we could not have done it without our team of awesome vendors… but it was the two of us that dreamed it up. πŸ˜‰

Beatles Styled Bridal Shoot with Laura Hernandez from David Estrella on Vimeo.

Video by my amazing husband:)

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Photography:Β Laura Hernandez Photography

Dress:Β Epiphany Boutique, Carmel

Head garland:Β Lilify

Hair:Β April Sanchez,Β Brow Design & Make-Up

Makeup:Β Make-Up By Michaela

Beatles Continued | I’m Happy Just To Dance With You

Here is the final set of stunning images from our styled Beatles shoot with Laura Hernandez Photography. Don’t forget to check out our contest for free wedding photography!

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I’m Happy Just To Dance With You

Before this dance is through
I think I’ll love you too
I’m so happy when you dance with me
I don’t want to kiss or hold your hand
If its funny try and understand
There is really nothing else I’d rather do
’cause I’m happy just to dance with you

I don’t need to hug or hold you tight
I just want to dance with you all night
In this world there’s nothing I would rather do
’cause I’m happy just to dance with you

Just to dance with you
Is everything I need
Before this dance is through
I think I’ll love you too
I’m so happy when you dance with me

If somebody tries to take my place
Let’s pretend we just can’t see his face
In this world there’s nothing I would rather do
’cause I’m happy just to dance with you


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Photography:Β Laura Hernandez Photography

Dress:Β Epiphany Boutique, Carmel

Head garland:Β Lilify

Hair:Β April Sanchez,Β Brow Design & Make-Up

Makeup:Β Make-Up By Michaela

Beatles Continued | Here, There And Everywhere

My apologies for this week’s late postings. I have been working more than should even be legal. But the paycheck will be nice, not gonna lie.

Anywho… I have to do a few more Beatles posts before I am officially done. This one contains all the Beatles’ songs you could ever need for your wedding!

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I mean if you had a Beatles themed wedding, you could literally only use their songs and have enough music. That may be a little over the top but… just sayin’. It’s possible. Here’s a list of some favorites! Feel free to splice them in as you see fit to your regular (non-themed) wedding. Use them here, there, and everywhere!Β πŸ˜‰


Here Comes The Sun

I Will

Two Of Us

Bridal Entrance


Here, There And Everywhere

The Long And Winding Road


All You Need Is Love

Good Day Sunshine

I Want To Hold Your Hand

Any Time At All

Dinner Music

Come Together

I Should Have Known Better

Love Me Do

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Dear Prudence

I’ve Just Seen A Face

If I Fell

P.S. I Love You

Hey Jude


And I Love Her

Baby It’s You

Love Me Do

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

From Me To You


Things We Said Today

Within You Without You

If I Needed Someone

Thank You Girl

Revolution 1

Martha My Dear

Do You Want To Know A Secret?


Penny Lane


This Boy

I Feel Fine


You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away

Let It Be

We Can Work It Out

I Need You

The Word

Golden Slumbers

It’s Only Love

Eight Days A Week

Love You To

First Dance

Maybe I’m Amazed


When I’m Sixty-Four


In My Life


I Will

Bouquet Toss

Can’t Buy Me Love


With A Little Help From My Friends

Garter Toss

I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?

Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey

Cake Cutting

A Taste Of Honey

Oh! Darling

Yellow Submarine



Twist And Shout


Please Please Me

Drive My Car

Get Back

She Loves You

A Hard Day’s Night

Long Tall Sally

Got To Get You Into My Life

I Saw Her Standing There

Helter Skelter

I’m Happy Just To Dance With You

And don’t forget to check out our contest for free wedding photography!!