A wedding is commomly characterized as a joining of two people to become one. This wedding took that concept even further. Of course, it was Steve and Kristi’s time for two to become one, but this wedding went a little deeper. It was a pairing of The Bronx and Central New York… the fusion of two cultures coming together in the name of love.
Steve and Kristi were already married earlier in the day when I arrived to the Clarion so it was time for cocktail once everything was all set up. The guests were treated to some cool features like the commonly seen Photo Booth, but their cake table also featured maps of the bride and groom’s hometown’s (Lafayette, NY and Bronx, NY respectively) cut out into hearts and framed, along side dueling cupcake trays featuring Superman and Wonder Woman decals, with S and K letters, all adorned with blue and white sparkles. The cake table was a great microcosm of the personality of the couple of the day.
The reception officially got underway with the introductions. The parents of the bride and groom made their way out first, followed by the friends and family that made up the wedding party (Bring Em Out – T.I.), and ending, of course, with Steve and Kristi (I Got Your Back – T.I.). Once the introductions were over, Steve and Kristi went right into their first dance, and as much as I’d like to say it was another T. I. song, they decided to switch it up (I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden). Steve and Kristi decided to structure their day in a way that saved more time later in the event for dancing. As such, they followed their first dance with parents dances, starting with the father/daughter dance (When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen) and ending with the mother/son dance (Vivo Orgulloso – Victor Manuelle). Finally it was time for a delicious buffet dinner, but not before some speeches and toasts by the Best Man and Maid of Honor, but also a special blessing from the Grandmother of the Groom.
When dinner ended, which featured a memorial song for Kristi’s mother (In The Air Tonight – Phil Collins), we opened up the dance floor.. and it may have been a flood gate because this wedding wanted to have fun. It was a rich mix of modern and classic hits and some requested Spanish songs by the groom. It seemed like no matter what played, people really enjoyed, and the few that didn’t want to dance, the photo booth got plenty of attention. It seemed that any time the genres or the feel of the music changed more people just jumped in to join in on the fun.
The remaining special moments of the night also got a lot of attention by the guests at the Delgado wedding. When Steve and Kristi cut their black and blue cake (Sweet Thang – Chaka Khan), the guests took the time to choose whether they were a Superman or Wonder Woman person for their superhero cupcake. Later in the night they all lined up to donate money to the Dollar Dance (I Wanna Be Rich – Calloway) which spilled into more than one song, resulting in several dollars for our bride and groom.
I want to go on record with something… there are weddings that sometimes seem like they go a little too long and others that seem to end on the natural end time. I firmly felt that night, and still do, that the Delgado-Kelly wedding should have gone longer. The people were really excited and not ready for the night to end. And for that matter, neither were Steve and Kristi, and they wanted to keep the party going. But, unfortunately sometimes venues have strict end times, and the Clarion is one of them, so we didn’t have the option of extending time. However, the time that we were there was incredibly well spent. It ended the way that Steve and Kristi wanted with a giant sing-a-long to their chosen final song of the night (Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey). And by sing-a-long, I don’t mean a couple people… I mean the whole house, complete with wireless microphones and a large circle around our bride and groom. No matter the time, it was great way to end the night as Kristi Delgado said in our Testimonials section here on scsoundmachine.com:
Absolutely the best around! Organized and fun! Favorite moment was the last song when he had EVERYONE on the dance floor singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin! Thanks for helping to make our wedding reception a blast!!!
– Kristi Delgado
Congratulations to Steve and Kristi. Thank you for choosing Salt City Sound Machine and we wish you the best of luck in the future!
- Bring Em Out – T.I. (Grand Entrance – Wedding Party)
- I Got Your Back – T.I. (Grand Entrance – Bride and Groom)
- I Knew I Loved You – Savage Garden (First Dance)
- When You Need Me – Bruce Springsteen (Father/Daughter Dance)
- Vivo Orgulloso – Victor Manuelle (Mother/Son Dance)
- Sweet Thang – Chaka Khan (Cake Cutting)
- I Wanna Be Rich – Calloway (Dollar Dance)
- Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey (Last Dance)