Music was obviously the main and most important theme throughout the wedding. We had real concert tickets made for our invites. Our RSVP's were made using an AC/DC font. Instead of a wedding program, we had a "set list." Everyone in our bridal party had a VIP laminate. Our cake topper was a replica of Waylon Jenning's guitar. Bob Segar's guitarist was one of the groomsmen and our officiant was in McGuffy Lane and is currently touring the country with Jonalee White; both of these guys are two of the most badass guitarists I've ever heard. And of course my groom had a one of a kind, custom made jacket created by the legendary Manuel of Nashville, Tennessee (he's made suits for everyone from Johnny Cash to Kid Rock).
The musical selection for the wedding was the ONLY thing that my new hubby and I argued over. The only song I was not willing to compromise on was what I was going to walk down the aisle to: Love Song by Tesla. My brother played it perfectly (like he did so many times before when we were kids). The mothers and grandparents walked to Love Me Tender by Elvis (my man is a HUGE Elvis fan). The bridal party got to rock down the aisle to Loving Cup by the Rolling Stones, and the recessional was Thank You by Led Zeppelin.
The reception had a few choice musical selections as well. The bridal party was introduced to Electric Rodeo by Shooter Jennings. And of course my new hubby and I walked into Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue while our good friend, Rick Catuela (the Rock & Roll Reverend from the Alrosa Villa) introduced us. Our first dance was Rose of My Heart by Johnny Cash and the Mother/Son dance was Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man performed by Blackberry Smoke.
Yeah, that's right. I said it. Blackberry Smoke played at my freaking wedding! YES! They rocked so hard that they blew a fuse! After a few songs from Blackberry Smoke, a legendary, local band, Rosie, got up for an impromptu set. A couple of the groomsmen were in the band and the entire band flew in from all over the U.S. to join in the celebration. Then the Blackberry Smoke boys got back up on stage and closed out the night. It was seriously the most kick ass rock & roll wedding ever. Well...at least it rocked harder than any other wedding I've ever been to!
And to continue on with our musical theme, we honeymooned in Nashville, Tennessee. Our good friends hooked us up with the trip and tickets to go see Chris Isaak at the Ryman (and it was another excuse for my hubby to wear his Manuel jacket). I've said it before and I'll say it again: the Ryman Auditorium is magical. There is something about that venue that just gets in your soul. Every artist truly admires that place, and Chris Isaak was no exception. He and his band were in Manuels as well and were absolutely spectacular. Chris Isaak sounded AMAZING and he put on one hell of a show. In case you don't know, he's freaking hysterical and cracked jokes the whole night. After the show, we met up with our good friend (drummer for Rosie), Bobby, for a late dinner. Little did we know that we would later be joined by Kelly Keagy, drummer for Night Ranger, and his wife. Whitesnake's keyboard player,Timothy Drury, also made a brief appearance that night.
It was an amazing time and we enjoyed every second of it. For more pics of the wedding, go to my wedding blog: My Wedding Rocks.
All photos courtesy of the INCREDIBLE Sharon Elaine Photography.