A nice gentle breeze was in the air outside of the Ebell Club in Long Beach on May 9th, 2014. Inside, you can hear the string trio preparing to play soft music for the beautiful vintage wedding of Valerie and Tony. You can see Jay’s Catering putting all the finishing touches to the beautifully decorated tables in the reception hall as the team from Solano888Productions, Jonah, Linda, and Keetin, took charge, informing everyone as to how the day was going to pan out.
The string trio began to play as the Groom, Tony, stood there at the altar as the Bridal Party marched down the aisle fanning out and settling in their positions. As the mood was set, you can hear the hush of anticipation as the music climatically raised as our beautiful Bride, Valerie, walked down the stairs and towards her soon to be husband who held back a small tear welling up in his eye. These precious moments were captured by the fun photographers, Sheri and Jessica, of Swanky Fine Art Weddings and the videographer, Dennis, from Solano888Productions. The ceremony, officiated by Alan Katz, set the stage for an amazingly fun evening.
With the tone set and the guests seated I had the honor of introducing our Bride and Groom to their family and friends for the first time as “MR and MRS TONY JIMENEZ”, while the Robin Thicke song “Sweetest Love” loomed in the background. You can feel the positive energy building up while Motown classics filled the room during dinner. Great words of wisdom were spoken by both the Bride and Grooms parents and one of their Groomsman. Laughter filled the air as the Maid of Honor and Best Man retold stories from the past, and heartfelt words were spoken by Valerie and Tony, thanking all of their loved ones for the amazing love and support they received through the years.
The cake was cut to Kem’s “Share My Life”, which then segued to the newlyweds’ first dance. Tony escorted his gorgeous bride to the dance floor as they held each other in their arms and swayed to Al Greens’ song “God Bless Our Love”. This moment in time was so precious feeling like it was ripped right out of a Cinematic Romance, because you can see and feel how in love they were with one another. Valerie was then greeted by her father as they danced to “My Girl” by the Temptations while Tony and his mother danced to Rod Stewarts’ “Have I Told You Lately”. As the music faded, I invited all the married couples on to the dance floor to show Valerie and Tony what they had to look forward to. The energy then sky rocketed as the dance floor opened up and Latin beats filled the air. A combination of meringue and cumbias together with artists such as Justin Timberlake, Lil, Wayne, Pitbull, Bobby Brown, and New Edition filled the air, creating an amazingly fun atmosphere throughout the night. Valerie threw her bouquet off the beautifully designed balcony to “Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang. “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye assisted Tony as he removed the garter from his wife and then tossed it over his shoulder to “Tonight (Best You’ve Ever Had)” by John Legend.
The night was filled with a positive energy, full of love, support and fun. Smiles filled the room and laughter filled the air. From the newlyweds to their guests to the vendors, the energy kept growing more and more throughout the night. It’s not every day that I can say I enjoyed every moment of an event but in this case, I did, and that is in huge part to everyone involved. The newlyweds have such a beautiful future ahead of them. It was an honor to be a part of such an amazing milestone in Tony and Valerie’s lives and I wish them a “Happily Ever After”.
Editorial by: Chirpie
Venue: Ebell Club : Jen and Randy
Catering: Jay’s Catering : Kat, Bryant
Photography: Swanky Fine Art Weddings : Sheri and Jessica
Coordination and Video: Solano 888 Productions : Jonah, Dennis, Linda, Keetin
DJ/MC: Preferred Weddings Inc: Chris “Chirpie” Mercado & Daryl Paz