Our next bride, Erica, went to Lovely in Seattle, a bridal shop to look for her wedding dress. As she shimmied into the Wyatt Dress, the perfect song started to play, and she instantly knew that this was the dress she was going to wear when she said, "I Do." If you want a real visual, Anchor by Sarah Juers was playing. Listen to this pretty song here.
"As I was trying it on, the vibe convinced me that this would be the dress that I will get married in."
Music is an influential part of Erica and Jeremy's relationship, so they took a moment to snap some photos at a local record store with their wedding party. How fun is that?
Music again has and is still is a huge part of our life and our journey together. Jeremy used to make me playlists and CDs when we dated, and as my husband he still does. Music to us sparks so many stories and reminds us of different memories and shared events. I think it's so special we can listen to these songs and be immediately reminded of the feelings of our wedding day and brought back to those meaningful moments.
Guess What? I reached out to Erica and asked if she'd share her play list with us, and she was so amazing and sent every last song. Please scroll down to peruse Erica and Jeremey's wedding play list. You're going to love it!
Although music is a driving force between these two, so is their Filipino culture. It played a big part in their decor, food, and overall wedding vibe. Erica goes into more detail and explains how they carefully incorporated their heritage into their special day and created a music-filled, modern Filipino wedding. You can view all the photos from their Seattle wedding here. Asha Bailey Photography photographed their day.
How We Planned Our Big Day
From the bride:I have a passion for event planning and making my Pinterest dreams come to life! Wedding Planning wasn’t bad at all. I felt confident and tried to stay positive throughout the process. We went to expos, open houses, etc.
What I found to be most important, was to invest in your vendors. Take the time to meet with your vendors and invest in them as humans.
All the vendors we booked have become our friends, and we appreciate them so much. We owe a lot of our wedding's success to them as they made the whole process less nerve-wracking to the end.
Erica and Jeremy's Track List
We thoroughly thought through every song that was played during different parts of our wedding which I've also outlined below. Each song has so much meaning and tells a lot about our love story.
Processional Walk Down- It Gets Better With Time - The Internet
Bride Walk Down The Aisle- Hey Lover- Jamie Fox
Walk Out At Reception- Mesmerize (Instrumental) - Ja Rule ft. Ashanti
2. Alone - Sonder
3. Can't Wait (ft. SPZRKT) Esta
4. First Take (ft. Bryson Tiller) - Travis Scott
5. When I Come Around - DOM KENNEDY
6. Stay Up (ft. Kehlani) - Dyme-A-Duzin
7. Yo (Excuse Me Miss) - Chris Brown
8. U-Love - J Dilla
9. Luh U (feat. Bosko) - P-LO
10. Energy - Iman Omari
11. Violet - Daniel Caesar
12. W.A.Y.S - Jhene Aiko
13. Omari's Mood - Iman Omari
14. Voodoo - Frank Ocean
15. Into Orbit - Alex Isley
16. Easy - Mac Ayres
17. Dark Red - Steve Lacy
18. With You (feat. Joyce Wrice) - Devin Morrison
19. I Want You Around - Snoh Aalegra
20. Just In Case - SOSUPERSAM
21. Until the End of Time - Justin Timberlake
22. Blush (Interlude) - Dpat
23. Palace/Curse (feat. Steve Lacy & Tyler, The Creator)
24. I Got You (Always & Forever) - Chance the Rapper
Our Wedding Inspiration
From the bride: Jeremy and I are both Filipino Americans. We're both deeply rooted in our culture. Our culture is reflected a lot in our relationship as our ancestors' stories embody bravery, sacrifice, love, and resilience.
Unfortunately, not all of them lived to see our wedding, but Jeremy knew that both of our understandings of love came from the love they showed us. So, it was only right we had a modern Filipino wedding that still reflected us as a couple and as Filipino Americans. We had a special Memoriam that displayed Grandpa and Grandma's wedding picture in the Philippines, and old photos of Jeremy's Grandparents dancing to Stevie Wonder songs when they were younger.
What made our wedding unique
The groomsmen cried way more than the bridesmaids, and anyone else in the room. There is another photo in the gallery of one of the groomsmen crying while giving a speech. See it here.
SHOWCASING THEIR CULTURE
Our culture wasn’t just displayed through the ceremonial cord and veil, but the whole aesthetic of the wedding embodied our homeland from tropical florals with monstera leaves and Filipino desserts such as Puto and Ube cheesecake.
The natural lighting as if we were in the Philippines where it’s sunny and. I also wore a traditional Flipinana and Barong during the traditional money dance.
Everyone enjoyed that food and was even singing along to the songs as they were eating. Typical Filipino party right there. Everyone got up to do the electric slide, and we all danced the night away, singing along to all our favorite songs.
The way the wedding played out was just perfect. We were being surrounded by so much love, with the people we love, celebrating our love. We view our wedding and this marriage as such a blessing and know that our ancestors are up there celebrating with us.