Andrea And Cody
Right off the bat, Andrea and Cody were a fantastic couple to work with. After watching Leah and the St. Royals band perform at a free live showcase, they connected with me to set up a meeting. They knew exactly what vibe and tone they wanted for their wedding reception: fun and lively, and lots of dancing. The more we talked the more I saw what avid music fans they were, and what avid fans of the St. Royal Family they were becoming! Not only did they love our large ensemble band, but they were also big fans of our individual musicians and their personal musical projects. They had been to concerts and events to see our members perform their own original creative work, and this made it even more exciting for us to perform at their wedding!
"Cody had one last big request: he wanted to perform with the band."
Cody and Andrea were having their wedding at Toronto’s classic and beautiful One King West Hotel, but the venue presented some interesting challenges for our production team. The ceremony space had a mezzanine where some of the guests were going to be seated during the ceremony. The couple had decided on a musical duo for their ceremony and they wanted to ensure that everyone would be able to hear the beautiful words and music regardless of where they were seated. To ensure their guest experience was exactly what they wanted, we sent our head of production, Mike Walther to complete a production assessment at the venue. After assessing the space, Mike created the sound and lighting plan that ensured the ceremony would be flawless and professional.
Much like with the ceremony space, the couple and their family also wanted to create a perfect setting for their reception. There initially were concerns about having enough space to accommodate a sizeable dance floor in addition to a full stage riser for the band, but once again Mike was fantastic about examining the room first hand and designing the floor plan solution to make both possible, which included St. Royal Production providing a custom stage for the ballroom.
"There were some tricky other challenges we were aware of in the final preparation for this event: the Toronto marathon was going to close all access to the venue day-of"
As the wedding day neared, Andrea, Cody, Mike and I met to finalize details and go over the itinerary for the big day. Cody had one last big request: he asked if it was possible for him to perform with the band during one of their sets. We love incorporating personal touches at our events and I recommended to Cody that if he was interested in playing with the St. Royals that he had to attend to one of our rehearsals before the wedding so everything would be tight. Cody, a talented musician, was up for the task!
There were some tricky other challenges we were aware of in the final preparation for this event: the Toronto marathon was going to close all access to the venue day-of west and south of Yonge which would also cripple downtown traffic, and the old elevators found in 1 King West meant that we were going to need to prepare custom 4’x4′ staging decks to build the stage (instead of the standard 4’x8′ deck pieces). Because of this we decided to keep an extra setup tech on standby in case there were any issues or further delays. That was a good decision, as we ended up sending him on the day to ensure we’d have everything setup and complete well in advance.
"This is going down in our history as one of the most epic Horas we have ever seen!"
On Cody and Andrea’s big day, the beautiful bride walked down the aisle to Pink Moon by Nick Drake and the happy couple danced their way out of the ceremony with Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed Delivered!
We can say with confidence that Cody and Andrea’s wedding had one of the most enthusiastic and party-loving audience the St. Royals bands have ever played for. Not only were they loving the style and vibe of our music but they were warm and engaging as a crowd. This was a group of people that loved live music, and came to party! From their entrance, first dance, and Hora through to the end of the last set, we had a completely packed dance floor! This is going down in our history as one of the most epic Horas we have ever seen – complete with ladder climb and jump off, and the groom “losing” his shirt!
The highlight of the night, however, was certainly when Cody walked onstage with the St. Royals and NAILED his performance. His version of Rock with You by Michael Jackson was spot on and had the whole room buzzing. We absolutely love performing for music lovers like Andrea and Cody, and their families and guests were an absolute pleasure to perform for!
DJ Royale took the party well into the night after the band’s live sets were complete and the rest is history..
“There are no words to describe how delighted and thrilled we all were on Sunday night! The St. Royals band was BEYOND our greatest expectations. The band makes the party and Leah and her band along with the DJ were INCREDIBLE! Our friends and family had the BEST time EVER! Most importantly, Cody and Andrea had the time of their lives - it was a dream come true to watch them enjoy their night in a love-filled atmosphere and filled with ALL the music they love. It was so special and memorable. We could not have imagined how glorious and fun the night would be. The band was just PERFECT in every way. It was truly a wonderful, magical, and musically-perfect evening.” MAYTA Mother of the Bride
“From the beginning, St. Royal Entertainment was incredibly professional and responsive. When planning a wedding, it becomes apparent which vendors truly care about the wedding, and they showed a genuine desire to want to make our day special and unique. They were very accommodating and very flexible in working with us to create the perfect agenda for our reception. Flo was very helpful during the coordinating process, which was fantastic. Mike, the production head from St. Royal Production was also very helpful throughout the process, in assisting us with deciding where the band should play during the ceremony and reception, and was incredibly helpful during some last minute deliberations with respect to sound and lighting. He truly helped to bring together the entire night. He was available and knowledgeable to work with us and our schedules to coordinate a venue walk-through and to meet with us in the later stages to discuss the final details. We can honestly say that on the day of the wedding, were most excited to dance and listen to the St. Royals band all night. From the ceremony to the cocktails to the reception, tthey made the night and the party what it was. They were able to pick up on the vibe of the crowd, played a most epic hora, and kept people on the dance floor the entire night. Even once the band had finished playing, Dan DJ Royale, was unbelievable. He accepted all of our song requests, and we did not leave the dance floor until the lights turned on. At the end of the day, we could not have been happier with our choice of band for our wedding. They were so friendly, talented and fun, and made our wedding unforgettable. ” ANDREA & CODY - Bride & Groom
FIRST DANCE – LOVELY DAY
F/D & M/S – TUPELO HONEY >>INTO>> BROWN EYED GIRL
(HORA & MEZINKA)
MINI SET 1:
- SIGNED SEALED RESPECT >> PROUD >> MARY
- LET'S STAY TOGETHER
MINI SET 2:
- MY GIRL
- CAN'T HURRY LOVE
- RESCUE ME/THIS OLD HEART OF MINE
- NATURAL WOMAN
- HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE
- SEXY THANG
DANCE SET 1:
- ROCK WITH YOU (Cody to play drums)
- ABC/I WANT YOU BACK
- I FEEL GOOD
- FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE
- ROCKIN ROBIN
- FORGET YOU
- SHAKE YOUR BODY DOWN
- CHAIN OF FOOLS
- MAKE YOU FEEL MY LOVE
- SIR DUKE
DANCE SET 2:
- AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN >> TREASURE >> MOVE UP ON PYT >> RATHER BE
- UPTOWN FUNK
- SUPERSTITION >> NO DIGGITY
- WORKING DAY AND NIGHT
- ALL NIGHT LONG
- I WILL SURVIVE
- DIAMONDS >> CALL ME AL
DANCE SET 3:
- CRAZY IN LOVE/CRAZY
- BANG BANG
- GET LUCKY
- I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY
- KILLING ME SOFTLY
- REMIX TO IGNITION
- LET'S GET IT ON
- BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP
- HIGHER AND HIGHER
- HEY JUDE OR HAVE A LITTLE HELP OR WATERFALLS
- ***SHOUT WHEN THE DANCE FLOOR IS FULLEST***
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