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A Lyric-al Wedding

March 11th, 2011 by Jeannine

The Lyrics

I’m a huge fan of musicals so when I heard that Jessica Dickens and Jordan Neufeld’s wedding was an actual musical, I got really excited.

They tied the knot on the 17th of April, 2010 at the Old Mill Boathouse in Port Moody. The room was filled with red and black and the atmosphere was straight out of a 1940’s nightclub with cabaret tables with individual lamps, guests dressed in appropriate era attire, and of course, a spotlight shining on a stage with a vintage microphone at the centre.  Their invitations were even in the form of a Playbill!

The opening act was the song “Wilkommen” (Joel Grey, “Cabaret”), performed by their MC, which also introduced the bridal party. In the background, the bridespeople had a kick line, while the groomsmen snapped their fingers with the music.

The next act was the groom’s performance of “Ain’t Misbehavin” (Fats Waller), with modified lyrics to include his love for Nintendo.

The bride then emerged from backstage and sang a rendition of Liza Minnelli’s “Maybe This Time,” also from Cabaret.

They then exchanged vows the old fashioned, spoken way.

The big finale included a live band and the couple invited everyone to join in and sing the Beatles classic “All You Need is Love,” with the bridal party eventually dancing out of the room.

The event was catered by Jessica’s father and his friends from California.  It was an informal dinner with an appetizer buffet that included pulled pork sandwiches and smoked salmon pizza. They didn’t have a wedding cake at all, instead they had wedding pies, each representing a member of the wedding party. The bride and groom had a pumpkin pecan pie, in case you were curious. Once everyone had their fill of food and pie, the party got started and lasted through the night.

At the end of the day, this one of a kind wedding costs under $5000, can you believe that?  Their venue was a steal at $500, they only had to rent the tables and got everything else from friends and family. They saved money by using their own playlist on iTunes, they didn’t have any favours, and they didn’t rent any transportation, as both the ceremony and reception were held at the same place.

Music flows in this couple’s blood, so much that they even changed both their last names to “Lyric.” I can’t imagine a more perfect wedding for a couple so in tune with one another.

A Few Words with Jessica…

How did you come up with this theme and why did you decide to do it that way?
“I am a very big fan of movies from the 1940’s and Jordan loves the music, so we immediately knew we wanted it to be something that paid homage to that.  We are both singers and many of our friends are musical so we thought “why not show that off?”

What did your guests think about your wedding?
“They loved it, for the most part.  Some of the more traditional members of my husband’s family did not appreciate the lack of Christian content.  For the most part, it was a big hit and people said it was the best wedding they had ever been to.”

If you could do this over, would you change anything?
“Sure there are always some things you regret, some photo setups I should have remembered and more slow songs during the dancing, but it was the best night of my life.”

After planning a wedding, what one advice would you give to future brides?
“Don’t stress about it being perfect, it is more important to make sure you are marrying the right person. It’s just one day, have fun with it.”

Jordan and Jessica’s Vendors:

Venue: Old Mill Boathouse, Port Moody
Dress:  www.plussizebridal.com
Photographer:  Johanna Goodyear
Hair & Make-Up:  Genesis Day Spa and Julia Lockley
Tuxedo:  Moores
Wedding Planner: Lauchlin Johnston

Everything else was provided by friends and family.

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