Rock N’ Roll Wedding at Circa on Seventh
🗹 Miniature gig poster save-the-dates
🗹 Concert ticket invitiations
🗹 Skulls & Roses
Swedish heavy-metal band In Flames happens to be Bryan’s favorite band so it was only fitting that their song “Here Until Forever” was his first choice for the couple’s First Dance. “Brittany said the song reminded her of our relationship so we took that and made it the name of the ‘tour‘ for our wedding because we both are heavily influenced by music. We took the whole idea of our wedding actually being a One Night Only Special Music Event“, admits Bryan. “Our invitations were tickets to the actual event. When you received your ticket you ripped off the end of the stub and sent it back to let us know if you could make the show and were ‘Ready to Rock‘ or not. Our Wedding Party Gifts were a unique souvenir so we could feel like everyone had a drink on us and remember the occasions because who doesn’t love a koozie? To further the theme we incorporated Red and Black to give that Metal / Rock and Roll venue feel. The roses represented love and life and the skulls represented life-long love.”
“When I look at you I see me
We will always be part of history
When I look at you I see me
Forever I will always be”
Here Until Forever
What makes your relationship rock?
Bryan says there are several factors that go into making their relationship rock:
1. We are honest with each other. No matter what it is, we tell each other.
2. We support each other through thick and thin. When one of us is happy, we both flourish in that happiness. When one of us is sad, the other tries to pick them up no matter what.
3. Music makes our relationship whole. We live for the bass to drop or the rift of the next heavy metal song.
4. We are always genuine and kind to each other.
Who was the Rock Star of your wedding?
“Everyone was amazing and supported us in ways we did not expect. It was touching to hear what everyone had to say about us and the wedding,” recalls Bryan. Brittany admits, “The swigs of vodka I got from our event coordinator Kelsey before I walked down the aisle to calm my nerves” helped her rock out.
Bryan says they chose their wedding venue, Circa on Seventh, because “it was clean slate that we could do what we wanted, it was a private venue, not to far away from everyone, and Kelsey – our event coordinator – was key”.
What is the backstage story of your Mother / Son Dance?
“I had told my mom for a long time that when I got married that we would dance to Rob Zombie. What she did not know is I always had another song in mind as well. I approached her after Brittany and I got engaged and told her I had two songs I wanted to dance to. She was quite puzzled because I had only ever talked about Rob Zombie. I told her the other song I wanted to dance to was “Walk Like a Man“, because when I was little I would walk up and down the bleachers at my brothers baseball games in a cowboy hat and boots singing it. My mom cried and thought how crazy it was that I remembered that. Rob Zombie was the other part of the song because, as I got older all I listened to was Metal and my mom strongly disliked my choice of music but for some reason she loved “Dragula“, by Rob Zombie. So just like in the music video, we would drive home from football or wrestling practice and she would act like she was driving the car in the video. So I merged the songs together and we came up with a cool routine in about 45 minutes.”
Make sure to check out video of Bryan’s Mother/Son dance with his mom, Madeline, in the photos below.
Is there any advice you would give to couples planning their wedding?
“More then anything, make the wedding your own. Don’t let anyone influence you on what they think is right and stay strong on your thoughts/opinions for your special day. It’s hard not to appease everyone, but when you see that both your loved one and you are in every detail of the decor and theme, it’s something special to behold.”
Bryan & his mother, Madeline, put their own spin on the traditional Mother & Son dance with their unique mash-up which featured the The Four Seasons classic 1963 hit song ‘Walk Like a Man‘ in combination with Rob Zombie’s ‘Dragula‘ off this 1998 solo debut, Hellbilly Deluxe. Bryan and his mom performed a choreographed dance routine in the first half of their performance than (1:45) quickly lunged into a round of heavy headbanging and mimicking the Dragula music video which showcases Zombie with various members of his band driving in a car that resembled the ‘Munster Koach’ – the family car that was used in the 1960’s television series, The Munsters.