Three musicians played and sang live during our ceremony. Singer-songwriter Sara Hickman, who earlier this year was named 2010 Texas State Musician of the Year, accompanied herself on guitar for our processional and recessional, singing and playing “Faithful Heart” and “I’m Not Going Anywhere” respectively.

sara hickman

When we first began dating, we seemed to hear the Turtles’s song “Happy Together” everywhere we went, especially at a local diner where we frequently ate, and we came to think of it as “our” song. After we exchanged our vows, Alan, Jeff’s friend since high school, and Alan’s wife, Julie, sang “Happy Together” while Alan also played ukelele.

A wedding shot: "SO HAPPY TOGETHER."

For our first dance at the reception, Sara played and sang “Simply,” and followed it with a set of several other songs.

A wedding shot

For the reception, we created a couple of iTunes playlists — one with background music to be played during hors d’oeuvres and lunch, and another for post-lunch dancing — which were managed and amplified for us by a friend-of-a-friend we hired to do sound during the ceremony and reception. Along with a retro-mod cookie that reflected the design of the cake’s bottom tier, our favors included an audio CD with selections from the ceremony and from the playlists, grouped thematically:

We’re Falling in Love

  • Track 01: “Simply” – Sara Hickman
    As noted above, Sara played and sang a live version of this song for our first dance at the reception.
  • Track 02: “1,2,3,4″ – Plain White T’s
  • Track 03: “Happy in Your Love” – Sara Hickman
    Sara also sang and played this live at the reception.

Wedding CDs

Jeff and Thom: The Musical

  • Track 04: “A Wonderful Guy,” from A South Pacific – Tex Beneke
    We’re avid musical theater fans and regular attendees of shows — when we lived on the East Coast, we’d see around 12 Broadway and off-Broadway shows a year in Manhattan. The most recent musical we saw, less than a week before the wedding, was the national tour production of South Pacific, here in San Francisco.
  • Track 05: “I Believe,” from Altar Boyz – Original Off-Broadway Cast
  • Track 06: “I’ll Cover You,” from Rent – Original Cast
    This is a love song between two of the show’s male characters.
  • Track 07: “Come What May,” from Moulin Rouge – Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman
  • Track 08: “For Good,” from Wicked – Lee Lessack with Stephen Schwartz
    We’ve seen Wicked twice, once in New York and once in San Francisco — and are seeing it again next week with our mothers. In the show, “For Good” is sung by the two female leads, but we particularly love this male duo cabaret version that features the show’s composer and lyricist, Stephen Schwartz.

Wedding CDs

We’re Getting Married Today

  • Track 09: “Faithful Heart” – Sara Hickman
    Sara sang and played this song live as our ceremony processional.
  • Track 10: “Walk With Me” – Matt Alber
    Matt is an openly gay musician and a former member of one of our favorite men’s choruses, Chanticleer, who has now started a solo career. This song wasn’t performed during the ceremony, but was on the reception playlist.
  • Track 11: “Happy Together” – The Turtles
    “Our” song. This is the original and best-known version.
  • Track 12: “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” – Andy Williams
    We included this in our playlist because of our celebration’s tropical theme, during which we presented leis to each other in the Hawaiian tradition.
  • Track 13: “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” – ABBA

Wedding CDs

The Ticky Tacky Tiki Room

  • Track 14: “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room” – The Mello Men, Thurl Ravenscroft, Wally Boag and Fulton Burley
    Tiki was another theme for our reception, and our tables were named for the gods of Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. This song features the Enchanted Tiki Room song and the voices of the four Tiki Room parrots.
  • Track 15: “Theme from ‘The Tiki Wonder Hour’” – Combustible Edison
  • Track 16: “Amado Mio” – Pink Martini
    Pink Martini is one of our favorite musical groups — we’ve seen them live at least three times — and we love their mix of lounge, big band and world music.
  • Track 17: “Gay Spirits” – David Rose
  • Track 18: “Bewitched” – Peggy Lee
    The design of our menus and place cards were influenced by the Bewitched television show’s opening credits. We love this sultry Peggy Lee cover of the show’s theme.
  • Track 19: “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” – Karl Zéro
    A loungy love song from the wonderfully campy and fun album, Songs for Cabriolets and Otros Tipos de Vehiculos.
  • Track 20: “Little Boxes” – Maestro Charlie Barnett
    “Little Boxes” was written by Malvina Reynolds allegedly after seeing the rows of houses in Daly City, where we make our home, and is the title of our friend Rob Keil’s book about Westlake, the mid-century suburb in which we live.
  • Track 21: “Happy Together” – Mel Tormé
    A suitably loungy treatment of our song from the man also known as “The Velvet Fog.”

Wedding CDs

Whither Thou Goest…

  • Track 22: “Somewhere over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
    A gorgeous smooth version of “Rainbow,” the gay favorite from The Wizard of Oz, and performed on a ukelele! Of course it’s on the disc.
  • Track 23: “California” – Rufus Wainwright
    Jeff is a huge, longtime fan of Rufus Wainwright, and is largely responsible for Thom having become a great fan as well.
  • Track 24: “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” – Tony Bennett
    What loungy, retro-inspired wedding in San Francisco would be complete without this standard?
  • Track 25: “I’m Not Going Anywhere” – Sara Hickman
    Sara sang and played this song live as our recessional.

If you’re interested, the full reception playlists are detailed below.

During hors d’oeuvres and lunch, we ate to the strains of:

  • “Happy Together” – The Turtles
  • “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room” – The Mello Men, Thurl Ravenscroft, Wally Boag and Fulton Burley
  • “Bali Hai” – The Surfmen
  • “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” – The J’s with Jamie
  • “Bewitched” (theme from the TV show) – Peggy Lee
  • “The Boy from Ipanema” – Peggy Lee
  • “Corvovado (Quiet Nights)” – Cannonball Adderley
  • “Fly Me to the Moon” – Julie London
  • “Gay Spirits” – David Rose
  • “Happy-Go-Lucky” – Laurie Johnson
  • “Guys and Dolls” – Terry Snyder
  • “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” – Andy Williams
  • “Hernando’s Hideaway” – Billy Ray’s Rico Mambo Orchestra
  • “Hooray for Hollywood (Cha-Cha)” – Don Swan and His Orchestra
  • “Hukilau” – Tiny and His Hawaiian Bubbles
  • “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love” – Pink Martini
  • “Life’s Incredible Again” (from The Incredibles) – Michael Giacchino
  • “Little Boxes (orchestral)” – Maestro Charlie Barnett
  • “L-O-V-E” – Nat King Cole
  • “More” – Bobby Darin
  • “No Hay Problema” – Pink Martini
  • “The Pink Panther Theme” – Hollywood Studio Orchestra
  • “Ponciana” – Karl Zéro
  • “Put on a Happy Face” – Dick Van Dyke
  • “Exotique Bossa Nova/Quiet Village Bossa Nova” – Martin Denny
  • “Sa Libis Ng Nayon” – Paul Conrad
  • “Só Danço Samba” – Walter Wanderley
  • “Somewhere over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • “Sympathique” – Pink Martini
  • “Theme from ‘The Apartment’” – Tito Rodriguez
  • “Theme from ‘The Tiki Wonder Hour’” – Combustible Edison
  • “A Wonderful Guy” – Tex Beneke
  • “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to” – Julie London
  • “Cha Cha Cha d’Amour” – Dean Martin
  • “Dick Van Dyke Theme” – Nelson Riddle
  • “For Good” – Lee Lessack with Stephen Schwartz
  • “I Believe” – Original Off-Broadway Cast of Altar Boyz

After lunch, for our first dance, Sara Hickman played and sang:

  • “Simply”

Sara then performed the following set:

    “Happy in Your Love”

  • “Two Days Today”
  • “I Couldn’t Help Myself”

After Sara’s set, we kicked up our heels to:

  • “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” – Dean Martin
  • “I Wanna Be Like You” – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • “Big Time Operator” – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • “The Song of Love (Dahil Sa Iyo)” – Alfred Apaka
  • “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” – Tony Bennett
  • “California” – Rufus Wainwright
  • “Brand New Day” – Tim Myers featuring Lindsey Ray
  • “A Foggy Day (in London Town)” – Michael Bublé
  • “I Could Write a Book” – Harry Connick, Jr.
  • “Jump With Me Baby” – Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
  • “Sway” – Dean Martin
  • “Just Dance” – Lady Gaga and Colby O’Donis
  • “Take A Chance on Me” – ABBA
  • “Amado Mio” – Pink Martini
  • “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” – Karl Zéro
  • “Save the Last Dance for Me” – Michael Bublé
  • “Happy Together” – Mel Tormé

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  1. Valerie said:

    Jun. 4, 2010

    Great playlist guys. You forgot one important addition however — The Martini Kings would have been perfect!

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  2. admin said:

    Jun. 4, 2010

    I love the Martini Kings! Unfortunately (well, I guess it’s not all that unfortunate, since it’s better to have too much of a good thing than not enough), I had way more music I would have liked to have used than we had time for on either the CD or through the reception, so I had to cut a lot from my original playlists.

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  3. [...] On Friday night Thom and I went to see Matt Alber sing at the Hotel Utah. He looked and sounded great. We fell in love with his music back when his video for “End of the World” came out, with its unabashedly gay romance. (In 2009 when Thom and I had our wedding, we put his song “Walk with Me” on the CD favors.) [...]

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