That’s Amore: Taiko! We Feel the Rhythm

Once cocktail hour was finished, our guests headed into the venue to be seated and our families waited at the entrance to be introduced by the DJ for the grand entrance. Our DOC got us in line and our DJ started announcing everyone.


My mother and brother dancing their way in.


My sister and niece making their grand entrance

It was soon our turn. Mr. G and I made our grand entrance to theme of the 90’s cartoon X-men and then immediately went into our first dance. We choose the theme of X-men because we wanted to add a little of our geeky personality into the reception and its one of our favorite TV shows from our youth.


Our entrance. You can tell Mr. G was super excited.

We decided to do an upbeat choreographed dance to Dean Martin’s “Mambo Italiano” for our first dance. During our wedding planning process, Mr. G would listen to Italian music while researching our honeymoon and we both fell in love with Mambo Italiano. It’s the ringtone on our mobile phones and very special to us. We planned out a simple little dance and practiced it a few nights before the wedding.  I wasn’t too worried about making mistakes as we were going for silly and fun vibe. Fortunately, we didn’t make any mistakes and the dance was a huge hit.  I wish I could show you a video of the dance, but my videographer has fallen off the face of the earth and I have no video footage of our entire day, including the dance. I hope you can get a good idea of the fun vibe of our dance from the photos below.


Getting my shimmy on!



Mr. G has got some killer dance moves!

You may have noticed a few drums in the background of our first dance pictures. While we were dancing I noticed them too and wondered why they were there. After our first dance, Mr. G and I sat down and my step-mother stood up and made a short speech about how happy she was that Mr. G and I had found each other and that she wanted to take a minute and celebrate Mr. G’s culture.  All of a sudden we all heard some shouting and out came a few Taiko drummers.


Taiko are Japanese drums and Taiko performances are often done at special events in Japan. I was so surprised that my step-mother had found Taiko drummers and had them come to our wedding. They gave a great performance!

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Mr. G’s mother and father loved the Taiko drums! I think they really appreciated my mother’s gesture.

Will you be having entertainment at your wedding? What did you do or plan on having?

Did anyone else have a vendor fall of the face of the earth?

All photography by Courtney Ortiz.

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Miss a recap?

We have our rehearsal dinner,.

We set up the venue,

We do our first look and family photos.

The sushi at cocktail hour was great.

We blatantly copy the internet. 

Our boss gives a speech.

We say Kampai!

We cut the cake.

A quick guide to Japanese wedding receptions.

My bouquet toss was an epic fail.

I change my dress. 

Our guests ate and drank.

There were tears. 

We had a receiving line.

We had an after-party.

We tried to have a zero wedding. 

We head to America!

We receive some great OOT bags.

We have our rehearsal dinner. 

We get ready for the wedding.

We pose for a few photos.

We jump into golf carts.

We have our ceremony.

We use streamers to end the ceremony.

I try to use the bathroom in my wedding dress. 


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