Dana + Doug : music makes it better!

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dana + doug

bridal preparation venue • Senior Hall at Stephens College

photo venue 1• PS Gallery

photo venue 2 The Blue Note

photo venue 3 The Tiger Hotel

ceremony • First Christian Church

reception The Club at Old Hawthorne

cake • Edith Hall's Cakes with the Personal Touch

hair & make-up • Erin France

event coordination • Lynette Wiles

florist Kent's Floral Gallery

"I Love the Way You Love Me" painting • Jenny McGee Art

photographers Kim & Annika, SilverBox Photographers

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First things first: before you scroll through this post, cue up "You Got the Love" (one version released by Florence and the Machine in 2009) to set the mood. 'Cause the only way to truly appreciate Dana & Doug's inspirational, joyous wedding is by a having soulful, gotta-get-out-of-your-seat-and-MOVE musical accompaniment.

Let me know when you're ready . . . all set?  . . .  music playing?  Having a hard time sitting still? Yeah, good luck with that!

OK, THIS  is the song -- arranged specially for the wedding by Jacob Black (family friend, music teacher extraordinaire) and performed by the Elan Choir -- that accompanied Dana & Doug as they hugged loved ones and danced back down the aisle, hand-in-hand, husband and wife.

Music! Doug & Dana's love of music led them to one another: they met at the Columbia's very own Blue Note. They formed "Music Makes it Better" to spread the power of music to move, stir, heal, lift and light us.

And their wedding was an ode to music: their dance down the aisle; an impromptu guitar serenade at PS Gallery during our shoot there; a dance beneath the Blue Note's marquee; 3 music sets performed by Doug' children, Bryce and Reagan, Jacob Black, and friends at the reception; and a surprise performance by Doug of an original song he composed for Dana.

Rock on, Dana & Doug!  Thank you for sharing your passion for music and for reminding us all that music DOES make it better. Pssst, pass it on!

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Artist Jenny McGee's red painting, "I Love the Way You Love Me," (a favorite of Dana's) made a special appearance. You can see it resting in the background of the next 3 pictures:

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