Andrea Dunsirn and Luke Benrud were married last August and celebrated with an amazing reception at the North Shore Golf Club in Menasha, WI. Alliey from Sash and Bow managed the details of the day, Megan from Branching Out prettied things up, and Kim Thiel captured it all on camera. Here, the new Mrs. Benrud shares her and Luke’s vision for the wedding and how music played a starring role!
Stitely Entertainment (SE): What kind of style or vibe did you want for your wedding? What role did music play in your vision?
Andrea Benrud (AB): I like to describe our wedding style as “romantic fun”. We opted for muted pastel colors with a touch of silver sparkle and many fun touches for guests such as a photo booth, wish tree, custom cornhole toss, and fireworks. Music was one of the top priorities of our wedding. We wanted everyone out on the dance floor having a good time – even the grandparents! To do this, we opted for many classic rock-and-roll songs. Songs that our parents would know, yet still be fun for people our age. We also mixed in a little pop, country, and hip-hop!
SE: Why did you choose the Stitely Orchestra for your wedding?
AB: Luke and I wanted a band that would keep the crowd on the dance floor. My parents had been to a wedding where The Stitely Orchestra had played and had nothing but good things to say about them. They said the music was wonderful and they kept people on the dance floor all night.
We liked that Jeff Stitely worked with us beforehand to learn more about our music preferences and overall wedding theme. Jeff and his band had an extensive song list from almost every genre we could think of. They were also willing to learn a few songs we wanted played that weren’t on the song list.
SE: What kind of music or which artists do you and your partner enjoy?
AB: We are all over the board with our music selections. You can find us dancing around the house to classic rock, rap, alternative jams, country, pop, etc! We really enjoy going to concerts which is why live music at our wedding was very important. Since we planned to have different generations at our wedding, we selected music that most people would know.
SE: What was your favorite wedding memory?
AB: Luke and I made a point to pause and enjoy the moment many times throughout the day. We chose to have a sweetheart table at dinner, not because we don’t love our wedding party, but so we could enjoy dinner together and have that memory between us.
SE: Please share any stories or special significance behind your song selections for the special dances!
AB: First dance – “You & Me” by Dave Matthews. We chose this song because the first time we heard the words they really summed up how we felt about one another. We’ve been to multiple Dave Matthews Band concerts together and it reminded us of those times.
Mother/son dance- “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Luke’s mom chose this song because she felt the words really described what she felt for Luke.
Father/daughter dance- “In My Life” by The Beatles, followed by “Get This Party Started” by Pink. I let my dad choose our songs. He chose a really sweet song by The Beatles. We then busted out some crazy moves to “Get This Party Started” to get the party started!
Luke and I took dance lessons beforehand and choreographed them to our first dance. It was necessary to learn how to properly dance together since Luke is almost a foot taller than me! I also took dance lessons with my dad for our dance. My sister (a dance major) choreographed a silly dance for us for “Get This Party Started” – I think it was a crowd pleaser!