Real Wedding

Chelsey+Stefan

Collegetown Tallahassee Wedding at the Gathering

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Photos by Black & Hue Photography
Performed by

Nate

What a memorable night at Collegetown in Tallahassee! This was one of those weddings where the single ladies and gentleman in attendance said "when I have my wedding, I want that. Exactly THAT." It wasn't just the beauty of the ceremony, the sleek and suave cocktail hour, the amazing food, or the packed dance floor. It was also the careful personal touches from the South African florals to the touching speeches. The setting could be described as natural elegance, not forced but authentic. And these people definitely knew how to have a good time.

Stefan, the groom, is from South Africa, so a big priority for me was pronouncing the Afrikaans names of his family and friends correctly during intros, toasts, etc. It took a bit of practice and leaning on my phonetic guide, but they say I got them right. ­čśŐ One of my favorite South African traditions they planned was a pre-reception send-off immediately after the ceremony. Think of the energy and excitement that radiates from a send-off at the end of the night, but instead as the finale to the wedding ceremony. I honestly think┬áevery┬áwedding should have this!

Chelsey and Stefan also booked our live saxophonist, who played the ceremony songs (minus the send-off) and the cocktail hour outside at the bar. While he played there, I played a similar vibe inside for guests who started making their way in for the reception. I've always loved the Collegetown vibe, and the Gathering in Tallahassee was the perfect setting for this wedding. Considering Chelsey and Stefan met at FSU, the fact that the stadium is visible from the Gathering is a nice touch. It didn't hurt that FSU basketball had a killer win that night as well. The music covered everything from EDM and pop (and EDM remixes of pop songs) to rap and hip hop from a few different time periods. The energy never left the packed dance floor, and these guests, many of them traveling from South Africa, came to party. And party they did. All in all, it was one of those weddings for the books and I was so thrilled to have been a part of it!


The Soundtrack

First Dance

Dinner Vibe

EDM Meets Pop

South African Send-Off

Cocktail Jazz

Late Night Hype

THE REVIEW


"Nate and his team at Amplify were absolutely AWESOME to work with. They were not only friendly and welcoming from the beginning, but totally open to ideas and catered to our wedding day requests. Pricing is GREAT and Nate totally catered to our music choices. We also booked Eliot, their saxophone player, for our ceremony and cocktail hour - everyone LOVED him! He even played requested songs for my bridal entrance and NAILED it. I can't tell you how easy and wonderful Amplify was from the very beginning to the last song at our wedding. I can't recommend them enough, but if you're planning an event and you need any sort of music, you NEED Amplify. I am SO grateful that they were recommended to us and I'm SO incredibly glad that we used their professional talents - they are the BEST!"

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