guest star: Stitely’s Real Weddings- Liz and Hank’s “heck of a party”

Liz and Hank’s First Dance

Liz Combs and Hank Thompson were married on August 27, 2011 at St. Josaphat in Chicago followed by a rocking reception at Galleria Marchetti. Now these two are a couple who know quality music. In fact, Liz’s father, Larry Combs, was the principal clarinetist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 30 years, from 1978-2008! Fortunately, we had the opportunity to talk with Liz about her and Hank’s super shindig.

Stitely Entertainment: What kind of style or vibe did you want for your wedding? What role did music play in your vision?

Liz Thompson: Given that my parents are both professional musicians, music played a very important role at both the ceremony and at the reception.  We wanted the music to set the tone for the entire day from start to finish.  Hank and I wanted a clean, modern feel to our wedding with some traditional elements tied in.  Our musical choices followed suit perfectly from the classical brass ensemble during the ceremony, to the jazz trio which provided a swanky modern feel which paired perfectly with our garden cocktail hour in the city, to a full on dance band that embodied the celebratory feel to our reception.

The Stitely Orchestra

Liz and Hank’s cocktail hour began with a jazz trio of piano, drums and saxophone. Stitely added bass guitar and vocalist Bruce Henry for dinner, playing jazz standards such as “My Kind of Town” by Frank Sinatra. A 10-piece Stitely Orchestra, including trumpet, trombone and three vocalists, kept the dance floor packed all night.

SE: What kind of music or which bands do you and your partner enjoy?
LT: We enjoy everything and anything… from classic rock, to hip-hop to country – literally we like it all.  The bands currently playing on our iPods the most are Mumford & Sons, Foster the People, Widespread Panic, Bon Iver, Coldplay and David Guetta.

SE: What were your special dances? Why did you choose them?
LT: We both love a good classic – so most of our songs we fell into that category.  Our first dance was to “Your Song” by Elton John.  A few years back we went to the Elton John concert at Wrigley Field and had such an amazing time at the concert.  So when the time came to pick a song – we thought it was perfect classic song that we would always look back on fondly.

  •  First Dance- “Your Song” by Elton John
  •  Cake Cutting- “Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
  •  Father/daughter Dance- “You Make Me Feel So Young” by Frank Sinatra
  •  Mother/son Dance- “Long As I See the Light” by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  •  Bouquet Toss- “Single Ladies” by Beyonce
  • Garter Toss- “Cissy Strut” by The Meters
  • Last Dance- “Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest

SE: What was your favorite wedding memory?
LT: It’s hard to pick one favorite memory but we would say that dancing to our first dance together was incredibly special.  It was amazing to have the moment to share with your new husband/wife and be surrounded by all of your family and friends.  But we certainly can’t overlook the hours that everyone spent on the dance floor together – it was one heck of a party.

The Stitely Orchestra will be working with the Combs family again in April with the marriage of Mike, Liz’s brother, to her maid of honor Christine. We’re all really excited to work with such a fun group again!

Many thanks to all of the fantastic vendors who helped make the Combs-Thompson weddingsuch a success! Joan Cinquegrani at Five Grain Events did a fabulous job of planning and coordinating the wedding, and the beautiful centerpieces were provided by Flowers-Flowers. Jill Brazel Photography shot Hank & Liz’s great photos, and Keith at Poetic Productions filmed their special day. Well done everyone, and congrats again to Hank & Liz!


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