Rachel + Marissa’s wedding was at the beautiful and scenic Misty Farms in Ann Arbor Michigan. The rolling hills and sunny country backdrop complimented this brightly colored celebration.I had so much fun putting this post together. Tana Helene Photography shared the photos of this vibrant wedding and I can’t stop looking at them. They’re definitely eye candy!

When Rachel first emailed us she was interested in a DJ, “who doesn’t leave gaps between songs.” As many of the popular Indian wedding songs start slowly and build up in energy, she wanted a DJ who could mix them to provide a seamless flow. DJ Shortstop (Vinnie) was the perfect choice for them, as he’s the mix show coordinator for 95.5 fm here in Detroit. He knows how to create a perfect mix for any occasion. As a wedding DJ, he also knows how to keep the flow of events moving smoothly. This came in handy for Rachel and Marissa’s wedding, which wasn’t the typical timeline of events. They didn’t include a cake cutting, grand entrance or a first dance. Instead, they had a lot of special activities that involved their family and friends.

For Rachel and Marissa’s ceremony processional, a family friend played the ukulele. Later, at the Reception, the couple and their family performed special dances. One performance was by Rachel’s younger cousin’s, followed by another dance with the older cousins, the couple and family participating. Afterward was the traditional Jewish Hora, featuring a custom extended mix (for extra fun) followed by  open dancing. The photos below go with their song choices along with a Spotify playlist of their must-play songs. Enjoy!

Rachel + Marissa's Playlist


Flower Girl Processional

5 Years Time - Noah and the Whale

Rachel + Marissa Processional

Ukelele Player


Home - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros


Anya's Dance

Sweety - Tera Drama

Rachel's Cousins' Dance (feat. the brides)

Ghoomar - Shreya Ghoshal & Swaroop Khan

Hookah Bar - Himesh Reshammiya, Vineet Singh & Aman Trikha

Tattad Tattad - Aditya Narayan

Gallan Goodiyaan - Yashita Sharma, Manish Kumar Tipu, Farhan Akhtar, Shankar Mahadevan & Sukhwinder Singh

London Thumakda (remix) - Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkar & Neha Kakkar

The Hora

Hava Nagila - The Klezmer Lounge Band  (custom extended mix)

Photos by Tana Helene Photography

Bride & Groom Must Play Songs

Take On Me - A Ha

As much Beyonce as you want

Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Bumbro - Sunidhi Chauhan, Jaspinder Narula & Shankar Mahadevan

Despacito - Fonsi, Luis & Daddy Yankee Feat. Justin Bieber

I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor

Sadi Gali - Lehmber Hussainpuri

Escape - Enrique Iglesias

Desi Girl - Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal-Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani & Sunidhi Chauhan

Like A Prayer - Madonna

Marjaani - Sukhwinder Singh & Sunidhi Chauhan

That's What I Like - Bruno Mars Feat. Gucci Mane

Sheila Ki Jawani - Sunidhi Chauhan & Vishal Dadlani

Material Girl - Madonna

Tightrope - Janelle Monae Feat. Big Boi

Only Girl (In The World) - Rihanna

Gal Mitthi Mitthi - Amit Trivedi & Tochi Raina

Dancing On My Own - Robyn

Nimbooda Nimbooda - Kavita Krishnamurthy & Karsan Sargathia

Call Your Girlfriend - Robyn

Kajra Re - Alisha Chinai, Javed Ali & Shankar Mahadevan

Ainvayi Ainvayi - Salim Merchant & Sunidhi Chauhan

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke Feat. Pharrell & T.I.

Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai - Badshah & Aastha

Yeah! - Usher (feat Lil' Jon & Ludacris)

Kala Chashma - Amar Arshi, Badshah & Neha Kakkar

Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show

Subha Hone Na De (From Desi Boyz) - Mika Singh, Shefali Alvares

Photos by Tana Helene Photography

Last Song

Africa - Toto

Photos by Tana Helene Photography

Rachel & Marissa's Spotify Playlist