Elegant and traditional come to mind when describing Sasha and John’s Nineteenth Century Club Wedding. The banquet room had just enough charm to fit Sasha’s Mexican traditions and just enough flair for MDM to add a modern touch. MDM’s purple floating lanterns looked beautiful in the space and danced along with the guests as MDM DJ David O. spun many different genres.

The Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

Traditions, Surprises and The Music in Between

“I wanted to have a much more simple and rustic wedding. I love the color purple and I loved the idea of having hanging lanterns. So I tried to keep the wedding simple by using Plum and Ivory colors throughout the wedding. My overall goal was to include Mexican wedding traditions that have been done in my family so that I could pass this on to future generations,” said Sasha.

Sasha and John's Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

Keeping traditions alive is very important and the Nineteenth Century Club helped Sasha and John do just that. The space was big enough to accommodate all of the mexican traditions, the current western wedding practices and all the family’s customs and surprises in between.

Surprise Family Flash Mob

When the bride and groom first entered the banquet room the cheering echoed through the hall. As the couple started their first dance the cheering echoed through the town, but it wasn’t until Sasha and John’s family flash mob started, that the cheering could be heard for miles. When their first dance ended a medley of classics like “Jump On It,” the “Macarena” and Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” began to play. Sasha said her and her family put the whole dance together in just two days.

Nineteenth Century Club Wedding Flash Mob Dance

It was obvious, family was very important to this couple. The table numbers were pictures of Sasha and John over the years, from age 1 to age 12. Also all of the speeches expressed love for the couple, their families and the future family the couple would start together.

Sasha and John's Age Table Numbers

Nineteenth Century Club Table Numbers

Cheers to the Bride and Groom at the Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

Bring on The Music

Music and dancing played a huge part at Sasha and John’s Nineteenth Century Club Wedding. During dinner Sasha and John surprised their family and friends with a Mariachi Band. The band played many traditional songs, with two guitars, two trumpets, two violins and their voices.

Mariachi Band at the Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

Mariachi Band during dinner at the Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

“Since we have such a wonderfully large Mexican family I thought it would be a nice touch for our wedding. I also wanted to introduce some of our culture to John’s family. Adding Sofia’s dance routine into the mix was a very last minute decision and she actually improvised her dance routine, she did great in the end!” said Sasha.

One of Sasha’s flower girls, Sofia, got in on the action. After a quick wardrobe change the young girl danced while the Mariachi Band played. It was the cutest thing ever! She knew all the right moves.

Mariachi Band with Dancing

After the Father/ Daughter and Mother/ Son dance the dance floor was open. MDM DJ David played some top 40 songs, mixed in with some old classics and some Latin American music. Everyone hit the dance floor under the floating purple lanterns. The dimmed lights and the soft purple glow really set a fun yet romantic mood.

First Dance at the Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

Nineteenth Century Club Wedding With Chicago Wedding Lighting

Chicago Wedding DJ at Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

Dance Floor at the Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

Traditional Dances

Sasha and John also took part in some traditional Mexican wedding dances, such as the “Dollar Dance” and the “Snake Dance.” 

For the “Dollar Dance” it is a tradition to have all the guests line up and with a small donation they get the chance to dance with the bride or groom.  The “Dollar Dance” tradition gives families a chance to help the couple pay for their future together. The money is pinned to the bride and groom. Sasha’s veil was full of green while John’s suspenders were over flowing.

Dollar Dance at the Nineteenth Century Club Wedding

Nineteenth Century Club Dollar Dance

The next traditional dance, called “The Vivorra,”  “The Snake” or “Train Dance,” moved very quickly! Sasha and John were perched on top of two chairs, holding the Brides train up to create a bridge. The guests were then told to hold hands and dance under Sasha’s train. The trick was they had to move to the speed of the music. The ladies went first and everyone giggled as they ran around the room and under her dress. When it was the gentleman’s turn and things really sped up! It was a very exciting tradition that got everyone’s heart pumping!

Take a look at the night in action in the below video!!

“We had so many favorite parts of the reception, the dance, the mariachi band, the lanterns, the dancing, the photobooth, the speeches… the whole night was unforgettable from start to finish,” said Sasha.

The whole night was full of surprises and fun. Sasha and John looked wonderful surrounded by their loving family. You could tell everyone was having a good time by the looks on their faces.

MDM was happy to be on such a great vendor team, especially with Twomaytoz Catering, who’s food was delicious!!

Congrats Sasha and John, we wish you all the best!


Ceremony Venue: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Oak Park

Officiate: Rev Kathy Nolte

Ceremony Musicians: Shabaaz Ranney

Reception Venue: The Nineteenth Century Club

Catering: Twomaytoz Catering

Bakery: Reuter’s Bakery

Stationary: Pear Tree Greetings

Brides Attire: David’s Bridal

Grooms Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Photographer: David Lai Photography

Videographer: Marvin Glass

Hair and Makeup: Circle Salon

Transportation: Family Fiat

Florist: Westgate Flowers

Entertainment: MDM Entertainment

Lighting: MDM Entertainment

Planner / Coordinator: Ellen Winter/Tricia Galas

Linens: Twomaytoz Catering

For more information on DJ and lighting services for your Nineteenth Century Club wedding contact MDM Entertainment today at 773.253.4986.

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