In acknowledgement of the blazing heat plaguing the DC area this past week, we've decided to take the lemons that life's handed us and make lemonade. We're looking for this cloud's silver lining. Since we can't beat 'em, we're going to join 'em. (Have we missed any cliches?) Yes, it's summer...and we're going with the flow (there's another cliche!) and tuning into some hot summer jams. We've asked a few of our favorite wedding pros to share their favorite summer songs with us. Ready? Here we go!
Rebecca Dick, Blue Canary Events: "'Crash' by Dave Matthews Band always reminds me of summer -- I went to a Dave Matthews concert in college (my first of many) and we got stuck in traffic, so they were already playing when we got there. As we pulled up, and I got out of the car, I felt the warm breeze in my hair as I heard "Crash" from the stage -- every time I hear it, I can feel that warm breeze in my hair, and I just think of that summer."
Gerry Rogers, Petal's Edge: "'Venus' by Bananarama and 'Boys of Summer' by Don Henley. And anything by the Beach Boys reminds me of waiting for the fireworks on the mall for July 4."
Trisha Cranor, Working Brides: "You know it has to be 'Summertime,' by the handsome Will Smith!"
William Grace, Westin Annapolis: "'We Run the Night" by Havana Brown featuring Pitbull -- just pure fabulosity!!!"
Janice Carnevale, Bellwether Events: "'Chicken Fried' by The Zac Brown Band."
Tori Maltby, Blue Canary Events: "At the moment it's 'Call Me Maybe' by Carly Rae Jepsen, but I think that's thanks to the Abercrombie models..."
Amber Wilkie, Amber Wilkie Photography: "'Knock Three Times' by Tony Orlando and Dawn. Ever since 'Now and Then'...Or even 'Doin' Time' by Sublime. Growing up in Cali, Sublime was the band."
Michelle Loretta, Sage Wedding Pros: 'Everybody Loves the Sunshine' by Seu Jorge...It just oozes relaxation, beach, and warmth. And Seu Jorge's voice is so beautiful and buttery."
Molly Spence, Spence Photographics: "Summertime by The Fresh Prince (Will Smith)! Props to Philly!"
Katie MacGregor, O'Neil Events: "'Pontoon' by Little Big Town - I love being on the water!"
Emily Chastain, Emily Chastain Photography: "'Fourth of July' by Shooter Jennings! Love that song."
Tina-Lynn Tabibi, Tabibi Design: "'Is This Love' and 'Jammin' by Bob Marley!"
Of course, as DJs we couldn't possibly have a list of the best summer songs without putting together our own playlist. If these songs don't put you in a summer mood, then we don't even know. Enjoy!