A big band that sets the mood


I saw the most amazing band this weekend. You know how everyone wants a vintage feel or look at their wedding? We at Elegant Bride know this more than anyone, and have often tried to capture the feel of an era in our fashion and reception stories. Well, Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra is not by any stretch of the imagination a cute little cover band that happens to do old music (much like your stock country club band). It is the real deal. Michael is a classically trained composer who knows his '20s-era music better than anyone I have ever encountered. The full 12-piece orchestra totally blew me away and brought to life every little girl fantasy I had of being in an old movie, complete with dreamy bandleader and utterly transcendent music that had literally everyone in the room smiling and dancing. If you are in New York, it's worth looking into and if not, you should still check out his videos—it might be worth it to look into getting them to travel. It's just the thing you need to complete your vintage-inspired event. —Claudia Grimaldi, photo editor, Elegant Bride



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