Deana Martin Sings with The Essence Band at Vince Ferragamo’s Daughter’s Wedding Reception

On Saturday, November 12, 2011, The Essence Variety Dance Band, 9-piece, performed at the Wedding Reception for the new Mr. &  Mrs. Venessa (Ferragamo) and Javier Gutierrez!  The event was held at the Grand Newport Plaza in Costa Mesa, CA, and catered by Turnip Rose Elite Catering.  Chrissy Sherbanee, Turnip Rose, along with Wedding Coordinators Jeanette and Tori, made sure everything ran smoothly!

Father of the Bride, Vince Ferragamo (yep – the LA Rams Quarterback Vince Ferragamo!), was a warm and gracious Host and exuded joy from every pore!  I (Robin) was particularly impressed with how contagious his warmth and joy were – he made an amazing effort to introduce himself to all members of the Band, check in with us and compliment us at every turn, and really made us feel welcome and appreciated.

Robin Kelly, Band Leader, with happy Host / Father of the Bride, Vince Ferragamo

Another big treat of the evening was when Ferragamo family friend, Deana Martin (daughter of famed Dean Martin), walked up to the stage to join me (Robin) singing, “That’s Amore!”  —  Deana strolled up and casually said with a big smile on her face, “You know, my Dad sang this song…” – we handed her a microphone, and history with The Essence Band was made!  (A big thrill for me, as you can well imagine!)

Robin Kelly & Deana Martin sing "That's Amore"

Robin Kelly & Deana Martin

"That's Amore" being sung by Robin Kelly & Deana Martin at Ferragamo/Gutierrez Wedding Reception, 11-12-11

Deana Martin sings one of her Dad's hits with The Essence Variety Dance Band

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Visit Deana’s website for information on her Recordings, Concert Tours, etc.  Deana performs November 23rd, 2011, in Hollywood at The Catalina Jazz Club!  She also has a NEW Christmas Album available!  Visit Deana’s Store!

I can say with confidence that the entire Band had a great time at the Ferragamo/Gutierrez Wedding Reception, and we wish the Newlyweds, Venessa and Javier, all the BEST as they begin their new adventure together!

(All photos taken with my (Robin’s) little camera…if I can get some shots from the Wedding Photographer, I’ll post ‘em!)

(Thanks, Paul, for taking the shots of me with Deana!)

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2 Comments on “Deana Martin Sings with The Essence Band at Vince Ferragamo’s Daughter’s Wedding Reception”

  1. Dave Hill Says:

    Yes!

    I would agree..It was one of the few times I’ve come home from a wedding gig and told her how cool the parents of the bridal couple were..I was even telling my football buddies what a totally nice guy Vince was. The whole evening was filled with good vibes. I’m glad I played a part of their special night. Congratulations!

  2. Robin Says:

    Great comment, Dave! Thanks for chiming in!


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