Bernie + Evan’s Wedding

Photography: Capture & Keep

Filo dance-off!

Meet Bernie + Evan, they’re a couple of inner west spunks whom I met over a beer one day, to chat about their wedding back in October at Grounds of Alexandria.  Bernie sure stands out from the pack, with her pink-hair, array of old school tattoos and her trademark cats eye glasses. She is an hilarious firecracker and Evan, her dashing soft-spoken lovely fella. Bernie and I shared stories of coming from Filipino backgrounds, about our fave Filo food (of course) and our (sad!) elementary level knowledge of our mother tongue language. They both have a deep love of old music, from classic rhythm & blues, Stax, Motown and Sun Records (they talked about making a pilgrimage to Memphis to the OG Sun Records studio) blues and soul, citing the Rolling Stones, Cash, Elvis, the Kinks and girl groups through to Evan’s love of 90s hip hop. It was one helluva brief and I was jumping out of my seat to put their wedding soundtrack together! Their choices for key parts of the night were just perfect, Bernie walked in with her bridal squad to Martha & The Vandellas’ infectious soulful stomper, ‘Heatwave’ and their first dance was to Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings’ sultry ‘You’re Gonna Get It’ (Rest in Power to this legendary lady) Perhaps being on a Sunday prompted a few guests to leave the party early, however it didn’t stop the remaining revelers, like Bernie’s fam who busted out some inspired moves on the DF! You can’t go past disco and R&B if you’re playing to some Filo folks, in fact it’s a MUST. So I threw on Sister Sledge’s ‘We Are Family’ for her mum and titas, Bell Biv Devoe’s ‘Poison’ and Usher’s ‘Yeah’’ which sparked some wild, magic-Mike moves from Bernie’s brother.. ha! Towards the end of the night, I threw on some hip hop which had Evan and his mates poppin’ and lockin’ and Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’, was a fitting end to this wonderful, loved-up celebration.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – ‘You’re Gonna Get It’ (taken from their album, Naturally, 2005)


Push the Button (disclaimer: this is not named after the Sugababes song) has been whipped up by Charlie Villas, a Sydney-based DJ and music curator. It  contains reflections on her three fave things in life – music, pop culture, and style, and weaves connections amongst these along the way.