The Best Wedding Gifts Ever

A retro twist on traditional wedding gifts


CandiceThe Morning After with Brian, Matt & Candice (Weekdays 6am-10am)

Candice got her radio start bouncing around tiny Prairie towns that no one’s actually heard of. Eventually, she landed a morning show with Brian in Alberta. The pair took the show to #1. Candice then took the reins in Calgary as Morning Co-Host at X92.9. She was a part of “The Show” for almost five years before making Toronto her home. Candice is thrilled to play her iTunes playlist daily at Indie88.

As you may have heard on air, I got married this summer. In lieu of traditional wedding gifts, we asked our friends and family to get us vinyl. Something they love or something they thought we would love. This wedding collection is worth sharing.

Tallest Man on Earth – Dark Bird is Home

This is the newest album by Kristian Matsson. I saw him at Coachella about 5 years ago and he blew me away. His voice is so unique and his lyrics are poetic. I have always loved Tallest Man on Earth and his newest album does not disappoint.


Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen is what a collection of short stories sounds like put to music. The Crook brothers (guitar and drums) in my husband’s band Johnson Crook were largely influenced by this album. It was only fitting the Crook’s got us Nebraska for a wedding gift.


Wilco – Sky Blue Sky

My husband, Noel, almost cried when he opened this one. Critics call this album “Dad-Rock”. The good news is that my Dad knows how to Rock & Roll.


Fleetwood Mac – Tusk

Tusk was released in 1979. The album cost over one million dollars and was the most expensive rock recording up to that point. I have listened to this album on repeat and by that I mean, I have lifted the needle and started it over and over again since getting the album. Thanks to my new Sister In Law Stephanie for getting us this one.

tusk (1)

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington – The Complete Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington Sessions

We were very lucky to be surrounded by musicians at our wedding. Not just rockers and rollers. We also have a couple friends who play in the symphony. This Louis Armstrong/Duke Ellington offering was from them. I love this gift because it’s a record I would have never picked up for myself and now I can’t stop listening to it.


Tom Waits – Closing Time

My pal Jacquie is in the Toronto band, The Balconies, and she gifted us Tom Waits. She says she hopes Closing Time changes our lives the way it changed hers.


Bob Seger – Night Moves

This 1976 album was recorded at the famous Muscle Shoals recording studio. There is a great documentary on Muscle Shoals on Netflix right now. You should watch it. This was a fun record to get our parents out on the wedding dance floor.


We were also gifted a few joke albums that we hold near and dear to our hearts. Those include…

Cheech & Chong’s Wedding Album


JC Chasez’s (of N’ Sync) Some Girls (Dance With Women)


Carl Douglas’ Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

We had a great day and I am truly so thankful for all our friends and family who made it out. Here are a few more pictures from the big day.

Wedding Dress 2

Wedding Day 3

Wedding Day 11


Photo cred: Ryan Nolan