Wedding bells have rung for Tiësto. The producer tied the knot with model Annika Backes in Amangiri on Sept. 21 in an elegant desert wedding that offered the couple a brief reprieve from their buzzing lifestyles. Tiësto and Backes first visited the Aman resort, located in Utah, four years prior.
Although the pair initially considered Las Vegas, a city that Tiësto and Backes “both love a lot,” their desire to host a wedding that was “glamorous, romantic, and ***y, while still being natural and intimate” led them to select Amangiri as the site of the wedding, which would field a select 80 guests.
Despite his acumen behind the decks, Tiësto left DJ duties to DJ Coleman, who played a song written and produced by the groom himself for Backes.
“One of my favorite parts of the evening was hearing the song [Tiësto] made for me,” Backes said. “It’s called ‘A Million Years’ and I was completely surprised–it was so much fun to dance together for the first time [to this song] and everyone loved it!”
We didn’t want a band because as a DJ you’re a lot more flexible and can adjust to any situation. That’s why I love doing it in the first place!
I also like a lot of genres that I’m not able to play in my own sets, so that was another reason to hire this particular DJ. He can play all my favorite artists, which include anything from Kanye West to indie pop rock and ballads
On the opposite side of the stage for the occasion, Tiësto lauded DJ Coleman for “[creating] a vibe that worked for all of our guests.”
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