I didn’t realize until closer to the wedding (and neither did they) that both Ryan and his Mother had separately hired me from venue referrals for both the rehearsal dinner and wedding on September 6thand 7th. I knew I didn’t want to duplicate anything from night to night for this wonderful couple & their guests. Challenge accepted!
Brooke and Ryan’s rehearsal dinner was held on Friday at The Angus Barn Pavilion for 100 people. As the guests arrived I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul, standards and a few country songs playing. They enjoyed visiting, cornhole on the back patio, passed hors d’oeuvres and the veggie and cheese display. What do they do to that cheese to make it so good???
After the cocktail hour I invited them to take their seats for dinner. His Father, Dave welcomed everyone and Pastor Nathan blessed the meal. The salads and entrees came out and I continued the same music mix as cocktails. After dinner we had a shoe game and 6 toasts while guests enjoyed champagne and dessert. Instead of opening the dance floor (that was holding over until Saturday) I played a mix of sing a long “Beachy/Yacht Rock” songs like “Build me Up Buttercup”, “Dancing In The Moonlight” and “Still The One” for guests to visit more before heading out.
Saturday- Wedding Day!!!!
I arrived at The Historic Wakefield Barn super early to set up for the ceremony and hang out with my fellow vendor friends. Shelley from Expressions Of Love Florist was getting the ceremony site on the 2ndfloor ready. Photographer Nancy Ray was taking pics of Brooke, Ryan and wedding party separately around the property with videographers Chris & Toni from Heart Stone Films and Steph from Southern Oak Events was making sure everything was perfect.
As the 200 guests arrived for the ceremony they were treated to live music by a quartet from Arioso Strings. I ran a mic for Pastor Nathan as well as a hand held mic for a reader. After the ceremony they were invited to the 1st floor barn stables for cocktails and more music by Arioso Strings while the staff flipped the 2nd floor for dinner and dancing.
When the room was ready guests came back upstairs and I lined the wedding party up for introductions. They were introduced to “(This Will Be) An Everlasting Love” and lined up in front of the head table. Brooke and Ryan came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector. They sang it to each other like they were the only ones in the room. It was so sweet!! Brooke’s Father welcomed everyone and Brooke and Ryan blessed the meal. During dinner I played a similar playlist to the night before, but different songs (of course).
After dinner we had a couple toasts and opened the floor with some Motown and top 40 that FILLED it by the end of the first song! The floor was packed for the entire 2 hours! We paused for the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and a bouquet toss from the top of the mezzanine to “Single Ladies”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.
We ended with a last dance to “Wagon Wheel” before sending everyone downstairs again for a sparkler exit.
Thank you for everything Brooke, Ryan, Amy, Dave, Greg and Steph!! I was honored to play for you all weekend!