When I originally Skyped with Katie’s Parents Penny and Alan in January and heard their vision of this very unique wedding at Market Hall on August 17th, I was instantly hooked and the wheels started turning. They had 215 guests coming from all over the world and wanted to incorporate Greek and Palestinian music into the dancing, as well as typical American music. Challenge accepted!!
The ceremony was held earlier at All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church. After the ceremony, the guests made their way over to Market Hall where I was set up and ready. As they arrived I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul, standards and a few Greek and Arabic songs playing. Guests enjoyed refreshments, passed hors d’oeuvres, The Bunn DJ Company Photo Booth, corn hole and a large Jenga set. The wedding party and Katie and Kevin joined after pics and video were done at the church by Timo Andrews Visuals and John from Story Focused Media.
After the cocktail hour, I invited guests into the larger back room with help from planner extraordinaire Kathy from Sally Oakley Weddings & Events and Katie’s Parents welcomed everyone. After the blessing, guests were invited to sample food from all over the world made by Market Hall Catering. The tacos and salmon were amazing!!! During dinner I continued the same mix as cocktails.
After dinner we had the parents dances and started with Kevin and his Mother to the Cuban salsa song “Mandinga” by Buena Vista Social Club. Katie and her Father had their dance that started with “Your Song” then into “Conga”, “U Can’t Touch This”, “Party Rock Anthem” and “The Twist”, then ended with “Your Song” again. It was so great and really caught everyone off guard. Katie and Kevin had their dance last that started with “Fly Me To The Moon” Then into a Greek Kalamatiano and Ikaria that a live drummer (Naji) joined, then everyone joined in to dance with them. I followed it up with some American music and then more Greek. It was just an amazing energy of love and dance all night! =
We ended the night with the Greek song “Den Thelo Tetious Filous” and a Palestinian song before a sparkler exit from the side of the building.
Thank you for everything Katie, Kevin, Penny, Alan, Jayne, Kathy and Peter from Island Sounds for helping out with a couple needed extra speakers! This was a wedding I will never forget!!