This had to be one of my favorite wedding receptions. The guests were wide open all night and filled the dance floor from the first dance song.

The Wedding Ceremony

As the 160 guests arrived at Melrose Knitting Mill for the ceremony I had a mix of classical pop songs playing by Vitamin String Quartet. It was time for the ceremony to start and the guests found their seats. The room was filled! After a short ceremony officiated by Maggie’s Uncle Judge Larkin, the guests made their way to the outside patio of Babylon for cocktails while the staff flipped the room for the reception.

The Dinner

The room was ready and looked beautiful with arrangements by Lyn from Fresh Affairs. After photographer Richard Balow got some shots, the guests made their way back upstairs and found their seats. I introduced the wedding party and Maggie & Frankie came in and right into their first dance to “Die A Happy Man” and parents dances followed by a welcome by Maggie’s father. The salads were on the tables and the buffet opened shortly. During dinner I had a mix of standards, country, soft rock & classic soul playing.

The Dancing

After dinner the guests were ready to dance so I played some Motown and top 40 that had the floor packed within 1 song. I even dropped “Hang On Sloopy” for the guests from Ohio. We paused briefly for the cake cutting, then back to dancing which started back up with a recording of Maggie’s late uncle Chuck performing “867-5309” from 1982. What a special addition!!! There was also a choreographed dance to “Work From Home” by Fifth Harmony by Bridesmaid Anne’s “Mermaids” from her bachelorette party (whose wedding I can’t wait to DJ on the 30th!) and a limbo stick dance made from 2 guys ties.

We ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and “Wagon Wheel” that had everyone circling Maggie & Frankie and singing a long before their sparkler exit.

This was one of my favorite weddings, and not one I, or the guests, will soon forget!

Photo courtesy of Richard Barlow Photography


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