Sarah and Ben’s Virginia Riverside Wedding
When I arrived at Ben’s parent’s property in Sandy Point, Virginia to DJ Ben & Sarah’s wedding ceremony and reception I couldn’t believe how gorgeous the property was. The wedding would be held on the banks of the Potomac River – and what a day for it!
The Wedding Ceremony
It was a beautifully sunny but slightly windy day in the Northern Neck of Virginia. A rustic wooden platform backed by a hand made cross decorated with flowers was set up a stone’s throw from Virginia’s Potomac River. The couple had left all of the ceremony music up to me – which can be a challenge, but one I love as a DJ! As guests arrived I was DJing a mix of classical favorites and classical guitar and piano covers of modern songs, like this amazing version of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’.
When it came time for Sarah and her father to walk down the aisle my DJ instinct said Boyce Avenue’s version of the very popular Christina Perri song ‘A Thousand Years’ would be the right song – a compliment from the wedding planner after the ceremony proved my DJ instinct correct! Pastor Roger McGee led the ceremony and as it began the wind suddenly ceased and all of the guests could hear every word, the timing was perfect! When the ceremony ended Sarah’s aunt led the guests in a recital of the Lord’s Prayer. As they walked down the aisle as man and wife, I brought up the energy by playing the instrumental version of Bruno Mars’ song ‘Just The Way You Are’
The bridal party remained by the river as Photos From The Harty from Washington DC took pictures. I used my ceremony speaker to direct a mix of standards and motown for cocktail hour music towards the bridal party’s photo shoot and began to DJ another cocktail hour playlist at the reception tent.
Sarah and Ben were one of the more laid back couples I’ve had the pleasure of DJing for. Even better was that I was paired up with Marylee Marmer and the incredible staff of Marylee Marmer Events. Having a very professional local Virginia wedding planner made my day as a wedding DJ even easier.
Sarah was nice enough to let her dad pick half of her reception songs and left the rest up to me. The newly married couple made their grand entrance to Tim McGraw’s ‘She’s My Kind of Rain’. They had their first dance to his hit ‘My Best Friend’.
Sarah’s father Tom gave a great welcoming speech followed up by Pastor McGee’s blessing and as the guests were released to eat dinner. I played a dinner mix that was heavy on 50’s and 60’s motown songs with a few standards from Sinatra and Dean Martin.
We opened the dance floor with the parents dances, and then the anniversary dance. The song I chose almost ran out because they had so many couples who had been married over 40 years! Sarah’s father clearly loved to dance as he got down to some classic funk and soul hits and as the night went on and dusk began to fall I shifted into full party mode and had everyone from the bridal party to the mother of the groom out on the dance floor shaking it to Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’.
The dance floor got packed and I was getting lots of great requests until I finally had to close out the evening using Pat Benatar’s ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ for the bouquet toss before directing the guests to grab some bubbles as the newly married couple made their way into the night!