DJing Erin and Aaron’s Motown Style Wedding
As a wedding DJ, when a bride says “…hey, we’ve got a theme we’re going for”, I wonder how creative it’s going to get. I couldn’t believe my luck when she said it would be a 50’s and 60’s Motown and girl group-themed wedding reception here in Richmond. I grew up listening to that kind of music and was really looking forward to digging deep for some great tunes to DJ.
The Wedding Ceremony
Erin and Aaron got married in downtown Richmond at Historic Tredegar right in front of the big grey doors. Despite steady rain for the previous two days straight the sun had come out and wedding guests were chatting happily as I began to DJ a prelude set of slower oldies, such as the Drifters, Everly Brothers, and Santo & Johnny. The wedding ceremony was a quick one and as I cranked up “All Day and All Of The Night” by the Kinks, Erin and Aaron came down the aisle under a flurry of small fuzzy pom pom balls – it was awesome!
I can’t recall a more chill wedding couple to DJ for than Erin and Aaron – they chose to avoid any introductions, didn’t call attention to their cake cutting, and passed on some of the traditional wedding activities like a bouquet toss. Erin and her stepmom almost brought the house down when they danced to the always epic “Purple Rain” by Prince – this wedding DJ was smiling from ear to ear.
As a wedding DJ, you need to be able to dig deep – Erin really knew her stuff and when we started off with the original version of “Iko Iko” by the Dixie Cups and the dance floor began to fill I knew it would be a fun wedding crowd to DJ for in downtown Richmond!
For a DJ such as myself, it’s thrilling to see all ages of people on the floor, and I got to sneak in some Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars among the Contours, Little Richard, Temptations, and Supremes tracks.
My favorite moment however came at the end of the night when I played the brides’ request for Blink 182’s “All The Small Things” – the wedding party knew every word and so I decided to follow that up with the Fallout Boy sing a long “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and the video I took barely did it justice!
Needless to say I love when my DJ intuition pays off and seeing the wedding party bouncing right in front of the DJ booth!
I had a great time working with the amazing team at Events by Elizabeth Palmer, Plain With Sprinkles Events had a hand in the design and Photography by Donna May captured some great moments from the night.