My latest wedding took me a few miles north of Syracuse, to American Legion Post 787 in Cicero. Leanna and Justin hired me to provide sound for their outdoor ceremony, then music, lighting and emcee duties for the reception, which immediately followed inside the Post's spacious banquet room. As you'll see from the photos, the crowd had a great time and the dance floor was filled right through the end of the night!
This was the third "outdoor ceremony / indoor reception" in a row for me, and for all three we had good weather. I guess that means we can call it a streak, right? Admittedly, it was a close call -- we did have a couple light drops of rain prior to the ceremony -- but since we were under a large pavilion (see the first photo, below), we would have been just fine if the rain had lingered.
I know many of my future brides and grooms are interested in what each couple chooses for their "key" songs, so here's what Leanna and Justin chose:
- Ceremony Processional: Traditional instrumental
- Ceremony Bridal Entrance: Edwin McCain/Walk With You
- Ceremony Recessional: Traditional instrumental
- Wedding Party Intros: Pharrell Williams / Happy
- First Dance: Jessie James Decker / I Do
- Bride / Father Dance: Heartland / I Loved Her First, followed by a bit of Tommy Roe / Oh Sweet Pea
- Groom / Mother Dance: Garth Brooks / The Dance
- Cake Cutting:Noel Paul Stookey / Wedding Song... followed by the chorus from Pat Benetar / Hit Me With Your Best Shot, as the bride and groom surprised their maids-of-honor and best man with some cake in the face!
- Bouquet Toss: Beyonce / Single Ladies
- Garter Toss: Bill Conti / Gonna Fly Now (a.k.a. the theme from "Rocky")
- Dollar Dances: Garth Brooks / Friends in Low Places; Big & Rich / Lost in the Moment; Mariah Carey / Always Be My Baby; Tim McGraw & Faith Hill / It’s Your Love
- Last Dance of the Night for Everyone: Kenny Chesney / Me and You
I was without my "regular" camera for this wedding, so all these photos were taken with my iPhone. Even with the phone's flash on, many of the photos came out a little grainier than I would like... but the trade-off is that you can get a better look at the dance floor lighting than I normally get with my regular camera. The regular camera's flash usually "drowns out" the dance floor lights.
Here's the review Leanna posted on WeddingWire afterward:
Peter was a great DJ! He is so accommodating and really listens to what the bride and groom want. We shopped around a lot for DJs trying to find the right price and right person and when we talked with him, we liked that he was very professional and very affordable. He got the guests up there dancing and made sure the whole night went smoothly! We couldn't have asked for a better night or better DJ!!
Thanks, Leanna! I'm always thankful for every customer's review of my services!
Prior to the ceremony, I had the pleasure of talking with the groom's father. He was a DJ himself years ago, back when DJs were truly disc jockeys, playing every single song on vinyl records. Since then, everything moved from records to CDs, and now to computers (but I still bring a dual CD player and several mix CDs to keep things going "just in case" I ever need to switch over to my backup laptop or a backup music hard drive). And once he realized who I was, he told me that he loves listening to 95.3/103.9 The Dinosaur, the station where I'm on-air every Sunday. Since the station is still fairly new, it's always exciting to find another avid listener!