I always love adding new places to the list of venues where I've performed -- so I really enjoyed spinning tunes and acting as emcee for Megan and Steve's wedding reception at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown. A museum at a wedding? Yeah, it's true! Sure, not every museum out there is ideal for a wedding, but the Farmers' Museum offers a wonderful setting -- plenty of space indoors and out. You'll see in the photos, so keep reading!
Although Megan and Steve now live out-of-state, they have family in the area, so they took advantage of the opportunity to meet with me in-person during their visits "back home." (If you haven't done much looking around the site yet, I include up to two of these "planning meetings" in my regular rates.) In between the appointments, we were able to update each other on the evening's plans via email.
As per my tradition here on the blog, here are the songs Megan and Steve chose for the "key moments" of their reception:
- Wedding Party Intros: Chris Brown / Forever
- Bride and Groom Entrance: Earth Wind & Fire / September
- First Dance: Kenny Chesney / Me and You
- Bride / Father Dance: Steven Curtis Chapman / Cinderella
- Groom / Mother Dance: Garth Brooks / It’s Your Song
- Cake Cutting: Frank Sinatra / The Way You Look Tonight
- Last Dance of the Night for Everyone: Kenny Chesney / You Had Me From Hello
Before I segue to my photos, I've gotta stress that I'm a DJ, not a pro photographer. Having misplaced my "real" camera a few weeks earlier, I only had my phone available. So, while I hope you enjoy my photos, you'll definitely love checking out professional shooter Janelle Rodriguez' blog post from the day. And, there was video, too! Blue Water Studio posted a brief excerpt of their footage. Both of the camera teams were wonderful to work with, and the food was amazing as well!
Afterward, Megan posted this wonderful, 5-star review on WeddingWire:
Peter was absolutely AMAZING at our wedding! I was so worried that people weren't going to get up and dance, but everyone was up having a great time - even my father was out on the dance floor and no one ever thought we would see that! I HIGHLY recommend Peter Naughton to anyone! He was extremely easy to work with and even dealt with a few very last minute song changes the day of the wedding. People are still telling us that the music was awesome and that our wedding was one of the greatest they had ever been to. We have Peter to thank for much of that!
Megan, thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm thrilled to hear you and your guests were pleased with everything. Of course, you and Steve deserve credit for providing a great batch of song requests in advance... as well as the guests who added a few of their own requests as the night unfolded. Just like a good recipe, it's having just the right amount of this and that to make it all come together. All my best to you and Steve!!