There's nothing like a good summertime outdoor wedding, but the weather doesn't always cooperate. That's when it pays-off to have backup plans! Although rain prevented Kelly and Sal from saying "I do" outdoors at Wolf Oak Acres in Oneida, solid backup plans allowed the ceremony and reception to take place indoors without a hitch. Guests who weren't aware of the original plans probably assumed the ceremony was going to be indoors all along.
Although it may seem like small potatoes to move "just the ceremony" indoors, remember to consider chairs, decorations, signage, and many other factors involved. And of course, for me as the DJ, moving things inside can have a major impact on my set-up plans. That's why I always ask if there is a backup plan anytime a couple says they plan to get married outside. If there isn't one, we come up with one. That way, everyone's on the same page and your wedding day runs smoothly.
Thankfully, I haven't had rain put a damper on too many weddings, but for Kelly and Sal, the backup plans allowed things to run smoothly. They had a great ceremony and cocktail hour on the upper level of the Wolf Oak Acres barn, followed by dinner and dancing on the lower level. Before I get into the photos, here are Kelly and Sal's key song selections:
- Ceremony Processional: Piano Guys / A Thousand Years (originally by Christina Perri)
- Ceremony Bridal Entrance: Haley Reinhart / Can't Help Falling in Love With You
- Ceremony Recessional: Water Liars / Let it Breathe
- Wedding Party Intros: Maroon 5 / Sugar
- First Dance: Chris Young / She's Got This Thing About Her
- Bride / Father Dance: Zac Brown Band / I'll Be Your Man
- Groom / Mother Dance: Reba McEntire / You're Gonna Be
- Last Dance of the Night for Everyone: Chris Stapleton / Tennessee Whiskey
And now, some photos from the big day! Starting with this blog post, I'm trying something new -- just posting a handful of shots on my blog, but I'll still post a full set on Facebook. After you check these out, click the blue button below the gallery to see the rest on Facebook!
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Afterwards, Kelly posted this awesome 5-star review on WeddingWire:
A little late on my review, but couldn't not give it because Peter was so awesome to work with! From the get go he was super responsive and helpful and really informative. We were supposed to have an outdoor ceremony and couldn't figure out how we were going to get a DJ set up up at the site because there was no electricity and we didn't want to run a loud generator- we reached out to Peter about it and he went above and beyond to figure out how to solve the issue for us. He did a great job day of with music and the uplighting he did was beautiful! And beyond all of that he even put together a super thorough & detailed event timeline from pre-ceremony through end of the night announcements. It was awesome and so helpful!! We had such a fun time- thanks for all your help Peter!!
Thanks again to Kelly and Sal for selecting me as their wedding DJ! Another successful event where, although Kelly and Sal live out-of-state, we were able to handle all of the planning via email and phone calls. They're a great couple and I wish them all the best. And I'm looking forward to coming back to Wolf Oak Acres one more time this fall, for my final wedding of the 2016 season!