Its not often that my wife and I get to see each other on wedding days. She stays busy with her on-location bridal hair and makeup service, Destination Beautiful, early in the day while I prepare for a later arrival to set up and DJ the wedding often enough overlap for us not to see each other. Happily this wedding was not the case. Anna and Shrea hit it off at her hair and makeup trial and Anna was asked to stay as a guest for the reception.
In preparation for the intimate reception of around 30 guests the ballroom of the River Landing Country Club was lined with purple up-lighting to compliment Shrea’s colorful Indian heritage. After friends and family had gathered coming from as far as India the newlyweds were welcomed to the reception and into their first dance as husband and wife to the classic Etta James – At Last. A delicious buffet of American cuisine was provided by River Landing to selections of Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and David Grey. Following a few warm and humorous toasts Shrea danced with her father to Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World followed by Milton dancing with his mother to John Lennon – Imagine. Shrea and Milton left it up to me for a song during their cake cutting so I went with my favorite, James Taylor – How Sweet It Is. After some light dancing and lots of conversation between new friends and family it was time to throw the bouquet to Beyonce – Single Ladies. We finished the night out with a power dance session of Top 40 hits, 90s Jams and a few awesome Bollywood tunes. After a great time on the dance floor it was time to bid the newlyweds farewell to Chris Brown – Forever.
Photography by Michael Moss
Classical music filled the room as guests arrived to the Beam Room, Front Street Brewery’s 3rd floor event space, to be seated for Courtney and Greg’s ceremony. Starting off the Greg and the wedding party entered to Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do the piano & cello version by Brooklyn Duo followed by Courtney’s entrance to Taylor Swift – Love Story cover by Vitamin String Quartet. Concluding the ceremony, officiated by Front Street’s very own brew-master, Greg & Courtney exited to Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved.
After the ceremony guests headed to the bar, located in the sizable multi-use room, to enjoy some of Front Streets fine craft beers while a mix of mellow country and pop played over the speakers.
Time to welcome the wedding party! The wedding party and couple come in to Beyonce – Crazy In Love and go into their first dance to Maroon 5 – Sugar. Courtney then dances with her father to Macklemore – Growing Up and Greg dances with his mother to Rascall Flatts – My Wish.
Dinner was kicked off with toasts by the best man and mother of the groom. Front Street Brewery provided plated dinners of steak, salmon and chicken. I had the salmon because I love salmon, I’ll always go for the salmon. The mellow country and pop mix continued through dinner until it was time to cut the cake. Greg and Courtney chose Pharrell – Happy to be played for their cake cutting song as it would transition nicely into opening the dance floor. From that point on it was lots of dancing, fun, laughter and craft beers until we finished the night with Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline.
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I had a truly great time with Emily & Austin at their wedding held at The Atrium in downtown Wilmington. The weather was unusually warm and beautiful for November, perfect for the open air venue. As I arrived to set up the venue already looked fantastic even though Martha and her team at Martha My Dear Rentals were still bustling about perfecting all the finishing touches which turned out very impressive with flowers and greenery by Fiore Fine Flowers.
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As guest arrived for the ceremony Vitamin String Quartet played over the speakers. Ready and audio synced with the videographer, Brandon with Olde Road Pictures, it is time to begin! The grandparents and parents were seated to Turning Page instrumental by Sleeping at Last. Next in comes the wedding party, all 18 of them, to Ray Lamontagne – Hold You In My Arms. Finally time for the bride to make her appearance as she walks down the isle to Train – Marry Me. Our lapel mic on the officiant did a great job picking up the service and their vows to each other. After being pronounced husband and wife the newlyweds exited to Ray Lamontagne – You Are the Best Thing.
After the ceremony we transitioned into the cocktail hour and I played a mix of acoustic folk while Sara Logan Photography captured images of the bride & groom along with family and their wedding party. A great feature of the Atrium is the fact you can have both your ceremony and reception set up independently in the same area. The venue is very functional and nicely designed.
Time for introductions! With the assistance of a friend of the bride who was also helping to coordinate we lined up the parents and wedding party and brought them out to Beyonce – Love on Top. The timing worked out perfectly to use the entire song as I energized the guests and then welcomed out out two sets of parents, 18 bridesmaids and groomsmen with unique dances and finally our newlyweds.
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Now it is time for their first dance! Emily & Austin added a unique touch and had two first dance songs selected which they revealed to each other as I played them. Emily chose the Boyce Avenue cover of Heaven and Austin chose Michael Buble’s rendition of Crazy Love. The parent dances followed with Emily dancing with her father to Amos Lee – Sweet Pea and Austin dancing with his mother to Van Morrison – Days Like This.
Image by Martha My Dear
After a warm welcome from the father of the bride and blessing by one of the groomsmen we were treated to a tasty buffet of southern fare, with excellent BBQ, from Sawmill Catering to a mix of mellow acoustic folk tunes. As guests were finishing dinner I informed them it was time to ready and refresh their beverages in preparation for toasts. After heartfelt toasts from the Best Man, Matron and Maid of Honor it was time to cut the cake, a delicious carrot cake from One Belle Bakery, to the song Love Never Felt So Good by Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake. With a cake song so good, right after the cake cutting, everyone hit the dance floor and stayed there the rest of the evening. It was an awesome night with lots of cheers and crazy moves! Emily tossed her bouquet to Taylor Swift – 22 and Austin tossed the garter to Ja Rule – Between Me & You. We finished the night with Ray Lamontagne – You Are the Best Thing before sending guests with sparklers in hand for the big send-off to be whisked away by Azalea Limo.