When a friend asks you to DJ their wedding, it's an honor. When an old friend you grew up with and spent so much time with in years past asks you, it's an even bigger honor.
I grew up with Lindz and her family. Her brother Greg and I were practically inseparable through high school and I was constantly hanging out at his house. In turn, I spent a lot of time with Lindz and their mom, Jane. Lindz contacted me through Facebook and asked me about DJing their wedding, telling me that they weren't looking for any sort of traditional reception with all the fanfare and special dances. They wanted a party. They wanted to have friends and family come to their home, hang out, have some drinks and have a kicking soundtrack in the background. I was happy to oblige!
It was a perfect day for an outdoor event. Not too hot (mid 70s), no humidity, lots of sun and a cool breeze. They had a Hawaiian theme to decorate the backyard and people dressed for the occasion. Including myself! The beer flowed for the adults while the kids had a great time playing in the yard, limbo-ing to some classic Chuck Berry and knocking the crap out of a pinata to "I Want Candy."
The music for the night was a great mix of classic rock, some folky stuff, some beach music and even a little early 90s hip-hop mixed in. Lindz had one request: no top-40. She allowed the rule to bend a couple of times for the kids who had a hankering for Beyonce and Psi.
All in all, it was a great day. Everyone had a great time relaxing and celebrating with Lindz and Colin. It wasn't the kind of party that people danced at, necessarily, but people were still constantly saying how great it was to have the music playing all afternoon. As I said, it was an honor being asked to play for an old friend and I was very happy I could be there to help them celebrate. A few pics below. For me in a Hawaiian shirt, you may have to visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hicksproductions.
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