Once again I had the chance to work with a truly awesome and fun couple. The message was clear from the get-go: We're here to have fun and party all night! And that's what we did!
Now, as can be the case when planning an outdoor wedding, you're at the mercy of the weather. Passing showers had left us unsure about doing the ceremony outside on the patio and at times it seemed we would be in the clear, but then a down pour would hit. We set up our gear outside in anticipation of being outside, but ultimately the call had to be made about a half hour before the start that we would be inside on the dance floor. Murphy and his laws were in full effect as the sun shone brightly outside just as we started processing.
When I say a fun loving group, I mean it. Right from the bridal procession of the Imperial March from Star Wars, everyone knew the atmosphere would be light. There were laughs and even the groom (who was being surprised with the song choice by his bride-to-be) commented "I hope you don't regret this later!" in between laughs. I guess Bryan had joked about it months before with Liz giving an emphatic no. He certainly wasn't expecting it.
The ceremony was short and quite emotional as it was being performed by the groom's grandfather. There were tears and laughs mixed in before the pronouncement of "husband and wife."
Cocktail hour and dinner passed by as usual and we began the dancing. The anniversary dance was an amazing show as Liz and Bryan were flanked with countless couples with long marriages. A very inspiring room for sure. The longest married couples were both over 55 years and going!
The dancing was excellent with people taking their turns on the floor depending on what they liked. We mixed it up with some older disco, some 80s rock, some early 90s hip-hop and the best of today's top 40. The crowd was game for anything, which for a DJ is quite rewarding. At one point, appropriately set to I'm Too Sexy, the groomsman stripped off their tuxes and rode out the rest of the evening in tuxedo t-shirts. The bride had invited me to also participate, and who am I to say no to DJing an entire night in a tuxedo t-shirt?
The highlight of the evening for me came right near the end. The crowd looked like they'd have fun with the Grease Megamix, so I gave it shot. I had no idea what was to come. They danced and sang along through most of the song, but when it came to Summer Nights, Liz and her bridesmaids embodied Sandy and the Pink Ladies while Bryan and groomsman took on Danny and the T-Birds. They sang back and forth, playing out the iconic scene. It was one of the greatest things I've had the chance to see as a DJ.
As the night came to close, I thanked Liz, Bryan and their guests for being such and awesome crowd. So far it's been a great season for fun and dancing and I hope this momentum will continue through the remainder of the year!
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