To say that I was nervous the day of Vicki & Marc’s wedding reception would be an understatement. I’ll admit that I still get opening-night jitters before every event, but I’d like to believe it’s because I truly care about the job I do. After all, there’s no pressure at all when it’s 1 vs. 170, right?
I can handle big groups of people – that’s easy. This time around, the nervousness came with being at a venue that I hadn’t worked at previously, seeing two couples that I’ve seen at at least four and probably five weddings in the last three years, and offering a new service – the B-Sharp Photobooth – for the very first time at a wedding reception. It’s also worth noting that this was my first wedding of 2012. No sweat. :)
If this reception was any indication, then all of this year’s B-Sharp weddings are going to be incredible.
The reception took place at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln, RI – an absolutely gorgeous venue with one of the best views of Northern Rhode Island, and the ballroom looked great thanks to the work of The Perfect Setting at Felicia’s and their fabulous chair covers and linens.
Guests arrived at 5:00, with cocktail hour taking place just outside of the ballroom – this is where the Photobooth was set up. Everyone also had the opportunity to play a wedding-themed “Mad Libs” game, which also got people talking. After cocktails, the doors to the ballroom were opened, and once guests were seated the introductions began. Marc & Vicki entered the room to thunderous applause, and took the dance floor for their first dance. It was an incredible moment.
The dinner music playlist featured lots of Country music, per request of the bride. Guests loved it, and threw in a few requests of their own, too. It set the mood for a fun, festive, and at times all-out wild party, breakdancing and hand-balancing included. Everyone had a great time. As for that nervousness, it wore off as soon as the dance floor was filled.
What surprised me most about this wedding was the diversity of my music selections that night – I take pride in staying away from the Chicken Dance no matter what, but I also like to change things up at every event so that couples who are seeing me for the fourth and fifth times can’t predict what song I’m going to play next. The 44 songs that I played in 2.5 hours spanned four decades and at least four genres of music. You can see the whole playlist here.
Alicia Schneider was the evening’s photographer, and Mike Picard of Mike Picard Videography captured the evening beautifully, as he always does. I especially like the music video recaps that Mike puts together for his clients – here’s Vicki & Marc’s:
As you can tell, I get to work for some really fun couples. Congratulations, Vicki & Marc!
Introduction Music: Welcome To The Party – Kid Rock / Slow Ride – Foghat
Victoria & Marc’s Introduction: Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
First Dance: You Save Me – Kenny Chesney
Cake Cutting: You And Me – Dave Matthews Band
Bride/Father Dance: There Goes My Life – Kenny Chesney
Groom/Mother Dance: Never Alone – Jim Brickman feat. Lady Antebellum
Last Dance: Smile – Uncle Kracker
Farewell Song: The Load-Out/Stay – Jackson Browne