We had a great time the weekend of November 14th and 15th, 2009 -- here's a rundown of the weddings we performed!
Diane and Justin, 11/14/09 - Dominion Valley Country Club, Haymarket, VA
DJ: Jeff Brown
The setting: With classic appointments and walls of windows, the Dominion Valley Country Club was absolutely gorgeous.
The first dance: "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys
A sentimental moment: The couple had an anniversary dance instead of a bouquet toss, and the last couple dancing had been married 49 years!
A fun surprise: The bride's sisters surprised her with a speech including the song "Sisters" by Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen from the movie "White Christmas."
A unique touch: The last song was Frank Sinatra's "New York, New York," during which the bride, bridesmaids and other female guests sang along and formed a can-can line!
Ellen and Bryan, 11/14/09 - Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, MD
DJ: Soor Kothari
The setting: The timeless ballroom at Congressional Country Club offered stunning golf course views, as well as a granite patio area.
The first dance: "Always on My Mind" by Elvis Presley
The music: Lots of elegant tunes, including swing music and Rat Pack favorites, complemented the elegance of the wedding.
A touching moment: The grandparents of the bride shared a special dance to Rod Stewart's "Forever Young."
Andrea and Mike, 11/14/09 - Engineer's Club, Baltimore, MD
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: The opulent Engineer's Club, where we are privileged to perform often, was beautiful as always and accented with the couple's peacock-themed decor.
The first dance: "Steady as We Go" by Dave Matthews
The music: The bride and groom knew their guests' musical tastes well, as almost every guest request was already on their "must-play" list! Lots of current dance hits for the very high-energy crowd!
A funny moment: The couple requested that several specific songs be played for their toasts -- the father of the bride was accompanied by the instrumental version of Kanye West's "Touch the Sky," the maid of honor was accompanied by "You're the Best Around" from The Karate Kid movie, and the best man was accompanied by "Payback" by James Bron.
An unexpected surprise: The last dance of the night, "Ignition (Remix)" by R. Kelly -- a request from the bride and groom -- turned out to be the most popular song of the evening!
Amber and Chris, 11/14/09 - Overhills Mansion, Catonsville, MD
DJ: Evan Reitmeyer
The setting: A historic mansion nestled in the hills outside Baltimore, MD.
The first dance: “At Last” by Celine Dion
The music: A wide variety of music, from classic rock to hip-hop to country, kept the guests grooving on the dance floor.
An unexpected surprise: The matron of honor, who was 9 months pregnant and due on the wedding day, went into labor once dancing started and left straight for the hospital!
Outstanding vendors: Brandi and the staff at Overhills did a great job with the food, and photographer and old pal Eric Wuechner was great to hang out with!
Erica and Greg, 11/15/09 - Overhills Mansion, Catonsville, MD
DJ: Anthony Simpson
The setting: The charming Overhills Mansion, with its original fruitwood and teak paneling, was very intimate.
The first dance: "Sea of Love" by Cat Power
The music: The couple had very eclectic music tastes and provided a really enjoyable list of requests -- e everything from funk to new wave to old school hip hop. The guests loved it!
A unique moment: The groom plays in a band called The Solar Temple Suicides, and provided a CD of one of their songs to be played during dinner.
A funny moment: Because the bride and groom were big fans of the Muppets, many guests jokingly requested songs from Sesame Street throughout the knight -- little did they know that the groom and his mother had chosen the Kermit the Frog and Deborah Harry duet version of "The Rainbow Connection" as their mother/son dance!