Jennifer and Michael, 12/27/2009 - Sheraton National, Arlington, VA

DJ:  Anthony Simpson

The setting:  The classic and dramatic ballroom of the Sheraton, with its elegant holiday decor, made the wedding very festive for the season.

The first dance:  "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley

The music:  The couple's very close-knit group of friends and family enjoyed Motown and 80s music, but the most popular songs were singalong-style party favorites like "Sweet Caroline" and "Shout."

A funny moment:  The biggest hit of the night, without a doubt, was Billy Joel's "Piano Man," during which the groom crowd surfed atop a group of his friends!

An interesting fact:  This couple met at one of the weddings I previously deejayed, and both the bride and the groom from that wedding were in the bridal party at this one!



Leslie and Ryan, 12/31/2009 - The Belvedere, Baltimore, MD

DJ:  Anthony Simpson

The setting:  The classic styling of the Belvedere lent itself well to an elegant winter wedding celebration.

The first dance:  "You Are" by Lionel Richie

The music:  A wide variety of hits kept the dance floor packed, with everything from classic Motown to vintage and current pop and hip hop.

A fun moment:  Champagne was served to accompany the countdown to midnight, after which the guests really celebrated to House of Pain's "Jump Around!"



Julia and Zan, 1/2/2010 – Overhill’s Mansion, Catonsville, MD

DJ:  Evan Reitmeyer

The setting:  A historic mansion just outside Baltimore.

The first dance:  The bride and groom shared a beautiful waltz to “Edelweiss” from The Sound of Music.

The playlist:  A mix of everything from classic oldies to country to rock and current pop.

A funny moment:  The couple played the University of Michigan fight song for their cake cutting, and the crowd got really into it – there must have been a lot of alums there!

Outstanding Vendors:  The staff at Overhills was great, and it was nice to catch up with photographer pal Brian Slanger again.  He gave us pictures!

 Overhills Mansion Wedding by Brian Slanger

Overhills Mansion Wedding DJ by Brian Slanger

Overhills Mansion Dancing by Brian Slanger


Lauren and James, 1/2/2010 - Fort Belvoir Officers Club, Fort Belvoir, VA

DJ:  Michael Bell

The setting:  The classic Fort Belvoir Officers Club, with its gorgeous wintry views, was adorned with the couple's colors of deep pink and white.

The first dance:  "You're the One That I Want" from the movie Grease -- it was a choreographed routine and lots of fun!

A sentimental moment:  The bride's father danced with his daughter to Heartland's "I Loved Her First," and at the end of the dance he invited the groom to dance with his new bride along with a handshake and hug.  Everyone clapped, and it was very touching to watch.

Outstanding vendors:  Amanda Gilley from AKG photography was great, and gave us pictures!

Fort Belvoir Wedding by Amanda Gilley

Fort Belvoir Officer's Club Wedding by Amanda Gilley

Fort Belvoir Wedding DJ by Amanda Gilley

Fort Belvoir Wedding Dancing by Amanda Tilley



Angela and Mike, 1/2/10 - Harbor Court, Baltimore, MD

DJ:  Anthony Simpson

The setting:  One of Baltimore's most elegantly appointed luxury hotels, the Harbor Court Intercontinental.

The first dance:  "Thank You" by Led Zeppelin

A unique touch:  The couple's first dance was actually performed live by friends on guitar and vocals -- it was a beautiful and special way of honoring the wedding.

A funny moment:  The groom's grandparents, who have been married over 60 years, shared a special dance to Nat King Cole's "Unforgettable" -- a guest came over at one point and moved the gentleman's hand higher up on his wife's back.  It made a sentimental moment funny as well!

Outstanding vendors:  Melanie and the staff at the Harbor Court were wonderful, as was photographer friend Jen Lowe.  Jen gave us pictures!

Harbor Court Baltimore Wedding by Jen Lowe

Harbor Court Baltimore Wedding Dancing by Jen Lowe

Harbor Court Baltimore Wedding DJ by Jen Lowe