Couple: Debbie & Mike Wedding Date: May 30, 2010
DJ: Anthony Simpson
This wedding was so special -- it was fun, relaxed, and really captured the very essence of family. Debbie and Mike were a real pleasure to work with, and I enjoyed getting to know them and playing a part in their special day.
Debbie's and Mike's guests gathered at the Waterford at Fair Oaks in Fairfax, Virginia, which was decked out with florals from Sylvain's Florist. Everyone enjoyed the Waterford's plentiful catered buffet and a beautiful wedding cake by Victoria's Cakery, and then it was time to party!
After a sentimental first dance to Tim McGraw & Faith Hill's "It's Your Love," the couple shared one of the most touching and special family dances I've ever seen. First, Debbie danced with her son Justin to Phil Collins' "You'll Be in My Heart," then invited her daughter Taylor and Mike to the dance floor for a short chorus of "We are Family" by Sister Sledge. Then, Mike and his mom shared the traditional mother/son dance. Everyone really enjoyed this part of the reception.
At the couple's request, after an early mix of Motown and 80s rock, I really tailored the playlist to the younger guests in attendance, and created a club-like atmosphere with lots of classic hip hop like Run DMC, Bell Biv DeVoe, and House of Pain. Everyone also got into some hits circa 2000-2003, and of course I had to include quite a few songs from the couple's favorite group, OutKast! It was one of the most fun weddings I've deejayed in a long time.
Special thanks to the amazing Elaine Studley and the team at Hay McKenna for the beautiful images, and many congratulations to Debbie, Mike, Justin and Taylor!