The country.

Pure Michigan.

Horses.

Party.

That’s what Shelley and Aaron’s wedding was all about. For this one, we headed out to a private residence in Munith, Michigan to play for 300 of the bride and groom’s closest family and friends.

This was another wedding where the planning-from-far-away made all the difference. We did a lot of calling, emailing, and texting and it wasn’t until the Sunday before the wedding that I had a chance to sit down with bride and groom for the first time.

And as usual, it all paid off.

When the venue is in the country with no one to complain about noise or how late the party goes, you know it’s going to be a good time. And it certainly was.

Both the ceremony and reception were on the property. I assisted with the ceremony music (which went flawlessly) and then we seamlessly moved the party to the back where the reception would be held.

While the transition was taking place, the bride and groom were taking some of the most priceless pictures with their photographer. And it’s not everyday you get to see pictures like this:

That’s priceless, right? That’s the stuff you only see in wedding magazines, and we got to share that moment with them LIVE…and in person! Amazing!

Once dinner was complete, it was time for dancing. Shelley and Aaron shared their first dance to “When God Made You” by Newsong feat. Natalie Grant. Shelley and her dad danced to Natalie Grant’s “I’ll Always Be Your Baby.” Finally, Aaron and his mom danced to “All to You” by Scott Keo.

From there, it was all about fun. And this party was supposed to end at midnight…BUT…the bride and groom were having so much fun with their guests that we played until 2 AM! Awesome!

Thanks again to the Coles for letting us be a part of this! It’s been a while since we’ve played that late and it was worth every minute!
 
 
Another wedding with friends is the way we like to do things.

Olivia and Ryan came to us from the family at North Ridge Church in Plymouth. Livvy’s amazing mom Kim had to book us right away for this one. And we don’t blame her! It’s always a good thing when friends can work together. The party seems to flow better because of how comfortable things are.

The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Weller’s Estate in Saline. This was the second time I played there and it was just as beautiful as the first. The wait staff is friendly and everything is so seamless in their operation.

This was a very interesting day for everyone involved. Under threat of storm, the ceremony was almost moved indoors. But, with a little intuition and a weather radar iPhone app, we had just enough time for the ceremony to go down without everyone getting soaked.

The ceremony was beautiful. Kevin Winningham performed the ceremony and our good friends Jordan and Kristi made beautiful music during the elements of the actual wedding.

The dinner portion of the reception was in the carriage house and the bridal party entered the reception to Icona Pop’s “I Love It.” After some speeches, a blessing, and dinner, it was time to cut the cake. The awesome part about this is that Huffington Post Weddings featured Olivia and Ryan’s big day on their site the week after. Check it out!

So enough geeking out, already. :)

Once dinner was over, the party moved outside to the reception gazebo. The bride and groom started the dancing out with their first dance. “I Won’t Let Go” by Rascal Flatts was the song they chose. Shortly after, Liv and her dad danced to Vogues’ “Special Angel” while Ryan and his mom danced to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole.

This was the most fun we’ve had in a while. Maybe it was the friends. Maybe it was the music. Maybe it was a combination of all of it! Either way, we’re so happy that Olivia and Ryan chose us to share in the beginning of their journey together.

Congrats again!
 
 
I had the opportunity to again serve as auctioneer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Michigan’s annual gala night. It’s always a moving experience for me and to share a night with such wonderful people is an absolutely wonderful thing.

It was a pleasure to spend some time with our new friends the LaFontaines who have given back so much to this wonderful organization.

My thanks go out to Norb Promo for having me along for this event.
 
 
The first wedding of June and the second wedding of the weekend. Familiar places and familiar faces.

We got to share Claire and Anthony’s big day at the ever familiar Laurel Manor in Livonia, MI. We love the Manor simply because they make every part of the loading/playing/organizing process so easy! Quick plug for them because they’re truly one of the best.

Also on board for this event was our good pal Jesse David Green. If you’ve read any of my other posts, he’s the guy with the eye. I personally enjoy working with him because he gets it. He knows what he’s doing and has class while he does.

Alright…done with the promotional plugs. On to the night.

If you’re a bride reading this and you’re concerned that you’ve never met your DJ face to face but planned everything via email, then this is the success story you want to read. From day one, Claire reached out to us because of Jesse and felt comfortable enough from his recommendation to book me right away. We actually booked her wedding a year and a half before the big day. So, talk about good faith!

When the dancing finally got underway, the bride and groom shared their first dance to Phil Wickham’s “Divine Romance.” The bride and her father danced to “My Girl” by the Temptations and Anthony and his mom danced to James Taylor’s cover of “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You.”

Congrats again to these two! Thank you for choosing us to share in your big day!