One month later, to the day, I am back at one of my favorite spots to play: Waldenwoods Resort & Conference Center in Hartland, MI.

For this event, I have to thank my good pals Darcie & Steve for hooking me up with this event. I played their wedding (get this) AT WALDENWOODS a few years ago. How ironic! Well, our groom for the event happens to be related to Darcie, so that made things a little easier here. The best part of this though? We had 6 weeks to get this thing together.

Bride Melanie came to me on Facebook to let me know what she needed. She was very organized from the start which helped us in this short period of time.

I was involved in both the ceremony and reception planning. Normally, the Waldenwoods space is setup for a reception. This was unique because the ceremony was on one side of the room and the reception area was setup on the other. Good use of the space!

The exchange of vows was short and sweet. It was a smaller crowd altogether for this event which made for an intimate setting.

Once dinner was over, the bride and groom shared a dance and we were off to the dancing.

I'm used to events going until midnight, so it was nice that this event ended at 10 PM. And just because the crowd was smaller didn't meant we didn't have fun. If there were rug out there, it would have gotten cut up quickly!

Congratulations again, Melanie and Tony! Thank you for letting me share in your special day!
 
 
The first wedding of 2015 was an absolute beauty! And thanks to a referral from my sister-in-law, I was able to share in the joy with Morgan, Patrick, and their guests.

It was a blustery day out here at Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference center in Hartland, MI. But it was warm inside thanks to Ann and her amazing team (cliche, but true.) I enjoy this site for its rustic nature. I recommend it to everyone that's looking for a local but destination wedding. It's kind of like the Motor City Casino tag of "a million miles from home right down the street." Truly. This site is gorgeous and would give Thomas Kinkaide a run for his money.

Morgan and Patrick requested uplighting for their event so I made it happen. They opted for a light pink color around the room. They went with the Complete Room package. It was a nice touch for this space (photos below).

Both the ceremony and reception took place in the same site to start the year. I provided sound for the ceremony and though it kept me on my toes from a technical standpoint, it was filled with a certain emotion that's hard to describe. It was such a sweet moment.

Once the ceremony was over, it was time to party. Dinner was served. Cocktails were consumed. Rug was cut. It was such a great time.

As an added bonus, some of the special music during the reception was provided by a good friend of the Morgan and Patrick's. This talented fella brought his acoustic guitar out and came pretty close to bringing the whole house down. It was fantastic. I highly recommend this scenario to anyone that has a guitar-playing friend. Use him or her for your special dances!

Here it is...the special music:

BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTIONS
"Thunderstruck" - AC/DC

BRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCE
"Give It All We Got" - George Strait (played by Eric Taylor)

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
"I Loved Her First" - Heartland

MOTHER/SON DANCE
"Simple Man" - Lynyrd Skynyrd (played by Eric Taylor)

Morgan & Patrick: yours is the kind of event I need every year to get the season started. I had a blast celebrating with you and your guests.
 
 
Back at Waldenwoods for another BEAUTIFUL wedding! This time it was all snow and 100% gorgeous. Yep, this was the day of the BIG snow storm all of Michigan got. This was the one that started the “Snowpocalypse” of 2013. Either way, such a wonderful setting for a wonderful day.

Andrea and Dan came to us by way of Wedding Wire. We’re thankful for that resource, because it truly gives us the opportunity to showcase the fine people like you that we get to work with.

Oh…we got to hang with our friends Lindsey and Brandon Billings of The Billings Photography. Love these two! Such a fun couple to work with. They know what they’re doing AND they like to have fun while they do it. All of the photos in this post are from them.

And wouldn’t you know it…the father of the bride was former 100.3 WNIC DJ Kim Frederick! Check it out!

Alright…enough name-dropping. :)

The new Mr. and Mrs. Tobin entered the reception to “Glad You Came” by The Wanted. Such a high energy song…it was fun!

After dinner was over, the bride and groom shared their first dance to a cover of “Lego House” by Boyce Avenue. Ed Sheeran would be proud because this moment was definitely special. An absolutely beautiful way to start things off.

Once that was done, Andrea and her dad danced to a special compilation of audio mixed with “Angel in My Arms” by her dad Kim. It was quite the special moment. I always love when people come prepared to do special things. The only other special event to occur was the bouquet toss. We did that to Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World.” And what’s a party without cutting some rug with the guests?

It was a very elegant night. Thank you for letting us start your journey with you!
 
 
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For our last event of the year, we had the chance to share Darcie and Steven’s big day with them at the beautiful Waldenwoods Resort & Conference Center in Hartland, MI. This was our second time in the last year that we had the opportunity to play there. And needless to say, we absolutely LOVE IT! Waldenwoods as a venue has a rustic feel set back in a beautiful wooded area.

This was a bit of a shorter event, but it had the energy of a stadium concert. The event’s colors were orange and turquoise. The bride and groom entered the reception to “Love You Madly” by Cake. Once the dances started, they shared their first dance to “Asking Around For You” by Joe Bonamassa. After that, the groom and his mom danced to “Morning Has Broken” by Cat Stevens. Darcie and her dad then danced to “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright.

Congratulations again, you two!