Jenna and Riky’s Virginia Farm Wedding

I always love DJing barn weddings because it gives me a chance to get out of Richmond city and see a lot more of the countryside in Virginia. The weather was questionable but despite that when I arrived at Big Spring Farm in Lexington to DJ for Jenna and Riky’s wedding, I was impressed with how beautiful the venue was, even with overcast skies!

The Wedding Ceremony

Jenna and Riky got married just up the hill from the barn and had a classical duo providing the music. The backdrop had great decorations from Bloom By Doyles and the sunlight peeked out just a little during the ceremony!

The Reception

Before the wedding party and guests headed down from the ceremony, I got a chance to chat with the great people at A Little Party Events as I got ready to DJ the reception. Both Jenna and Riky had broad music tastes so their wedding playlist had everything from some acoustic indie rock and motown up to AC/DC and indie electro like Justice and Chromeo!

The wedding party entered to an oldie – “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows” and then Jenna and Riky came in to M83’s “Midnight City”, one of my personal favorite entry song requests! Keeping in turn with the indie choices they had their first dance to Ben Folds’ song “The Luckiest”.

Jenna and Riky gave a welcome before dinner started and I played a mix of their songs choices as well as my own DJ choices, sticking with the indie rock vibe as closely as possible. Toasts came after dinner and then Jenna and Riky cut the cake and guests got cupcakes, all made by Sweet Treats Bakery.

We opened the dance floor with a few classic motown songs and standards for the older folks and then worked into the real party. By the end of the night I could hear some guests singing along to You Shook Me All Night Long, and to top off the evening, we ended with the wedding party bouncing up and down to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by the Darkness – I’m sure the amazing Sam Hurd got some great photos!

This was a great wedding to DJ – Jenna and Riky were a wonderful couple to DJ for and it’s always fantastic to be teamed up with other amazing professionals.

Photo courtesy of Sam Hurd

How To Dress Appropriately For A Wedding

Have you ever wondered how to dress appropriately for a Wedding? Have you ever asked yourself what is “formal”, “smart casual”, “casual”..etc.?  This will answer all your questions whether you are a guest, Groomsman, plus one or family member, we have you covered.

Infographic by T.M.Lewin, English experts in dressing smart for any occasion. 

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Bride and Groom: Alysha & Ryan

Where & When: Berry Hill Plantation on June 11th, 2016

The Professionals:

Planner- Rhonda at Berry Hill Resort

Photographer- Chris Bell

Wedding Reception Songs

Introduction of the Bride & Groom: “2001: A Space Odyssey”

First Dance: “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett

Father-Bride Dance: “Vienna” by Billy Joel

Mother-Groom Dance: “Then They Do” by Trace Adkins

Cake Cutting: “How Sweet It is” by James Taylor

Last Dance: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

Party is all I can say about this wedding!

The wedding ceremony was held on the front porch of the beautiful huge white plantation house. After the ceremony guests made their way inside for the cocktail hour and to get away from the 95 degree heat.

The Introductions

After pics were taken by Chris, the guests made their way to the bottom floor where I was set up for dinner and dancing. They found their seats and I introduced the wedding party that all had a funny dance in. They lined up in front of me and got ready for Alysha & Ryan’s entrance. They came in to thunderous applause and had their first dance followed by a welcome by Alysha’s father. The buffet opened and I played a mix of standards, soft rock, country and classic soul. I even played a couple Avett Brothers songs.

The Cake Pull

After dinner we had toasts and a “cake pull” before the cake cutting where each bridesmaid pulled a charm from the bottom of the cake for a fortune. A couple girls found out they are having babies! LOL.

The Dancing

After the cake cutting we had parents dances and opened the floor with some Motown and top 40 that filled it within a minute! Even the King Of Pops with gourmet popsicles in the hall couldn’t keep people from filling the dance floor all night. They danced to oldies, top 40, hip-hop, country and even some 2000’s pop hits. Alysha loves Britney!!

We ended the night with “Piano Man”, “Friends In Low Places” and finally “Sweet Caroline” before their sparkler exit.

This was one of my favorite weddings, and not one I, or the guests, will soon forget!