Maddy and Josh had their ceremony this past Saturday at Maddy’s parent’s house in Cary near Macgregor. The yard is so beautiful that they just had to have it there! We provided the audio for the officiant (who happened to be the brother of the bride) and he was awesome! And this was his first time! The musicians were also mic’d up and sounded amazing! The weather was perfect and the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. At the end, the guests moved from the back to the front of the house for the traditional sword crossing for the bride and groom as they came out of the house. The groom and most of the groomsmen were military. It was very cool. As soon as that happened, I hustled over the Prestonwood for the actual reception where I had already set up earlier in the day.

The guests arrived to cocktails and music from The Mark Wells Trio and I went over final preparations for the introductions. Once the guest were allowed inside, they were floored by the florals from Fresh Affairs and from the lighting by Total Production Services. The bridal party entered to “Gimme Some Loving” by The Spencer Davis Group. Maddy and Josh came down the grand staircase to “Dance Tonight” by Paul McCartney and went right into their first dance “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. After the dance, Maddy’s dad welcomed and toasted everyone and her aunt gave a very nice blessing. The seated dinner came out next and the food was excellent!

As dinner came to an end, the best man and maid of honor each gave hilarious toasts. Maddy then danced with her dad and stepdad to Van Morrison’s “These Are The Days” and Josh and his mom danced to “Learn How to Fall” by Paul Simon. The cake was cut shortly after that, and then it was open dancing. I opened with Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September” per their request. I think there were almost 300 people at this wedding and nearly every single one were on the dance floor the entire time! What a huge dance party! The night ended with some big time sing a longs to “Wagon Wheel” and “American Pie”, and then we sent off the newlyweds with a big American flag departure! What a perfect way to end the night and to start Memorial Day! As always, Erin McLean and her team kept this event running smoothly all day long! I cannot wait to see the video from Heart Stone Films and the photos from Vesic Photography!