Wedding at the Birkby House
Sydney & Joey’s wedding took place at the lovely Birkby House in downtown Leesburg, VA. This was my first time Dj’ng a wedding at the Birkby House, and it was great! I love how the Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, and Reception areas are all right next to one other. What a great venue for an intimate wedding!
The Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony took place out on the brick patio! We were so thankful for the Sunny weather as rain was in the forecast all week. As guests arrived, I played a mix of Top 40/Easy Listening tunes from artists such as “Bruno Mar’s” and “Maroon 5”, and popcorn was given to everyone. This set a great tone for things to come.
The parents entered the area to “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel. Next up came Joey & his groomsmen! Their entrance was definitely outside of the box, and I loved it! Joey and the guys came in to”Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mar’s, and then he cued for me we switched to “Without Me (Guess Who’s Back)” by Eminem. The crowd found it hilarious. Once they reached the altar area, the bridesmaid’s, Ring-Bearer and Flower Girl walked down to “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies. Finally, Sydney came down the aisle to “Going To The Chapel” by The Shirelles.
The ceremony was beautiful and emotional with heart-felt vows. Sydney & Joey are such a fun couple. After their pronouncement as husband and wife, Confetti Canons shot confetti in the air. What a great way to punctuate a great ceremony. Immediately following the Ceremony, guests were invited for cocktails and yard games!
Introductions & First Dance
Right before introductions took place, the guests broke a Piñata. As if the Confetti Canons weren’t enough, Sydney & Joey wanted to ensure that everyone had a memorable time! After a few took a whack at it without success, Joey stepped up to bat and finished it off.
Next, I invited guests inside the reception tent for introductions. I only introduced Sydney & Joey who chose to come in to Soundtrack of “Star Wars” . No, it wasn’t the (Imperial March) LOL. The toasts took place right before dinner. The Dinner playlist was filled with Motown & Soul classics from the 60’s! After dinner, Sydney & Joey had their first dance to “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler from the movie “The Wedding Singer”, except it wasn’t the original song. Joey’s father and a family friend who were both musicians recorded a live version to be played as their first dance. How awesome and personal is that?
Right after the bride and groom’s first dance, we opened up the dance-floor. I played some of Michael Jackson’s hits, since Sydney like’s his music! We kept the energy going with classics like “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye. The crowd decided to do a big conga line around the tent once I played “Conga” by Gloria Estefan. About half-way through dancing, we cut the cake. Sydney & Joey chose “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Irsael Kamakawiwo’ole as the soundtrack for this part of the reception. Once finished, we opened the dance-floor again, and the party really started hopping.
Later in the evening, I played a 90’s set ranging from “What Is Love” by Haddaway to “Whoop! (There It Is)” by Tag Team to “Push It” by Salt & Pepa. The last 20 minutes of the celebration was filled with pure energy. The crowd had a great time jumping up and down to hits like “Shut Up & Dance” by Walk The Moon to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. I was also able to bring out a 90’s pop hit “MMMBop” by Hanson which was on Sydney & Joey’s playlist. We ended the night off with “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” song live by a cover band called “The Dan Band”. I entertain at a lot of weddings and a lot of them are memorable, but this one is going to be hard to beat.
Wedding Planner: Sarah Goelitz
Photographer: Angelina Photography
Caterer: Tuscarora Mill
Venue: The Birkby House