After a lovely ceremony under the oak, the guests moved over to the venue, and at which time I began to play a cocktail and dinner music mix of Indie, Bluegrass & Classic Rock. I could tell Doug had a big thirst for music because he requested "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" by the Rolling Stones off their 1971 release "Sticky Fingers"
FIRST DANCE: "Offering" - Avett Brothers
BRIDE / GROOM DANCE: "If There Was No You" - Brandi Carlile
GROOM / MOTHER DANCE: "Days Like This" - Van Morrison
LAST SONG: "Home" - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
Because Kyle & Doug were a destination couple, I booked a few Skype sessions with them to discuss music and timelines. If you are planning a destination wedding in Charleston, this is something you can expect when you book with Mike Bills Entertainment. These sessions are part of my promise to you of unlimited consultations when you book. It also develops some comfort between me and the couple as well, and sets them at ease as planning a destination wedding can be a daunting task. Also, the couple can also begin to feel comfortable about who it is will be entertaining them on their special day.
I drove down to the park a few days before and met with Kyle to discuss some of the logistics and details. I believe it is imperative to meet a destination couple, at least once before their big day. This provides even more peace of mind for me and the couple.
"Kyle & Doug's" day will go down as one of my favorites of 2013. It's one of my favorites of 2013 because in preparing for their wedding, you could tell that "music" was one of the biggest parts of their day. It gives me great satisfaction to give a bride and groom exactly what they want. Every single song chosen has a meaning and serves as a catalyst for creating lasting memories of the day. From the "Night Moves" song by Bob Seger for one of Doug's close friends to Gillian Welch's "Wrecking Ball" for Kyle and several of her closest friends, these songs are important and are very meaningful.
One of the highlights of the evening was the "premature" lighting of the sparklers BEFORE the actual send-off. I hope to get a little video uploaded showing this innocent act (the sparklers were laying out) :)