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Kara & Ian: An Amazing Wedding At The Historic Rice Mill

20 October 2017

There is no doubt about it. Charleston remains a stronghold at the number 2 spot in the country for destination weddings. Maybe it was because a bride and groom met each other here at the College Of Charleston  and wanted to come back and experience it's rich history, beautiful beaches, and excellent menu of fine restaurants. Maybe a bride used to travel here as a young girl with her family and remembered just how beautiful the city was and wanted to get married here? Whatever the reason, brides and grooms from all over the United States continue to flock to Charleston for it's romantic scenery and history. Kara & Ian were one of those couples who chose to get married down here in Charleston. They found Mike Bills Entertainment back in the early summer of 2016 shortly after getting engaged. They were married on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Historic Rice Mill. They currently reside in the greater Washington DC area and had guests coming down from the DC area, New York, and all over different parts of the country. For early October (even in Charleston), the weather was really very warm and humid with a heat index of 97. It felt more like August, but after a lovely ceremony with those harbor breezes that provide refreshing breezes to wedding guests, we quickly inside for a great cocktial hour, dinner, and an amazing night of dancing, fun, and memories.



"Marry You" - Wedding String Quartet

"I'm Yours" | Vitamin String Quartet

"My Girl" | String Quartet

"We Found Love" | Wedding String Quartet

"A Thousand Years" | Wedding String Quartet

"Love Me Like You Do" | Vitamin String Quartet (Ellie Goulding)

Bridal Party Processional Song:
"Stay With Me" | Vitamin String Quartet (Sam Smith Cover)

Bride Processional Song
"All Of Me" | Daniel Jang (Viloin & Guitar Cover ) John Legend

Recessional Song
"Shut Up And Dance" | Vitamin String Quartet (Walk The Moon Cover)

 Kara And Ian Historic Rice Mill Wedding

Historic Rice Mill Wedding Ceremony

Cocktail Hour Music Playlist
"I'm Yours" | Jason Mraz
"Coming Home" | Leon Bridges
"Better Together" | Jack Johnson
"The Way You Look Tonight" | Michael Buble
"This Must Be The Place" (Naive Melody) | Talking Heads
"Ho Hey" | The Lumineers
"Is This Love" | Bob Marley
"Waiting On The World To Change" | John Mayer
"The Walk" | Meyer Hawthorne
"Smooth Sailin'" | Leon Bridges
"Moondance" | Van Morrison
"La Isla Bonita" | Madonna
"Safe Andf Sound" | Capital Cities
"Sugar" | Maroon 5

Parent's Introduction Song: "Jack & Diane" - John Mellencamp
Bridal Party Introduction Song: "On Top Of The World" | Imagine Dragons
First Dance Song: "Everything" | Michael Buble
Father / Daughter Song: "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" | James Taylor
Mother / Son Song: "My Wish" | Rascal Flatts

Dinner Music Selections
"Crash Into Me" | Dave Matthew Band
"You Are The Best Thing" | Ray Lamontagne
"Could You Be Loved" | Bob Marley
"Sunday Morning" | Maroon 5
"Mercy" | Duffy
"Oye Como Va" | Santana
"Quando Quando Quando" | Michael Buble With Nelly Furtado
"Love Song" | Adele
"Baskin;" | Isbells
"Bubble Toes" | Jack Johnson
"Valerie" | Amy Winehouse Featuring Mark Ronson
"Sway" | Michael Buble
"The Way I Am" | Ingrid Michaelson
"Gravity" | John Mayer
"Come Away With Me" | Norah Jones
"Make You Feel My Love" | Adele
"Thinking Out Loud" | Ed Sheeran
"1234" | Feist
"Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" | Billy Joel
"Banana Pancakes" | Jack Johnson
"Daughters" | John Mayer
"LOVE" | Nat King Cole

Dance Music Selections

"Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours" | Stevie Wonder
"Footloose" | Kenny Loggins
"Shut Up And Dance" | Walk The Moon
"The Sign" | Ace Of Base
"Treasure" | Bruno Marrs
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) | Beyonce
"Return Of The Mack" | Mark Morrison
"Empire State Of Mind" | Alicia Keys & Jay-Z
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" | Whitney Houston
"Oops I Did It Again" | Britney Spears
"Uptown Funk" | Mark Ronson & Bruno Marrs
"This Is How We Do It" | Montel Jordan
"Can't Stop The Feeling" | Justin Timberlake
"Any Way You Want It" | Journey
"I Gotta Feeling" (Edited) | Black Eyed Peas
"Everybody (Backstreet's Back) | The Backstreet Boys
"Yeah" | Usher Featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris)
"Jump Around" | House Of Pain
"You Shook Me All Night Long" | AC/DC
"Sexyback" | Justin Timberlake
"Closer" | Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
"Despacito" | Justin Bieber
"Call Me Maybe" | Carly Rae Jepsen
"Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) | OMI
"Play That Funky Music" | Wild Cherry
"Party In The USA" | Miley Cyrus
"Like A G6" | Far East Movement
"Living On A Prayer" | bon Jovi
"Call On Me" | Eric Prydz
"The Time (Dirty Bit) | Black Eyed Peas
"Feels So Close" | Calvin Harris
"Bad Blood" | Taylor Swift
"24K Magic" | Bruno Marrs
"Low' | FloRida
"Push It" | Salt & Pepa
"Wagon Wheel" | Darius Rucker
"Sweet Caroline" | Neil Diamond
"Country Girl (Shake It For Me) | Luke Bryan
"Theme From New York New York" | Frank Sinatra
"Don't Stop Believin" | Journey
"Bye Bye Bye" | NSync

It's hard to not to smile when typing all these songs into this blog post. They bring back the memories of this amazing night at the Historic Rice Mill.  It was a VERY fun crowd who was very active on the dance floor all night long. It was so fun that we extended Kara & Ian's wedding reception by a full 30 minutes.  Kara & Ian have become one of many of my favorite destination wedding couples over the years who have come to the Charleston SC area for their wedding.  Mike Bills Entertainment is a true professional wedding DJ that is VERY friendly to destination wedding couples. Through Skype sessions, email, and face to face meetings when you arrive, my company takes all the fear out of planning your music from a distance. Even if you aren't in Charleston, I'll be there with you every step of the way to help you plan the absolute perfect playlist just like what was done for Kara & Ian. If you are just reading my blog for the first time and are in the beginning planning stages of your wedding, I would love to meet you and talk music with you. Click HERE to tell me a little about your big day coming up in Charleston.