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Kate + Ben: Late Summer Stables At Boals Farm Wedding

08 October 2020

March 6, 2020. You are probably asking me why I begin this look back at Kate & Ben's special day out at The Stables At Boals Farm with that date. It was the date I would meet Kate & Ben to begin discussing the music for their wedding. We met over at Low Tide Brewing near the fire pit, which was actually the night before the last wedding I would do before COVID 19 would shut down the spring wedding season in Charleston.  If we fast forward a few weeks, COVID 19 would begin to shut down pretty much the entire spring wedding season. Since no one had ever been in a pandemic, we had no idea how much longer we would be affected. When I was contracted by Kate + Ben, they were planning on getting married back on May 30. As the weddings of the spring continued to be postponed, Kate contacted me to let me know that her and Ben were going to move their date to September 12.    On September 12, Kate + Ben would be married 

As the summer rolled on, so did COVID. Since weddings were exempt from any capacity regulations set forth by the governor of South Carolina, it was my observation that wedding vendors were just going to do their best to navigate around this very complex situation.  Out of respect for my clients and their guests, I've decided that it was best to wear a mask when you were not able to socially distance. Most of all the wedding vendors I've worked with have accepted this as the way forward until COVID 19 is more under control. By September 12, COVID was still very much a big part of the narrative, but cases were not nearly as bad as they were a few months earlier. I've tried to put myself into a bride and groom's shoes on whether or not they will wear masks. I see both sides of the argument. On one hand, you want to have the time of your life, but then we are in the middle of a pandemic.  The best course of action is to just be careful, but still try to have fun. 

One saving grace about Kate + Ben having their wedding out at The Stable's At Boals Farm was the fact it was outside.  But with the wedding being held on September 12, we had not quite seen our first Fall cool-down in the area so we were still in the midst of very heavy summertime humidity. 

Kate + Ben's Wedding Ceremony Selections
As I got ready to drive out to The Stables At Boals Farm For Kate + Ben's special day,  there were heavy downpours at my house, so I was a little nervous seeing we had a 5:00pm ceremony outdoors behind the barn. I began playing some ceremony prelude about 4:30pm, but with temperatures in the 80s with high humidity, everyone was ready for an ice cold adult beverage
Bridal Party Processional Song: Canon In D (Piano) Instrumental
Bride Processional Song: "A Thousand Years" | Piano Guys
Recessional Song: "Wedding March (Orchestral - Mendelssohn) For more recessional song ideas <---Click HERE

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Kate Ben Wedding Ceremony
Photo Credit: Mike Bills Entertainment

Kate + Ben's Cocktail Hour Music Selections
"Good Life" | One Republic
"Feels" | Pharrell
"Best Day Of My Life" | American Authors
"I'm Yours" | Jason Mraz
"Sugar" | Maroon 5
"Suit & Tie" | Justin Timberlake
"I Will Wait" | Mumford & Sons
"Sweet Home Alabama" | Lynyrd Skynrd
"On Top Of The World" | Imagine Dragons
"Ho Hey" | The Lumineers
"Smooth" | Santana & Rob Thomas
"Love Runs Out" | One Republic
"Stuck Like Glue" | Sugarland
"You Are The Best Thing" | Ray Lamontagne
"Tequila" | Dan & Shay (R3HAB Remix)
"Higher Love" | Kygo & Whitney Houston
"Jack & Diane" | John Mellencamp

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Kate + Ben's Bridal Party Introduction And Special Dances
Bridal Party Introduction Song: "Can't Stop The Feeling" | Justin Timberlake
First Dance Song: "Everything" | Michael Buble
Father / Daughter Dance Song: "Daddy's Angel" | T Carter Music
Mother / Son Dance Song: " A Mother's Song" | T Carter Music
Cake Cutting Song: "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" | James Taylor

Kate + Ben's Dinner Music Selections
"Faithfully" | Journey
"Have I Told You Lately" | Van Morrison
"How Long Will You Love Me" | Ellie Goulding
"In Your Eyes" | Peter Gabriel
"Into The Mystic" | Van Morrison
"Make You Feel My Love" | Adele
"Stand By Me" | Ben E. King
"Speechless" | Dan & Shay
"Time After Time" | Cyndi Lauper
"Heaven" | Bryan Adams
"Unforgettable" | Nat King Cole

Kate + Ben's Dance Music Selections
"Hypnotize" (radio mix) | Notorious BIG
"Hot In Herre" | Nelly
"In Da Club" | 50 Cent
"Ignition" (remix) | R. Kelly
"Lose Control" | Missy Elliott
"Old Town Road" (remix) | Lil Nas & Billy Ray Cyrus
"Low" (Apple Bottom Jeans) | Flo Rida
"Party In The USA" | Miley Cyrus
"Shoop" | Salt N Pepa
"Sexyback" | Justin Timberlake
"Turn Down For What" | DJ Snake
"Wobble" | VIC
"Yeah" | Usher & Ludacris
"You Shook Me All Night Long" | AC/DC
"Despacito" | Justin Bieber

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If you take away the heat and humidity, Kate + Ben's wedding ceremony and reception out at The Stables At Boals Farm was a wonderful day. COVID 19 would not deny them the day that was supposed to happen back on May 30.  It would appear as though we'll continue to meander around COVID 19 in Charleston until we get a vaccine. Hopefully at some point in 2021, we'll get positive news and get that vaccine. In the meantime, I would not cancel your wedding, especially if you already invested resources into a venue, as well as your vendors. You can still get married in Charleston in 2021.  If you are interested in getting married in the Holy City in 2021, click over to this archived post about Thinking Past COVID And Getting Married In Charleston.   Weddings are looking a little bit different these days, but with a little bit of extra planning , you can still be safe, and still have a good time. 

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Exceptional Wedding Vendor Team
Venue: The Stables At Boals Farm
Planning / Coordination: Direct My Day Charleston
Photographer:  Kate Timbers