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Saturday, 24 June 2017 16:46

Melissa & Brock | A Destination Charleston Wedding On Folly

Melissa & Brock were an incredibly beautiful couple coming to Charleston from the Midwest; across the river in Illinois near Saint Louis. We had been talking since about February when they booked me, and after my first phone conversation with Melissa, I could tell she was excited about her and Brock coming down to the Charleston area (Folly Beach) for their wedding and to start their new life together. As the months passed, I began reviewing their playlist selections and I could tell that they were a couple very much into their musical choices, and I was really looking forward to playing it all for them. The weather had been iffy in the days leading up to their wedding day on June 22. Even though it's been said many many many times that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck to come, I'm fairly certain that nothing was going to take the smile off of Melissa's and Brock's face. One of the things that I like to think separates me from the other DJ services is my strong desire to meet a bride and groom before their wedding day. Perhaps this can be done through a Skype or Facetime early on, but for destination couples, I always try to coordinate a quick meet and greet sometime in the days leading up to their wedding day. This is especially the case with destination couples, but I believe that meeting a DJ should be one of the things you should plan on doing when you pull into town and begin setting up your schedule in the days leading up to your wedding day. From the beginning, it's something that I have always felt should be done before a wedding and to this date, I have met every single couple to date prior to their wedding.

Under mostly cloudy and humid conditions with a little bit of sun peaking through, friends and family gathered out back at The Tides Hotel on Folly Beach for a 7:00pm ceremony right on the beach. I honestly cannot wait to see the photography captured from Melissa & Brock's special day from the great Kevin Maurice of Kevin Maurice Photography. After a lovely ceremony, the family and bridal party stayed on the beach for some group photos, while the other guests moved upstairs into the much deserved air conditioning to enjoy cocktails before the bridal party introduction song and dinner.

COCKTAIL HOUR

"LOVE" | Nat King Cole
"Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay" | Otis Redding
"I Second That Emotion" | Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
"The Best Is Yet To Come" | Tony Bennett
"Moondance" | Michael Buble
"Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You" | Frankie Valli
"One Love" | Bob Marley
"Carolina In My Mind" | James Taylor
"Baby I Need Your Loving" | The Four Tops
"Everything" | Michael Buble
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" | Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
"Come Fly With Me" | Frank Sinatra
"All You Need Is Love" | The Beatles

BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTION SONG: "Treasure" | Bruno Marrs

FIRST DANCE: "Thinking Out Loud" | Ed Sheeran

FATHER / DAUGHTER DANCE: "My Wish" | Rascal Flatts

MOTHER / SON DANCE: "Simple Man" | Lynyrd Skynrd

DINNER HOUR
 "Don't Know Why" | Norah Jones
"You've Lost That Loving Feeling" | The Righteous Brothers
"Coming Home" | Leon Bridges
"Better Together" | Jack Johnson
"Me And You" | Kenny Chesney
"The Way You Look Tonight" | Frank Sinatra
"Free" | Donavon Frankenreiter Featuring Jack Johnson
"Is This Love" | Bob Marley
"Better Man" | Leon Bridges
"More Than A Feeling" | Boston
"Caught Up In You" | 38 Special
"Smooth Sailin" | Leon Bridges
"Stir It Up" | Bob Marley
After a little bit of dinner and toasting of the evening, Melissa and Brock had a wonderful slide show to show all of their guests. It was an incredible slide show displaying their love. I threw on some of the requested songs during this time. See them below.
"Today Was A Fairytale" | Taylor Swift
"Die A Happy Man" | Thomas Rhett
"From The Ground Up" Dan & Shay

CAKE CUTTING SONG:  "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" | James Taylor

DANCE SELECTIONS
"Addicted To Love" | Robert Palmer
"Rockin Into The Night" | 38 Special
"Brown Eyed Girl" | Van Morrison
"Baby You've Got What It Takes" | Michael Buble
"Sweet Home Alabama" | Lynyrd Skynrd
"The Way You Make Me Feel" | Michael Jackson
"Shut Up And Dance" | Walk The Moon
"Can't Stop The Feeling" | Justin Timberlake
"Uptown Funk" | Mark Ronson & Bruno Marrs
"Happy" | Pharrell Williams
"All About That Bass" | Meghan Trainor
"Starboy" | Weeknd Featuring Daft Punk
"Locked Out Of Heaven" | Bruno Marrs
BOUQUET TOSS SONG: "Dear Future Husband" | Meghan Trainor
GARTER TOSS SONG: "Danger Zone" | Kenny Loggins

Melissa and Brock Destination Charleston Wedding Folly

 

BRIDAL PARTY DANCE: "24k Magic" | Bruno Marrs
"Your Love" | The Outfield
"Pour Some Sugar On Me" | Def Leppard
"Cheerleader" | OMI (Felix Jaehnz Remix)
"Fireball" | Pitbull Featuring John Ryan
"Moves Like Jagger" | Maroon 5 Featuring Christina Aguilera
"Jessie's Girl" | Rick Springfield
"Livin On A Prayer" | Bon Jovi
"Closer" | Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
"Somebody" | Natalie LaRose Featuring Fetty Wap
"Shout" | The Isley Brothers
"Sweet Caroline" | Neil Diamond
"Don't Stop Believin" | Journey
"That's What I Like" | Bruno Marrs
"Hot In Herre" | Nelly
"Pony" | Ginuwine
"One Dance" | Drake
LAST SONG OF THE EVENING: "Take Me Home Tonight" | Eddie Money
All good things must come to an end and Melissa and Brock quickly became one of my favorite couples thus far in 2017. After a few more days on the beach on Folly, they'll be heading downtown Charleston to one of the finest hotels downtown, The Mills House for their first week as husband and wife. I wish Melissa & Brock a lifetime of love nad happines and look forward to working with more and more couples later this summer and fall. 2018 dates are filling up fast. Are you enjoying this blog? Did you just get engaged recently? Are you looking to sit down and discuss your wedding ceremony music and reception with a professional wedding DJ? Click HERE to submit your contact information and let's go grab coffee. I would love to meet you and talk music with you.

 

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