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Saturday, 20 April 2019 14:59

Millie & Adam | A Dream Charleston Wedding At Brookland Plantation In Edisto

Being one of the best Charleston Wedding DJs has become a very rewarding passion of mine over the years.  When a bride and groom hire me to be the DJ at their wedding, they are inviting me to be a part of one of the most special days of their lives. Out of respect for my clients, I'll never look at their wedding day as a "gig", but instead a day in their lives that I curate a soundtrack of music that fits their likes and allows for the creation of lasting memories for them and their family and guests.  Millie & Adam found me online last year from Virginia.  When Millie sent her signed contract over, I saw that her and Adam were going to be married at Brookland Plantation.  Truth be told, I had to do a quick Google search to see where Brookland Plantation was located.  Located on St Pierre Creek,  Brookland Plantation sits on Edisto Island, and at one time was a part of Millie's family, when Dr. Charles and Betty Wannamaker purchased the land in 1968.  During Millie's upbringing, her and her family would frequent Brookland Plantation for recreation, making for lasting memories on those family trips.  It was during those early years that Millie formed those hopes and dreams in her mind that she would have her wedding at Brookland Plantation when she met the man of her dreams.

Back in October of 2018, I had the pleasure of driving out to Brookland Plantation to conduct a site survey alongside some of her other world class wedding vendors she had hired. I say "pleasure" because I compare the trip out to Edisto as peaceful and beautiful as the trip out to Kiawah Island and Seabrook Islands.  Brookland Plantation is currently owned by  former South Carolina  Treasurer, Thomas Ravenel, who purchased the property in 2006. You might also remember him from that popular TV show filmed here in Charleston called "Southern Charm".   Brookland Plantation is NOT your typical wedding venue in Charleston. As a matter of fact, it's NOT advertised for bookings and is only available for very special occasions, which makes being part of Millie & Adam's big day even more special. The chances that I'll get back out to Brookland Plantation are very low seeing this beautiful plantation has very few, if not ANY weddings annually. Simply put, Brookland Plantation is only available for special occasions. It was the perfect day for Millie & Adam, but one thing that could have made it even more perfect are slightly cooler temperatures. The temperaures combined with the humidity made it feel more like late May or early June rather than mid-April.  In the days leading up to this wonderful day, showers had threatened to put a damper on things, but for the entire day, those showers stayed away. You'll want to read on for the music selections that created an amazing soundtrack for Millie & Adam. 

Millie & Adam's Wedding Ceremony Music
CEREMONY PRELUDE SELECTIONS
"Tenerife Sea" (Instrumental) - Original by Ed Sheeran
"Say You Won't Let Go" (Instrumental) - Original by James Arthur
"Perfect" (Instrumental) - Original by Ed Sheeran
"My Girl" - (Instrumental) - The Temptations
"Us" - Vitamin String Quartet
"Can't Help Falling In Love" (Instrumental) - Original By Elvis Presley

CEREMONY MUSIC SELECTIONS
Bridal Party Processional Song: "All Of Me" (Instrumental) - Daniel Jang
Bride Processional Song: "Canon In D" (Instrumental)
Recessional Song: "Sweet Child Of Mine" - Guns & Roses

Millie And Adam Wedding Ceremony

Millie & Adam's Cocktail Hour Music
Millie & Adam requested their cocktail hour be a nice mixture of modern pop, country, rock, and classic rock.  Their cocktail hour was held out behind the plantation house near the marsh. As the cocktail hour came to a close, the guests were moved over to tent area to grab a drink and get ready for the bridal party introductions and first dances.
"Body Back Like A Back Road" | Sam Hunt
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" | The Police
"Feel Again" | One Republic
"Girl Like You" | Maroon 5 & Cardi B
"Hard To Handle" | Black Crowes
"I Do" | Colbie Caillat
"Jack & Diane" | John Mellencamp
"Life Is A Highway" | Tom Cochrane
"Mud On The Tires" | Brad Paisley
"Only Wanna Be With You" | Hootie & The Blowfish
"Piano Man" | Billy Joel
"Addicted To Love" | Robert Palmer
"You Make My Dreams" | Hall & Oates
"Sweet Home Alabama" | Lynyrd Skynrd
"The Joker" | Steve Miller Band
"Alcohol" | Brad Paisley

Bridal Party Introduction Songs
1st Couple: "Brittany and Ryan" | "I Love It" | Icona Pop
2nd Couple: "Kendall & John" | "California Love" | 2Pac
3rd Couple: "Virginia & Evan" | "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" | Whitney Houston
4th Couple: "Sarah & Chris" | "Immigrant Song" | Led Zeppelin
Millie & Adam's Intro Song: "Back In Black" | AC/DC


Millie & Adam's Special Dances
FIRST DANCE SONG: "Have I Told You Lately?" | Rod Stewart
FATHER / DAUGHTER DANCE SONG: "It Won't Be Like This For Long" | Darius Rucker
MOTHER / SON DANCE SONG: "I Hope You Dance" | Lee Ann Womack
Millie Adam Brookland Plantation Sunset Through The Oaks
Sunset behind the oaks at Brookland Plantation | Photo Credit | Mike Bills Entertainment

Millie & Adam's Dinner Music Selections
"Kiss From A Rose" | Seal
"I Choose You" | Sara Bareilles
"Good As You" | Kane Brown
"Faithfully" | Journey
"Everything" | Michael Buble
"Annie's Song" | John Denver
"Beautiful" | Gordon Lightfoot
"Free Fallin' | Tom Petty
"Tenerife Sea" | Ed Sheeran
"Signed Sealed Delivered" | Stevie Wonder
"My Best Friend" | Tim McGraw
"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) | The Four Tops
"You're My Best Friend" | Queen

Millie & Adam's Dance Music Selections
"Get Down Tonight" | KC & The Sunshine Band
"Forget You" | Cee-Lo Green
"Danza Kuduro" | Don Omar
"Cotton Eye Joe" | Rednex
"Cupid Shuffle" | Cupid
"Can't Stop The Feeling" | Justin Timberlake
"Brown Eyed Girl" | Van Morrison
"Africa" | Toto
"I've Had The Time Of My Life" | Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
"Wannabe" | Spice Girls
"Don't Stop Believin" | Journey
"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" | Whitney Houston
"Party In The USA" | Miley Cyrus
"Party Rock Athem" | LMFAO
"What Is Love" | Haddaway
"Shut Up And Dance" | Walk The Moon
"Summer of '69" | Bryan Adams
"The Devil Went Down To Georgia" | Charlie Daniels Island
"The Way You Make Me Feel" | Michael Jackson
"Uptown Funk" | Mark Ronson & Bruno Marrs

Conclusion
As I mentioned up above, the temperatures and the humidity were a little higher than they should be for April 13, but other than that, it was a splendid day with a fun crowd on the dance floor.  During dinner,  Millie's father made some additional comments (in addiiton to what he discussed during the toasts) about some of the historical facts behind Brookland Plantation.  Millie & Adam instantly became one of my favorite couples of 2019. They were fun to work with, and had a really fun group of guests. 

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