The second wedding of the weekend was at Historic Shady Lane, in Manchester, PA. For those of you who haven’t been there yet, it’s a really neat venue in the northern York area – the first time we’d been there. This property was absolutely gorgeous, but more on that in a minute – we were there to help Casey Rohrbaugh and Chris Albright become Mr. and Mrs. Albright, and it truly was an epic evening for all.
We’ve known and worked with this cluster of family and friends – it started with Laura* and Harry Brown, then Laura’s sister Melissa and her husband Eric Albright. This was for Eric’s brother Chris and Melissa’s best friend Casey. One of the most rewarding things about doing this as long as we have is being referred within a family and friend group – we get to know people, become friends, and see them and their families grow. It’s really awesome.
So back to the big day. We were there to do the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception. To fully understand this wedding, you have to put it in terms of how awesome the property was. Historic Shady Lane is a centuries-old property with several mansions, houses, and other scenic areas, all within a few hundred yards of each other.
Then we moved uphill a hundred yards or so to a greenhouse where cocktail hour would take place. The greenhouse had a really interesting look – rustic, austere, and definitely historic looking. We had worked out a pretty good playlist worked out with Casey in advance and while they ate cocktail fare, we played some good tunes.
When the reception came around, the intros set the tone for the rest of the evening. Chris had the idea of doing a Chicago-Bulls-style intros. We played ‘Sirius’, the song that the Bulls are intro-ed to, and announced each bridal party member with their own little factoid (as told to us by the bride), in a totally over-the-top way. The crowd ate it up, and before long, we were well into dinner, several great toasts, and great times to be had by all.
One thing that we did this time around that we don’t often get the opportunity to do is the ‘shoe game’. If you don’t know what it is, just Google it – the guests thought it was hilarious and we felt lucky to be in such close company.
When dancetimes rolled around, Casey wanted her reception’s dance atmosphere to be a mix between modern Top-40, older 90’s dance, and some undeniably classic dance tracks that really sit well with a crowd that came to cut loose.
Near the end of the evening, they went outside and lit paper lanterns. I’d said before that we’d DJ’d Melissa and Eric Albright’s wedding. They had attempted to pull off a similar thing – outdoor paper lantern send-off, but due to high winds, it didn’t go as well as planned. Casey and Chris had brought a second lantern for them to release, as thanks for being awesome friends all these years. It really was a touching moment.
Also, a big shout out to the everyone we worked with: Steve and Lauren at the Historic Shady Lane, Heidi & Caitlyn from A Perfect Day Wedding Planning, Jim & Nena’s Catering, and of course – our favorite photographer *Laura Brown of Laura J. Brown Photography!
Selected Tunes from the Evening:
Ray LaMontagne – You Are The Best Thing
Colbie Caillat – Brighter Than The Sun
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
James Morrison – You Make It Real
Haim – The Wire
St. Vincent – Digital Witness
Yael Naim – New Soul
Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane – radio edit
Great Lake Swimmers – Easy Come Easy Go – Radio Edit
Citizen Cope – One Lovely Day
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five
Wild Cub – Thunder Clatter
Ray LaMontagne – Supernova
George Ezra – Budapest
Kodaline – Brand New Day
Gentlemen Hall – Sail Into The Sun
Big Mountain – Baby, I Love Your Way
Chris Young – You
Evan And Jaron – Crazy For This Girl
Zac Brown Band – Whatever It Is
Colbie Caillat – I Do
Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes
Uncle Kracker – Smile
Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up
Phillip Phillips – Home
Colbie Caillat – Fallin’ For You
The Civil Wars – I’ve Got This Friend
Dawes – Someone Will
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home
Amos Lee – Flower
Jack Johnson – Better Together
Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat – Lucky
Colbie Caillat – Bubbly
Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles
Sara Bareilles – Brave
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)
Ingrid Michaelson – Can’t Help Falling In Love (Recorded Live at Daytrotter)
Frankie Valli – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
The Beach Boys – God Only Knows – 1999 – Remaster
Lorde – Team
Tag Team – Whoop! (There It Is)
Cupid – Cupid Shuffle
Usher – DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love
Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
Chris Brown feat. Juelz Santana – Run It! – Featuring Juelz Santana
Flo Rida – In The Ayer – feat. will.I.am
Backstreet Boys – I Want It That Way
Soulja Boy – Pretty Boy Swag
The B-52’s – Love Shack
Pitbull – Timber
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
Pitbull – Give Me Everything
Mr. C – Cha Cha Slide
P. Diddy – Shake Ya Tailfeather – Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee
Beyoncé – Crazy In Love
Usher – Yeah!
The Hit Co. – Tootsie Roll
Fatman Scoop – Be Faithful