Greetings, everyone – hope you had a great Memorial Day Weekend. It truly was a beautiful few days and now we’re back at the daily grind.
One of the many bright spots in the extended weekend was being able to provide ceremony and reception music for David Canales and Kristen Kheuangthirath. They’d selected The Landis Valley Museum as their venue, and we couldn’t have been happier that they did; we’ve had a few gigs recently on historic properties and it really does make for an incredible atmosphere.
We’d met with them last year to help plan out their big day, in terms of music and the experience, and it was clear to me from the get-go that Kristen and David had not only awesome taste in music but approached the music-picking challenge in an intuitive way. There were songs that they *definitely* wanted us to play, and for some of the other time periods (Cocktail Hour, for example), they told us to play music that we thought they’d like.
That’s an important thing that we try to tell couples all the time – once you give us some idea of what music you like, even for just the most important songs, we’re comfortable extrapolating playlists based on what we’ve seen so far from your selections.
For the Cocktail Hour, Kristen and David wanted to go with modern romantic and easy-going music; Colbie Caillat, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, just to name a few. When it came time for Dinner, they’d handpicked a list of modern romantic country music that definitely fit the vibe of the venue – rustic, but romantic.
A word about the venue – Landis Valley Museum, according to their website, is:
“…a nineteenth-century Pennsylvania German crossroads village. The site includes historic buildings and barns set on over 100 acres of trees, gardens and working farms, with animals whose lineage goes back centuries.”
But that doesn’t even scratch the surface of this place. Every inch of it feels authentic. When Eric and I work there, it feels like we’re stepping back in time, especially when we’re in the Yellow Barn.
One neat tradition that the Canales did was to have a list of couples in the audience, and every time people dinged their glasses to incite a newlywed kiss, Eric had to read a couple’s name at random. Then that couple that was called would kiss, and David and Kristen had to kiss in the exact same way that the called couple did. Needless to say, it got wild!
Kristen’s Father/Daughter dance was a surprise to her father – it was a traditional Laotian song, and when we started playing it, the crowd went nuts. To see the dance, check out the Instagram video.
We later played that song again and the entire crowd danced to it. Eric and I pride ourselves on having worked with a wide diversity of ethnicities, in terms of the families that we’ve DJ’d weddings for, and we were honored to be able to add Laotian (Kristen’s) and Chilean (David’s) families to that growing list of cultural experiences.
Once dancetimes took off, we kept with David and Kristen’s wishes of keeping the dancing pretty new, but they were definitely into some late 80’s and early 90’s Rap Hits. There were some throwback tunes in the mix that were requested – you could tell by the crowd’s reaction that these were epic anthems to them at one point in their lives and it was neat to witness that energy all come rushing back.
Oh! And how could we forget the big surprise toast! The Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid surprised guests with help from some family and friends as they did a custom karaoke version of “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls!! Here’s the video:
This was another awesome opportunity to work with our favorite photographer, Laura Brown. We’d worked with her and her husband a few weeks back when we were at Historic Shady Lane, but any chance we get to work with these two we jump at. We saw a sneak peek of some of the shots she was getting and all we can say is that they’re going to look incredible!
Anyway, have a great week, and stay tuned for the next recap, coming out next week for another awesome couple we get to work with this Saturday!