On Friday, July 25th, Andrew had the honor of celebrating with the new Mr. and Mrs. Timothy and Megan Riggs at the Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown.
“My wife (also named Megan) and I have known Tim and Megan for a few years, since the Megans were in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat together at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Tim and Megan thought they had a friend who is a DJ lined up to do their wedding, but he was already booked and I was happy to step in and work with them with relatively short (though not the shortest) notice (about 9 weeks). Everyone’s schedules were crazy during those weeks, but we finally got the chance to meet at Folklore Coffee in E-town the Tuesday before the wedding and finalize all the details we had been Facebooking and e-mailing about.
Tim and Megan are musically…divergent, but where they overlap they feel strongly and they share an overall strong love of music, Megan does musical theater and Tim has been in bands for most of his life. They had some interesting picks for introductions (“Happy” by Pharrell for the parents and flower girls and ring bearer, “Wanna be Startin’ Something” by Michael Jackson for the wedding party and “Look Who’s Dancing” by Ziggy Marley for themselves.)
If you haven’t been to Ironstone Ranch it is a gorgeous venue that is really unique with an authentic 19th century barn, long horned steer and horses, and it’s a HUGE property.
After the ceremony, the wedding party and the photographers got into a hitch wagon and set off on for photos around the property while the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the lawn.
Once everyone was back from their tour around the property, Tim and Megan made their grand entrance through the barn doors and everybody enjoyed an excellent meal to the soulful sounds of Motown.
Funky and unique table numbers are a soft spot for me, since my wife and I used song titles as table names instead of numbers. Megan and Tim chose significant years in their lives or their families to use as table numbers. After some touching toasts from the father of the bride, matron of honor and best man, each table had to guess the significance of their table year. The guest with the correct answer got to take their centerpiece candles for their in-depth knowledge of the bride and groom
After dinner, the dance floor opened with the traditional first dance. All of our couples are in love, obviously, but it’s a pretty incredible feeling when you can almost literally see the love glowing off of them. Tim and Megan really shone throughout their entire wedding, but it really showed during their dance, I don’t think they looked at another person the entire time.
The rest of the evening everyone danced, enjoyed the fire pit, and fed the steers and horses (the guests favors were s’mores for the fire pit and baby carrots to feed the animals) to the sounds of classic party hits, some funk and soul with a sprinkling of 90’s pop and hip-hop.”