Ceremony and Reception Venue: Starhill Ranch (in Austin Texas)
Caterer: Austin Catering
Photographer: Katherine O’Brien Photography (Blog Entry)
Florist: Wow Factor Design
Coordinator: Christina Lewis of Wedding Warriors
Cake Baker: Laura Eliel of Bittersweet Cakes and Catering
Leigh was pretty much my honorary little sister when growing up. Her brother and I were best friends from about 5th? grade through high school before we got so busy with life, college and such. She tagged along on many weekend water skiing trips and followed Will and I around as we goofed off. I even DJ'd Leigh's R.L. Turner Sr. Prom in 1999 (I was 95' alum). Her and Will's mother was pretty much my second mom, just two houses down. Well leave it to the facebook machine that brings people back together, for Leigh to discover that I still DJ. While Leigh and Kenneth now live in Denver and work for the ever so popular Container Store corporation, they were planning their wedding and reception in Austin TX. She sent me an inquiry and I told her I would be glad to do it. Plus, who doesn't want to turn down a road trip to Austin. So I loaded up my van, plus about $100 worth of gas and headed south.
(van is aka the "black beast" aka "A Team Van" aka "Jack Bauer CTU van" aka ....) With Pandora providing the soundtrack for the roadtrip, a random stop or two for an energy drink and some Ritz Bits (road trip staples next to that of Pringles), perfect weather and no cops... it was a great day for a drive. (ok, there were some cops, I just wasn't speeding... When you drive a van that looks like mine, you get pulled over randomly...alot) Once I got to Austin, I grabbed some Sonic and checked into my hotel room at the Mountain Star Logde. For my trip back the next day, I decided to do a little Social Networking experiment. Pandora was only playing music that I thought of to "seed" it's decision engine with on the drive down. I decided to allow my friends on facebook to each make one artist request (good or bad) and I would be forced to add it all to one station called "Road Trip" (click if you're brave) I put the poll on facebook and then took a quick nap before heading over to setup for the ceremony and reception at Starhill Ranch. With it being May, you make a gamble on what the weather will be like and luckily, the weather that day was just right. Not to hot.. Not to cold. For the ceremony, I provided a speaker, mics for the minister, readers and singer, as well as a DI patch for the singer's guitar. Once the ceremony was over, I transitioned to the reception hall and provided music out on the patio for the cocktailing portion of the evening. After introducing the bridal party and having a welcome, I handed the microphone over to Will to bless that evenings dinner. After dinner it was time to do their Love Story and then their first dance, which was originally supposed to happen inside, but the weather was so nice and we had opened all the windows up, everyone involved, agreed that the patio would be a more suitable place, so they danced on the patio. In fact, we decided that the patio would be our new dance floor. It was cooler out there, you got to see the hill country and it just complimented the atmosphere better. The night couldn't have gone better and everyone had a great time. (plus, while tearing down, I learned that the Mavs won game 3 against the Lakers that night) For more great pictures, check out Katherine O’Brien Photography blog entry here.
Introductions: "Love You Madly" by Cake (one of my personal favorites)
First Dance: "Please" by Austin Based Band (and friends to Leigh and Kenneth) Nelo (Awesome song, check them out)
Combined Parent Dance: "On the Wings of Love" by Jeffrey Osbourne
Last Dance: "Kiss" by Prince and then "Now That We Found Love" by Heavy D & The Boyz
When Asked: (I ask all my clients this in planning)
Three words that would describe your envisioned wedding reception
What are you most nervous about your wedding day and or reception?
Kenneth: We want our wedding and reception to reflect who we are as a unique couple. We buck the trend a lot and question common traditions that have been played out too many times before.
I am nervous that our guests won’t let themselves relax fully and embrace something new in a wedding experience. We want this wedding to reflect how much we love our friends and family, how much we love Texas, and how much the details mean for us - for their enjoyment. We put others first, and even on our special day, this is important to us.
Leigh: I’m nervous that people will want to leave early, so I want the reception to be fun to keep people there longer!
At the end of the evening, they commented on how I achieved all those things and more. I give their friends and family some of that credit as well. They were extremely fun, polite and helped make the evening what it was.