Say Hello to Rhys and Nick for the 19th wedding of 2017…

Couple: Rhys and Nick

Venue: Mass Audubon Habitat, Belmont MA

Photo: Matt Hinkley of Hinkley Photo New England

Florist: Bittersweet Gardens

Wedding Coordinator/Planner: Mandy Connor & Kenny Irwin of the legendary Hummingbird Bridal

Date: 10-7-17

Before I get into a full recap here – let me send a huge thank-you out to Mandy of Hummingbird Bridal for connecting me yet again with another fantastic couple to work with. I was introduced to Rhys and Nick just about a year before their wedding date over beers, talking music details and their vision for the night. They were SO chill and down to earth to work with from start to finish which made the entire day incredible on their end and all the vendors as well.

Without changing the routine of several years now – I stuck to what I do with each and every couple and was in touch with R & N a bunch leading up to the big day. Just emails here and there along with another face to face final check in meeting, going over setup of the venue or more in depth music details of what they wanted for cocktail hour versus dinner music, etc. and that way I am able to customize the setlists of music that really represented them as a couple while throwing in some crowd party pleasers during the night as well.

With everything ready to go and all of the music details worked out – I headed out to Belmont with a car full of equipment nice and early to get everything setup and sound checked. The venue was really cool with a unique layout being that part of the wedding (dancing/reception) would be held inside of the house area while the rest of it was all outside in a back garden area for ceremony, cocktail hour out on a back patio, and dinner was held under a tent outside as well. So – multiple set ups of gear so needed plenty of time to cover all the grounds. A huge thank-you and shout out to Kenny who works with Mandy at Hummingbird Bridal for giving me a hand running power all the way outside and shuffling gear around as well.

The ceremony was awesome! I had a speaker setup outside with some pre-ceremony chill music playing as guests arrived and took their seats. The processional song for the bridal party was Vance Joy ‘Fire & The Flood’ and Rhys followed them entering to this song as well. The officiant did an incredible job and I believe was a family friend so that made it even more personable for everyone involved. We also had setup a wireless mic as two other close family friends sang & played guitar for R & N – which I believe was an original song – it sounded incredible during sound check and even better live in the moment. As the ceremony concluded R & N walked off officially married to ‘Safe and Sound’ by Capital Cities.

Cocktail hour was up next – Kenny and I shuffled the ceremony speakers back a bit to the patio courtyard area for this and had a playlist I put together of selection they chose: Billy Joel/Elton John, Of Monsters & Men, Lumineers, Jack Johnson, Tom Petty and much more. The guests all enjoyed it over some cocktails and catching up with one another. Dinner and speeches were up next and the music for this R & N wanted a very similar vibe but I mixed in a few more instrumental tracks as well to keep it mellow so people could still chat and not be overwhelmed with music.

As dinner was winding down I made my way back inside to the reception/dancing area where my main setup was. Once everyone trickled in – I introduced the newlyweds and they went directly into their first dance which led right into one of the best dance parties I’ve seen! They chose ‘Shut Up & Dance’ by Walk The Moon as their first dance and everyone joined in halfway through. From there I was sticking to the must playlist of things like Jimmy Eat World, Pink, Pat Benetar, Passion Pit, Betty Who, while sprinkling in some old school funk and soul throughout the set along with newer Top 40. We also slowed it down at one point for a doubled up parent dance by Phil Collins – ‘You’ll Be in my Heart’.

CONGRATS a million times over to these two – thanks so much for having me and choosing me to supply the tunes for the night! Awesome working with you both.

Sadly I didn’t get as many photos as I usually do just due to moving gear around, etc. but here are a couple to enjoy:

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