Wedding 27 of the season with Margaret & Kevin! THIS is how you do a wedding!

Venue: Lenox Hotel, Boston MA

Couple: Margaret and Kevin Miley

Photo: THE LEGENDARY (who also shot my wedding earlier this year) Mikhail Glabets Photography

Date: 12-17-16

I was very lucky this season as I stated from my previous post to extend working into the month of December. And it happened, folks. THE FIRST REAL SNOW OF THE YEAR FELL EARLIER IN THE DAY! (Loading equipment in snow was fun lol!) This was hands down, no question one of the best weddings I’ve ever been a part of with one of the best couples I’ve ever worked with! Kevin and Margaret crushed it on every detail and aspect from start to finish. I was connected with these two from our mutual photographer, the crazy man himself; Mikhail Glabets. It was so much fun to work another wedding with him and I cannot wait to see the shots he got of everyone partying, which is all they did, all night long. Partied and then partied some more.

The three of us met down a couple of times in the months leading up to the big day to go over the venue, music, any and every detail possible so I was 100 percent ready to deliver what they wanted. Kevin is from Ireland actually so all he wanted was Dropkick Murphy’s the most authentic Irish band out there. (Kidding of course, DKM were on the do NOT playlist). Instead he wanted a little old school U2 & Snow Patrol mixed into the earlier part of the evening while Margaret was into the indie rock scene and old Motown funk/soul stuff – which is all personal favorites of mine so this was awesome to bring to life.

Since the ceremony was being held at a Church in Boston I made my way to the Lenox nice and early to get set up and sound checked. Their cocktail hour was being held at the hotel in another lounge area with a live pianist playing which sounded incredible! Once all of the guests made their way into the room dinner and dancing was held, I was there to greet them with some Motown/jazzy big band mixes going on while they all took their seats. The room we were in was stunning – all gold and a huge dome ceiling – appropriately titled “The Dome Room”.  We then lined up the wedding party and couple right outside and went into introductions. The wedding party was announced to the classic “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison while Kevin and Margaret were announced to “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by the Tempations. They went right into the first dance Coldplay’s “Til Kingdom Come”. Margaret then danced with her father to the Tempations “My Girl” (which erupted into a sing along with the entire crowd). Kevin was up next with his mother dancing to “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King which also had another huge sing along from the crowd. Up next were some speeches and welcome toasts which was so well done, heartwarming with a nice touch of humor as well and a little bit of a roast from the Best Men and Maid of Honor.

Dinner started and the food was amazing. Seriously amazing. Our dinner playlist was a mix of some indie rock stuff with some Irish artists and still throwing in the oldies as well. The classics never get old! As dinner wrapped up and Kevin and Margaret made their way around the room to chat – we dimmed down the lighting and turned it into open dance floor and it was nonstop with this crowd. They were super energetic and open minded to everything being played and I was able to stick to most of the must playlist as well for the couple. Lots of 90s classics and some top 40 sprinkled in with some Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. Since it was a week before Christmas as well – during dinner I snuck in a couple of old school tunes for that theme and during the dance party we had a massive sing-along to Mariah Carey and the Pogues – it was AWESOME. K & M wanted to close the night out with the greatest Rock N’ Roll band of all time, THE ROLLING STONES – and as soon as the opening riff of “Satisfaction” hit the crowd sang every word at the top of their lungs to finish off a flawless night.

Thanks again to Mikhail for connecting me with these two and thank-you times a zillion to Kevin and Margaret for choosing me and having me!! CONGRATS and we better continue to do drinks/dinners – we just won’t have to go over wedding details anymore!

Enjoy a couple iPhone pics here: (especially the one of the three of us holding the T-Rex Mikhail brought in for a prop!) lol.

 

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