Wedding #4 of the 2016 season is signed, sealed, and delivered!

Venue: Rye Tavern, Plymouth MA

Date: 5-14-16

Couple: Liz and John Chisholm

Photo: Abby Lorenz Photography

Liz & John… where do I begin? I guess from the beginning. I was connected with these two from the amazing one and only Abby Lorenz taking care of photography for the day. Abby and I have now worked weddings together I believe since 2011 and are lucky enough to do several a year together. #DreamTeam

After just the first few emails between Liz and myself discussing music and personal tastes, we both found out we are into hardcore and punk rock and quickly met up for a face to face consultation meeting over coffee between the three of us. Finding out John was also into the same music – I was soon booked to rock the house on their big day. They were beyond easy and laid back too work with – almost too laid back at times it actually gave me anxiety haha!

Once again, I arrived to the Rye Tavern as I do with any venue on a wedding day hours early to get set up and sound checked. They had the entire place to themselves and it was an awesome venue and setting, very peaceful and the onsite staff were super nice and helpful with anything I needed in terms of set up, power logistics, etc.

I had a smaller scale set up outside which would act as ceremony audio, cocktail hour, and the dinner and speeches. Everything was pretty much right there in the same general area so it was rather easy for those earlier parts of the night. The ceremony itself was short, sweet, and to the point. Not to mention how amazing the weather was and they lucked out being it was pouring the day before! Pre ceremony music was a mix of Vitamin String Quarter covers of The Cure, Metallica, Edward Sharpe, Guns N’ Roses, and The White Stripes. Once the ceremony began the flower girls and bridesmaids entered to a gorgeous instrumental track from Sigur Ros, and then switching over to Liz’s aisle song of ‘A Thousand Years’ covered by the Piano Guys. Once they were official husband and wife off they went walking out to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness.

Cocktail hour followed directly after the ceremony was really fun and mellow with a mix of tunes from Bon Iver to Of Monsters and Men to Postmodern Jukebox and Volcano Choir. I think I even threw in some old Radiohead, because, why the hell not?! I really liked the outdoor set up for a change of scenery – really fun vibe while DJ’ing.

Introductions, first dance, and speeches were up next – the entire wedding party along Liz & John were all introduced in true punk rock fashion to The Bouncing Souls ‘True Believers’. From this they went right into their first official dance as a married couple doing one of my favorites ‘In Joy & Sorrow’ by the Finnish rock band H.I.M. Liz’s father, Taylor then gave a really nice welcome speech followed by the best man and maid of honor. As dinner was going on I had a similar mix to cocktail hour and throwing in some mellow classic rock again in the likes of Petty, The Stones, and Dylan. I did NOT throw in any Beatles whatsoever as John strictly had it on the do not playlist! As dinner was winding down they did their cake cutting to ‘Love You Madly’ by the band Cake! Pretty awesome.

I quickly broke down the outdoor setup and announced for the guests to start making their way inside the tavern for the actual dance party to begin. We kicked things off with an awesome group parent dance; Liz and her father, John and his mother to Louis Armstrong ‘What A Wonderful World’. This launched us into an incredible dance party going old school with some Stevie Wonder, Isley Brothers, Artetha Franklin, into the 90s with some Vanilla Ice, Montell Jordan. Mixing in some 80s Billy Idol, B52s, sprinkling in some top 40 if Icona Pop, Macklemore, Sia, and more. But the best (well the best part to me) was being able to throw in a nice heavy dose of punk! I was playing things like The Used, MXPX, Alkaline Trio, Head Automatica, and The Strokes. I had to balance it all out though to not lose a majority of the crowd but it worked very well. The ending of the night might be one of my all time favorite weddings endings I’ve ever been a part of. Liz and John both agreed closing the night out with a nice big group rock ballad sing-along would be great, and we did just that ‘Faithfully’ by Journey. However, this wasn’t the actual end. The couple demanded and had a “MUST PLAY” of one of my all time favorite hardcore bands ever ‘Nerdy’ by Poison The Well. So with great pleasure I hit play and all hell broke loose. I didn’t feel like I was at a wedding, I felt like I was at that moment at an actual basement hardcore show with a full on pit in motion between the bride and groom and guests. It was AWESOME!!! I literally got to play Poison The Well at a wedding!

Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm – THANK-YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME! You guys are incredible and were a blast to work with. Congrats once again and cheers! I will see you at a punk show sometime soon!

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