18th Wedding of the year is a 10/10 – Congrats Billy and Renee!

Couple: Billy and Renee

Venue: Victoria Inn, Hampton NH

Photo: Lindsay Hackney Photography

Video: The one and only – Luke Dent of Favorite Media Holiday

Florist: The Green Griffin

Date: 9-30-17

To start this off – a massive shout out and thank-you to my good friend Heather for connecting me with this awesome couple. I had a blast getting to know and work with Billy and Renee from start to finish. Super easy going, knew exactly the vibe they wanted, and together we all pulled it off and then some for a very memorable night.

I met up with the two of them roughly a year or so before the date and I was fortunate enough to be booked soon after. Renee and I connected off the bat with our love for old school 80s/90s rock and hip hop. Billy has a touch more “country” side to him but it worked great with a list of music he provided me as well and we mixed it into the wedding flawlessly. It was music that represented them as a couple and the crowd responded very positively during the night.

I had a little bit of a drive from Boston so I set off as I always do nice and early to allow myself more than enough time for the multiple setups of the night. Ceremony was held onsite in a little lawn and gazebo area next to the Victoria Inn. Due to some early evening rain – I was not able to setup any gear outside but luckily the venue owner allowed me to setup on a little porch right next to the ceremony site with a speaker and wireless mic. I had some pre-ceremony music shuffling as guests arrived of Vitamin String Quartet which R&B chose. Once the ceremony began the entire bridal party entered to a track from a CD Renee had provided me ‘The Long Time Sun’ by Snatam Kaur. One of the groomsman then played Ukulele for Renee’s entrance song and it sounded incredible! The wedding officiant did a great job with the entire ceremony and as it wrapped up Renee and Billy were officially married walking off to ‘You Are The Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne.

Cocktail hour was up next with all the guests transitioning from the ceremony site over to a courtyard area for the remainder of the evening. Renee and Billy wanted a specific mix for this part of the night with some chill 90s alt rock and country tunes which was a bit of a similar vibe to our dinner playlist as well. I don’t always get to play chill 90s alt rock so that was a treat for me. As cocktail hour concluded we went into wedding party introductions starting with ‘Uptown Funk’ for the wedding party themselves and then Renee and Billy “Team Renilly” to ‘Marry You’ also by Bruno Mars. They went directly into the first dance – Ellie Goulding ‘How Long Will I Love You’. Awesome song choices for these parts of the night! Dinner was awesome – a taco/burrito bar which I inhaled. Cake cutting near the end of dinner was done to ‘Sugar’ by Maroon 5. R&B then went into their parent dances at the end of dinner – Renee and her father dancing to Van Morrison ‘Someone Like You’ and Billy and his mother to ‘My Wish’ by Rascal Flatts.

Up next was DANCE PARTY and a dance party it was! Kicked off with some classics from Mr. Stevie Wonder & Curtis Mayfield into some JT/Bruno etc and touched on just about every song on the “must play” list as well that R&B had provided me. 80s and 90s gems thrown into the set along with Jason Aldean/Zac Brown for Billy. The crowd was a blast to play for – dancing their feet off from the second we started to the closing note ‘Closing Time’ by Semisonic.

CONGRATS to Renee and Billy – thank-you tons for including me in your big day!

Here are some quick iPhone pics from the night:

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