Wedding #15 of 2015!

The Date: Saturday. September 19th, 2015.

The Venue: The Mockingbird Restaurant and Lounge in East Bridgewater, MA.

The AMAZING couple: Heather and Michael Armstrong!

I was connected with Heather & Michael way earlier this year (back when we were still in the middle of that brutal winter of 90,000 feet of snow!) from my friend and phenomenal photographer who I just mentioned in the previous blog of Jill & Jon’s wedding; Abby Kuzia! (Seriously guys check out her work if you have not yet). Thanks again Abby for the connection here!

So after all of that time and months of emails back and forth starting to iron out the details and schedule of the day all of the sudden it was show time! Heather & Michael were a blast to work with. They were so calm and chill and just let me do my job putting all of their trust in my music choices of course throwing in ideas and suggestions they wanted as a guideline.

I had never been to this venue before. It was about 45-60 mins outside of Boston on the South Shore and it was awesome! The staff and owner who I all connected with that day were super nice and that goes a long way as a vendor such as myself. Everyone on the same page at all times so we can keep things flowing all night long.

The ceremony set up was stunning – outside in a gorgeous little hillside garden area. I had a mini set up for the ceremony and was in charge of the music. Pre-Ceremony was some Vitamin String Quartet songs while guests were arriving and awaiting the bride and groom. The processional song chosen was an acoustic cover of “Boom Clap” by Lennon & Maisy. Heather walked the aisle to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” cover by Ingrid Michaelson. The officiant of the ceremony was very well spoken and did a fantastic job. Once it all wrapped up (Michael is a huge 80’s fan which we bonded over) so the recessional song was “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates! People were really digging it.

Cocktail hour was held in and outside and music selections here were some jazz/big band tunes. It’s just really nice to have good background music like that on when people are still in the middle of conversations and mingling about yet it won’t put you to sleep either. All up tempo songs and it paired very nicely with the setting of the venue I felt.

Once everyone took their seats we did the introductions of the entire wedding party and parents to “The Way You Make Me Feel” by the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. The Bride & Groom were introduced to “We Belong” by Pat Benatar and went directly into their first dance “Faithfully” by Journey. (Did I mention Michael is a big 80s fan?!)

Speeches and dinner were up next and I feel like a broken record on this line but that food was OUTSTANDING. Prime Rib dinner that seriously blew me away. We then opened up the dance floor with the back to back parent dances. Michael and his mother to the classic “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King and Heather and her father to “Just Fishin” by Tracie Adkins.

The crowd and dance party were up for anything! I was throwing on a good amount of 90s tunes for Heather during the night along with the 80s hits for Michael. And for the first time ever at a gig, for Michael only, I played his favorite song twice… “Africa” by Toto! Don’t worry it went over well and people were all huddled up singing along to every word.

Congrats to you Mr & Mrs Armstrong! Thank-you a bunch for allowing me to play your wedding and set the tone with all of the music throughout the night!

Below are a few photos from the evening.

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