Wedding #3/2016 welcomes Mr. and Mrs. Broyles!!!

Venue: Bittersweet Farm, Westport MA

Date: 5-7-16

Couple: Chris and Krista Broyles

Photo: Sara Smile Photography

I need to start this one out again with acknowledging how lucky I am to work with such awesome and fun couples.

Krista & Chris are a prime example of that. I was connected with these two about a year before the wedding through the super talented Sara Smile photographer. We all hit it off right away and shared the same love for good craft beers (which we shared several of in our meetings over the months) along with being on the same exact page of music. We even met up at an Of Monsters & Men show at one point.

I arrived to the venue super early to start setting up and sound checked all of my gear. It was a REALLY nice spot – the dinner and dancing set up was inside the main venue which was basically a barn type of layout which exposed wooden beams all over, drenched in the little Christmas type of string lights. It looked stunning once everything was set to go. I then had a very small minimal set up outside in the courtyard area for cocktail hour. Best part is, the rain held off!! Their ceremony was held outside in a gorgeous little garden field area of the venue with a live guitarist/singer performing and it sounded SO GOOD!

The vibe they were going for throughout the earlier parts of the night was very indie folk rock-esque which I already had tons of. Lumineers, Bon Iver, Volcano Choir, etc. for cocktail hour along with acoustic covers of pop songs which was really fun to download and discover. Once cocktail hour wrapped up we all moved inside to the main building and it was time to round up the troops and introduce the wedding party and newlyweds. Krista & Chris chose some of the best introduction and first dance/parent dance songs I’ve played to date! The wedding party along with parents were announced to “You Shook Me All Night Long” – AC/DC and Mr. and Mrs. Broyles were announced to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness and the whole place was going nuts for it. From that they went directly into the first dance of none other than Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child Of Mine”. Seriously awesome song choices!

Dinner kicked off with some toasts from the maid of honor and best man along with carrying over some similar music from cocktail hour – still keeping the indie folk vibe going along with a must play Chris had sent me of the theme to Trailer Park Boys along with some Ben Harper, Postmodern Jukebox, and some mellow classic rock. As soon as dinner was winding down I called Chris and his mother to the dance floor for their dance of “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Up next was Krista and her father doing a complete planned out dance to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen. It was great and got everyone going and ready to party which was exactly what we transitioned into next – dance party time! Kicking things off old school with some Stevie Wonder/Jackson 5 stuff moving into top 40, 80s, 90s, and some more funk and soul tunes. The crowd was phenomenal which makes it too easy for me at times haha. I fit in just about every “must play” song they had along with some more Queen for Krista and her father as well. Before I knew it we were already closing in at 10:15pm and I hadn’t slowed it down once yet! We finally did that and played a few slow jams for everyone to take a breather and picked it right back up until ending at 11pm with two requests from the Broyles of Queen for a final fun upbeat song and ending on a slow sweet note to a Josh Ritter track. It FLEW by once everything got going. SUCH an awesome time!

Krista & Chris YOU ARE THE BEST! Thank-you times a billion and a massive CONGRATS to you guys!!! (Please let’s hit another show sometime soon and grab some drinks!)

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