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A strong finish for my 2016 wedding season! Meghan and Matt invited friends and family to celebrate at the scenic Wolf Oak Acres in Oneida, my second wedding there this year. Although rainy weather altered the plans for my previous wedding here (in August), Meghan and Matt enjoyed a picture-perfect day. Two sound systems seamlessly covered three locations — I’ll explain how and share some of my favorite photos inside this blog post.
Outdoor plans in mid-October can be risky. Weather records for Oneida, NY show the day has been as warm as 81 degrees (1956) or as chilly as 27 degrees (1978), with an average of a tenth of an inch of rain. Luckily, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky on this date in 2016, with ceremony time temperatures much closer to the average near 60 degrees. Aside from some wind, which really didn’t affect anything, it was picture-perfect day.
It was a pleasant surprise to see a few familiar faces I hadn’t seen in years. Groom Matt grew up in the Utica area, and when I received the list of names for wedding party introductions, I realized that I knew his mother from my days at Lite 98.7, as she was the primary contact with one of the station’s major sponsors. Another surprise came when I learned State Senator Joe Griffo was selected to officiate the ceremony. I might be dating myself when I say, “I knew him way back when,” earlier in his political career, he was mayor of the City of Rome, when I was in high school there.
As has been the case at Wolf Oak Acres in the past, two sound systems provided sound in three locations. Sound system “A” serves the outdoor ceremony site, near the pond. Sound system “B” is ready to cover cocktail hour on the upper level of the barn. As soon as the ceremony ends, I begin the recessional music, with another few songs queued-up behind it — and then I circle around the back of the crowd to make my way to the barn, ensuring cocktail hour music is in full swing by the time guests make it to the door.
Once that’s done, it’s back to the ceremony site to pack-up system “A” and move it to the barn’s lower level, which at this point, is off-limits to guests. My dance floor lights are already set-up (did that part before the ceremony) so it’s just a matter of setting-up the sound equipment and hooking the lights into their control panel. The cocktail hour provides more than enough time to make the move so everything’s ready to go well before it’s time to move the party downstairs for introductions, dinner and dancing!
Key Wedding Song Selections
- Ceremony Processional: Haley Reinhart: Can’t Help Falling in Love
- Ceremony Bridal Entrance: Christina Perri / A Thousand Years
- Ceremony Recessional: Justin Timberlake / Mirrors
- Wedding Party Intros: Dan Fogelberg / Intimidation, then Talking Heads / Once in a Lifetime
- Bride and Groom Entrance: Queen / Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- First Dance: Ruelle / I Get to Love You
- Bride / Father Dance: The Pretenders / Forever Young
- Groom / Mother Dance: Paul Anka / Times of Your Life
- Cake Cutting: Counting Crows / Accidentally in Love
- Last Dance of the Night for Everyone: Michael Buble / Save the Last Dance for Me
Here are just some of the photos I snapped — click the blue button at the bottom to see more, and to tag/like/share on Facebook!
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And here’s the 5-star review Meghan posted on Facebook:
Thanks again to Meghan and Matt for choosing me as your wedding DJ! This was a very active wedding — between the equipment moves and the very active dance floor crowd, I’m pleased to finish the 2016 wedding season on a strong note! I wish you all the best in this new chapter of your lives together.
With that said, a very big, heartfelt thanks to all of my 2016 wedding season couples! I enjoyed working with each and every one of you!