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Wedding: Christina and Afix at Genesee Grande Hotel, Syracuse, 9/14/19

Wow, I’m way behind on my blogging! Since I’ve last posted here, I’ve done four weddings… including three weekends in a row in September! Now that I’ve got a long break before the next wedding, time to finally catch-up with the blog! Christina and Afix’s wedding at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse was the first of that September 3-in-a-row run. Keep reading to check out the photos and the song selections!

Although I’ve done a few weddings at the Genesee Grande (soon to be rebranded Scholar Hotel Syracuse) in the past, this was my first one to include an on-site ceremony. The ceremony took place in the Tiffany Ballroom, with chapel-style seating. Wireless lavalier (lapel) microphones were provided to both officiants. My second sound system provided music for the cocktail hour, in the lounge just off the lobby. During cocktail hour, the wait staff “flipped” the ballroom, by bringing in all the dinner tables and rearranging seats accordingly.

Uplighting enhanced the entire ballroom, and specifically, several units were dedicated to the monogrammed drapery which served as a backdrop for the ceremony, and later, the sweetheart table. A few units were also used to enhance the wedding cake display.

Christina and Afix’s Key Song Choices

Ceremony

  • Processional: Alan Silvestri / Forrest Gump opening theme
  • Grand Entrance: Piano Guys / Perfect (Ed Sheeran cover)
  • Recessional: Alicia Keys / No One

Reception

  • Wedding party intros: Smoke on the Water, Like to Party, Can’t Stop the Feeling
  • Newlyweds’ intros: Beyonce & Jay-Z / Crazy in Love
  • First Dance: Christina Perri / A Thousand Years
  • Father / Bride Dance: Paul Vassar / She’s on Her Way
  • Groom / Mother Dance: Iyanya / Kukere
  • Cake Cutting: Empire soundtrack / You’re So Beautiful
  • Last Dance of the Night: John Legend / All of Me

Dinner was followed by some unique timeline items that set this wedding apart from most. Christina’s father sang one of her favorite songs, Later On. Once the dance floor opened, Christina, Afix, the wedding party and several relatives disappeared for about 20 minutes. Another formal announcement welcomed everyone back into the ballroom in traditional Nigerian attire, honoring Afix’s side of the family.

Here’s the 5-star review Christina provided afterward:

Peter was very professional and detail oriented, which we very much appreciated. He was very flexible when we had some delay in the timeline and when we needed to adjust the family intros at the last minute. He had everyone dancing all night and everyone raved about how much fun they had celebrating as one big family.

Update 7/17/20: At the couple’s request, all photos with people have been deleted.

In addition to the awesome crowd, it was nice to work once again with Jamie from the Genesee Grande and Amy and Guy from Keech Photography!

Thanks again to Christina and Afix for choosing me as your wedding DJ! It was a pleasure working with you to plan this wonderful celebration and I wish you all the best for many years of love and happiness together.

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