- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2012
I only have one to share from the ceremony (we don’t have the pro pics yet), but a TON to share from the reception, taken by friends and family.
We’re both musicians, and if you’ve read any of my previous posts, you might remember that we planned an all-out rock and roll party for our reception. Everything went smoothly, we played music ALL day with each other and with friends, and the music went on for close to 7 hours. It was absolutely the greatest wedding of all time.
At our outdoor, town hall gazebo ceremony, our dogs were our ringbearers:
Reception venue: Sportsmen’s Tavern, the Honkiest Tonliest Beer Joint In Town, Buffalo NY. We both play music with various bands there regularly. This was the first wedding – the first completely private event at all – at this amazing music venue. The owners have treated me like family since I started playing music there, and they were so good to us to let us take over their place for the day.
Banner is made from old sheet music tied with red ribbons.
My dad and sister sang John Lennon’s ‘Love’ as our entrance:
We made our confetti with a heart shaped punch and old sheet music:
Our card box was an old guitar (thanks to inspiration from someone here on weddingbee):
No first dance, but a first song: Randy Travis’ ‘Forever And Ever Amen’ arranged as a duet:
Then we brought up a band for a few songs: ‘How Sweet It Is’ (James Taylor), ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ (Stevie Wonder), ‘You’re The One That I Want’ (Grease), ‘My Best Friend’ (Queen), and a killer rendition of the entire medly/side 2 of ‘Abbey Road’ (Beatles).
We made backstage pass lanyards as our favors.
I called up my jazz band mates and we did a few, including ‘At Last’ (Etta James), and I don’t know HOW I didn’t turn into a puddle of tears!
You can only see 10 people on stage here, but there were more like 14. We got the ENTIRE ROOM to sing along with ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ (Queen). 120 voices…one of my favorite moments of the day.
The dads surprised us with ‘When I’m 64’ (Beatles) (yes, we love The Beatles. And Queen.)
Even our nephews got to rock out, with AC/DC’s ‘For Those About To Rock’
We even danced:
We had 20 slots scheduled – all our friends and family played us a love song, and it was magical. By the end of the night, it was an open stage, anyone and everyone got up and played, and I even got to play scrubboard.
There are so many more photos…my sister and I singing ‘Power Of Two’, rocking loudly with my three oldest friends from high school, my whole side of the family singing ‘Goodnight Irene’, my inlaws dancing, my sister and her boyfriend singing ‘Afternoon Delight’…the food (ALL prepared by my amazing mother in law), the friends, the venue…but I’ll bring it to a close here.