I'm so excited about this edition of DJ Diaries because I'm getting to write it from MY experience. No, I wasn't the DJ; but, I was a bridesmaid! My brother and new sister-in-law got married on September 26th at The Wren's Nest in Murfreesboro. Even the rain couldn't take away from the beauty surrounding the day! Brian provided the soundtrack to my killer dance moves, and I can honestly say that he knows how to keep a party on it's feet! Here is the bridesmaid diary from my brother's wedding!
There is only one major risk when prepping for an indoor/outdoor wedding: rain. The entire month of September had been beautiful, leading all of us to believe the last weekend would also lend itself to amazing weather. As the week went on, the chances of rain became stronger. My brother, as I expected, was in a mild panic. I tried my best to reassure him that rain was actually a sign of good luck on a wedding day, and that the venue had a stunning rain option. He was able to calm down a little until the rehearsal where he and Shannon made the call to move the ceremony inside which ended up being a rustic, intimate, and romantic setting. And it was perfect!
Shannon has a mild obsession with Walt Disney, the Little Mermaid, and the color purple. From the table linens, wedding invitations, bridesmaid dresses, and the groomsmen's' bow ties, the wedding day was filled with hues of lavender, blush, and ivory with a hint of rustic whimsical magic!
The wedding processional was filled with unique music selections. The groom has a love of flying and is part of the Air Force, so he wanted to make memorable moments with his music selections! The groom and officiant walked down the aisle to the Top Gun song, and then "Danger Zone" was played for the garter toss. I thought there was some funny irony in this song selection and thought it was the perfect song for this part of the night! The bride, on the other hand, loves reggae and singer-songwriters like Bob Marley, Ray LaMontagne, and Ingrid Michaelson. The bride walked down the aisle to Steven Tyler's new Country song, "Love Is Your Name" and chose Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" as her father daughter dance!
After a delicious dinner from Michael's Catering, we all headed upstairs for the dance reception. Jonathan wanted to surprise Shannon with their first dance song selection. So for several weeks, Brian and I had to tip toe around this part of the planning with Shannon to make sure we kept it a surprise. Jonathan chose Lady Antebellum's "Golden" as their first dance, and Shannon's reaction was so sweet.
After formal dances and bridesmaids fighting for the bouquet, it was time to dance. If you've ever seen me at a wedding, you know that I dance the entire time. This evening was no exception! Some of the dance floor highlights included "Back That Thang Up" by Juvenile, "BEEP In Paris" by Kanye West and Jay Z, "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke, and the crowd pleaser " Shut Up and Dance" by Walk The Moon. In special honor of the Taylor Swift 1989 World Tour being in Nashville, "Blank Space" was played and danced to by every female at the reception. The dance floor was packed the entire evening, and I ruined my bridesmaid dress from trying to dance and hold a glass of wine. I call that a major success.
Last but not least was the Snyder Entertainment photo booth! This was my wedding gift to the bride and groom! It was a selfish gift for myself because I LOVE photo booths, and it's my personal opinion that it should be illegal to have a wedding that does not include a photo booth. They are a guaranteed hit at any and all events!
I couldn't be more excited to have a new little sister! We wish Jonathan and Shannon a lifetime of love and happiness!
Huge thank you to the following friends/vendors who helped with the wedding!
Venue: The Wren's Nest
Catering: Michael's Catering
Photography: Alex Derry Photography
Invitations: Darby Cards
DJ and Photo Booth: Snyder Entertainment
Florists: Regalo Design