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Stasson Wedding 10/3/15

Written by: Harry McCloskey

IMG_0556Juliana first came in my office in July for her October wedding, and I knew that we had a lot of work to do in a short period of time! She was interested in DJ services, uplighting and invitations! I immediately introduced her to Gregg our Creative Director so they could get right to work! Her invitations came out amazing! I honestly loved her ideas and the sunflowers! (see the pics below)

 

As the wedding day fast approached we were more then ready for the big day! We had the room looking spectacular with purple up lighting. DJ Grean had the music going and as the introductions began, I could immediately feel the energy in the room! After announcing the first couple, the bridesmaid Kelsey came in on a 4×4!! Which was awesome! I’ve seen a lot of props during introductions, but that takes the cake! As the rest of this enormous bridal party came in, the entire room were on their feet cheering for the bride and groom!

 

As dinner was over and we changed the music up, it was like a fire alarm went off and everyone jumped up and packed the dance floor! It was seriously like that from beginning to end. We played a large range of music throughout the night as there were people of all ages in attendance. One of my favorite moments of the night was when DJ Grean played “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” by Meatloaf. The bride and all of her sorority sisters were dancing and screaming in the middle of the dance floor! I jumped in the middle and handed the microphone to the bride and the whole room went nuts! It was an amazing night from beginning to end! Most of our weddings have people dancing from start to finish but this wedding in particular stuck out for us!

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I know this was a special night for the couple, besides the obvious reason that it was their wedding night, but because they were moving to Texas after the wedding! So we knew this was going to be one of the last nights they got to party with their friends before moving, and I’m happy to say I think they went out with a bang! Thank you so much to Juliana and Dan for having In The Mix Event Group be part of your big day! We had the time of our lives that night and we hope you did too!

 

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Heres the beautiful artwork from our Creative Director Gregg
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Heres  a testimonial from the bride after her wedding! 

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Ashton/Cochran Wedding 10/9/15

Written by: Harry McCloskey

bacon barSo within minutes of the couple being in my office I knew they were a fun couple and that this was going to be a great wedding! Honestly though, there’s nothing else I can start this blog with other then they had a BACON BAR during the cocktail hour! If that wasn’t a sign that this was going to be a good time I don’t know what else would have set me up for this fun filled night!

 

When Amy and Mark first came into my office, we talked about the general questions any bride or groom might ask, until they mentioned that the groom’s brother just so happen to be the “Justin Bieber” of Vietnam. Yes, you read that right! They knew right away that I thought they were joking, until they told me to look him up on you tube and there I found over a million views on all these videos. Next, they tell me that hes going to perform at the wedding! Which is exciting for me, because I always love to see new things at weddings!

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The wedding was at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, and after the beautiful ceremony, and after we ate a lot of bacon it was time for action! The bridal party lit up the room as they were announced, and the bride and groom looked so happy and excited walking in! After the first dance and father daughter dance, the groom’s brother Kyle was asked to come up and sing a song for the groom and his mother. He sung “My Wish” by Rascal Flatt’s and his voice was remarkable! The whole room was amazed by this moment! It was definitely something I’ll never forget at a wedding!

The dance floor was packed all night and just as the reception was about to end,  “Hypnotize” by Notorious B.I.G. came on and the groom grabbed the mic with no shame and sang it word for word on the dance floor with his new wife by his side. That was hands down my favorite part of the wedding! Which is pretty hard to say after seeing the bride go nuts doing the “Whip” dance!

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All and all I thought the wedding was a complete success! We got to work with some great professionals too! The pictures in this blog are compliments of Ferrara Photography. Nicole was such a pleasure to work with, as well at Patrick the videographer from Your Day Productions! So in the long run we had an international pop singer perform, an amazing crowd on the dance floor, and did I mention a bacon bar yet!  The bride and groom looked like they had the time of their lives and thats always our number one goal!  Thanks so much Mr. and Mrs. Cochran for letting us be such an important part of your wedding day!

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Funk/Brooks Wedding 9/25/15

Written by: Harry McCloskey

Photos by: Artistic Imagery 

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When Jackie first came into my office to go over things I already knew it was going to be a fun wedding. In The Mix did her brothers wedding last year and we knew it was a party crowd, so I obviously was excited to get to do another member of the Funk’s family weddings!

The wedding took place at the beautiful Adie Mansion in Doylestown Pa. We have worked a couple weddings there over the years and I must say it’s an amazing place to have a wedding reception. It’s classic and elegant and I love the setting for there wedding ceremonies.

From the first moment I seen this couple standing in front of the officiant at the ceremony, I knew there was something special about these two. I have done hundred of weddings over the years, and granted most couples look happy and glowing on their wedding day, but it was something different with Jackie and Jim. For starters, it was hands down my favorite wedding ceremony I’ve ever been a part of! They decided to recite their own vowels, and although they had the crowd laughing at some of the things said, you could tell they were said wholeheartedly. I honestly just felt like it was a scene out of a movie.

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As Crystal aka DJ Skitlz opened up the dance floor, it was instantaneously packed with people waiting to get out there and start the party! The crowd was electric from the first song! And with much surprise, there was even a surprised guest there to make a special appearance! Yes, you guessed it, Pope Francis himself!

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As the emcee, I’m always looking for fun things to get the crowd involved, one of them being a game of spin the bottle! No, not the game we played as kids but the same concept. Everyone gets in a big circle and when the bottle lands on you, you get in the middle and strut your stuff! We’ll when the bottle landed on grand mom in a wheel chair you would think it wasn’t happening, but I was wrong, she was pushed in the middle of the dance floor and everyone went nuts as she was spun around! It was definitely a sight to see!

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This wedding was also the first wedding we got to use our new up lighting and WOW what a difference it was! I believe it made the room look amazing! It set an ambiance to an already exquisite venue. We had the room set to a pretty purple color, until we opened up the dance floor and then they changed to multiple colors for the rest of the night! Just like any man who gets a new toy, I was excited to set them up and check them out! Total success!

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As every wedding must come to an end, even though most of the time we’re having as much fun as the guests and never wanted it to end. The night came to a close with everyone once again in a big circle on the dance floor as the bride and groom sang on the microphone to Billy Joel’s Piano Man. It was a great time with a great crowd! Thanks again to Jim and Jackie Brooks, we hope it was everything you dreamt it would be!

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Senske Wedding 8/29/15

Written by: Harry McCloskey

Senske WeddingDid I ever mention how much I love “Beach Weddings!” This beautiful wedding took place at The Grand Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey. I think it might be the best view from a beach wedding I have every seen. The Grand Hotel is literally across the street from the beach.

When Bob and Laura came in my office to meet with me, they explained that they wanted to PARTY! Bob and I graduated high school together and I always knew he loved to dance, so I knew immediately that we would be in for a good time!

The couple’s next step with In The Mix was creating their signature invitations. Our Creative Director Gregg designed a beautiful pocket invitation in her signature coral and grey color scheme. It looked great against the shimmer of the silver pocket andthey included small waves and starfish that brought her beach themes wedding right to her guest’s mailbox.

The ceremony looked like it was a scene in a movie! The weather outside was absolutely amazing! Not to hot, and had a nice breeze outside. As Laura’s father walked her down the aisle, he greeted Bob at the front and the two exchanged hugs, and Bob gave his soon to be father in law a firm smack on the butt to get things going! Everyone in attendance had a good laugh before the ceremony began. Once again, showing us not only how close they were, but how much fun this day was going to be!

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As the reception started, and I started calling out the bridal party, I was excited to see Jake, whose probably about 7 years old come out. He told me during the cocktail hour that he has been preparing this for weeks! By now everyone knows the song “Whip” by Silento, well that’s exactly what he was prepping for. When I called his name and the doors opened for him to come out, he didn’t waste anytime to jump into character and start doing the dance! Like most kids, they love this song, and most know the simple steps of the refrain, but not Jake, as the DJ was about to stop the song at the end of the refrain, Jake wasn’t done, he kept going along knowing the next part of the dance. HANDS DOWN it was probably my favorite showing of a child at a wedding! I will seriously never forget it! I told him how great it was and that I put it on Facebook and the first thing out of his mouth was “wait how many likes did I get” LOL. Which I guess I should have expected this considering his dad (the groom) loves to dance! The apple didn’t fall far from the tree on this duo!

 

With that being said, how can I not talk about when Bob went to take off the guarder from Laura, and there was a skit done with his brother handing him a Michael Jackson jacket, white glove and hat to do a dance! I must give him credit , the guy has some killer dance moves! When Laura and Bob were done throwing thsenske wedding 5e guarder and bouquet, the two lucky contestants put on their own show as the second exchange happened! It was definitely a sight to see!

 

As the night went on, the crowd was great! Guests were dancing all night and I think they best part of the reception is when the DJ went into a late 90s/early 2000s set and everyone was on the dance floor getting crazy! Nothing gets us going more then seeing so much energy in the room!

All and all it was a great experience, we enjoyed ourselves and we hope everyone at the wedding did too! Bob and Laura, thanks so much for have In The Mix Event Group be part of such an important day in your lives! We wish you nothing but happiness throughout the years! Congrats again, and we look forward to working events for you in the future!

 

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Hansen/Huang Wedding 8/8/15

Written By: Gregg Wood

On August 8, 2015 I had the pleasure of officiating the nuptials of Evan and Katherine Hansen in a beautiful ceremony at Celebrations in Bensalem. From the moment I met this couple I knew they were two souls devoted to each other, and it was truly an honor to officially mark the start of their lives together by declaring them husband and wife.

I liked this couple from th11855723_10100545891411615_3431109992373391063_ne moment I met them at our first meeting. Evan seemed like a genuine guys guy, and Katherine was a fun and energetic woman with a skill for good conversation. I learned all about how the couple met, and their move across the state, and how weddings are so different in Philly from western Pennsylvania.

 

Evan and Katherine’s wedding was a unique affair. Katherine incorporated multiple influences from the couples Chinese and Italian heritage. The first thing I noticed was the brides multiple dress changes. She wore multiple gowns throughout theIMG_20150808_205005 night, one of which was a traditional red Chinese garment with intricate gold details. Each gown was more beautiful then the last. During the ceremony the couple conducted a Chinese Tea Ceremony. During this ceremony the couple kneel before a pair of chairs. Family members come to the chairs, sit, are served tea by the couple, and then give them their wedding gift. As a guest it was fantastic to witness. Katherine also created beautiful origami flowers that held Jordan almonds which are often seen at Italian weddings. The time and effort put in to those pieces is only something a true artist possesses.

 

Katherine and Evan chose to use In ThIMG_20150808_225704e Mix Event Group to provide a selfie station for their guests as well. This set up included fun props and other items for their guests to take great selfies and group photos at the wedding. After searching online some hilarious photos were taken at the selfie station. It was a true success.

At the end of the day I was able to marry two beautiful people in a beautiful summer ceremony. I wish Evan and Katherine years of happiness together! 祝贺

 

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Bahr Wedding 7/18/15

Written by: Harry McCloskey

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Where do I begin with this blog? There’s so much to say about this couple and the group of friends that attended their wedding. As excited as I was for this wedding to happen, it was also a sad day for me as well. See this is the last wedding from one circle of friends to get married. In The Mix has had the liberty to DJ three of their closest friends weddings before theirs, and over the past couple years we’ve gotten to know them all so well! With that being said, DJ Grean and myself knew this was going to be an awesome wedding, with a lot of energy on the dance floor!

 

The wedding took place at the beautiful Normandy Farms in Blue Bell Pa. We set up lighting around the room in a pretty amber color for a fun rustic look! As we finished setting up, we ran into the photographers from Azzolina Photography. Beth the owner and I went to not only high school but college together as well. We’ve worked on different events over the years and I know her and her assistant would be class acts to work with! Plus, I knew we would have great pictures to share for you on this blog!

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As soon as the cocktail hour was over and everyone piled into the reception room, the stage was set for a fun filed night! Without fail, you could feel the energy in the room as I began making announcements for the bridal party! By the time I was ready to announce the bride and groom, “SCAR, SCAR, SCAR!!” started being chanted throughout the room, which I later found out in the best man speech was the grooms nickname/alter ego. The best man speech was probably thought out long ago by Jeff Warnick, I personally watched the groom have some fun things to say about Jeff as his best man at his wedding, and Jeff couldn’t wait to return the favor on this day! I have to say it was one of my favorite speeches at a wedding ever!

 

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As the night went on and we turned up the tempo, DJ Grean hit them with everything he had and we had a PACKED dance floor from start to finish! I love when I see the bride and groom dancing for a good amount of the wedding. Stephanie and Greg did just that! Plus I really enjoyed seeing they’re parents dancing a lot as well. There was a fun moment when both dad’s had a dance off, it was definitely a sight to see! I went to grab Beth the photographer to catch it and she was already snapping away!

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There were a couple different moments throughout the night where the bride and groom grabbed the mic and sang along to their favorite songs!

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All and all it was a great night and DJ Grean and I both said it was a A+ wedding! We both enjoyed working with this amazing couple and knew from the moment they walked into our office that we were planning for a huge party, and that’s exactly what it was!

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DiRubbo Wedding 7/18/15

Written By: Gregg Wood

Wedding1Over this past weekend I had the pleasure of taking part in the wedding ceremony of my dear friends Livio DiRubbo III and Justine Nicholson. The wedding was held in Northern New Jersey at the beautiful Keyport Yacht Club. The club lies along the Raritan Bay. The Verrazano Bridge, Staten Island, and the New York City skyline can be seen in the distance. Although it was one of the hottest and most humid days of the year thus far, the weather did not stop the bride and groom or their wedding guests from having a great time.

Justine and Livio began by asking me to officiate their wedding, and I couldn’t have been more excited to accept. I have done many weddings, however this was my first for a couple that I consider dear friends. Being able to mark the formal start of their relationship as man and wife was an honor I couldn’t pass up.
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To help their wedding run smoothly Justine and Livio utilized our Day-Of-Planning Service for their wedding. Jaime was a great help to the couple in preparing the yacht club for their celebration. Justine is a craft master and she used her artistic skills to design many of her own pieces including beautiful calla lily floral arrangements. Although Justine did her own planning and designs (and did an excellent job at it) she still needed the help bringing her vision to fruition. Jaime was able to do that for her, and the venue looked spectacular. From the flowers, to the dessert table, to the outdoor patio, Jamie was able to distribute the pieces given to here in a beautiful way that brought the couples elegant black and white theme to life inside their venue.

Outside, in front of the long dock, we held the ceremony. The sun was brutal, but the scene with sailboats floating on the bay in the background was a beautiful. We held a short and sweet ceremony for the couple to exchange their vows and rings. Livio and Justine chose to take both of their grandmother’s wedding rings and had a jeweler recreate them into one dazzling piece for the new bride.

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The rest of our In The Mix Event Group team were ready to help continue the celebration after the ceremony. As guests made their way into the bar (and air-conditioning) for cocktail hour they started with a signature drink that I introduced to the couple. It is a light and refreshing mix of pink lemonade, moscato wine, vodka, and mixed berries. The drink is perfect for a hot summer day and complimented their wedding perfectly.

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Crystal aka DJ Skitlz kept the music flowing as I emceed the party. Livio asked for my help with asurprise for his bride. During their early days of dating the couple watched the Wes Anderson movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. That movie features the Zombie’s song “The Way I Feel Inside.” Livio explained to his new wife, and the on looking guests, how that song summed up the way he was feeling on that night so many years before, and he knew then that he was looking at his future bride. The surprise was well thought out, and a touching way to share a memory with his bride and guests. Thankfully Genava and Will of Reiner Photography caught all the great moments on film throughout the night. I have always been impressed. I personally can’t wait to see the proofs! I highly suggest the creative West Chester photographers to anyone looking for great wedding photo services.

As the night came to a close guests grabbed some sweets from the candy bar area before heading out the door. It was obvious that the newlyweds and their guests had a great time. It was truly a pleasure to be such an integral part of Justine and Livio’s wedding day. I wish my friends many years of laughs and love together.

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Fabrizio Wedding 7/11/15

Written By: Harry McCloskey

IMG_2330I was so happy when Dante contacted me about having In The Mix DJ his wedding! He saw us in action at his sister Maria’s wedding back in 2012. When talking with Dante and Cristen about their wedding, it may have been the easiest planning I’ve ever dealt with. They were so nice and easy to work with! I told his sister at the wedding that Dante is probably the nicest guy I’ve ever met in my life! He’s one of them people I just can’t picture getting mad. Then when I met Cristen it all made sense to me, because she seems like she’s the same exact way! I see a lot of happy brides and grooms over the years, but this particular couple really seemed like they found their one true match. I couldn’t be more happy for the two of them!

 

When we arrived at the Blue Mountain Resort , we could already tell why the couple chose this location for their wedding, THE VIEW!! It was AMAZING! The venue was seriously breathtaking. Everything from the set up for the ceremony, to the exquisite room for the reception, plus the outside balcony overseeing all the mountains was such a delight!

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As the reception started, I was really impressed with DJ Saint James dinner music selection. He played a great mix of Motown and alternative rock along with some Dave Matthews as both the bride and groom are big DMB fans! When we finally got ready to open the dance floor, the guests were more then ready to bust a move! Within 20 minutdante 4es or so, one of the groomsman handed me a bottle and tried to explain to me his idea. Little did he know that “Spin the Bottle” on the dance floor is one of my favorite things to get the guests going. This night however I don’t think I was expecting what I saw. Not only were people of all ages out of their seats in a huge circle on the dance floor, but some older ladies out there had my mouth dropped to the floor with their moves, and just when I made an announcement that we were going to end the game, the last person it landed on was ayounger guy in his 20s who jumped out doing backflips and crazy dance moves! It was an exciting sight to see! Another cool moment of the night was when we played “Goodman Brown” a song that was recorded by one of the groomsman Mike Maguire.

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The entire day was just a total success! It makes my job so much easier when I get to work with other true professionals who love their job. As soon as we got there, we met with Meg de Jesus who the Wedding Coordinator at Blue Mountain. She’s new to Blue Mountain, but I would never know it if she didn’t tell me! She not only showed us around the large resort, but she was very helpful with things throughout the night! We look forward to working together more as I happy to say that ITMEG is now part of their preferred vendor list! We also got to work with Kevin and Megan from Kevin Kramer Photography. They both had great personalities and sense of humors and we all hit it off immediately. We definitely had a blast working side by side with them all night! I only got to see a couple shots so far but excited to see the rest of their work! I would definitely recommend using Kevin Kramer Photography for any upcoming weddings!

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At the end of the night, we felt we created exactly what the bride and groom pictured their wedding night to be: A fun, unforgettable experience with their closest family and friends dancing the night away. I want to give a special Thank You to Dante and Cristen. It means so much to have us be a part of your special day and it was seriously an honor to work with you two! Congratulations again, and we can’t wait to book your next event!

Morgan Wedding 7/3/15

Written by: Harry McCloskey

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This was an amazing wedding for me! When you’ve known the bride and half the bridesmaids for your entire life, its kind of hard not to think that this would be a good time. However, it did put a lot more pressure on me then normal. Don’t get me wrong, I try to give 110% at every event I do, but the pressure rises when the room is filled with family friends, my parents and peers I’ve grown up with my whole life. Needless to say I feel like it was a total success!

 

Jessica and Kevin’s wedding took place at one of my favorite halls in Northeast Philadelphia at The Philadelphia Ballroom right off Southampton and the Boulevard. The venue has only been open for about 3 years now, and not only is it a beautiful, but they have one of my favorite hosts I’ve ever worked with, Mr. Lee (He even photobombed my shot with the bride and groom). He is such a personable guy, and he just makes the whole event fun and enjoyable for not only the guest but all the vendors too! I even caught him doing the Cupid Shuffle with the bride! How cool is that!!

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The bridal party was fun and energetic! They were extremely hyped to come out for the intros! Everyone in the bridal party came out to a theme song. Songs like “Eye of the Tiger” and “The Eagles Fight Song” made for some really fun introductions!

 

When Jessica came into our office, she explained that she wanted a wide variety of music played. I expected some classic favorites like Whitney Houston and Madonna to be on there, along with some country mixed in. DJ Skitlz did a great job of mixing things up. The dance floor was packed all night! Knowing how much Jessica loves everything about Disney, I was shocked that “A Whole New World” or “Let It Go” wasn’t on the song lists. Yet, the maid of honor made sure she through a little Disney spice into her speech which ironically included both of these song titles.

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All and all the wedding was a success! The bride and groom honestly looked like they had the time of their lives! Which is exactly what our goal was of the night! The father of the bride pulled me aside at the end of the night and told me that he was so happy In The Mix was a part of his daughters wedding and that he truly could see how passionate I was about my job! Which is honestly the best compliment someone can give me! Thanks so much for that Mr. Sandford! Jessica and Kevin, you’ll never know how much it means to me for my company to be part of your big day! I sincerely mean it from the bottom of my heart! This is one wedding I’ll never forget! Congratulations again!!

 

Heres what the Morgans had to say about their wedding day:

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Harbison/Murrell Wedding 7/4/15

Written by: Gregg Wood
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This holiday weekend I had the pleasure of officiating the wedding of Anthony Harbison and Dane Murrell. Working with this couple was a true pleasure from start to finish.
I first met Anthony and Dane when In The Mix Event Group took part in Philadelphia’s first annual Same Sex Marriage Expo in January 2015. When I received a call from them a few weeks later I was excited to hear they had chosen our team to work with them on their upcoming nuptials aboard Philadelphia’s historic Moshulu along the waterfront.
We first worked on their invitations and print. Anthony and Dane are from Pottsville, and they chose to have their wedding in Philly because of their love for the city. The invitations and other print were Philly themed with iconic landmarks such as the Ben Franklin Bridge and LOVE statue being featured. We kept with their red, black, white, and grey theme on all print. After a surf on google Anthony decided to add a white feather to each invitation. They were beautiful and reminded me of the quill feathers that our forefathers used here in Philadelphia. It was a perfect finishing touch to the already beautiful Philly themed invitations. Lastly we took a photo of the couple in front of our Love statue and printed it on a large board for guests to leave messages for the Anthony and Dane. It will be a wonderful reminder of their special day as it hangs in their home.
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Finally July 4th is here and it is the day of the wedding. Anthony and Dance have also chosen me to officiate tSand_Boxheir wedding. The Moshulu was decorated with some of the best flower arrangements I had ever seen. From the ceiling of the reception area hung scarves, umbrellas, and other decor that made the space feel inviting and original. Jake, Mike, and their team on the Moshulu did a wonderful job.
From the ceremony area the view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and Philly skyline were breathtaking. As the ceremony began Anthony was escorted down the aisle by his mother (who insisted I call her Mama) and Dane was accompanied by his children. Before I began Scott, a dear friend of the couple, gave a heartfelt toast and all guests clinked a glass to the grooms to start the ceremony. The way Dane and Anthony looked at each other brought emotions to everyone in attendance. You could clearly see they had waited a long time to make this commitment to each other, and were thrilled they were finally able to do so. As part of their ceremony they chose to pour sand into a glass frame that had been etched with the couples logo and names. As they did Dane’s very talented daughter Nikki sang a beautiful ballad for her father and his husband.
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After the ceremony everyone moved to the lower deck for the reception. I was honored when Anthony and Dane asked me to walk in as part of their wedding party. As the DJ started the Golden Girls theme song and called my name I gave my best minister strut. It felt good to know that the couple felt highly of me, so much so they wanted me to be announced as part of their group.
Anthony and Dane were one of the best couples I have had the pleasure to work with. Unfortunately our time has come to an end for now, however I am eager for them to have another large event. I would be honored to work with Anthony and Dane again in their future life as a married couple. With that I send my most sincere well wishes to the newlyweds for a long life of laughs and love together.gregg