When I think about prepping for the McArdle wedding, and there is more then 50 classmates, high school teammates, and kids from the neighborhood in the crowd, its always a little more pressure. But, I honestly love it, and it keeps me on my toes! I love getting to do weddings for kids I grew up with. Not only did I go to high school with them both, but I knew there was multiple guests that have been to weddings that In The Mix has done before, and knew without a doubt, they would be on the dance floor to help us get things started!
The venue took place at the new FOP hall right down the street from where we all grew up! Now don’t get me wrong, I never mind driving down the shore for weddings in the summer time, but its definitely a treat to work a Saturday night 5 minutes away from your house!
As I started lining up the bridal party, I saw some of them dressed in old Archbishop Ryan gear and even had the schools flag as one of the props! It’s always fun to see people really get pumped up for the introductions. I kinda wish I had my old football jersey on underneath my shirt and tie and ripped it off during the intros! Now that would have been a fun prop! Ha Ha
The wedding was exactly how I predicted it would be…. AWESOME! We had a bunch of guests dancing before early on before we officially opened up the dance floor. DJ Saint James put on Frankie Valli’s “ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and the instantly the dance floor was jumping. At that exact moment I knew that we were in for a great night! Jim played a great mix and had the dance floor packed as always! There was a special moment during the night when Jim played “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by The Intruders, it was dedicated to Melissa’s mom and all the moms in the room! That’s such a great song and always reminds me of my grandmom who passed away. So I loved that she wanted that song to be a special moment during the wedding. As the night came to an end, Frank the groom asked if one of the guests could sing the last song. She was a recording artist who has done the National Anthem at Eagles games before. My response was “of course, its your wedding, whatever you want!” As I hand her the mic and “Don’t Stop Believing” started, everyone in the room sang along with her. Toward the end of the song DJ Saint James, slowly cut the song and let her and the whole crowd sing the rest of the song by themselves! It was a pretty amazing sight to see!
I just want to thank Frank and Melissa for being such a treat to work with and for letting In The Mix be a part of their special day! Congrats again, Jim and I wish you nothing but happiness!