From time to time, I get a strong inclination just from the initial consultation meeting that with the right approach, certain wedding receptions have the potential of becoming awesome, unforgettable evenings. And just from my first phone conversation with Jasmine, I knew that if her and Delas selected me as their Master of Ceremonies and DJ, their wedding reception would definitely be one of those nights.

And I’m not going to lie: I may have slightly underestimated my inclination. Jasmine & Delas’ wedding reception wasn’t just an awesome party; it’s a strong candidate for Reception of the Year. And possibly even Reception of the Decade.

Jasmine & Delas’s wedding reception in Kirkland was everything a great reception should be: high-energy with the right amount of romance mixed in throughout; emotional moments that brought on laughter and tears of joy; surprise formalities that led to unforgettable moments; great food and plenty of libations; and a group of individuals, tightly crammed into the Woodmark Hotel’s Marina Room, all coming together as one giant family to celebrate on the dance floor. And the best part was: they never left the dance floor until the final song of the night, The Chainsmoker’s “Closer“, concluded the evening’s festivities.

Packed. Floor. All. Night. Long. From funk to hip-hop, classic party throwbacks to current Top 40 hits, and everything in between, the dance floor was electric! I think tables were even moved back to clear even more space for people to join in one the fun. And I’m perfectly fine with that. 😉

Bravo Jasmine & Delas, bravo. Thank you so much for the honor of allowing me to celebrate with you and your closest of family and friends. Like that awesome Seahawks tux shirt Delas wore, I’ll never forget the awesome presentations we designed and the fantastic moments you, your wedding party, your family, and all of your esteemed guests created from your wedding and reception at the Woodmark Hotel. Best wedding, ever, indeed.

Shout out to Kyle Goldie for the fantastic photo coverage of the entire day; your work sampled below is phenomenal. And thank you to my weekend assistant Alana for stepping up and hosting the Classic Photo Booth for my company, The Puget Sound Photo Booth Co., as well; you go above and beyond and I’m proud to have you as a part of the team.

Musical Selections

Prelude:  Soft Classical

Ceremony Selections

  • Family/Wedding Party: Handel – “Air”
  • Jasmine’s Procession: Yiruma – “River Flows In You”
  • Recessional: Justin Timberlake – “Not A Bad Thing”

Cocktail Hour: Crooners, Motown, & Soul

Grand Entrance (Family): Luther Vandross – “Here & Now”

Grand Entrance (Saber Holders): Movie Themes – “Top Gun Anthem”

Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling”

Grand Entrance (Jasmine & Delas): Walk The Moon – “Shut Up & Dance”

Dinner: 90s R&B, Contemporary R&B

Formal Selections

  • Cake Cutting: John Legend – “Stay With You”
  • Presentation of Groom’s Cake: Paul Allen Band – “Freak On”
  • First Dance: Leon Bridges – “Coming Home”
  • Father/Daughter Dance: The Temptations – “My Girl”
  • Mother-in-Law/Son Dance: Ben E. King – “Stand By Me”
  • Longest Married Couple Dance: Righteous Brothers – “Unchained Melody”
  • Bouquet Toss: Vangelis – “Chariots of Fire”
  • Garter Toss: Movie Themes – “Jaws Theme”
  • Last Dance: The Chainsmokers – “Closer”

Dancing: Motown, Oldies, Disco, 1990s, 2000s, Top 40, Hip-Hop, R&B, Funk

Photo Credit: Luma Weddings.