It’s no secret that Roche Harbor Resort is one of my favorite destination wedding venues in the Pacific Northwest; every wedding reception I’ve ever performed at there is a magical, unforgettable night. And such was the case for Chelsea & Chris’ wedding reception: an epic celebration that left guests of all ages wishing for – and chanting for! – just one more song.

And if it wasn’t for Roche Harbor’s 11 pm sound ordinance, I truly believe Chris & Chelsea’s wedding would have rocked the Roche Harbor Pavilion until six in the morning. Yes indeed, it was that kind of group and definitely one of those nights.

If rocking a dance floor is my favorite part of a wedding reception, my second favorite part is rocking a kick-ass Grand Entrance. And Chris & Chelsea designed exactly that with anthem songs for both the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Both songs built on each other and set the tone for Chelsea & Chris’s entrance into the Pavilion for the very first time and I swear, I’ve never heard a louder group of family and friends. Between the roar of the crowd and the chords of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” blaring through my QSC KW speakers, I knew right then and there that we had something potentially special.

And my intuition was right; what followed was everything a wedding reception should be – but most importantly, everything that Chelsea & Chris wanted their night to be. It was a move-the-tables-back-because-the-dance-floor-is-jam-packed kind of night. With energy like that, it’s the number one reason why I request to setup my DJ booth next to the dance floor – I can feed off that energy and use it to take the dance floor to the next level. And then to the next level. And the next. And so on.

And shout out to photographer Clinton James, who captured the packed dance floor masterfully, as well as other great moments from the reception below. I’ve worked with Clinton a lot and would highly recommend him without reservation.

Chris & Chelsea, I cannot thank you enough for selecting me to be a part of your wedding celebration! Chelsea, you looked stunningly beautiful and Chris, you are one lucky man. Thank you for your kind hospitality – it’s couples like you that I’m honored to serve and help make their dream reception come true.

Musical Selections

Prelude:  Acoustic Guitar

Ceremony Selections

  • Family: Jason Mraz – “I’m Yours”
  • Wedding Party: The Once – “You’re My Best Friend”
  • Chelsea’s Procession: Iz – “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”
  • Recessional: Mark Ronson – “Uptown Funk”

Cocktail Hour: Tony’s Yacht Rock Cocktail Mix

Grand Entrance (Bridesmaids): T.I. – “Bring ‘Em Out”

Grand Entrance (Groomsmen): Jock James – “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble”

Grand Entrance (Chelsea & Chris): AC/DC – “Thunderstruck”

Dinner: Classic Rock, Contemporary, Country

Formal Selections

  • First Dance: Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man”
  • Father/Daughter Dance: Frank Sinatra – “The Way You Look Tonight”
  • Mother/Son Dance: Tim McGraw – “Humble & Kind”
  • Longest Married Couple Dance: Alan Jackson – “Remember When”
  • Cake Cutting: James Taylor – “How Sweet It Is”
  • Candy Toss: Bow Wow – “I Want Candy”
  • Bouquet Toss: DJ’s Choice
  • Garter Toss: DJ’s Choice
  • Last Dance: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life”

Dancing: Motown, Big Band & Swing, Oldies, Disco, Classic Rock & Roll, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, Electronic Dance Music, Country

Photo Credit: Clinton James Photography.