Love two (or three or four) different types of music? No problem. Lots of couples go with one particular musical vibe for their wedding ceremonies…and then switch it up for the reception.
Case in point? Rachel and Ryan, whose wedding at the beautiful Rosewood Farms venue in Elkton, MD started out Bridgerton-style and then swung country for the reception. Photographer Alyssa Bunton was on hand to capture every cheerful second, from intimate moments between Rachel and Ryan to the fun of the dance floor!
Rosewood Farms has to be one of the prettiest barn venues in Maryland. Their main ceremony space is the Rustic Barn, which brings clean elegance to the countryside. Whitewashed walls, high ceilings, and huge windows keep this lovely site light and bright.
Pre-ceremony, the couple asked Maryland wedding DJ Steve Hartka to create Bridgerton vibes with string versions of modern music. They kept that tone consistent throughout the ceremony. The mother of the bride entered to a string cover of Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do by cello/violin group Brooklyn Duo. For the wedding party, they chose Beautiful Crazy (originally by Luke Combs, cover by Piano Dreamers) for the fellas, and You Are the Reason (originally by Calum Scott, cover by Laura Sullivan) for the ladies, ring bearer, and flower girl.
For Rachel’s big entrance, they chose another Brooklyn Duo cover, this time Can’t Help Falling in Love by the true king, Elvis Presley. And after the vows and the tears and the smooch, the freshly minted married pair made their recession to the upbeat On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons. Such a fun choice!
After a cocktail hour enjoying the lovely weather on the patio, the party moved to the Rose Barn. This fabulous ceremony site has 20’ ceilings supported by massive wood trusses, and a statement fireplace made of rustic stone. For their reception, Maryland’s DJ brought in white uplighting to create a romantic atmosphere during dinner. And once the dance floor opened up, we helped boost the party with color changing lights.
We kept the vibes light for the party entrances, starting with Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake for the wedding party. Then Ryan and Rachel swept in, accompanied by Higher Love by Kygo and Whitney Houston.
But then, it was time to get into the country swing of things. For the bride and groom’s first dance, they chose My Best Friend by Tim McGraw. Then Rachel and her dad danced to I Loved Her First by Heartland, followed by Ryan and his mom to Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw.
The reception was a blast, from the dance floor to the Baltimore Ravens groom’s cake. There was also a couples dance/slow dance to You’re Still the One by the one and only Shania Twain. For the last song, they paid tribute to blue collar realness with Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks.
Maryland wedding DJ Steve had a great time sharing the classy string music of the ceremony, and the country tunes of the reception. Want to do a little genre mixing of your own? We can make it happen. Contact us to start planning your playlist!
Thursday, May 4, 2023