Spring and summer are generally considered “wedding season,” and we do love a warm-weather wedding. But don’t sleep on December, January, and February festivities! Not only does an “off-season” wedding help your day to stand out from the crowd, but booking during the slow season may even come with savings opportunities with some vendors.

Sweet couple Joey and Sarah tied the knot in a winter wedding of their own. Since it was  December, both ceremony and reception took place indoors. The venue, Main Street Ballroom in Ellicott City, is located inside a 1920s stone warehouse updated with industrial lighting and pretty grey wainscotting. This space has enough character that it doesn’t need much to make it wedding-ready. A modern geometric arch and some fresh eucalyptus were enough! 

Maryland photographer Kate Ann Photography was on hand to capture the magic. She did such a wonderful job documenting both intimate moments and fun crowd shots. (Another winter wedding bonus—fun extras like Sarah’s fabulous fur stole.)

The music for this winter wedding included lots of lovely acoustic covers—including some delightful surprises! For starters, the groomsmen made their entrance into the reception area to The Piano Guys’ version of Sweet Child o’ Mine, originally by Guns N’ Roses. We do often play  GNR at wedding receptions, but it’s not often that they make their way into a ceremony…and we’re here for it. 

Next, the bridesmaids made their entrance to a piano cover of Elton John’s Your Song by The Theorist. Finally, the beautiful bride made her way down the aisle to a cover of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls, by the violin/cello/bass group Simply Three. It was so fun to see the looks of recognition light up the faces in the crowd as they realized what they were hearing. 

After the ceremony, the newly minted married pair strutted away to Crazy in Love by the top power couple, Beyonce and Jay-Z. 

During cocktail hour, the guests moved into a smaller side room so the venue staff could flip the ballroom for the ceremony. They enjoyed cocktails named for Sarah and Joey’s sweet pups, Eddy and Marley. When the reception space was ready, Joey and Sarah made a splashy entrance to Bring ‘Em Out by T.I.

For their first dance, the couple chose another lovely cover—Luke Burr’s version of Is This Love by Bob Marley. Sarah then danced with her mom to Cover Me in Sunshine, a beautiful mother/daughter duet by P!nk and her daughter Willow Sage Hart. Next, Joey and his mom danced to Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Then it was time for dancing! Ellicott City DJ Steve Hartka remembers a fun moment during the reception. “One of the groomsmen came up to me and asked, ‘Can you play The White Lotus theme song? We have been watching that and singing it all the time.’ So I quickly downloaded it and got on the mic and said, ‘This is for all the White Lotus fans out there.’” It was a hit! 

Guests also made pit stops at the Maryland’s DJ photo booth throughout the night. Our photo booth lets guests capture special moments on your special day, and delivers the images right to their phones for sharing on social media. 

At the end of the night, the crowd bid goodbye to the happy couple with a sparkler send-off. 

DJ Steve had a blast bringing the energy—and a little White Lotus—to this beautiful winter wedding. Can we do the same for you? Contact us today to check our schedule and get on the books for 2023 or 2024! 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2023