On Saturday we were at Succop Nature Park in Butler Pennsylvania. The event was a wedding ceremony and wedding reception for Ian and Samantha Penberthy. Ian and Samantha were guests at a previous wedding I did for Marwan and Dana Maalouf last July and that wedding turned out great. Because of this, I expected that this wedding was going to be fun also – and was it ever!
Guests began arriving at Succop Nature Park shortly before 3:00 pm as we played prelude music prior to the start of the ceremony. The wedding ceremony was to be held on the brick cul-de-sac located directly in front of the Marcraig House and officially started at 3:30 pm with the processionals. The ceremony was presided over by wedding celebrant Reverend Sandra Monahan and lasted approximately 25 minutes.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, guests were dismissed into the Marcraig House where they enjoyed cocktails and appetizers for about an hour, prior to being seated at the event pavilion. At 5:15 pm we formally introduced the bridal party to the song “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. We then introduced Ian and Sam to “Kick Start My Heart” by Motley Crue.
After the introductions, we invited the newlyweds to share in their first dance together as husband and wife to the song “Amazed” by Lonestar. Next, Samantha had requested a special dance with her father Mr. Ed Reith to “My Girl” by The Temptations and Ian danced with his mother Mrs. Sharon Penberthy to “The Perfect Fan” by The Backstreet Boys. We then invited Ian and Sam to cut their wedding cake to “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies.
Dinner was prepared by the culinary staff at Medure’s Catering from New Castle PA and was served buffet style. After dinner, we started things off with an anniversary dance, followed by a bridal party dance – with a little twist. For the bridal party dance, we invited the bridal party to the dance floor and allowed them to begin to dance with their partners. After a minute, we then instructed them to go out into the audience and choose someone else to continue to dance with. We did this 2 more times throughout the course of the song.
From there, we opened up the dance floor and as they say – the rest is history! I could continue to write about everything that happened that evening, but unless you were there, no words could do the event justice. There were dance contests, a keg stand by the groom, fireworks, a champagne shower on the dance floor and even crowd surfing by the bride & groom. After providing DJ entertainment for almost 1200 weddings, I have to say that this wedding was, without a doubt, one of the most fun-filled events I have performed at.
Unfortunately, it did have to come to an end. So at 10:00 pm we invited all of the guests to share in the last dance of the evening to “Always” by Bon Jovi.