An Irish Wedding with a Touch of Game of Thrones
Where do we even begin with this awesome couple and their amazing wedding night at the Retreat at Bradley’s Pond? For the requested Game of Thrones-themed wedding party intros, we changed the uplighting instantly from elegant fuchsia to a blood red and introduced each bridesmaid and groomsmen with “(first name) of house (last name)” while the Game of Thrones theme song roared on. Finally, when AJ and Sharon were to be introduced, we turned the room Irish green and queued up Paint the Town Green by The Script and turned it up even more for good measure.
AJ, who had a suit custom made with a Syracuse lining (I can’t hate because, of the orange-related college football schools, he chose the least offensive to this bleeder of Garnet & Gold), asked that we sneak in a Rick Roll somewhere and I decided on the Generations Dance. After a super emotional build up on the mic and all of the married couples were in place, it was time and they proceeded to be Rick Rolled quite nicely before I played the actual sentimental generations dance song (Little Wonders by Rob Thomas).
But Sharon is a die-hard FSU fan, so the Warchant sho nuff came out and even some of AJ’s friends who work at ESPN were down with the cause, which changed my stubborn mind on a long-held belief I’ve gripped on to: that Danny Kennel is the only FSU guy at ESPN. #lessonleared #wereeverywhere
So, if you checked out the photo gallery above, you’re probably wondering why they chose to have a shrine of ugly Christmas sweaters. Well you should know that AJ and Sharon actually met at an ugly Christmas sweater party and AJ wooed Sharon with the best of the best! AJ happens to be an ugly sweater aficionado with an impressive collection, so for the wedding day, Sharon snuck his entire collection all the way down to Florida for a thoughtful and sentimental-yet-fun way of highlighting their origin story (we’re all about origin stories at Amplify). All in all, there were so many thoughtful personal touches, some clear and obvious and others more subtle, that this wedding could not have ever been mistaken as anyone else’s.
We danced the night away to a wide variety of vibes and genres, from Motown and 80s pop to 90s pop/rap and Hamilton. And let’s not forget Panic! At The Disco’s version of the The Greatest Show!
I got word that a family member junior groomsman wanted to be a DJ when he grows up, which warmed my soul. So I showed this young padawan some of my sound and lighting equipment and let him turn a few knobs on the DJ controller (that’s all we DJs do anyway, right?) for a bit and see how the sound and lighting worked. I dare say we have a DJ superstar in the making!
From the outdoor lawn games and the cigar bar to elegant decor (kudos to Samantha Nicole Weddings & Events, Terri Smith Details and EP Luxe, because it looked stunning at the Retreat at Bradley’s Pond) and packed dance floor, this wedding was definitely one for the books!
From the Bride & Groom: “Amplify did a fantastic job hosting my wedding reception and entertaining my wedding guests. Nate was so easy to work with throughout the planning process. We used a lot of the bells and whistles offered by Amplify: premium dance floor lighting, custom monogram lighting, uplighting, DMX lighting control system, and the KidStation video game system.
There is a great list of wedding DJs available through Amplify. Nate was the wedding DJ for our reception and as I mentioned earlier, the guests loved him. He brought enthusiasm and energy to the party. My husband and I decided to use a Game of Thrones style entrance for the wedding party; using GOT-style phrasing and custom lighting colors for each coupling. Nate was instantly onboard with the idea and I was thrilled he had the DMX lighting control system to pull off the effects I wanted.
Amplify provides high quality service at affordable pricing. I want to throw some more parties just to have a reason to work with them again!”
Craziest Dance Song of the Night: What’s Left of the Flag by Flogging Molly
Wedding Party Intro Song: Game of Thrones Main Title
Bride & Groom Intro Song: Paint the Town Green by The Script
First Dance: You by A Great Big World
Last Dance: Home by Michael Bublé
Photography: Kylene & Ryan Studios
Caterer: Social Catering & Events
Wedding Coordinator: Samantha Nicole Weddings & Events
Bartender: On the Rocks Bartending
Florals: A Country Rose Florist