Nora + Pat – Epic Southwood Wedding
Nora and Pat met at Stetson and got to know each other when Nora offered to invite Pat into her group for an assignment. They fairly quickly became a thing and the rest is history. I met Nora and Pat about a year ago through some of my favorite former clients: Katrina and Chad Ausley. I knew friends of Kat and Chad would make for awesome clients.
I had a great time getting to know the wedding party before the ceremony and reception, which were both at the beautiful Southwood House and Cottages. There was some very light rain when I arrived to set up my equipment, but it was gone by the time everything got started and the rest of the day and evening were perfect. Among great clients, past clients, their friends and family, and the incredibly professional wedding vendors (seriously, look at the list below), it felt like a bunch of friends coming together for a production of epic proportions.
Nora’s younger sister, Alyssa, and I colluded for a secret performance that involved her singing and playing a ukulele. Needless to say, she killed it and everyone loved it. The toasts were well delivered and memorable, and of course my favorite part was the party. And what a party it was! I was joined by my brother and fellow DJ, Dave. We danced to everything from the Beatles, Whitney Houston and the Spice Girls to Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Icona Pop. We sang along to Piano Man, Friends in Low Places and Don’t Stop Believing loud enough to be heard throughout the neighborhood. We even had a fun moment where we were given some mini maracas to pass out. The song we chose to dance and shake to? Why Elvis Crespo’s Suavemente, of course! Somewhere along the way, we needed a good slow dance, so I secretly snuck in Kat’s and Chad’s first dance song and it was a lot of fun reliving their moment. At the end of the night, we send everyone out to light up sparklers for the grand exit and when they left, played a private last dance song (I highly recommend it, by the way!) courtesy of Michael Buble to cap of an incredible evening and moment in their lives together.
We couldn’t have had a better last wedding before the holidays and were so honored to have been a part of Nora’s and Pat’s wedding day and epic evening at the Southwood House!
From the Bride: “We found Nate through a couple we are friends with, who used Amplify for their own wedding. After meeting with him, we didn’t have to keep looking–we knew he was the best out there! He is so great at putting you at ease, answering any questions you might have, and being fun and friendly throughout. His experience and know-how of the wedding industry is palpable and came in handy several times throughout planning (helped us find other vendors, etc.). As for how he was at our wedding–WOW! I have never been a dancer at parties/weddings, but Nate had EVERYONE on the floor all night–from my 1 year old nephew to my 80 year old grandparents. He was so talented at feeling the vibe of the crowd and seemed like he could sense what we all wanted to hear next. He made sure to play every song I had requested, tactfully turned down song requests on our ‘do not play’ list, and ensured everyone had a blast. He kept us on schedule without us even realizing it because we were so busy having a great time. He really intuitively understood what needed to happen and was great at managing the flow of the night perfectly. By the end of the night, he seemed more like our friend than our DJ. We got married about 2 weeks ago and we are still getting rave reviews about our awesome DJ. “Where did you find him?!” “He was the best!!!” So many people said that they usually hate DJ’d weddings because they can be so tacky and cheesy–that was never a concern with Nate. And I LOVE Amplify’s organized, modern system for planning–the packets, online payments, ease with which you can contact your DJ–all so simply and streamlined. If I have any other functions I need a DJ for, I would absolutely use Amplify again. I’m almost sad you don’t often need a DJ because we would love to work together again. Thank you Nate!!!”
Photography: The ever-talented Kylene & Ryan Studios
Venue & Caterer: Southwood House & Cottages
Wedding Coordinator & Florist: At Last Florals
Videographer: Kemari Lyn Films
Hair & Makeup: Haute Headz Salon
Cake: Cake Me With You