Rusty B: Brett and Becca’s Torpedo Factory Wedding

The Torpedo Factory is a neat place to have a wedding with it’s industrial design and functioning art studios all around. I love the artwork on the spiral staircase, it really makes for a unique backdrop.  Kate Harlan from Simply Chic Events was the planner and she really pulled together a stellar event. The lighting from John Farr Lighting was stunning as usual and the food was simply wonderful from Windows Catering. Bret and Becca are both really into music so they had really cool decor ideas, like phonograph records for place settings and cool framed photos from the different shows they attended.  We only had a short time to set up before the ceremony but everything was working by the time the guests arrived.

For the prelude I played a set of classical music including Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons (Spring)”. The Bridal party walked down the aisle to Bach’s “Air on the G String”, and Becca walked down to Pachelbel’s “Cannon in D”. The officiant Michael Koppel delivered a nice service and the couple walked down the aisle to James Brown “I Feel Good”. As the ceremony ended we moved into the cocktail hour which was upstairs and downstairs, musically I played songs like Built to Spill “Car” and Pixies “La La Love You”.

Soon it was time for introductions and the first dance, I introduced the wedding party to Coldplay “Paradise” and the first dance was too Lucinda Williams “Right in Time”. We then moved everyone into the other side for dinner and toasts. The father of the bride delivered a great toast with the officiant providing the blessing of the meal.  After the entrees were served we had toasts from one bridesmaid and 2 of the groomsmen, the final groomsmen had some great stories about the concerts and music prowess of Brett.

After dinner we moved everyone into the atrium and cut the cake, I played a song by Becca “Sylvia + Ray” which she dedicated to Brett. The flowergirls then got on the mic to say that they loved Becca and Brett and then it was time to get the party started. I started with some upbeat Motown and then got into some classic rock and 80’s tunes like Bob Segar’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” and Talking Heads “This Must be the Place”. We then broke for the bouquet toss which was to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, and then I got into some newer music.  I would say the song of the night was Ke$ha’s “Blow”, followed up by Katy Perry’s “Firework”. We ended with John Legend’s “I will stay with you” and sent everyone out with glowsticks to send off Becca and Brett.


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