Rusty B: Marissa & Colin’s Carnegie Institute Wedding

The Carnegie Institute is a stunning location for a wedding, with its regal columns, marble floors and super high ceilings I can see the allure of hosting a wedding there. Marissa and Colin had hired a string trio for the ceremony and cocktail and I was taking care of the music for dinner and dancing. The ceremony was quick yet elegant, and the cocktail hour was set up in the board room with the strings playing a really cool soundtrack of hip and interesting songs. After the cocktail hour ended I invited the guests into the ballroom for dinner and we were graced with some toasts from the father and mother of the bride. As dinner was served I played a set of indie songs like Alexi Murdoch “All of my Days”, Sparrow and the Workshop “Just what I needed” and Umbrellas “Sleeping at Last”. Mid dinner Brianna and Kristiane gave some warm toasts and it was soon time for an early cake cutting, I played Coeur de Pirate “Comme Des Enfants”.

I invited everyone into the main room for the first dance which was too Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s “Home” and then the father/daughter dance Louis Armstrong’s “It’s a wonderful Life” and the mother/son dance Zachery Richard “AuBord du Lac Bijou”. We then transitioned into some classic songs like Frank Sinatra’s “The Way you Look Tonight”, Turtles “Happy Together” and Garth Brooks “Low Places”. I then played some 80’s classics and played some fun indie dance music with Foster the People’s “Helena Beat” and Lykke Li “I Follow Rivers” (Magician Remix) getting strong reaction. I then dropped some uptempo 80’s songs like The Cars’s “Shake it Up” and The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star”, and by that point it was almost time to call it a night. Before the last song, I played The National “29 years” a special song from Colin which he surprised Marissa with. We ended with Outkast’s “Hey Ya” and it was time to wrap it up and call it a night.

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