Ceremony: St. Bede
Reception: Williamsburg Lodge – Colony Room
Meg and the girls began their day at Kingsmill Spa: getting the full treatment…hair and make-up….the works!!!!
The family was transported to all the festivities by Ashworth Limousines.
The ceremony at St. Bede Catholic Church was presided over by Monsignor Stephen McHenry.
The reception was held at The Williamsburg Lodge in the Colony Room.
Flower were provided by Cathy Nester and The Flower Cupboard.
Wedding Day Management was provided by Red Carpet Events staff member, Katie Singleton.
As guests arrived they were serenaded in true Irish tradition by a Bagpiper dressed in traditional garb, provided by Weddings, Music and More.
Meg and Patrick’s official celebration began with an extended Grand Entrance of Family Members and the Wedding Party.
Guests enjoyed learning about each couple as they were both “honored” and “roasted” by Master of Ceremonies, Liz Daley before they entered to music clips chosen especially for them.
Following the exciting Grand Entrance, Meghan and Patrick shared their first dance to, ” You and Me” by The Dave Matthews Band which was edited to only a minute and a half.
Bridal Party Dance
Following the first dance, the entire bridal party broke out into complicated choreography to ” You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and Oates! This wonderful surprise brought about cheers and laughter!
Returning to a serious note, friend of the family Gus Hayes serenaded Meg and her father a cappella, an old Irish Tune “Little Girl of Mine” for their father/daughter dance and it was breathtaking! What a talent!
Continuing, Meg danced with both her brothers to Frank Sinatra’s ” New York, New York Theme”.
Finally it was time for Patrick, who looked smashing in his white uniform, to dance with his mother. He chose “There You’ll Be” as another family friend, Lia Daniele sang from the heart.
It was indeed a family affair!
Dinner & Dancing
Even before the fabulous and tasty multi-course meal was complete, guests were ready to start dancing. Many of whom were from New York and didn’t understand the southern tradition of “eating first” and “dancing later”. Needless to say…the dancing began a little earlier than “normal” ( at least as far as “southern” standards are concerned)
During the first dance set, Meg and Pat chose to honor their parents’ marriages and play each of their “first dance” songs. Pat’s parents danced to “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys and Meg’s parents danced to “Can’t Smile Without You” by Barry Manilow. Each couple had huge smiles as they remembered their “first dance” as they were celebrating the marriage of their children. It was really quite lovely to be a part of!
After two “Best Men” toasts as well as two “Maid of Honor” toasts, the cake was cut with Pat’s Sword!
Garter and Bouquet!
ALL the Men and ALL the women were invited to the dance floor for the Garter and Bouquet toss!
Then we had a GREAT BIG GROUP PHOTO in the middle of the dance floor jamming to Madonna’s “Vogue”!!!!
Thanks to Jarnett Photography and Milestone Cinema for capturing every amazing moment!
After lots and lots of dancing…..the party transitioned to a “karaoke” party. One of the highlights was Pat and his friends singing with abandon to Meg to the song….” You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” as inspired by the movie Top Gun! Priceless!
The Grand Finale of the evening was a HUGE circle of family and friends singing to Billy Joel’s, “Piano Man”!
The “after-party” was held until the “wee small hours” in The Garden Lounge at The Williamsburg Lodge.
Reception Entertainment and Direction was provided by Liz Daley of Liz Daley Events
Liz Daley is the owner of Liz Daley Events, a boutique entertainment company that promises dramatically different results. She works with brides and grooms to create Classic, Fun and Memorable wedding receptions. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Boston Conservatory of Music, she is a Wedding Entertainment Director™and the National President of the Wedding Entertainment Directors Guild™ and an Accredited Bridal Consultant™ with the Association of Bridal Consultants. She is currently co-teaching an educational workshop for Wedding DJs and Masters of Ceremonies entitled, “Make It GRAND!”