Where: Cousiac Manor – Lanexa, VA When: March 11, 2017
Rylie & Cody had already done their bubble departure, but as the last song was playing they decided to attempt the lift from Dirty Dancing! They were almost successful….but Rylie accidentally stepped on her own dress!!!!!
On October 9th, it was my pleasure to be the Lead Wedding Planner as well as the Master of Ceremonies/DJ for Liza and Jen’s celebration that was 17 years in the making.
It was almost transcendent as I watched Legacy Hall in Williamsburg be transformed into a French Bistro by an amazing wedding team. The room looked absolutely GORGEOUS!!!
Something Different at Legacy Hall!
As everyone knows, the foyer of Legacy Hall is very corporate in its appearance, so the first course of action was to soften the entrance. This was enabled by Paisley and Jade, who have given new life to distressed furniture.
Foodies Delight at Legacy Hall!
Since Liza and Jen are complete wine and food lovers…it was very important to them to give guests an extraordinary dining experience. This began with the cocktail hour. And now, full disclosure, having “taste-tested” everything here…and loving every mouthful…my favorite thing in the picture was the Cheese Biscuit Straws (a southern delicacy). My favorite thing (not pictured) was a passed appetizer that included a monster scallop with a fabulous sauce.
The centerpiece of the evening was Creative Cuisines, and all the fabulous food prepared by Chef Steve who is a virtuoso at his craft!
Family Style Meal
As the evening progressed, guests were invited to sit at the long Farmer’s Table and were served four courses including Charcuterie & Cheese, Cream of Mushroom Soup and a light Salad followed by a monster family style meal. Chef Steve’s staff, under Captain Patty’s direction did an outstanding job! The service was impeccable!
Celebration of Love
Elegant Lounge Area at Legacy Hall
The actual ceremony was nestled inside the side room, with a small opening left in the air wall. The draping was opened and closed as necessary to provide separation. Once the ceremony concluded, the side room became an intimate lounge area.
On the day of their 17th anniversary as a couple, Liza and Jen were able to legally wed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. They chose to have a very intimate affair, with only 47 guests, thereby surrounding themselves with their closest friends and family. The setting was very eclectic and elegant, yet still quite simple…which was completely representative of them both. The “naked” cake in the rear of the picture was provided by Charlie Little! (and his cakes are always yummy)
Dancing and Fun at Legacy Hall!
After several heartfelt toasts, the energy in the room changed, and everyone was in the mood to dance! We started the dancing with Jen’s parents dancing to “Lara’s Theme” (a request). Then we continued with Mr. Frank Sinatra and “The Way You Look Tonight”, a standard as well as a classic! However, the favorite music of the evening was DISCO!!!!!
Finally, transportation services were provided by Williamsburg Chauffeur, delivering our newlyweds via Town Car and guests via a contemporary shuttle bus.
If having an extraordinary day that family and friends will be talking about for years to come is important to you, make sure to hire an experienced Wedding Planner to put all the pieces of the puzzle together so that everything goes according to plan. And this doesn’t happen by accident. Liz Daley is a local favorite in Williamsburg. Everyone walks away saying, ” That was the best wedding ever!!!!” Sure, you don’t want your wedding to feel “over-planned” and “stuffy”. But you also don’t want it to be a fiasco. That’s where the experience comes in…everything will be planned, but for you and your guests on the wedding day, it will feel completely organic and natural.
Surprise Father/Daughter Dance beginning with “Isn’t She Lovely” covered by Lor Chang
One thought will very quickly enter the mind of every bride beginning to plan a wedding. How Much? Usually followed by an expletive of some sort, when she begins calculating the numbers in her head. Today’s article is about the subtle differences that make ALL the difference in the world, when choosing where to allocate your precious hard earned money.
Often, when I get that initial phone call, or when having a casual conversation with a bride-to-be, I am told, “I don’t want anything fancy, I just need music”. Which is code for “I don’t want to spend a lot of money”. Then there is the underlying perception beneath the code that “ALL DJs SUCK, so why should I pay more than I have to”?“Better yet, why don’t I just plug in my iPod?” While it is true that an iPod is a cheap alternative, and it won’t make cheesy announcements…it is also true that an iPod can’t think for itself or make split-second decisions. This is where those subtle differences come into play.
Cheap Ain’t Good, and Good Ain’t Cheap
There is an old saying, “cheap ain’t good, and good ain’t cheap” and it is especially true in the age of “Ipod Weddings” and “Mom-ographers” and the inevitable, “I just planned my own wedding, and now I’m a wedding planner” newbie. Buyer Beware! Just because you get a great price, doesn’t mean you will get a great deal. For example, in spite of my higher than average “cost”, time and again, my clients tell me that the value they received for their investment in me was far more than the actual dollars spent. And I’m not alone; there are many, many DJs out there who care and who go the extra mile. Of course, these are the ones who cost more. Why? Because being a DJ is their passion. Why does this matter to future brides? It matters in the subtle differences that are really hard to quantify until you feel it, or see it in action. I’ll give you an example.
The Simple Wedding
This past Saturday night I was the Master of Ceremonies and DJ for one of those “simple” weddings. The ceremony was all of 5 minutes, and the “Grand Entrance” included only the bride and groom’s names as they began their first dance. They did not do any parent dances. There was one toast and they cut the cake. Nothing else was planned. They wanted simple and stress-free. They also wanted it guaranteed. They decided to hire me. Which is something to take note of…many DJs will do the exact same thing at every wedding for the exact same price, regardless of the wishes of the guests of honor. Imagine the horror if my couple had been forced into a garter and bouquet toss against their wishes. My price was worth it to them for what I wouldn’t do, as much as for what I would do. Think about it.
A Loving and Sweet Surprise…
It was a fun crowd of less than 100 guests and yes there was an open bar, which always makes my music choices even better. (wink, wink) However, an unexpected moment occurred that I humbly believe I helped make a little more special by a split-second choice I made. Here’s the story. The groom’s father passed away a few years ago. The groom was very close to his father. During the course of the evening, a friend of the groom reached into his jacket pocket and surprised himself that he found the program for the groom’s father’s funeral inside the jacket pocket. (The friend doesn’t have occasion to wear a jacket very often) But when this friend shared his “find” with the groom, he said: “Your dad is here with us tonight, and here is why”.
Groom Honors his father
Immediately following that conversation, the groom came up to me and asked for the microphone. I didn’t think much of it, as he had been speaking directly to his friends and family “on mic” multiple times throughout the night. He asked me to stop the music. I did. He shared the story, and then elaborated about how he felt his father’s love and how he wished his father could have met the beautiful woman he waited 38 years to meet and marry. As he continued sharing from the heart about how he missed his father, my mind was racing trying to determine what song could I play to follow this amazing moment that was happening? A few things jumped into my head, and were quickly dismissed for being too cheesy. Then the perfect song jumped into my head, and I began smiling knowing that pure gold was about to happen. As the groom finished telling his story, and after the natural applause that followed, I said, “Eric, why don’t you go share a dance with your mother in honor of your father?” And then I played “Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross. It was an amazing moment! I know that I will always remember it, and I’ll bet everyone that was there will too.
Choose your wedding team as diligently as you choose your spouse.
Memories are created one moment at a time and they are all connected. A wedding celebration is many, many moments. It may not always be obvious, but every decision matters. And, isn’t it worth the investment to have someone on your side who will really be listening and really paying attention? Isn’t it worth it to have someone on your team who is really invested in you, and consequently will make decisions based on your best interests? It’s the little things that make all the difference in the world. Make sure you surround yourself with a wedding team that cares about making your day amazing. I promise, it will be worth it!