If you’ve spent any time reading this blog you know that we produce a lot of very formal weddings at beautiful venues with large budgets, amazing décor, and high production value.  We love those events, but there’s also something to be said for a simple, casual outdoor wedding in a familiar place, surrounded by your friends and family.   And at the end of the day, those are the things that are really important, right?

Bridget and Christian are both US Marines, currently stationed in North Carolina.  Bridget’s sister, Sarah was in charge of planning the wedding and trusted us to help her bring the day together, having worked with DJ Sticky Boots for her own Sweet 16 several years back.   The wedding venue was Bridget and Sarah’s parents’ house, which sits on a beautiful spot in Bristol Indiana, high on the south bank of the St. Joe River with a beautiful vista looking both up and down-river.   The couple was able to get leave for the wedding right after the 4th of July, and it was not lost on these soldiers to be able to celebrate their nuptials so close to our Nation’s birthday.

The ceremony took place in the back yard with a large tent erected for dinner and dancing afterwards, and food was supplied by several generous neighbors who roasted a pig right on site.  Attire was casual, and the weather turned out perfect making for a beautiful evening.   The celebration was capped off at dusk with a truly spectacular fireworks display over the river put together by Bridget’s dad, which we kicked off by playing the Star Spangled Banner as everyone saluted the flag flying on the property as fireworks blasted overhead.    It was a powerful moment!

Congratulations to Bridget and Cristian, and thank you for your service to our country!  We were honored to be a part of your special day!

Ceremony song selections:
Bridal Processional: Claire De Lune (string version) - Debussy
Bride’s Entrance:  Canon In D (string version) – Pachelbel
Sand Ceremony: All of Me (Instrumental) – John Legend
Recessional: God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton

Reception song selections:
Grand Entrance: Happy – Pharrell Williams
Cake Cutting: Sugar – Maroon 5
First Dance:  Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Father-Daughter Dance: Stealing Cinderella – Chuck Wicks
Mother-Son Dance: Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Bouquet Toss: Girls - Beyonce
Garter Toss: Another One Bites the Dust - Queen