It’s always quite exciting for us to be able to work with a new venue in the Michiana area, because with over 37 years in business, we’ve literally been nearly everywhere. Jan and Nick came to us last November with a unique idea to have their reception of 150 guests in a brand new event space called Whiskey Creek that was being opened in Summer 2015 by their friends Jim and Tana Yunker in picturesque downtown Burr Oak, MI. Tana already runs a successful small event space called Oh Bernice next door to the Whiskey Creek space, so this seemed like a natural progression.
Jan and Nick booked our Gold wedding package for their reception and upon arrival at Whiskey Creek that evening to set up, their Sturgis area wedding DJ could see what all the fuss is about. The wedding venue was stunning with beautifully restored woodwork, fixtures, stained glass and a gorgeous wood bar to die for. The space was not without its challenges as well, as 150 guests stretched it capacity and required guests to sit in two separate rooms with the bridal party seated behind the bar. Our southern Michigan special event DJ solved the technical issues easily though by locating speakers in each room to make sure music and all announcements could be heard by every guest.
After cocktail hour, the Burr Oak wedding DJ lined the bridal party up outside the Third St. façade and brought them into the room to be seated at the bar and give their speeches and toasts with the help of a wireless microphone. After the grand entrance, guests continued to enjoy the delicious appetizers both in Whiskey Creek and next door at Oh Bernice, while the staff worked to clear several tables from the second room at Whiskey Creek to make room for dancing.
And did they dance! With the tables cleared and houselights lowered, Nick and Jan’s Michiana wedding DJ took over and rocked the small group with countless party songs that kept the dance floor packed the entire night. Guests were even treated to a surprise flash-mob style choreographed dance routine to “Uptown Funk” by Jan and all her bridesmaids. They had taken classes and practiced this routine for weeks leading up to the wedding and the look on Nick’s face was priceless as we played the popular song and suddenly the bride and her girls broke out into this routine. We LOVE moments like these!
As the night drew to a close, it was obvious that it the celebration had not only exceeded Jan and Nick’s expectations, but it was a great success for Whiskey Creek’s first private event as well. We can’t wait to come back!
Reception song selections:
Grand Entrance: Theme song to “The Office” (TV show)
Cake Cutting: Love & Marriage – Frank Sinatra
First Dance: Baby, I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
Father & Daughter/ Mother & Son Dance: Color My World - Chicago
Mother & Daughter Dance: In My Daughter’s Eyes – Martina McBride
Whiskey Creek / Oh Bernice