When you think of a wedding on the Emerald Coast, a Baker FL wedding probably isn’t one of the first things that comes to mind. But it should. I was honored to be the Baker FL Wedding DJ of choice at Camp Retreat, an amazing venue that features a barn which can fit upwards of 200-300 people. This came in useful since we had over 250+ folks in attendance. Chelsea is the cousin of one of our sales associates and wedding directors, Christen Cowgill, which made the event all the more fun and personal.
Venue: Camp Retreat, Baker, FL
Ceremony Music: B-Boy Productions
Ceremony Design & Floral: Sheer Elegance Beach Weddings and More
Officiant: Graeme Cowgill
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Gwyne Gray Photography
Videography: Marion Meggers
Catering: Beth Brant
Cake: Publix Bakery
The ceremony location was a small walking jaunt from the barn and overlooked a lake that created a stunning look! They handmade the arbor and brought in old school pews to complete the setting. The weather was perfect — not too hot, not too cold and more importantly VERY LOW humidity. Graeme officiated and knocked it out of the park. Musically, the ceremony choices were eclectic. We used some Bethel Instrumental selections from the album “Without Words” for prelude and family/wedding party entrances. The bride came down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” (Piano Guys version) and the wedding party exited to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. How about these doors?
Chelsea (the bride) and I had some great discussions about her and Jesse’s (the groom) vision for their reception. They literally gave me the reigns with one directive, “play amazing music”. That was it. While I am honored with their trust, it always is a bit daunting at a wedding because of the diverse cultures and age ranges not to mention other “day of” factors – family dynamics, weather, etc. From the time the reception started, it was on! The crowd was seriously ready to throw down. I took one look at Chelsea jamming out during dinner and I knew I was on the right track.
Once the dancing started, tit packed out pretty quickly! I could’ve played the Hokey Pokey and it would’ve gone off (disclaimer: I would never play that song – ha). It was all over the map musically (in one stretch I went from Led Zeplin to Luke Bryan to Mo Money Mo Problems) and the crowd ate every song up.
Reception Formality Music
- Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
- Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw
- First Dance: “Heaven On Earth” by Lunchmoney Lewis
- Father/Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
- Mother/Son Dance: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Cake Cut: “Sugar” by Trick Daddy
- Bouquet Toss: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
- Garter Removal/Toss: “Some Kind of Wonderful” by Grandfunk Railroad
- Last Dance: “Closing Time” by Semisonic
At the end of the night, we did a grand exit with sparklers. By far, one of my favorite weddings in 2017! Congrats Chelsea and Jesse. Thanks for having me!