“We are going to smash our cake with a champagne bottle…” When I heard Jillian and Marissa say these words during our wrap-up meeting (the final meeting that a Cutting Edge DJ does with a wedding client just before the big day) my eyes widened with excitement, and I smiled. I had no doubt this was going to be an awesome wedding to be a part of at Sofitel in downtown Philadelphia. From our initial meeting, I felt nothing but welcoming energy and enthusiasm from Jillian and Marissa. They truly are two of the nicest and genuine people I have ever had the pleasure to work with for a wedding. They were beyond appreciative throughout the whole wedding planning experience, and they never had anything but a smile on their faces.
The evening started with a beautiful ceremony in the Sofitel’s main ballroom. Both Jillian and Marissa looked stunning in their dresses, and the room was filled with misty eyes as they exchanged their vows. Cocktail hour was relaxed and elegant, complete with a fantastic cello player, who covered everything from Bach to Natasha Bedingfield. During cocktail hour, the ballroom was flipped, and we were ready to rock n’ roll for the main event.
After entering to Madonna’s “Music” and sharing a touching first dance, the party kicked off and didn’t stop til the night had come to an end. Ben, my DJ, and myself played all kinds of music to meet the ladies’ eclectic taste. The crowd danced to Otis Day’s “Shout”, Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy”, Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”, The Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody”, and even Warren G’s “Regulate” (which just so happens to be Marissa’s favorite song!) The evening was filled with memories as the crowed got to participate in a Hora Dance, and a traditional Polish Dollar Dance. The evening was capped off by a one-of-a-kind cake cutting ceremony, in which Jillian and Marissa smashed a small champagne bottle against their wedding cake! This practice comes from a French wedding tradition, and Sofitel is all too happy to keep it alive! The evening was filled with fun, love, laughter and joy. At the end of the night, Jillian and Marissa were smiling from ear to ear, and ready to kick off their heels and sleep until their family brunch the next day.
A huge thank you to my DJ, Ben, and all of the staff at Sofitel (Lisa, you rock!!). Thank you to Kevin York Photography for providing such fantastic images. And of course, thank you to Jillian and Marissa for allowing me to be your Wedding DJ, and a part of your incredible wedding day!