Colonial Heritage with Katie & Nick

 

Katie & Nick’s Love Story

 

How does a young girl who started out in New Jersey and a young boy who started out in Florida meet? At a Drake Concert, of course.  June…2012.

Katie thought that Nick was really cute and personable.  She also thought that he was very outgoing and had high self-esteem.

And…he was kind of funny and he wasn’t afraid to be the center of attention, which she loved.

Nick thought….. “Daaaaaaammmmmm”

Their first few months as friends, they didn’t actually go on a date.

As true millennials, they texted and Skyped .  Of course, this was necessary since she was at ODU, and he was at Penn State.

Their first “actual” date was to the romantic establishment known as “Cheeseburger in Paradise”.

Shortly after this “first date”, Nick drove to visit Katie at ODU, and when he showed up…he had roses….then he kissed her for the first time.

Katie fell in love first…. But it was Nick who actually SAID it first.

Fast forward to New Year’s Eve, 2016.  They were at Katie’s parents “Now Famous” New Year’s Eve Party!

Nick said a “late” present had been sent to his parent’s home and they had to go out to the pool house to get it…

Then Nick started telling Katie how much he loved her and how he couldn’t picture a life without her….then he got down on one knee and proposed.

When they went back inside, everyone already knew what was happening, and the celebration began!!!!

And now in front of family and friends, it is time for another first….their first dance as husband and wife.

Formal Dances

First Dance: Katie will dance with husband, Nick
Music:  “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw

Father/Daughter Dance:  Katie will dance with her father, Jim
Music:  “I Loved Her First” by Heartland (special edit)

Mother/Son Dance : Nick will dance with his mother, Damaris.
Music:  “Mother Like Mine,” by The Band Perry

 

Music Requests

LINE DANCES – Electric Slide, etc.

Sweet Caroline

Living on a prayer

Don’t stop believing

Sugar, were going down

Bohemian rhapsody- queen

Some 90s music- backstreet boys, spice girls, nsync J

I wanna dance with sombody- whitney houston

Shape of you ed sheeran

Uptown funk

Cant stop the feeling justin timberlake

Back dat ass up

Anything contemporary, ed sheeran, bruno mars,  taylor swift, justin timberlake, lady gaga

 

 

 

 

 

Dover Hall Wedding with Nick & Nora

Dover Hall Weddings in Richmond, VA

Amazing Richmond Videographers

I absolutely loved working with We Are The Mitchells during Nick and Nora’s celebration at Dover Hall in Richmond Virginia.  They were so pleasant and easy-going and their skill is amazing!!!  If you’re thinking about videography for your wedding, DO IT!!!!  You won’t regret it!!!

Nora + Nick from We Are The Mitchells on Vimeo.

If you’re looking for Richmond Wedding DJs, check out this recent wedding at Dover Hall, a private estate located near Richmond, Virginia.

This English Tudor estate and its grounds are more than just a stunning setting. Dover Hall was built to be the perfect place for special occasions, run by a team of professionals who hold service to a higher standard.

Dover Hall combines the grandeur of days past with modern conveniences, providing unforgettable experiences.

The estate’s 33,000 square feet command a majestic view of 55 acres of rolling hills and woodlands. Inside, over 30 rooms—including a two-story ballroom, solarium, library, and bridal wing—invite guests to live luxuriously and leave the details to the attentive staff. A treasure trove of classical art and elegant antiques, Dover Hall is a perfect setting for events of all kinds.

First Dance:  Richmond Wedding DJs 

Dancing:  Richmond Wedding DJs 

Dancing at Greek Wedding in Richmond VA

Fun Wedding Receptions

Can’t Stop The Feeling – Ladies Dance

Nick & Nora’s Love Story at Dover Hall in Richmond VA

How does a super-nerdy girl from Connecticut meet a baseball-playing boy from Virginia?
They met in genetics class, and as you can see…it was chemistry.

Nick thought Nora was Hot…..

Nora thought Nick was “Hot”….

And Nora thought to herself…Hot and a nerd….win – win!!!!  So… it was Nora who made the first move and introduced herself to Nick.

Their first date was “Netflix and chill”…before the phrase was coined….and they watched “Crazy Stupid Love”. And their first fine dining experience was at Denny’s because the only restaurant open after 8pm on a Sunday is Denny’s.

And….Sad but true…..Their first kiss was while watching a movie…. in a nasty, dirty, college apartment…. On a futon…
(Everything Nora had ever dreamed of)

It was Nora who said “I love you” first…. Because Nick likes to take things slow.

Except for the engagement. Once he got the ring, which was purchased at the same store that his dad bought his mom’s ring….. he couldn’t help himself and proposed much earlier than he thought he would.

And he did it up right… at her parent’s river house…..candles… flowers… champagne.. wine …. Dinner and a cake from her favorite bakery.

Clearly…. The answer was YES.

I asked Nora why Nick was the perfect guy for her and she said ….

“He’s the perfect guy for me for many reasons. He makes me a better person. We always have so much fun together. We have the same sense of humor and similar interests so are on the same page when deciding what to do. At this point he knows the reasons I do things without me even saying so. He’s my #1 fan, and supports me in every way. Medical school isn’t easy in the leastbit, but we make it through with the help of each other.”

I asked Nick the same thing and he said….

“Nora is perfect for me for a lot of different reasons, but probably the most important isthat she puts up with my antics.
I’m definitely a pain in the ass, but she loves me anyway.
She’s smarter than me, she’s pretty, and makes me want to be better for her.
We share the same passions in life and I can’t wait to continue find my way with her.
And now… after waiting for three years ( and getting through medical school)
It’s time for another first… their first dance as husband and wife.”

 

First Dance: Nick and Nora will share their first dance as husband and wife
Music: “La Vie En Rose” by Daniela Andrade

Father/Daughter Dance: Nora will dance with her father, Michael.
Music: “It Won’t Be Like This for Long” by Darius Rucker

Mother /Son Dance: Nick will dance with his mother, Susan.
Music: “Don’t Blink” by Kenny Chesney

 

Liz congratulating Nick & Nora on their wedding day!

 

 

Ford’s Colony Wedding Reception with Elizabeth & Dennis

Ford’s Colony Wedding Reception with Elizabeth & Dennis

 

Congratulations to Dennis & Elizabeth!!!!

 

Wedding Ceremony at Ford’s Colony from Elisabeth Daley on Vimeo.

 

Elizabeth and Dennis planned their destination wedding at Ford’s Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia all the way from Florida.  Thanks to the amazing hands-on service by Private Events Director, Shay Rybin and her Banquet Captain Jennifer, and all the wedding professionals involved…the wedding was practically flawless!

Check Out These Video Clips:

Enjoy these video clips of a real wedding in Williamsburg VA at Ford’s Colony.  The wedding recessional, great Aunt Sue dancing to “Celebration”, “Apache” and of course, “Uptown Funk”!  Lots of fun by everyone!

“Uptown Funk” – starring everyone!

Ford’s Colony Wedding Reception from Elisabeth Daley on Vimeo.

 

“Suavamente” 

Dancing at Ford’s Colony Wedding from Elisabeth Daley on Vimeo.

 

“Celebration” featuring Great Aunt Sue!

Family Friendly Wedding Reception from Elisabeth Daley on Vimeo.

 

“Apache” – starring the usual suspects!

Wedding Reception at Ford’s Colony from Elisabeth Daley on Vimeo.

 

Always Have A Rain Plan

The original plan was to have the ceremony outside by the pond, but 24  hours before the wedding the forecast was very iffy to say the least. Because of this, the decision was made to go with the rain plan and have the ceremony inside the dining room.  It’s a good thing, because during the time of the ceremony it was raining buckets outside.

Special Dances

First Dance:  “At Last” by Etta James
Father/Daughter Dance:  “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
Groom/Sister Dance:  “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion

Love Story

How does a girl from Fredericksburg, Virginia who is the oldest of 6, meet a boy from Philadelphia who is the baby of 7? Naturally, they meet in Naples, Florida! They had their first date on April 22, 2014 at Miller’s ale House. And even though it was love at first sight…they didn’t get engaged until about a year and a half later.

And before they could get engaged….Dennis had to muster up the nerve to call Elizabeth’s parents and ask for their blessing.

Which they granted.

So…in their apartment, with their only witness being their fur baby, Franklin….who is a miniature schnauzer….Dennis popped the question on November 14, 2015.

These two truly compliment each other…Dennis is neat and tidy…while Elizabeth admits that she is a little messy and unorganized. Elizabeth knows lots of random useless trivia facts…while Dennis has street smarts and common sense. She is emotional, boisterous and loud while Dennis is calm and more reserved.

But at the end of the day, they balance each other out, and bring out the best in each other…unless, of course… they begin debating whose sports teams are the best.

He loves the Philadelphia Eagles…and her heart is with the Washington Redskins.

Dennis loves the Phillies and Elizabeth is a die-hard Yankees fan.

Of course, they both agree on their mutual love of the Penn State Nittany Lions.

They love good food and laughter, and now on the three year anniversary of their first date…in front of their family and friends…they are beginning a new chapter in their lives….and now it’s time for their first dance as husband and wife

Wedding Professionals

Wedding Venue:  Ford’s Colony – Private Event Director:  Shay Rybin
DJ & Coordinator:  Liz Daley Events
Photographer:  Deborah Fox & Pat Wilson
Cake:  Cindy’s Cakery
Harpist:  Diana Dunnavant
Flowers:  Arlene at Morrison’s
Ceremony Chairs:  Williamsburg Event Rentals

 

Williamsburg Winery Opens New Wedding Facility

Williamsburg Winery Opens New Wedding Facility

As we begin the 2017, wedding season here in Williamsburg, Liz Daley Events had the pleasure of working with Courtney Schultz who is the new Event Coordinator at The Williamsburg Winery.  Over the winter many changes took place, one of the biggest being the transformation of the former storage barn to the new event space, Westbury Hall.

New Wedding Venue at The Williamsburg Winery’s Westbury Hall

The new event space at The Williamsburg Winery is certainly something to behold. It’s very grand, as you can see, and much roomier than the cozy Susan Constant Room.

 

Beautiful New Amenities include separate Dressing Rooms for the Wedding Party

Above the new event space is the Bridal Suite, a private dressing and bathroom area for the bride and her bridesmaids.  It also has an in-house sound system and iPod connection so the bride and her ladies can enjoy music while they are preparing for the festivities.  They can also look out over the parking lot to see guests as they arrive.  Across the building, facing the Wessex Lawn, is the White Horse boardroom where the gentlemen can relax until its time to start.  Thanks to superb design, the bride and groom can avoid seeing one another prior to the ceremony.

Cocktail Area or Indoor Ceremony Area

 

 

 

The Williamsburg Winery, Wessex Hall Provides Elegant Winter Wedding Venue

Although the weather is usually pretty pleasant here in Williamsburg, we do have a few cold months. And sometimes it rains, making an outdoor ceremony rather unpleasant. That’s why Wessex Hall is the perfect ceremony location. It’s especially gorgeous when they hang the bistro lights.  It’s understated and elegant!

 

Rustic Elegance in Wessex Hall

Again, thanks to great design, following an indoor ceremony in Wessex Hall, guests will be invited into Westbury Hall for cocktails while Wessex is quickly transformed so the celebration can continue. The venue staff, along with your wedding planner, florist, cake baker and DJ work together effortlessly to make the “turnover” absolutely seamless. Below you can see Eric and Ashley sneaking a peak at the ballroom prior to the Grand Introductions as their photographers from Grain and Compass capture detail shots as final touches are done to the very large head table in the middle of the room courtesy of Jacob Howe, floral designer from The Flower Cupboard.

 

Williamsburg Winery Weddings with Ashley & Eric

Photo Booth at Williamsburg Winery

Photo Booths continue to be one of the highlights of many wedding receptions.  And again, thanks to the superb design at The Williamsburg Winery, you can have a Photo Booth near the dining room in the adjacent terrace.  This creates a fun activity area, seen below with Williamsburg  Photo Booth, that isn’t on top of guests as they enjoy their meal.

 

Photo Booth in Wiliamsburg VA

Wedding Venue provides New Food Prep Space and In-House Chef 

In the past, couples had to rely upon outside catering for their weddings at The Williamsburg Winery.  Now, with the renovations complete, they have added a full food prep space adjacent to Westbury Hall that allows everything, including catering, to be “in-house” thereby promising  a fantastic culinary experience to add to the rustic charm of a winery wedding.

 

Wedmore Place

After celebrating your wedding, it’s time to retire to your suite at the Wedmore Place, where all the rooms are appointed with European grandeur!  It will be the icing on the cake.

 

 

Plan your next wedding or corporate event:

Wedding and Event Planner:  Liz Daley, Liz Daley Events, 757-566-4530, Liz@LizDaleyEvents.com

 

VIDEO: Dirty Dancing Lift at Wedding

VIDEO: Dirty Dancing Lift at Wedding

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!!!!!

 

 

VIDEO:  Surprise Your Dad with a Personalized Voice-Over

VIDEO: Surprise Your Dad with a Personalized Voice-Over

Sentimental & Fun

This video is several years old, but it truly shows the power of creating personalized moments.

Nicole’s father had NO IDEA that he was in for the shock of his life as he began the father daughter dance.
After the song, their wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Congratulations to Nicole and Aaron!!!

Where:  Two Rivers Country Club

Father/Daughter Dance Surprise Voice-Over from Elisabeth Daley on Vimeo.

Renaissance Wedding in Virginia Beach

Renaissance Wedding in Virginia Beach

Liz and Cujo’s Renaissance Wedding

Liz & Cujo got married at the Grand Affairs in Virginia Beach in a Renaissance Themed Wedding Ceremony and Reception!  The wedding was Halloween Weekend and everyone showed up in costume…including me.

Renaissance Theme Wedding Celebration

 

 

 

The Coolest Wedding Vows EVER, Renaissance Style!!!!


The Sword

 Lady Elizabeth, you are the most gracious and lovely one that Lord Casey has ever seen, for he understands the essence of thy true self. The beauty which radiates around thee can only be rivaled by the beauty which radiates from within thee. The pledge of his sword is a pledge of his soul. It is his prowess, his fire, his passion, his strength and courage. It is his ability to protect, defend and care for thee. With the strength of his blade and the endurance of its steel to represent what is in his heart, take from him now, as his beloved, the ring that rests upon it, and choose him to be your own.

The Chalice

Lord Casey, in the eyes of this woman thou art the only man in the world. Yours is the voice of sound reason and unwavering support. You are the spark to the bonfire of her passions and yours are the arms in which she wouldst lay down to rest. The pledge of her chalice is the pledge of all that is within her. Her felicity and devotion. The place in her heart where two souls can be sheltered and nourished, that they may grow together, ever closer, and flourish as the leaves on the trees and the fruits of the vine. As the depth and bounty of her chalice foretell the richness of your future together, take from her now the band that lies within, and do choose her as thy own.

Unity Candle

 Elizabeth and Casey, together as you light this candle of unity, you symbolize the flame of your own individual selves joining to ignite the partnership of marriage.

The Kiss

Click Here to see a Copy of the Complete Vows…Renaissance Style!

Crazy Cake Cutting…with a  Guillotine!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Renaissance Wedding

 

Kingsmill Destination Weddings

Kingsmill Destination Weddings

 

Renee & Joe get married in Williamsburg VA.

Kingsmill Resort and Spa is the location California residents Renee and Joe chose for their elegant fall wedding ceremony and reception, when they decided upon a destination wedding in Historic Colonial Williamsburg.

They knew it would be a challenge planning from across the country, so they knew they would be counting on their wedding professionals to get the job done right! And…being scientist by trade, they researched and found some of the best vendors in Williamsburg!

It was a beautiful day and everything was just about as perfect as it could be, thanks to a magnificent team lead by Wedding Planner, Liz Daley!

 

All Photos for this post are shared courtesy of Paul Harrison Photography and are protected under copyright law

Experienced Wedding Professionals

Of course we don’t want it to look this way to the casual observer, but great weddings don’t just happen by accident.  It takes lots of planning and lots of communication.  So much happens behind the scenes to make weddings look effortless.  Kaitlin Edwards was the point person, and Event Coordinator from Kingsmill, and she was integral in the over-all success of the wedding day and worked seamlessly with lead wedding planner, Liz Daley of Liz Daley Events as well as wedding designer, Tanya Frazier of Graceful Designs. And Paul Harrison of Paul Harrison Photography couldn’t have been more pleasant as he captured amazing photographs to enable family and friends to remember the celebration forever!

 

Southern Charm and Elegant Atmosphere at Kingsmill Resort

 

 

 

Wedding Vendors & Professionals

Venue:  Kingsmill Resort & Spa
Venue Coordinator:  Kaitlin Edwards
Wedding Planner:  Liz Daley Events
Wedding Decor & Design:  Graceful Designs by Tanya
Cake:  Kingsmill
Photographer:
 Paul Harrison Photography
DJ Entertainment: Liz Daley Events

 

 

All Photos for this post are shared courtesy of Paul Harrison Photography and are protected under copyright law

Jillian & Andrew’s “Lights Out” Wedding Celebration at Williamsburg Hellenic Center

 

Tornado Warning and Heavy Rain Kill the Power

The Stage was set at the beautiful Williamsburg Hellenic Center, a new facility that has been hosting wedding celebrations in Williamsburg, VA for over seven years without a hitch.  But…you never know what might happen.  That’s why it’s always important to have a “Plan B”, because sometimes mother nature is not cooperative.

If it’s an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a tent.  If your wedding is during hurricane season, and you live in Virginia…wedding insurance is a must!  Seriously!

You also want to make sure you surround yourself with seasoned wedding professionals who have lived through some wedding disasters, and are prepared to take care of you, in the worst case scenarios. As a Professional Wedding  DJ, sometimes it takes a little bit more than a backup speaker and amplifier.

 

Jillian and Andrew are both in the theatre, but unlike me, they spend the majority of their time “backstage”.  Andrew is a Stage Technician/Lighting Designer and Jillian is a Seamstress and Costumer.  And just as we were about to line up the bridal party and introduce everyone…THE POWER WENT OUT!  So as they say in the theatre, “the show must go on”…and my beautiful couple were ready to “go with the flow”.  Williamsburg  was under a tornado watch and the torrential rainfall was intense.

Husband and Generator to the Rescue!

After waiting for five minutes to see if the power would be quickly restored, I went into action!  I called my husband…who was at Lowe’s (his favorite place to be), and the very calm conversation went like this:

Me:  “Where are you?”
Him:  “Lowe’s”
Me:  “I need you to go home and get the generator, get gas and bring it to me as soon as you possibly can”.
Him:  “OK…be right there”

Once I knew we would have power shortly, we decided to serve salads while we waited for the generator.

Then, without aid of a microphone or amplification….I let the guests know that a generator was en route, and that we would begin the “celebration and dancing” shortly.  Everyone CHEERED!!!!!!

Be Prepared!

It’s not often that I need 100 foot, heavy-duty power cables, but when I do….I really do. As guests ate their salads with the rainfall as their soundtrack, my wonderful assistant, Peter Merry ran all the cables so that when the generator arrived, we could immediately be ready to go!

Let there be Music!

Of course it seemed like an eternity to me, but in actuality… the guests only sat in silence for about 30 minutes.
As my husband arrived in his big black truck, we fired up the generator and plugged in and….given the delay… decided to just “Go”!!!!! I knew the bridal party would hear me from their holding area as soon as I turned on the music….so I just went for it!  Evelyn, the Event Manager from The Williamsburg Hellenic Center was at the top of her game, because as soon as she heard the music, she quickly wrangled the bridal party from their holding room.  They weren’t lined up, but they were outside the ballroom ready to go.  I ran into the hallway to meet Evelyn, and  briefly told the bridal party “off mic” to just enter when they heard their names.  Fortunately, they already knew what to do when they got in the room, thanks to our briefing BEFORE the power outage.  Again, Evelyn showed her professionalism as she “read my mind” from across the room as we “slammed” into the Grand Entrance. And I must also mention that the photographer, Mike Dragon and Videographer, Delta Studio Productions were also completely in the moment and ready to go… capturing the “arrival” of the generator and all the slight craziness leading into the “official” start of the party!  Jillian and Andrew truly had a great team looking out of them.  The energy in the room was exhilarating!

History Repeats Itself

Turns out that 30 years ago, when Jillian’s parents got married in Long Island, NY….there was a hurricane and they also had to deal with power issues…and they’ve been happily married for 30 years!  So this rain and tornado watch was a good omen.

 

Dancing and Celebration!

Once the meals were served, I jumped on the opportunity to get the dancing started as soon as possible without ripping the forks out of people’s hands. My first song:  “The Power” by Snap! Everyone cheered!

All the older folks were hot…understandably so, the thermostat showed the room to be 97 degrees.  But the younger folks didn’t care.  So we went crazy with a lot of new music! (Then I went “old school” for a few ballads for the “parents”.)

As we progressed into the evening, I knew we probably wouldn’t get much past 8:00pm, because there were ZERO lights in the room, and once there was no “outside” light….it would become dangerous for everyone to remain in the building. So, I played all the “I’m a DJ god, solid gold,  crowd-pleasing songs”  much earlier than normal, cause I knew we were on a time constraint.  Here are two pictures showing the “age gap”, inside and outside.

 

I can’t wait to see the professional photos and video.  I will update this post as soon as they are available.  For now, you’ll have to be satisfied with my personal photos.

 

Congratulations to Jillian and Andrew, who are now safely enjoying their honeymoon!