Rain Threat Overblown At Mt. Hood Wedding

 
With rain falling as I neared my arrival to Mt. Hood Bed and Breakfast in Parkdale, Oregon on Saturday, June 30, 2012, I was concerned the beauty of this place would not be experienced by the newlyweds and their guests and the wedding might have to move inside the available barn.  Fortunately, the rain stopped as I pulled into the driveway, yet dark clouds covered Mt. Hood and the sound of thunder could be heard in the distance.  However, except for a little light rain following the ceremony, that was pretty much it of the wet stuff and it turned out to be a warm, but comfortable evening for Katie and Jim’s celebration.
 
I normally bring two sound systems to this venue for weddings, with one set-up in the gazebo for the ceremony held in the front yard, that features a stunning view of the mountain, and another set-up in the custom-built dining/dancing area, complete with small stage and dancefloor on the other side of the house.  A second sound system means no music downtime and allows for a smooth transition following the ceremony and cocktail hour as guests move to the reception area for dinner and dancing.
 
Wedding Highlights:
 
Ceremony

  • Bridal Party Entrance: Nickel Creek – Smoothie Song
  • Bride Entrance: Alan Silvestri – I’m Forrest…Forrest Gump
  • Bride/Groom Exit: Colbie Caillat – Brighter Than the Sun

Reception

  • Grand Entrance: Ryan Bingham – Bread & Water
  • First Dance: Dave Matthews Band – You & Me
  • Bride and Father Dance: John Mayer – Daughters
  • Groom and Mother Dance: Peter Gabriel – Solsbury Hill
  • Last Dance: Semisonic – Closing Time

Following the formal dances, guests didn’t wait long and the dance floor was alive from the opening number.  A few retro classics that included Michael Jackson, got everyone out of their seats, but with Katie’s sorority sisters in attendance, the latest hits made them crazy for more.  The current summer favorite ‘Call Me Maybe’ brought the house down and the sorority chant that followed couldn’t have been planned any better.
 
The bride and groom chose to end the night with Semisonic’s ‘Closing Time’ and they exited to a sparkler sendoff.  It was a great finish to a perfect day for Katie and Jim.  Congratulations!

 
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