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The Barn at Mahogany Hill Wedding | Kristen & Jacob

The Barn at Mahogany Hill in Inwood WV was the location that Kristen and Jacob selected to celebrate their June 1st wedding with their family and friends. This rustic venue is ideal for couples looking for a barn setting with a guest of up to 100 people.

All photos provided courtesy of Annie Dongoski Photography.

Taking advantage of the beautiful afternoon weather, the couple chose to have an outdoor ceremony and indoor receptions. As the nuptials were completed the happy couple walked down the aisle to “Sweet Disposition” to the smiles and applause of their family and friends.

The first dance song choice is a song that is seldom chosen and that is too bad. It is a fantastic song by Sammy Kershaw called “Love of my Life”. It really is a hidden gem!

The Bride and her Father danced to another great song by Rod Stewart. The song chosen was “Forever Young” which was originally written and performed by Bob Dylan. I have personally always like the song and the message in it. Kristen deserves extra credit in sharing this acoustic version. I had never heard this version of the song before and of the three versions I have now listened to, I think this one tops them all! I will recommend this tune for those who ask for my suggestions.

Kristen and Jacob provided a full range of entertainment for their guests to enjoy. For music they offered a wide variety of eras and genres which is key to throwing a great party.

In addition to the soundtrack, the newlywed’s offered our touch screen photo booth which saw guests returning again and again to produce a personalized keepsake of this day. They also went outside the box and dispensed of the expected Cake Cutting and replaced it instead with an Ice Cream Truck.

The Barn at Mahogany Hill
The Barn at Mahogany Hill
The Barn at Mahogany Hill
The Barn at Mahogany Hill

This was hugely popular with their guests with up to twenty waiting for their cool, delicious treat to be served!

Kristen and Jacob were a joy to celebrate with and we wish them a lifetime of happiness!

Music serves as the driving force behind an unforgettable wedding experience! Perfect Harmony Entertainment is dedicated to providing our couples and clients with exemplary service to help them create fantastic events!

If you are planning a wedding or corporate event in our service area we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJs routinely travel to all areas within a 90 minute drive from Chambersburg PA.

This convenient location permits us to offer wedding DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting services to clients from Washington DC to Frederick MD, as well as wedding DJs for couples celebrating in Lancaster and Harrisburg PA.

Our demand is as large as our service area! If you would like to check our availability for your date or chat about your event click the link below or simply send us a text. 

The Barn at Mahogany Hill

Keep Your Lancaster Party Guests Cool With These Cocktail Options

Summer weddings in the Lancaster | York | Harrisburg area are massively popular! The sunny blue skies make for beautiful photo’s. There is no doubt though that wedding goers in Lancaster PA may have to deal with high heat and humidity.

If you are trying to keep guests comfortable at a warm weather celebration like a spring or summer wedding, or you're just hoping to surprise your attendees with an inventive signature cocktail, frozen drinks are a great way to spice up your big day's libation menu. They're fun, they're flavorful, and they're extra refreshing, too—what's not to love?

When you see the term "frozen drinks," a seaside resort might be the first thing that comes to mind. Those are definitely an option, and look fantastic in photographs. Keep in mind that there are more options beyond frozen margaritas and daiquiris. Childhood favorites such as like slushies, milkshakes, or even sippable snow cones are among the options you have to create a unique Lancaster cocktail menu. Throw in some alcohol, and these all become beloved "adult" treats.

Use your google finger to research. Choose creative flavors, work with colorful ingredients, and serve the stuff in unique vessels, and you've got yourself an amazing menu addition! Think of all of the fun you can have leading up to your big day trying these out!

Once you've picked the drink (or drinks) that you want to offer to your Lancaster party guests, it's time to decide on when to serve. Cocktail hour is an obvious choice, but there are other opportunities throughout your special day, as well. If it is one of those “feels like 100+” days, kick off the proceedings with a pre-ceremony beverage. Trust me, you guests will thank you! These can also make for unique night caps at your after-party.

Too get your search started here are a few video.

Top 5 Frozen Cocktails

Adult Snow Cones

Adult Milkshake Options

How Playing The Right Songs At The Wrong Time Ruined A Wedding!

As a busy DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting company that serves brides all over the Lancaster PA, Frederick MD, and Leesburg VA areas; we get to experience all types of wedding celebrations. Some are small intimate affairs of several dozen guests and others can make you wonder how a couple can know so many people!

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Typically, though, the weddings we do are on par with the national average in terms of guest count. Our couples usually have about 100 – 125 friends and family in attendance. Of these guests there are typically at least three generations in attendance and sometimes four. 

The range in ages can be an important factor to keep in mind when thinking about your open dancing playlist. This is especially true at the beginning of the open dancing when your guests are trying to determine if this party is “their kind of party”.

I can share a personal experience to illustrate the impact that the early set list can have on the success of an event:

This bride lived out of town, so her mother did the initial interview of the vendors including the DJ. The mother made it clear that there would be a lot of family and long-time friends of the family and her co-workers in attendance, about 110 guests in all.

At the final consultation with the bride she made it clear that she wanted a raging dance party! “No problem” I said, after all, that is what we do! To make a long story shorter, the open dance set began with a slow dance song and a couple of fast dance songs that were familiar to most guests in attendance.

Before the third song ended the bride and her bridesmaids demanded that specific songs be played from her must play list immediately and in order. These twelve to twenty people had a fantastic time!

The private dance party had gone on for about 45 minutes when the Maid of Honor said “We need to have the sparkler exit now while there are still people left! Everyone is leaving!” The “exit” was done in nearly full sunlight one hour into the open dance portion of the party.

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Was their wedding ruined? In their eyes, it wasn’t. The parents and close relatives stayed until the end. Mom was disappointed that she didn’t get to dance with her girl friends to “her music” like she had planned. Her music was played long after her friends had given up on hearing any music that they liked to dance to. But the newlywed couple and their friends got to dance to all their jams.

What they don’t realize, is that there was never any danger of those songs not being played. Instead of having a party that 110 people will remember fondly for years to come, about guests will be asked about the event and say “Yeah, it was ok.”

You and your guests deserve more than ok. Make sure that your early playlist includes a few songs you know that they’ll love. Your going to play about 15 songs and hour. Give them 10 winners and you will keep your guests there well after the cake is cut!

Music serves as the driving force behind an unforgettable wedding experience! Perfect Harmony Entertainment is dedicated to providing our couples and clients with exemplary service to help them create fantastic events!

If you are planning a wedding or corporate event in our service area we would love the opportunity to learn more about your plans. Our DJs routinely travel to all areas within a 90 minute drive from Chambersburg PA.

This convenient location permits us to offer wedding DJ | Photo Booth | Event Lighting services to clients from Washington DC to Frederick MD, as well as wedding DJs for couples celebrating in Lancaster and Harrisburg PA.

Our demand is as large as our service area! If you would like to check our availability for your date or chat about your event click the link below or simply send us a text.