Matthew & Natasha Smiley – Fun Halloween Wedding

November 3, 2009

The beautiful Inn at St. Johns was the location for Natasha & Matt’s wedding and reception. Matt & Natasha are both Doctors who are on the cusp of becoming Pediatricians, as such the family kids were present in force and were very much a part of the celebration. The reception began with a fun Grand Entrance, a welcome speech by Matt, Cake cutting, toasts and blessing followed by a delicious meal from the Inn at St. Johns kitchen. The service was impeccable as expected thanks to our Banquet Captain, Maria and her superb staff.  The guests were treated to a video Montage that Natasha & Matt created as they enjoyed their meal. There were a diverse group of guests with many of them coming from places like Philadelphia, Atlanta as well as a large contingent of fellow physicians from Chicago.

Alex and I whisked the youngsters outside into a nearby Conference room, fitted them with Special hats and transformed them into “The Wedding People”.  After an impromptu choreography lesson, they returned to the Ballroom to perform the “YMCA”  for our Bride, Groom and guests. The kids did an outstanding  job as witnessed by the horde of paparazzi snapping picture after picture during the performance. The youngest of the children took part in the “Teddy Bear Toss” before all of the kids went from table to table trick or treating (Natasha & Matt had arranged for bowls of candy to be placed at each table to be passed out during this time). It was great fun and the kids didn’t have to miss out on Halloween!

The formal dances came next, Matt & Natasha, Natasha and her brother, Michael, Matt and his Mom, Sandra and the Bridal Party / Family dance. It was now time for the party to begin. The dance floor was packed, pretty much all evening long. We took a brief break for Matt’s family to come together on the dance floor to sing an Irish Drinking song (Drink Drink, Drunk Drunk). I followed that with the Dropkick Murphys “Shipping Up to Boston” which was met with great enthusiasm and a surprise “Riverdance” style performance by some of Matt’s relatives. We wanted to make certain that Natasha’s Indian family and friends were also represented, so we followed that with Punjabi MC’s “Beware of the Boys” which was also extremely popular. We had a blast with an incredible group of dancers all night long. Another highlight was a dance-off competition when Matt took on all challengers. He more than held his own despite some fierce competition. The Doctor CAN definitely dance!

We enjoyed working with our fellow Professional wedding vendors, Cleon Woods of Edwards Photography, Ryan Williams of Mirror Image Productions (video), Emerald City Designs (Decor) and of course, the wonderful  staff of The Inn at St. Johns. This reception was an unqualified success (Matt & Natasha were thrilled)!  Thanks to everyone who helped make this wonderful night a reality. Finally, to Drs. Matt & Natasha Smiley – All the best as you begin your life together as a married couple. It was truly our pleasure to be involved in your special day!

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