The ceremony concluded, and the bride’s family requested some Swedish folk music to be played while the guests enjoyed cocktails and yard games. Some of the guests included farm animals such as horses and chickens, and the cats and dogs were just as much a part of the fun. The sky grew darker, and sure enough it the stormy weather came in. Thankfully, it held off just long enough to enjoy the cocktail hour, as it was time to move into the reception anyway. Right next to the ceremony hill, we moved into the barn.
There were about 150 guests, and the barn wasn't huge. With the stormy weather, however, it really made for a special intimate evening. As we welcomed the wedding party back in with a grand entrance, the energy of the evening was already growing.
Right after we finished our first dances, a professional dance instructor was on site to get the party started. She taught a few line dances, and the energy of the barn was set for a good ol’ country night. She really got people going, so it was up to me to keep that up. Thankfully, the guests were ready as ever to dance. We kept the country groove going most of the night, while I mixed in a few classics that everyone can enjoy. I ended the night with “Friends In Low Places,” and everyone circled up and sang along.