11th Wedding of 2016! The Panetta’s!

Venue: Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth MA

Date: 7-30-16

Couple: Ashley and John Panetta

Photo: Zac Wolf

11 out of 11 for weddings so far this year. Another fantastic couple and great venue! Let’s start from the beginning as always. I was connected with Ashley a couple of years ago now as she had attended the 90’s Night I DJ on Friday’s at 6B Lounge in Boston. She left a Yelp review on the night and from that we had been in touch. We shared a mutual love of some of the same music of course with the 90’s but also some of the older punk rock artists as well. In terms of a playlist she and John wanted to really just mix it up for themselves and the guests of old and new with some party pleasers thrown in as well.

After just about a year of being booked with Ashley and John and all of the planning, emails and meeting up to chat all of the details – the big day had arrived. I loaded up the car with all of my gear, back up gear, and was off to the venue nice and early. It was HOT out but luckily the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing was held in a back pavilion area with tons of fans going and some shade for the guests. Once I was set up inside the pavilion – I drove up to another part of the venue where the ceremony was being held. It was a hidden gem! Beautiful garden area with a little koi fish pond. I had a minimal set up for this with one PA speaker, wireless mic for the officiant and I provided their ceremony music as well. Pre-ceremony music as guests were taking their seats was Vitamin String Quartet and then the wedding party walked out to ‘Canon in D’ while we then switched over for Ashley to ‘Book of Love’ by Peter Gabriel. Their friend did an incredible job officiating and once it was over they exited to one of my favorites ‘You Are The Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne.

Shuttle busses scooped all of the guests up and drove them back down to the pavilion area and we went directly into cocktail hour. It was fun – I got to play some chill indie rock stuff like some mellow Modest Mouse, Bright Eyes, Bon Iver, and threw in some old school Rat Pack tunes as well to keep it mixed up. The appetizers looked amazing that I saw going around! Once cocktail hour was winding down we went directly into introductions. The wedding party and couple all were announced to ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ by JT and went right into their first dance ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran. Speeches were up next and a very lovely blessing from John’s Aunt which was really touching to see.

Dinner music was a similar style of cocktail hour and everyone seemed to be enjoying it. I had a few people ask me who some of the acoustic covers I played were, always great to interact with the guests. Ashley and John had the cake cutting at the tail end of dinner and then we played a song for Ashley and her father Joe Cocker’s ‘You Are So Beautiful’ and John and his mother was ‘I Will’ by The Beatles. Then of course my favorite part of the entire night – open dance floor! I had everyone up and going from start to finish with some top 40 Icona Pop, Macklemore, and dove into the 80s and 90s with some MJ, Madonna, Backstreet Boys, etc. and some Motown/Soul tunes as well¬†(but NO Will Smith – don’t worry Ashely haha – it was requested but not played). We ended the night with a punk song Ashely wanted very badly from Piebald ‘American Hearts’.

CONGRATS to Mr and Mrs Panetta! Thank-you so much for including me in your big day. Cheers!

Couple of iPhone pics I snapped (complete with one of the goat wedding crashers wandering around the grounds!)

 

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