#13 of 2015 – Laura and Eric!

This one was REALLY good. I’ve actually known Eric for over ten-ish years now – we have a mutual bond over some of the heaviest metal out there. Once Eric introduced me to Laura in the last year or two we found out we had a bond over old school hip hop. So for me, this wedding wasn’t like “work” at all. They wanted a mix of a lot of good old school funk and soul, a little top 40 and of course the old school hip hop which we got into as the night went on.

The wedding took place on September 6th, 2015 at the gorgeous Codman Estate in Lincoln, Mass. which is only about 20/30 mins outside of Boston. Very nice quiet little town. I worked a wedding at this venue a  few years ago so it was fun to be back. I set up outside a speaker and wireless mic in the garden area for the ceremony which is honestly one of the most breathtaking ceremony settings I’ve seen at any venue. Laura and Eric had some great songs picked out for the ceremony. The music while guests were arriving and taking their seats was an instrumental ambient album Eric had chosen by Scott Hull the album is titled “Requiem”. Once the ceremony was set to begin the entire wedding party walked down to “Right Now” by Van Halen and it was incredible. One of the most epic songs ever written. Then to bring it up another notch Laura had chosen an instrumental version of “November Rain” by Guns N’ Roses. It was AWESOME!! The ceremony itself was great and then off they went as husband and wife to “All Of My Love” by Led Zeppelin. I always love when couples choose a fun upbeat song to walk out of the ceremony together and all of these rock songs really represented Laura and Eric as a couple.

Cocktail hour and dinner were set up under a tent and I knew they have such an eclectic taste in music so I was able to not only play some of the classic Sinatra type of stuff and jazz tunes but got away with some of the chill tunes by Radiohead, M83, Deftones, and the Knife. I was also playing some chill jazz covers of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, and a jazzy cover of “No Diggity”. The crowd seemed to be enjoying the mix of everything. It was then time to introduce the wedding party and the couple! “Start Me Up” by the one and only Rolling Stones was the song choice here. Laura and Eric actually did something totally different here and introduced the bridesmaids and groomsman themselves, then tossed me the mic back and I introduced them as they went right into their first dance “Stand By Me” by Ben E. King. One of my absolute favorite songs of all time.

Once dinner wrapped up and we did cake cutting – the dance floor was open for business. To get everyone up and going of every age I started out with some of the old school soul tunes and funk into 80’s that were on the request list they both provided for me weeks in advance. I then started moving into some of the newer songs and artists and the crowd was on their feet all night long. I have to say I’ve been very lucky with every crowd this season I’ve had (knock on wood haha) has been SO much fun to DJ for. They are open minded and into everything even if they don’t actually “know” the songs. I did a little surprise for Eric though which I can say is a first ever at any wedding and probably will never happen again. While playing some 80s dance stuff – I think I was in the middle of Michael Jackson or Prince I decided I need to play him some Slayer since it’s one of his favorite bands so I cued up the beginning guitar riff of “Raining Blood” and started to mix it into the end of MJ – before the vocals hit and not to overdo the joke – I mixed it right into Whitney Houston. One of the funniest things to watch as Eric was moshing around and the Whitney coming on next. We wrapped everything up with some huge old school party sing-alongs and before I knew it we were done. Time always seems to fly the second we start these parties!

Laura and Eric – you guys are amazing and best wishes as a married couple to you! Thank-you tons for allowing me to DJ for you!

 

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