Andrew & Blake kick off the 2018 season!

Couple: Andrew & Blake

Venue: Providence Public Library, Providence RI

Photo: Todd Wilson

Photo Booth: An Amazing Day

Hair/Makeup: Ali Lomazzo Beauty

Florist: Christine Kuzman

Video: Pat Henderson (who also was videographer from my wedding!) of Path Wedding Films

Date: 1-13-18

What an amazing couple to kick off the 2018 season. Andrew & Blake were a dream team to get to know and work with over the months leading up to the big day. We connected a couple of times over drinks just to get to know each other and really cover every detail musically of what they were going for that night. We also all share a huge love for Vermont and the Woodstock Inn, so that is a plus!

After a couple of meetings and an email trail of music ideas and lists, I compiled everything together in separate playlists and headed out to the Providence Public Library early on that Saturday to allow more than enough time as always for setting up, soundchecking, etc. I’ve worked this venue before so that helped knowing the layout and multiple setups required for audio.

The ceremony was absolutely perfect. They chose some chill string based instrumental music for pre-ceremony while guests arrived & took their seats. The music for the wedding party was “Tightrope” from the Greatest Showman soundtrack and processional music was Beethoven’s 5 Secrets played by the Piano Guys. As the ceremony concluded and they were officially married – they walked off to “Brighter Than The Sun” by Colbie Caillat. Once this wrapped up cocktail hour was next on the main level of the library and in the courtyard below – I had one PA speaker setup on top to play to both levels of the crowd and the elevated sound worked out great. I loved the cocktail music they went for – a mix of chill/downtempo jazz/big band from Parov Stelar, the Hotel Costes series, & some Post Modern Jukebox. Had a Gatsby speakeasy vibe to it which fit the venue & decorations for the night perfectly. Introductions and first dance were up next located in the same area as cocktail hour, before moving into the Ship Room for dinner and speeches. The wedding party along wit the grooms were all introduced to “Sax” by Fleur East. “My Handsome Man” by Matt Alber was the first dance song & I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room!

Once inside the Ship Room for dinner I had a smaller minimal setup for speeches and the vibe they wanted here was a mix of lounge music similar to cocktail with Britney Spears “Coupure Electrique”, some Lindsey Sterling music, along with “Rose Ave” by You + Me – (Who I’d never heard of and love their music now since being introduced to them.)

As dinner concluded we all came back out to the main front courtyard area (where the ceremony was held earlier) and it was full on dance party time! The parent dances kicked things off. Blake & his mother danced to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine, and Andrew & his mother danced to “You Are My Sunshine” by Jasmine Thompson. They wanted a mix of all and everything such as Rupaul, Katy Perry, Will.I.Am & Britney, Miley Cyrus, Betty Who, The Saturdays and tons more. We got into some old school disco classics along with the lost gems of the 80s/90s/early 2000s. The crowd was open minded to anything & I kept them moving right until the final song.

Like I said earlier, total dream team couple to work with. Had an amazing time bringing all of their music ideas to life and having the opportunity to play to such an engaging crowd.

Thank-you for having me and congrats to you both! Hopefully we plan a Woodstock Inn weekend soon.

Here are a few iPhone pics from the evening: (of course since the Patriots had a huge playoff game this same night – I had to represent with the tie!) (And yes, I realize how short I am compared to these two!)

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