Couple: Angela and Terry
Venue: Jones River Trading Post, Kingston MA
Only two weeks off in between 2016 and 2017 wedding season – no rest for the wicked! The last few years of doing weddings my season typically has begun in April/May and gone through October/November at the latest. I was so lucky with having that extend as it was into December for 2016 and now kicking things off right away in the start of a new year in January. I always wondered what doing a “winter wedding” would be like. What if there is a blizzard? What if the Patriots are playing in a huge playoff game the same night as the wedding?! Well, one of those two things did happen haha but this ended up being one of my all time favorite weddings to DJ and have become friends with Angela and Terry as an added bonus. (Oh, and the blizzard also did take place but luckily was a weekend before this wedding so getting to and from the venue wasn’t bad at all.)
I was connected with Angela first through an email on my website stating how her then fiancé and now husband Terry who only listens to sports talk radio or Pearl Jam only – apparently had heard me DJ’ing on a random Friday night at 6B Lounge’s 90’s Night. I guess he had a good time and suggested to get in touch with me to DJ the big day. The three of us met up and hit it off right away in our consultation meeting. Terry and I shared a love for Pearl Jam and 90s rock music and also a mutual love for all things craft beer and IPA’s. Angela and I connected with our love for indie rock bands like Miike Snow, M83, and so on. Seriously I felt like I was talking to myself throughout the meeting with how into the same things we were. Needless to say they ended up booking me and I was on board the rock the house for these two.
They were SO easy to work with throughout the entire process of about 10 months or so leading up to the wedding date. Angela was very organized knowing just what she wanted/didn’t want for different parts of the night and we met up a couple of times just to make sure we were all on the same page of music, timeline, vibe, flow for the night so I could provide them more than what they wanted and expected from me.
Once the day finally arrived as always I got to the venue super early for set up and sound check. The venue was SO AWESOME in person (and sounded great in there with acoustics). It was basically like an old boat house renovated into an event space – I loved it. I also have to say it was probably the easiest wedding I’ve ever done in terms of setting up. ONE SET UP FOR THE ENTIRE NIGHT! I am used to running around like a madman with multiple setups and gear all over the place – but this was one and done.
The ceremony was held right there on site and I had a little mix going on for pre-ceremony music of Vitamin String Quartet which always works well. As soon as the actual ceremony was ready to start the bridal party all processed to “Over the Rainbow” by the Hawaiian legend Israel K. Angela processed to “Pachelbel Canon in D” one of the most stunning pieces of music ever written. The ceremony was great – serious and humorous at times – a very nice balance. Once it came to an end Angela and Terry walked off to Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply”.
As we went into cocktail hour I played a really fun mix of the indie rock music Angela (and myself) both love and mixed in a few old school classics as well to keep the overall crowd engaged and enjoying it. Up next were introductions. We introduced the Bridesmaids as an entire group to the song “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)” by the Hollies – and the guys were all announced to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man”. The newlyweds were announced to “Helicopter” by Bloc Party which was awesome to play for an introduction!
Angela and Terry went directly into their first dance “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam. As we started the dinner portion of the night I kept a similar mix to cocktail hour going and adding in a little more classic rock as well as some of the more “mellow” 90s rock tunes to appeal to Terry (and appeal to myself!). I don’t usually get to play stuff like that out so that was a treat for me. The speeches were all great and Angela’s sister had actually gotten in touch with me before the wedding explaining how one part of her joint speech would reference Disney and if I could download and play the Disney theme music – it worked out great and was timed perfectly and a nice little surprise for Angela.
As dinner was winding down we dimmed the lights down and threw on my lighting rig and got the dance floor going! Kicked things off with some classic old school funk/soul Jackson 5, Earth Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and mixing that into some newer school funk/soul stuff from Justin Timberlake/Bruno Mars and from there I took the crowd all over the place. 80s/90s/classic rock sing-alongs etc. and kept it new and fresh with some Top 40 being sprinkled in throughout the night. The crowd was TOP NOTCH and crazy fun to play to. Very open minded to anything being played and kept moving all night long.
I did keep the crowd posted on the Patriots playoff game score and course I had to represent somehow and wore my Pats tie for good luck – and sure enough as the wedding ended the Pats won!! What an amazing night to be a part of.
Thank you A&T so much for having me and CONGRATS to you both!! We will hit a show sometime soon and drink some awesome beers!!
Here are a couple of iPhone pics from the night to check out: