21st wedding of 2016 welcome Dr. and Dr. Davis!

Venue: Private Residence in Nahant Beach, MA

Date: 10-1-16

Couple: Sean and Laura Davis

Sean and Laura, everyone! These two were incredible to work with and get to know. I received an email from them months back inquiring about the date and my services and I suggested we meet up for a coffee/drink to chat more in detail. Well – things were a little tricky being that they live out in California but thanks to the power of FaceTime we were able to have an over the Internet virtual beer and consultation meeting to start. All three of us connected from the start and had similar music tastes and vibes which made prepping for this all that much for fun on my end. The wedding was being held on Saturday, October 1st out in Nahant Beach at this amazing private mansion residence in the backyard and on the beach. The weather was absolutely INSANE once the day arrived but we all got through it and managed to throw one hell of a party all said and done. Here’s some details covering the day.

So after several FaceTime meetings and emails – I was lucky enough to actually meet these two in person a few months prior to the wedding when they were back in Mass for a weekend. They came by 90s Night at 6B Lounge and they had a blast. Such a fun and chill couple – just seemed nothing could really bother them. I even was able to fit in meeting Laura at another time she was in town to do a venue walk through. The plan was to do the ceremony down on the actual beach and cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing would be out in the backyard of the house under a tent. We had worked out the music specifics and timeline for the day and were all set to go, when all of the sudden, the WEATHER!

It was chilly and pouring rain once the day arrived so we did have to relocate everything to inside the tent – but as I said they were SO chill it didn’t bother them. They just wanted to get married! And get married they did. They had a friend play live guitar for the ceremony which I always love seeing a live element in weddings. It sounded great and Sean’s sister did a fantastic job officiating the ceremony.

Once that wrapped up we went into cocktail hour – and even though it was crazy weather outside the tent – inside the tent the vibe was better than ever. People were loving the craft beers Sean had brought in and special beers he had made special just for the wedding. I cannot thank Sean enough still for slipping me a personal favorite of mine “Heady Topper” to drink during cocktail hour. The music was a mix of some chill indie rock tunes with some old school funk and soul. People were surely into it.

We then went into dinner and music wise had a similar vibe mixing in some chill classic rock Dylan, Stones, Petty tunes as well. We had some really funny toasts/speeches done at this time of the night and went into parent dances shortly after. Sean and his mother dances to Willie Nelson “Remember Me”; while Laura and her father danced to Louis Armstrong “What A Wonderful World”. Up next was the newlyweds and their first dance which was a bit of a mix starting out with “As” by Stevie Wonder for about two minutes then transitioned into “Shut Up & Dance” by Walk The Moon to open up the dance floor. The crowd was AWESOME – it was such a fun mix of people loving the 90s throwbacks with some old school gems thrown in and some top 40 to keep it fresh throughout the night.

Seriously cannot thank these two for being SO amazing to work with and so down to earth and open to any suggestions I would make along the way. They have great taste in music as it is and as I said that made it very fun on my end to curate their playlists for the different parts of the night. Despite the wild weather – it was incredible and one to remember.

I sadly didn’t have time to snap as many photos as usual but here are a couple below to check out.

Thanks again Sean and Laura, CONGRATS to you both! I will let you know next time I’m out in Northern Cali so we can hang.

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Mr & Mrs Sullivan cap off an amazing brunch wedding for #20/2016!

Venue: Charles River Museum of Industry, Waltham MA

Date: 9-25-16

Couple: Samantha and Dave

Say hello to the Sullivan’s everyone! This wedding was top notch and an absolute perfect couple to get to know and work with over the last several months. After our first coffee consolation meeting we were all on the same page to start which made this process very easy in the end. Dave and I shared a strong love for 90s rock and hip hop and Samantha and I bonded over our love for Austalia and Australian bands. They were super easy to talk with, open to suggestions and could not have been more organized with their vision of the wedding itself and providing me all of the details of their wants/do not wants.

The wedding itself was something unique that I’ve not done myself before. It was being held on a Sunday – which isn’t new for me to do – but it was a  “brunch themed” wedding starting on the earlier side of the day. I LOVED THIS! The dinner was all brunch foods of crepes, eggs, bacon, etc. with Bloody Mary’s and Mimosa’s and endless amounts of coffee. Such an awesome idea for a wedding. I was lucky enough to have some of the food and it was SO GOOD.

So after months of emailing and a few face to face meetings we narrowed down all of their music choices and special dance songs. The ceremony was held on site and they had a string band play some incredible instrumental songs – it sounded so awesome for the earlier parts of the day. I had provided a speaker and wireless mic for their ceremony officiant and it went off without a hitch. They even provided some tasty cider donuts as a pre-ceremony snack which fit nicely with the fall weather.

As the ceremony wrapped up – the string band moved inside along with all of the guests and handled cocktail hour music as well. I am used to doing everything music wise at a wedding so for me this was really cool to be able to chill in a way and actually observe cocktail hour and listen to some fantastic music being played live.

Soon after, all of the guests came upstairs into the main ballroom/dining room area for brunch and dancing. I was set up in there ready to go and had some chill tunes going as they all took their seats. We lined up the parents and wedding party just outside the main doors of the room and were introduced to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Mr. Timberlake. Up next was the bride and groom themselves being introduced to one of the best songs ever written “Everlong” by Foo Fighters. Awesome choices for intros. They went directly into their first dance “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran and then did a group parent dance of The Beatles “Here Comes The Sun”. The brunch kept moving right along with some toasts and speeches and I had put together a mellow playlists but was able to sneak in some stuff Samantha and Dave wanted themselves. I even got away with playing a Powderfinger track to represent Australian music and an acoustic piano cover of “Black Hole Sun” for Dave! I don’t know if they caught this but at one point I even played “Soul Man” by Sam & Dave! Haha. Had to do it.

The most unique part of the whole brunch theme – was their cake was a massive waffle cake and they did a maple syrup pour all over it as the “cutting of the cake”.

Up next was the dance party! Keep in mind this was all happening around 2pm on a Sunday afternoon – and I knew it would be a challenge to get people up and moving but I was up for that challenge. BUT – if you play good tunes people will get into it no matter what. We started things off on the funk and soul sounds with some Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, etc and moved into a little top 40 of T Swift, Macklemore, and others. The crowd was really fun (The Bloody Mary/Mimosa bar probably helped a little with that too haha). As the day drew to an end we closed things out a few huge sing alongs like “Shout”. Such a great day

MASSIVE thank-you to Samantha and Dave for having me! You guys were a gem to work with and I wish you tons of happiness in the future (and more cider donuts!)

Couple iPhone pics below to check out:

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Lisa and Max Frevert rocked wedding #19/2016, enjoy…

Venue: Harvest, Cambridge MA

9-17-16

Couple: Lisa and Max

This one was awesome and came together rather “last minute” for a wedding booking, but Max and Lisa were SO chill and easy to work with it went off without a hitch. Enjoy the details and story of these two.

I was put in touch with Lisa and Max honestly only about two months before their wedding date through my friend Jennifer who has been working at 6B Lounge with me for a long time now and she actually did all of the floral arrangements for my wedding as well. (HIGHLY suggest speaking to her if you’re in need of flowers and any wedding coordination!)

So we met up on a Friday night for drinks and to chat music details and flow/vibe of the night and seemed to all be on the same page from the get go. They were having a fairly chill laid back wedding party at this amazing restaurant in Cambridge. After meeting up they quickly booked me and luckily I still had that date already open which worked out perfectly.

Musically they wanted stuff I personally love so that was easy and fun for me to put together for them. Lots of old school funk, soul, Motown throughout the night but kept it fresh as well.

They held their ceremony in this gorgeous park of Brookline Larz Anderson Park, which I helped provide the music for. The ceremony was very chill as well and amazing weather for the them. I was happy to be a part of it and witness it! I had some Vitamin String Quarter going for pre-ceremony music and once we began the wedding party entered to “A Thousand Years” by the Piano Guys cover and Lisa walked the aisle to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel. The officiant did a great job with the ceremony itself and once everything was done they walked off to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.

Max and Lisa and all of their friends/family continued to hang out in the park for a while and enjoy the weather and some drinks. I headed out and made my way to Harvest nice early to get things set up and do a sound check of the gear. The venue was AWESOME and the staff were beyond nice to me. That goes a long way as a vendor and really puts me at ease to be able to rock the gig.

I was set up in a back courtyard area and they had fireplaces going as well. The ambience and layout was really stellar. Once everyone arrived I had some funk tunes playing and the flow of the night was really just hang out, passed appetizers, no big sit down formal dinner. They wanted to have time to really connect and mingle with all of their guests as sometimes at big weddings and so many formalities you don’t get to do that. I really liked their approach with this of how calm everything was. We had a couple of speeches later on in the evening and then Max and Lisa had their first dance to Aretha Franklin “It Was You” and Lisa and her father danced to Allison Krauss “When You Say Nothing at All”. We then opened up the dance floor to everyone else and turned up the volume a bit more and got the party going. The crowd was a blast to work with and they loved all of the funk/soul stuff mixed in with some 80s and 90s hits as well. Such a chill yet fun and great party crowd type of wedding.

Thanks Lisa and Max for choosing me to handle the music for you guys, CONGATULATIONS! Maybe I will see you at 90s Night again some Friday night while Jen is bartending 🙂

Couple iPhone pics below to check out:

 

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#Jedson’s – meet the Jedson’s – they’re an awesome family! Wedding #18/2016 is in!

Venue: Sea Crest, Falmouth (Cape Cod) MA

Date: 9-9-16

Couple: Jessica and Edson Hilaire

Sorry for the cheesy headline of me trying to sing the Jetson’s TV show old theme song but with the hashtag of #Jedson – it kind of just stuck in my head! Where to begin with this one?! Hands down one of the BEST I’ve ever been a part of and worked. Having known Jess and Edson on a personal level for a while now really brought us to a strong connection level to work together and all three of us knocked it out of the park with the execution of music ideas, it was SO fun.  Jessica has actually been the reason my hair looks as awesome as it does for a few years now, she’s been cutting my hair at her salon in Belmont, MA – Essentials Salon. If you need a haircut or anything – go see her! I loved sitting in the chair for haircuts hearing about their relationship growing over the years and once they got engaged I was HONORED to be asked to DJ their wedding. I finally met Edson and the guy is a true legend. Loves good music which we connected on – and he is also a massive craft beer fan and travels hours away to VT like myself to get Heady Topper and other fantastic beers which I was lucky enough he shared with me. Such an awesome couple. Let’s get into the music and wedding itself…

The venue is gorgeous – in Cape Cod and I know it very well from my Grandparents Cape house being about two minutes away. I also realized once I got there I had done a wedding about three years prior there so I was familiar with the layout and setup. As always I headed to the venue hours early for set up and sound check and this one required three different set ups in different locations so I needed the extra time to prepare everything. The ceremony to start was held on the beach itself and the weather was gorgeous. I had one speaker and a wireless mic placed just beyond the beach setting and the pre-ceremony music was really fun to put together as they wanted just some chill reggae, funk/soul which fit the theme perfectly. Ceremony started and the wedding party processed to “Fools Rush In” by Vitamin String Quarter and Jess walked the sandy beach aisle with her Dad to an instrumental version of “National Anthem” by Lana Del Ray. Their friend handle the officiating duties and nailed it perfectly. Once it was done they walked off to ” You Are The Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne.

Everyone then headed over to an outdoor courtyard area for cocktail hour where I had another set up ready to go and did a similar mix to pre-ceremony music of some reggae tunes with some chill modern music as well. People were loving it and it really fit the outdoor area of the venue nicely. It was really chill not rushed through at all and then once cocktails wound down we then all moved into the main dining room/ballroom area where my bigger main set up was ready to go. We lined up the parents, wedding party, and Jess and Edson just outside the ballroom doors and got underway with the introductions to “In Da Club” by 50 Cent for the parents as a subtle happy birthday song as it was Jess’ Dad’s birthday that day. The wedding party was announced to “Pop Bottles” by Lil Wayne and Birdman and the bride and groom were announced to “Drunk In Love” remix by DJ Rell. With all of the attention on them right then and there, they went into their first dance “Adorn” by one of their favorite artists; Miguel. The crowd was LOVING every second of this.

We then kept things rolling with some toasts and dinner and a mix of everything really for dinner transitioning from the earlier music of the evening into some chill classic rock and modern chill folkie/indie stuff as well like Florence & The Machine and the Lumineers. Dinner was incredible – so delish, and once that started to wrap up we went into dances and open dance floor. Jess and her father danced to “Walk With You” by Edwin McCain while Edson and his sister Rayan danced to The Pretenders “I’ll Stand by You”. From there the crowd rushed the dance floor as we opened it up for all to join and kicked things off with some Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder and traveled through the decades and genres from there on. 90s tunes, to 80s rock ballads, to top 40 dance songs, back into some old school Motown funk and soul. The crowd was just as amazing as the couple was and really made my job easy this particular night. So energetic and into everything played. Edson provided me with a few Kompa dance tunes which we mixed in as well and the crowd would go nuts for them. Seriously one of the best days and nights for a wedding I’ve ever been a part of – they did such a good job with setting everything up and the way the room looked, it was a night to remember to say the least! We closed the night out with a request from J&E “The Night Is Still Young” by Nicki Minaj.

I am still so happy and thrilled to have been asked to DJ for these two. Congrats #Jedson and thank-you SO much for having me!!! (Jess, see you soon for my next haircut. Edson, hopefully see you soon for some really good beer drinking!)

Enjoy the few iPhone shots I snagged below:

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Vicki and Kolin Burgoyne! 17 of 2016 season.

Venue: Commonwealth Restaurant and Market, Cambridge MA

Date: 9-4-16

Couple: Vicki and Kolin

To round out my crazy hat trick of a triple header wedding weekend I couldn’t have had a better wedding than this. Vicki and Kolin were a complete gem to work with and get to know over the last several months. Seriously just genuinely awesome people who know how to throw one hell of a party, and I was thrilled to be a part of said party! As I do with all of my couples – we met months ago for a consultation meeting to feel each other out and just discuss the vibe of the night and what direction of music. We were instantly all on the same page and Vicki even came by 6B Lounge on a Friday to see me in action for 90s Night and I was booked for their big day shortly after that. Vicki even attended some of the Thursday night gigs I was doing earlier this year at Hops N’ Scotch in Brookline – so awesome to have her come out and support my bar gigs.

The three of us kept in touch via email and through a couple of meetings we really locked down exactly what they wanted musically. Going with a mix of indie rock stuff like Passion Pit and Grouplove for cocktail hour, into some more chill yet fun 80s and 90s jams for dinner (they wanted it to be fun and upbeat all night), and our dance party mix was any and everything you could think of! It was awesome to bring to life for them on that actual day.

V & K held their ceremony at a chapel in Cambridge so while that was going on I made my way over to the Commonwealth Market and set up. This venue was awesome and I will be going back many times to come in the future. Seriously one of the best vendor dinners I’ve ever had in my life! The cocktail hour was held outside near their outdoor bar so I had a smaller minimal set up going for that while everyone arrived from the chapel. This was really fun to play mixing up stuff from Nathaniel Rateliff to Phoenix, etc. Once the cocktail hour wrapped up and everyone made their way inside to the back part of the restaurant for dinner we went into introductions and speeches to keep things moving. I had another smaller set up for this as well (this is where having more than enough speakers, cables, etc. comes in handy)! The wedding party was introduced to “Let’s Go Crazy” from the late and great Prince, while the bride and groom were announced to “Now That We’ve Found Love” from Heavy D & The Boyz. (AWESOME introduction song choice). The speeches were all very well done from their Best Man and Maid of Honor. People were really digging the dinner tunes and once that concluded we all moved into another area of the restaurant where my main set up was ready to go.

The first dance was up next and was played live by their friend Michelle – who I had plugged into my mixer for her guitar and set her up with a microphone. We sound checked everything earlier in the afternoon and she knocked it out of the park doing a cover of “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. It was SO well done! Kolin and his mother shared a dance to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong and then it was OPEN DANCE FLOOR! V & K wanted a lot of 90s tunes which I guess is a specialty of mine at this point and I was throwing in a good amount of top 40 and old school funk/soul songs as well to spread it out over all generations and eras. The crowd was fantastic – so fun to work with and would dance to anything. Ended the night with a huge dance party sing-along of S.O.B. by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. AMAZING wedding to be a part of!

CONGRATS Mr. and Mrs. Burgoyne and thank-you TONS for having me keep the beat going all night! (Kolin – I will still be visiting Area 4 for dinner soon!) and Vicki let me know next time you want to come by 90s Night.

Couple iPhone quick pics below:

 

 

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Wedding 16 of 2016 welcomes Michelle and Tim, check it out…

Venue: Connors Center, Dover MA

Date: 9-3-16

Couple: Michelle and Tim

Catering: Gourmet Caterers

Wedding #2 of my crazy triple header weekend ROCKED the house with Michelle and Tim. Unreal! I was connected luckily with these two through Jeanne Spence of Gourmet Caterers. Her and I have worked a number of weddings over the last few years together and was so happy she had me on her list of DJ’s and Michelle and Tim contacted me from that. They were incredible to work with, super easy going as well as a ton of my couples have been, it really makes my job too easy at times when people are this organized and prepared and know exactly what they want and expect from me. Allowing me to have room for my own input and suggestions as well throughout the entire planning process. We met up a couple of times for drinks and to chat over the big day from start to finish of ceremony music until the last song played for the night.

The venue they chose was gorgeous and so grand in size and landscape. It took me a while but I remembered I had actually done a wedding there a few years prior once I started setting up, so I was familiar with where things needed to be and how the flow of the venue worked.

The ceremony itself was held out in a back garden/courtyard type of area – SO peaceful and quiet. Perfect weather and setting for a wedding ceremony. I had a small set up for this ready to go of one PA speaker and the wireless mic for the officiants who did an incredible job, humorous and serious all at the same time. The pre-ceremony music we went with was a mix of chill indie folk stuff like Modest Mouse, Lumineers, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, etc. Once Tim was at the front with his groomsman I switched over to the processional music for the wedding party which was “Canon in D” while Michelle walked down the aisle to “Stand By Me” from the European Ensemble Strings Quartet. I had never head this version before, loved it! They both walked off after yelling “Mazel Tov” and breaking the glass to the Beach Boys “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”.

As the cocktail hour began I was ready to go located in another section of the house with different set up. Guests mingled inside and out of the cocktail hour and our music for this part of the night was similar to the pre-ceremony stuff. Of Monsters & Men with some Mumford, Sharon Jones, Sublime, and chill classic rock from Petty, The Who, Stones, and much more. Great vibe and people were surely digging it tapping their feet along.

We then all relocated down to the backside of the house into a tent for the reception part of the night. Once everyone made their way in and to their seats we introduced the wedding party and the bride and groom. The wedding party were all announced to “Say Hey, I Love You” by Michael Franti and Michelle and Tim made their way into the tent to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” from the British rock band The Darkness. They went directly into their first dance (one of my newer favorite bands out there) “I Found You” by Alabama Shakes. Once dinner was served and toasts were underway I had an awesome dinner playlist going for them and subtly snuck in the Jurassic Park theme as Michelle is OBSESSED with it and one of the main reasons I was booked really was because of my name! Dinner playlist carried over from cocktail hour sound and vibe wise and threw in some classics at this point as well of some Rat Pack tunes. Cake cutting took place as soon as dinner was winding down to “Cake By The Ocean” from DNCE. Up next was of course my favorite part. Not that I don’t love seeing all of the earlier parts of a wedding day and night but the dance party is always the best! Michelle and her father danced to the classic Beatles tune “Michelle” while Tim and his mother danced to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by the Hawaiian legend Israel K. We kicked off the open dance floor with the Horah then any and everything from Whitney Houston and MJ to Pitbull and Walk The Moon, to Spice Girls, NSync, Justin Timberlake, and got away with a massive Green Day and R Kelly sing along to close the night out! AMAZING crowd, amazing couple, seriously just an amazing day start to finish. LOVED working with these two and hope to keep in touch since we both love good beers and good music (and the Coolidge theater for movies!)

Congrats Michelle and Tim!! Cheers to you guys!

Enjoy a couple of quick iPhone photos below…

 

 

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Amanda and Dan! Wedding #15/2016 season.

Venue: Newport Vineyards, Newport RI

Date: 9-2-16

Couple: Amanda and Dan

Photo: Ryan Devoll Photography

Amanda and Dan kick off the most insane wedding weekend I’ve ever had – three weddings in a row! I’ve done two back to back before, but not three. Luckily it was Labor Day weekend, so I did have the Monday off to chill after all of the craziness. I was connected with these two through Ryan Devoll – the incredible photographer who shot their wedding. The funniest thing about working with A&D is that I didn’t actually get to meet them face to face until the day of the wedding itself, they live out of state so we emailed a ton and skyped several times to at least feel one another out, so I was happy to realize they were real people and not DJ catfishing me when I showed up to Newport Vineyards that day!

Over the course of our emails and Skype calls we established the flow of the day and vibe musically. They were beyond organized and so easy to work with that it made me actually a little nervous in a way! I was waiting for some time of a curveball but nothing – organized, chill, couldn’t have asked for a better couple to rock the house for. I arrived to the venue super early, so early in fact that it was still open to the public for tours of the vineyard and I wasn’t allowed to bring gear in and set up yet. So I cruised around the shop, had myself an amazing lunch, and ended up buying a few bottles of wine to bring home and try! Not a bad afternoon of “waiting”. Once it was time to go I got inside and set up and did a smaller one PA speaker minimal set-up out in the vineyards for their ceremony. It was such a gorgeous setting with perfect weather to match.

Guests arrived and I had a nice chill playlist going and once the ceremony began I switched over to their processional songs. Dan and his parents started it all off, followed by his newphews with their dog (so awesome and funny) and the entire wedding party to the song “Eventually” by Zox. Amanda walked the aisle to one of my personal favorites from the Lumineers “Ho, Hey”. The ceremony was very well done and then off they went as Husband and Wife to the song “Geronimo” by Sheppard. Very fun upbeat song and people were digging it.

Cocktail hour was held outside in this back courtyard area right next to the vineyards – I had run one extra speaker from my main set up to this outside location and we had a nice mix of folk indie rock and chill classic rock going. It fit very well to the venue we were at. D&A also wanted mixed in some O.A.R., Dashboard Confessional, and Mos Eisley Catina theme from Star Wars! Great choices. Once this wrapped up and everyone shuffled inside we went into the introductions and speeches. The wedding party was announced to “Castaway” by Zac Brown Band and then the newlyweds were announced to “Good To Be Alive” by Andy Grammer and went directly into their fist dance “Do You Remember” by Jack Johnson. GREAT song choice for a first dance and I think in all the years of weddings I’ve done – the first couple to do a Jack Johnson song.

Speeches and dinner kept things rolling next – as Amanda & Dan had a massive clam and lobster bake arranged for their guests. Not only that but they placed aprons on every single seat for people to use for dinner – really unique and funny – the guests loved it. Dinner music was similar to cocktail hour but getting a little more upbeat as we progressed. They cut their cake to “Mango Tree” by Zac Brown and we went into parent dances and dance party! Amanda surprised her Dad with doing a dance to “I’ll Be Your Man” by Zac Brown Band but then had me play the tail end of “Under The Sea” by Samuel Wright from the Little Mermaid – really fun surprise and you could see her Dad was loving it as he explained in his speech how he watched all of the Disney movies with her when she was younger. Dan and his mother danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.

The dance floor was open and packed all night long! Very fun and energetic crowd and I was mixing in some of the country vibe stuff for A&D while hitting hard on the 80s/90s throwbacks and of course a little top 40 here and there to keep it fresh. Also threw in as per requested by the couple “Sweet Caroline” for their Boston and New England roots. It was such an awesome venue to play at and we closed the night out with a request from them of Andy Grammer “Back Home”. One of my favorite things of the night I have to mention also is A&D sent me home with several of the gourmet dessert donuts they had. SO GOOD.

Congrats to Amanda & Dan, thank-you SO much for having me. What an amazing day and night, and pleasure it was working with you both! Cheers!

Below are a few quick iPhone photos to recap, enjoy…

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Joanna and Nick!!! 14th of the season!

Venue: Sylvan Nursery Barn, Dartmouth MA

Date: 8-20-16

Couple: Joanna and Nick Elkinton

Photo: Abby Lorenz Photography – AMAZING work – highly suggested!!

Back to back weekends working with two different grooms who are by far the biggest beer geeks I’ve personally encountered in my life – and it’s AWESOME! The previous weekend with Erik who knows more about beer than anyone I’ve ever met – then I met Nick. Nick’s beer knowledge is insane and not only that – he personally home brews as well and even made me some mind blowing beers for my wedding back in June and my bachelor party which we are still enjoying a few of those today. Joanna is a very talented graphic designer who actually created and the labels for the beers Nick brewed for me. I had an absolute blast working with these two from start to finish and I hope they just redo the wedding again so I can continue working with them! I was connected with these two from my longtime friend Sir Jon Hoffman who is the man behind the mask with my website and all of my graphic work. He runs and updates this website for me and creates all of my flyers for gigs – so please check him out if you ever need any web design done over at Zrayweb – thanks again Jon for connecting all of us for this amazing wedding!

So I met with J & N months and months ago and it was a great match from the start. They were doing basically the entire wedding DIY themselves at a gorgeous barn out in Dartmouth Mass. We met up to chat music and flow of the night and were very much on the same page with some punk-rock influences and classic-rock stuff mixed in and a little top 40/90s to stir up the pot as well. I also knew it was a great fit when I bumped into them earlier this year at a Nofx show in Boston (and yes – I even got away with playing some Nofx at the wedding! HUGE treat for me).

I headed out to the venue very early that day to get set up and loved it when I arrived. They had so many plants all over the place and awesome string lighting hanging all over the bar – it looked amazing. The ceremony was held over on one end of the barn so I had a smaller set up for that and microphone for them to use and did all of the music from my phone. The bridal party all walked into “Storybook Love” by Matthew Lister while Joanna walked into “A Thousand Years” cover from the Piano Guys. Once it wrapped up they turned it up with walking off to “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” from the Darkness – awesome choice!

We went directly into cocktail hour and Nick had home brewed some beers for this day as well and our music for this was some chill acoustic punk from Days n’ Daze, Toh Kay, and some chill classic rock thrown in there. It went over very well for this crowd. We then lined up the wedding party and couple and introduced everyone to the classic “Blitzkreig Pop” by the Ramones. LOVED getting to do this for an introduction. The dinner was incredible – all BBQ food with very good beers, what else could you want?!

As dinner was starting to wind down we did parent dances and the couples first dance. Nick and his mother danced to “Make You Feel My Love” from Adele while Joanna and her father danced to “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel. Up next – J & N did a little medley of Ramones songs. Starting with the slower romantic “Baby I Love You” for about 1 1/2 minutes and fading into the upbeat danceable “She’s The One” which led everyone to the dance floor! Awesome idea on their part to do this and easily get everyone going. The music for the night was a mix of literally everything from top 40, to No Doubt, The Bosstones, 90s hip hop, and some classic rock sing-alongs for the crowd. I had a blast with this playlist – honestly one of my favorites. Loved getting to throw on some indie dance stuff later in the night as well like Ting Tings, The Knife, M83, Phoenix, etc.

I cannot thank Joanna and Nick enough for having me rock their big day – and for introducing me to so many incredible beers! We will be hanging out and sharing some drinks again down the road. A huge thank-you one more time to Jon my website guru for connecting us. Cannot wait to see the photos Abby Lorenz snapped from this day!

In the meantime, enjoy a couple quick iPhone pics I was able to grab.

 

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Please say hello to Michele and Erik! Wedding 13/2016 season

Venue: Thompson Island, Boston MA

Date: 8-13-16

Couple: Michele & Erik

Wedding Coordinator: Mandy and her legendary team from Hummingbird Bridal & Events

This is one for the books! As always let’s start from the beginning. I was fortunate enough to be connected with Michele and Erik through Mandy of Hummingbird Bridal earlier this year and after one consultation meeting and a few very good beers, the rest was history! Erik and I are on the same page with beers – he is a beer fanatic and knows about beers in a way I feel I do with music. It’s amazing! All three of us were on the same page in terms of music, and the overall vibe of the night right away. It was a great fit and I was excited to see it all come together.

So the wedding was being held on Thompson Island off Boston. This was logistically one of the tougher weddings I’ve done but SO rewarding once you get there and set up. So the day arrived and my wife Melanie assisted me (HUGE thank-you to her). We went down very early to the dock and unloaded all of my gear and waited for the vendor ferry over to the island along with the videographers, photographers, florists, and Mandy and her team of coordinators. Once the ferry arrived everyone flew to load it up and head over. I thought it would be way harder than it was to load but every single person helped grab everything from speakers, to boxes of flowers, and we all made it happen! After about a thirty or so minute ferry ride we arrived to the island. What was awesome about this is the Thompson Island crew was all waiting with golf carts and trailers – which we threw all of my gear into the back of one and headed over to the actual wedding site itself. It was STUNNING once we arrived there. I sadly was running around and setting things up so I failed to get a photo of the ceremony site but it was seriously breathtaking right on the water and surrounded by some gorgeous trees and scenery.

The dinner and dancing portion of the night was held under a little pavilion area which was set up very nicely and the sound in there was great! Once everything was set up we started the ceremony with one of Erik and Michele’s friend playing their songs on acoustic guitar and it sounded great. Erik’s brother officiated the wedding and was very funny but serious as well, he did a great job. As the ceremony wrapped up we transitioned into cocktail hour which was held in and out of the pavilion and the grounds of the ceremony area. This was really fun to do as they wanted a kind of mellow electronic mix with some old school rat pack classic stuff. We had some Sinatra going with some Avalanches, with some Dean Martin and Wax Tailor. The dinner portion of the night followed directly after and it was a very low-key no pressure vibe and flow all night long. We didn’t do the traditional big introductions for this night – once everyone was seated for dinner a few speeches to keep things rolling and dinner music consisted of a similar vibe from cocktail hour mixing in some chill classic rock stuff and a few instrumental tracks from DJ Shadow as well. I loved getting to play some of this stuff at a wedding!

It was then time for the dance party! We kicked off the open dance floor with Michele and Erik’s first dance to “Sunday Kind of Love” by the one and only Etta James and asked everyone to join in directly after. Kept it old school for the beginning part of the evening with some Stevie Wonder, Parliament, just a really nice funk/soul vibe before switching gears into some top 40 and 80s/90s gems of course. The mix for this night was great and really fun for me to be able to play some old school hip hop like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul and switch it up to some modern rock stuff like Arctic Monkeys as well. It was a great crowd which endured a very hot and sweaty dance party from start to finish.

Once the night concluded – we packed up and headed back to the ferry and made the trip home. It was a lot getting there and getting back – but SO worth it. The venue was awesome and the couple was amazing to work with over the year. I was very lucky at the end of the night Erik handed me some of the beers from Alchemist (Focal Banger, and Crusher) which have been on my list to try for a while now.

Congrats Michele and Erik!! Thank-you once again and we will be keeping in touch as you’re my new beer buddies! And thanks again to Mandy to connecting us and running a tight ship and setting up another phenomenal wedding. So happy to be a part of it.

Enjoy a couple quick iPhone shots!

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Bryan and Salvatore bring in wedding 12 of the season!

Venue: Liberty Hotel, Boston MA

Date: 8-6-16

Couple: Bryan and Sal

And the good times keep on rolling! Bryan and Sal were amazing to work with and it was even better to see everything we planned and discussed come to life that day and evening. I have always wanted to DJ a wedding at the Liberty Hotel and it finally happened! I’ve done events and other gigs there before but never a wedding – so that was really fun for me. It’s one of my favorite buildings in Boston, if you’ve never been by to check it out – I highly suggest you do so ASAP!

My connection with Bryan and Sal dates back a few years ago now. I was put in touch with Bryan via Facebook I believe – as he was looking for a DJ to supply music for his Open heARTS fundraiser which I’ve now DJ’d a few times at 60 State Street. Once it was time for wedding planning he contacted me asking me to DJ and I was thrilled! I met with Bryan a couple of times before the date going over the timeline, schedule, all of the music details, etc. and we were good to go.

Due to possible rain in the forecast we had to move the dinner and dancing inside the day of – but we still got away with having the ceremony in a back courtyard of the Liberty and it was SO nice! Pre-ceremony music was a shuffled mix of some Vitamin String Quartet songs and then the wedding party and both grooms walked into ‘I Choose You’ by Sara Bareilles string version. I had a PA speaker and wireless mic set up for their friend who did a fantastic job as officiant. They even had their dog as part of the ceremony! So awesome. Once the ceremony wrapped up everyone walked out to the actual studio recording of Sara Bareilles ‘I Choose You’.

As I quickly broke down the ceremony music and set up – guests were then escorted back into one of the upper levels of the hotel lobby for cocktail hour. I was set up inside one of their ballrooms which would host the introductions, dinner, and dancing for the remainder of the night. As cocktail hour came to an end and the ballroom doors were then opened up – we went into introductions. From the parents – to Bryan’s party, Sal’s party, and the grooms themselves – they were all announced and introduced to a few different Beyoncé songs which everyone was loving. They had their first dance to ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ by Ingrid Michaelson, great choice!! Dinner music was a mix of some choices from the couple from Alicia Keys, Charlie Puth, Adele, etc. it fit very well for the room we were in and had a nice classy vibe to dinner.

Up next – dancing! As the grooms finished up eating we did cake cutting to a request of theirs ‘It Only Takes a Taste’ from the Waitress Musical and into parent dances directly after that. Bryan and his mother danced to ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ by Israel K. while Sal and his mother danced to a classic 90s tune ‘Iris’ from the Goo Goo Dolls which everyone started singing along to. Once the dance floor opened up there was no stopping this crowd! Awesome group of people to play to from Lady GaGa, Pitbull, Kelly Clarkson, to some boy bands of the 90s and gems of the 80s with Whitney, Madonna, and MJ. They were open minded to anything being played and we closed the night off with some Cher, Dirty Dancing’s ‘I’ve Had the Time of my Life’ (This was the song from what I remember where both grooms were crowd surfing and hoisted up before the final request from the grooms of ‘XO’ by Beyoncé. It was an amazing day and night and I was thrilled to be a part of this one!

CONGRATS to Mr. and Mr. Finocchio-Forte! Thank-you for having me!

Here are a couple quick iPhone pics I snapped throughout the day and night.

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