Wedding #10 of 2015! Incredible!!!

I mean, I knew this wedding would be awesome from the day Ryan & Crystal asked me to DJ but seeing it come to life for the weekend was above & beyond what I had pictured in my head!

I’ve known this couple for quite a while now. Ryan used to be my former manager at 6B Lounge where I still currently DJ every Friday night for “90s Night”. When you want to talk about two people who just are purely genuine and wicked wicked WICKED nice – it’s these two right here. I’m lucky to be able to call them friends in addition to rocking their wedding. Ryan and I have similar tastes in music with rock and Crystal is a huge 90s fan so we had a great time compiling music for the night.

The wedding was held August 8th at the Mountain View Grand Resort about 3 hours from Boston in Whitefield, NH. I was able to get a full weekend at this incredible resort, headed up Friday to attend rehearsal dinner and mingle with some of the guests. The place is HUGE with tons to do. Indoor and outdoor pools, a farm full of animals, and the best part of all THEY HAD AXE THROWING! I took advantage of everything they had to offer.

Wedding day was great. Ceremony was held outside with the most breathtaking view of the mountains in the background. Pictures really don’t do it justice. I had set up one PA speaker and a wireless mic for the ceremony and they had two amazing musicians provide the music for this part of the night along with cocktail hour.

We then all moved into the Presidential ballroom for dinner and dancing. My main DJ set up was in there and once cocktail hour wrapped up we went right into the wedding party introductions which was done to “Jump” by Kris Kross and Ryan & Crystal were announced to “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake. The crowd was loving the music choices! Their first dance was “Let’s Stay Together” by the amazing Al Green. Dinner music was a combo of Miles Davis/John Coltrane and some instrumental Beatles tracks by Bill Frisell.

Once dinner wrapped up (which was AMAZING btw – seriously some of the best wedding food I’ve had) we got parent dances going. Crystal & her father danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts while Ryan & his mother danced to “Loves Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon. It was then that the dance floor was open and things were nonstop until the 11pm curfew! Such a fun crowd into everything and very energetic. With most weddings since it’s a lot of age ranges and different music tastes I tried to touch on all of that playing old school 50’s doo-wop stuff with some 70s funk and soul into top 40 and everything in between from the 80s and 90s. It was a blast!

Photos listed below are of my favorite activity at the resort Axe Throwing, along with the ceremony, the cake, the dance party, myself with the bride & groom, and the favors at the end were incredible! They love to travel so the idea of a suitcase of mints and airplane bottle opener was very fitting.

Thank you Ryan & Crystal and congrats to you both!!! You guys ROCK!!!

 

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Wedding #9 – Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

Wedding #9 of the 2015 season took place Friday July 17th at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye, New Hampshire. Easily one of the most gorgeous venues I’ve been to yet. Leah and Scott were amazing to work with and I was lucky enough to form a friendship with these two over the months and months of connecting on wedding details. They would frequent the 90s Night I DJ every Friday at 6B Lounge and stop by the Hip Hop Brunch I was doing at Zocalo. Leah (like myself) is very fond of the old school 90s hip hop/R&B so that was a must have to incopriate into the dancing of the wedding. This was also the second weekend in a row I got to work with (and was reffered by) the myth, the legend Abby Lorenz of Lorenz Photography. Always a blast whenever her and I team up to rock a wedding together.

The set up for this wedding was a small PA set up for the ceremony outside by the water with music which I supplied and a wireless microphone for the readers. I loved Leah’s choices for ceremony music. She had the bridesmaids walk to “Latch” acoustic version by Sam Smith and then Leah herself walked the aisle to the “Jurassic Park Theme” done by the Piano Guys – amazing version and take on John Williams classic tune. The recessional song they walked out together was “Send Me On My Way” by Rusted Root. Everyone in the crowd was loving it!

We moved into cocktail hour from there which was all in the same set up and location as dinner and reception would be. Cocktail music was chill jazzy stuff and then we went right into the introduction. Parens and the wedding party were introduced to “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO and the newlyweds were announced to the beginning of “La Vie En Rose” by Louis Armstrong which led right into the first dance of that song as well. Leah wasn’t aware of this but her parents had contacted me a few weeks prior to the wedding to let me know that at the beginning of dinner for Leah’s father welcome toast he would be doing a surprise song of “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. I actually found an instrumental version of it on iTunes and sent that to him to practice singing over and it was AWESOME at the wedding! Dinner started shortly after that and was a mix of old and new stuff all mellow from Beatles and Stones to Of Monsters & Men and Mumford & Sons.

Parent dances took place right as dinner wrapped up. Scott and his mother danced to “In My Life” by the Beatles and Leah and her father was to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. It was then time to party! I kicked things off with some old school Jackson 5 and KC & The Sunshine Band and moved quickly into some top 40 and mixed it all up with the 80s and 90s. Such a fun crowd to DJ for and wish we had more time. The dance party always seems to fly by as soon as we get started. The night ended with a sparklers send off as everyone gathered outside and formed a huge aisle.

Thank you Leah & Scott for letting me rock the house and CONGRATS to you both, very happy for you guys!

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Wedding #8 – in the books and WOW! This was INCREDIBLE!!!

Deb and Kevin. July 11th, 2015 at Artists for Humanity Center in Boston. This was around my 7th or so time at this venue over the last several years now all thanks to the amazing photo master Abby Lorenz. It is always an absolute pleasure whenever I get to team up with Abby for weddings and I cannot thank her enough for connecting me with this couple. They were a joy to work with from start to finish and luckily I see a friendship continuing on past the wedding especially since we are by chance neighbors! Small world after all. Also getting to return to AFH as a venue is great getting to see Jeanne who runs Gourmet Caterers and do the BEST job every single time I’ve been to this venue.

I met with Deb and Kevin several times to discuss all of the details of the day. They were super organized and open to music suggestions and ideas along with providing me some of their “must plays” during the night. I set up a PA speaker for the ceremony which Deb’s brother Scott actually plugged his acoustic guitar into to play all of the ceremony music. It sounded great! I was in charge of the recessional song which is one of my personal favorites they chose “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontangne. Cocktail hour was a mix of jazz and indie singer songwriter which was also transitioned into the dinner music. Miles Davis to Of Monsters & Men, to Thelonious Monk and David Gray.

I did all of the introductions for the wedding party who were introduced to “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson and the couple was introduced to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. After that there was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen take place at a wedding. Deb contacted me a while ago about this telling me she was going to have the dance group she used to be a part of Static Noyze surprise Kevin and all of the guests and do a flashmob style dance to start the party to “Shut Up & Dance” by Walk The Moon. They ran out onto the dance floor and everyone was in awe and the best part was halfway through the song Deb in wedding gown and all joined them! From there it was open dance floor and I was mixing up everything from old school funk and soul into (upon Deb’s request of her love for hip hop) Missy Elliot, Montell Jordan and tons of others. This crowd was unstoppable. Danced nonstop and were requesting some great jams as well. Since it was Abby’s actual birthday that day – we decided to give her a birthday shout out in the middle of a song as well!

Thanks and CONGRATS to an amazing couple!!!

 

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Wedding #7 of the season was AMAZING!

My lucky #7 wedding of the 2015 season was on Saturday June 27th at the Tatnuck Country Club in Worcester, MA. I was connected with the couple Kathleen and Paul from one of my close friends Meghan, it was her mother’s wedding. As usual I met with them both a couple of times before the big day to talk details, logistics of set ups, and music must plays. They were so fun and easy going to work with and just wanted to throw a good party for the guests, and we did just that! I arrived to the venue very early to set up a PA speaker and two wireless microphones outside for the ceremony. They had a live guitarist who played music during the ceremony along with some live singing which all sounded great. Cocktail hour was done by the guitar player as well and it was very relaxing solid background music while people grabbed drinks and chatted with one another.

I loved the dinner choices they had set up. Since this is the summer they had a very summery vibe going on with gourmet burgers and hot dogs. People were very into it!

Everyone then moved inside for the cake cutting and introductions and the most amazing dance party. I didn’t really know what to expect as the crowd was very mellow and laid back but once the first song started the dance floor was packed and did NOT stop! Kathleen and Paul wanted a good mix of incredible classic rock tunes from the Stones, Petty, etc. all the way to the newest songs out on the charts. I had so much fun with this crowd knowing they would dance to anything. I cannot thank Meghan enough for connecting me on this gig – seriously one of the best times I’ve had as a DJ! Congrats Kathleen and Paul you guys are awesome!

 

Sadly – the night got away from me and I did not get a photo with the couple!

 

Here is a view from the DJ booth and me in the background while Kelly, Meghan, and Mike give their speeches! (and the delish wedding cake)

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Open HeARTS BMC Cancer Walk Event

I had the pleasure of returning to this amazing event on June 25 of this year. Open HeARTS foundation holds this event once a year to support cancer research. Being personally affected in my family by cancer there is no way I could pass on donating my time, gear, and music to DJ for the evening.  This event is held 33 floors up at the State Room in Boston which is always awesome to see the view of the city that far up! They also had a great surprise celebrity guest and cancer survivor; former gold medalist Olympian Scott Hamilton who was very inspiring and moving to hear his story. The whole night itself is very emotional and full of inspiration as cancer survivors walk the runway modeling fashion designers of the area new clothing lines. I was responsible for playing all of the selected songs for each series of designers. Once the catwalk runway portion of the night concluded everyone moved upstairs for a little cocktail hour reception as I played some fun upbeat background music. Very happy to be a part of this again, thanks again for having me!!

Click HERE to read the review on the event from the Boston Globe as well.

 

My view from the DJ booth 33 floors up looking out over Boston and a photo of Scott Hamilton!

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6th wedding in a row! Here we go…

John and Narda! This wedding was great. Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at The Whispering Pines Conference Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. The venue was so nice, set in the middle of the woods pretty much and we were set up right on a lake for the ceremony and dancing. I met the couple through the wonderful Sara Smile photography. She was the photographer of the wedding I DJ’d last October for Claire and Kevin. Nice little surprise was Claire the bride of that wedding was assisting Sara and that was awesome to see her and reconnect. John knew exactly what he wanted for music star to finish. I supplied music for the ceremony and his friend Jim and daughter Helen also did a great cover of ‘Time after Time’. The recessional song was Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger ‘(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back’. This set the tone for the party about to take place with it’s fun upbeat reggae rock vibe. Cocktail hour and dinner music was a mix of mellow reggae and mellow classic rock which was fun for a change instead of classy jazzy instrumentals. I loved the cake cutting song choice of ‘Mellow Yellow’ such a great tune. Once the party started the dance floor was packed and did not stop until the last note of the last song. It was a mix of a little modern top 40 stuff (Walk The Moon, Mark Ronson) meshed with some Bob Marley, UB40, Toots & The Maytals, and classic rock of the Stones, Beatles, and Tom Petty. I ended the night with the biggest party song of all time, which I end a lot of weddings with to go out on a high note ‘Shout’ by the Isley Brothers. This crowd was full of energy and I wish we could have gone another hour or two. John and Narda, congrats to you both and thank-you for including me at the big day!IMG_4807IMG_4798

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Wedding #5 is in the books

Saturday, May 30th, 2015. Wedding number five of the season. Casey and AJ. I was connected with this amazing couple from Emma and Chris who’s wedding I DJ’d July of 2014 at Glen Magna Farm. I couldn’t be happier for the connection – this wedding was SO fun! Casey was beyond organized with all of her music and notes, timeline of the day, how things would flow, etc. and that helps me a bunch. They were so relaxed the times I met with them and just wanted to throw “an awesome party” was basically the theme of the day. The wedding was held in Gloucester (no Mark Wahlberg did not show up even though I did play Marky Mark). The venue was GORGEOUS. Annisquam Yacht Club right on the water.
For the ceremony which I supplied music and sound for – it was held right at the venue on the pier/dock area and it was pretty much the coolest bridal entrance ever. Casey took a boat over from the house they were staying at with her bridesmaids and family as a huge grand entrance. As Casey was pulling around the corner she selected for me to play bell buoy sounds to alert the crowd she was arriving and docking. (I suggested we play the Jaws theme music – Casey didn’t like that joke too much haha). Once the ceremony wrapped up we went right into cocktail hour which was requested to keep it old school classy jazz music. Lots of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. The introduction song for Casey and AJ was ‘Blue Sky’ by The Allman Brothers. Such an awesome song and fitting for such a gorgeous blue sky day we had. Dinner music was transitioned from cocktail still with the jazzy classic feel but getting more into Sinatra, Dean Martin, some mellow classic rock as well. It was soon enough time for dancing! We got things underway with a mix of any and everything. Black Eyed Peas to Jackson 5. This crowd was into everything – they just wanted to party, and party they did! Once things ended – I actually quickly broke down all of my gear and headed a mile down the road to DJ their after party with another amazing DJ. We had a BLAST and the couple was nice enough to put my great girlfriend assistant and I up for the evening. I rarely get to hang out after the weddings are complete so this was fun for me to do. THANK YOU to these guys for choosing me to rock the party (and after party!). CONGRATS!!!

One thing – I ALWAYS get pictures with every couple at the end of the wedding – for some reason I have no idea how this happened but I did not get one with Casey and AJ. Here is a shot of me in the background and Casey tearing up the dance floor!

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Wedding #4, done and done!

May 24th, 2015 in Manchester VT 3.5 hours from Boston was Alyssa and Max’s wedding held at the 1811 House.   The view of this place was truly breathtaking and the old school rustic vibe from the couple they detailed was perfect. I was hooked up with this couple and gig from a website called Gigzolo. They contacted me seeing I was in the New England/Boston area and first seeing how far I travel and if I know “indie rock music” at all. Well I absolutely do! I was the connected with the couple and since we couldn’t actually meet up because of our locations we were in constant contact via email, phone calls, and Skype just to make sure I was on the same page at all times with their requests for music. I will tell you, this was the most specific wedding playlist I’ve ever arranged in my years of doing weddings and turned out to be hands down one of the best weddings I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of. Alyssa and Max didn’t want the standard big old dance party loud crazy top 40 and “cheesy” wedding songs. Instead they wanted to throw a party, actually hang out and socialize with all of their family and friends but with a really good soundtrack throughout the night. Cocktail hour was all folk rock from Old Crow Medicine Show, Josh Ritter, M. Ward, and others. Dinner moved into artists like Joanna Newson, old and early Modest Mouse, old mellow Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, the Shins, etc. The reception part of the night was all indie rock and old school 80s nu-wave like the Smiths, New Order, and as a few people started dancing on their own I did go off the beaten path a little from their playlist and kept it very indie dance pop oriented with Hot Chip, Junior Boys, Empire of the Sun, but kept staying on course with their playlist as best I could as well. What was so great about having such a specific playlist is it introduced me to several new artists and bands! I had never heard of Langhorne Slim, Tennis, or Junip and bough all their albums on iTunes for this event and they’ve been in my home rotation for a few weeks now! Score! Alyssa and Max – you guys were amazing. Your friends were amazing all night and your family (especially the parent toasts) were all amazing. I cannot thank you guys enough for choosing me to represent you in terms of music. Congrats to you both!! (Oh and the cupcake tower, hell yes!)

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Wedding #3 is in the books!

Wedding #3 is with Richie and Brynne. This was held May 16th, 2015 33 floors above the streets of Boston at the State Room in the Harborside Room. My friend Kevin recommended me months ago to these two and the rest is history. They were SO fun to work with but also super organized which helps me a ton and puts me at ease. Everything was planned out for all different parts of the night from cocktail hour being a very loungey electro chill vibe with bands like Air, older M83, and Stereolab. I had the pleasure of introducing this couple to Hall and Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” and let’s be honest – there aren’t many things better than Hall and Oates. Dinner music moved into some indie tunes like older Radiohead, Of Monsters & Men, and throwing in some mellow classic rock from the Stones, Beatles, Dylan. This was the latest wedding I’ve ever DJ’d before I have to state. I started cocktail hour music at 8pm and they had the venue until 1am. The ceremony was held offsite at the MIT chapel. I figured that people would start fading out around 11/12ish but not the case at all, intact it was the other way around with them begging for more music even when we still ended at 1am. Brynne and Richie chose to end the night with the most epic endings of all time. All 8 minutes of “November Rain” by Guns N Roses. Not to mention that during the craziness of the dance party mixed with a lot of old school hip hop and classic rock tunes – shirts were flying off of some of the guys in the crowd so naturally Nelly’s “It’s Getting Hot In Here” was played! Brynne and Richie rock. This wedding rocked. The entire crowd rocked. I want to do this all over again soon, seriously. IT ROCKED!!! Thanks both of you for choosing me to DJ!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!

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Wedding #2 of the season!

Blair and Patrick. Enough said. This wedding was AWE-SOME!! I met this couple back in the fall of 2014 and we connected right off the bat. They explained exactly what they wanted and did not want and I felt like I had a good understanding of their vision. We worked closely together over the next several months on music specifics and let me tell you – the end result was this couple can throw on heck of a party. It was held (May 9th, 2015) at the venue above Cheers in Boston at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill.  I had my main set up in the bigger room of the night for dinner and dancing but had a smaller set up which was upstairs for the cocktail hour and dessert. Their introduction songs were by the indie noise rock pop band Sleigh Bells and Blair even had tambourines for the wedding party to ring along as they were introduced – it was awesome and very fitting! The music for the night was a mix of everything but more of a touch of indie dance music like Passion Pit, Phoenix, Walk The Moon, etc. and Blair chose to end the night with “Build Me Up Buttercup” and naturally a massive sing-along took place. Another awesome part of this wedding was FINALLY after all these years of her referring  me to couples and connecting me with gigs – I was able to return the favor and recommended Abby Lorenz Photography to Blair and Pat. This was a massive win-win and always a blast to work with Abby. We’ve been doing weddings together now since 2011. Thanks to these two for having me run the music for their wedding and congrats!!! I had a blast getting to work with you and know you guys, drinks and hang-outs are in order!

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