Wedding #7 – checkmate! Abigail and Tom (from across the pond)…

Venue: Overbrook House, Bourne (Cape Cod) MA

Date: 6-26-16

Couple: Abigail and Tom

Photo: Alexandera Roberts

Wedding Coordinator: Mandy and her amazing team from Hummingbird Bridal

Double-header wedding weekend here!

I was connected with Abigail and Tom a little while back from the one and only Mandy O’ Connor of Hummingbird Bridal & Events. Instantly we had a connection as they lived in London England, Abigail is from New England but moved over to London to live with Tom. My wife Melanie is also British so the UK/US connection was great between us. We had a couple of Skype calls to start and emails discussing music and everything was booked to go!

Mandy and I did a site visit a few months prior while Abigail and Tom were in Mass. visiting and it was awesome to actually meet them and their families after the Skype calls/emails for so many months. It was super helpful also to see the venue ahead of time as it was a little spread out and I had to do three different set ups – but we got everything rocking for the day itself!

They were SO great to work with. They knew exactly what they wanted and didn’t want for music. It was fun to do the British/American theme a little bit with music as well.

I showed up to the Overbrook House which is honestly one of the most gorgeous venues I’ve ever DJ’d to this point – I showed up several hours early and starting setting up.

Ceremony was held up on a hill in front of the main part of the house with a gorgeous backdrop of trees and sun. I had one PA speaker set up and wireless mic for Abigail’s father, Peter who officiated a truly memorable and heartfelt ceremony. One of Tom’s groomsman, Ben played acoustic guitar as the wedding party entered the ceremony and an exit song once it all wrapped up – it sounded great!

We then moved over to cocktail hour which was in another location of the venue down in an open field type of area. They had lawn games set up and the bar going – I had a really nice mellow mix of old school music from the Rat Pack days up to mellow folk indie stuff from The Lumineers, Feist, and some Amy Winehouse and Adele for the Brits!

Once cocktail hour came to a close everyone was shuffled into the tent which was in the general same area as cocktail hour so I had the same set up going for that. The food was AMAZING! Tom the groom (much like myself) is a total foodie and they had quite the spread to say the least. Dinner music was a mix of everything from Beatles, Stones, Bowie to Lord Huron, Of Monsters & Men, Postmodern Jukebox, and some Tom Petty for us Americans! We had some really hilarious speeches and toasts during this time as well.

Dinner wrapped up and we shuffled everyone over to the dance hall area of the venue. I quickly broke down my gear and threw it all in my car and re-setup in record time to get the party started! Abigail and Tom were introduced to the Austin Powers Theme music which not many people know is actually by Quincy Jones song “Soul Bossa Nova”. People loved it to say the least! Into their first dance as husband and wife they went to “Fill Your Heart” by the late and great David Bowie. And open dance floor was off! People were mingling inside the dance hall and outside for the evening and it was an awesome steady flow which allowed me to play some stuff I don’t usually get to play. Keeping the Stones/Beatles/Queen and other British bands going I was able to even throw in some Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, Edward Sharpe, M83, lots of good indie dance rock. Of course we had a great variety of some 80s/90s and tons of old school 60s/70s jams as well. The crowd was great and everyone had a blast. We closed the night out with Robbie Williams “Angels” to a massive group sing-along.

Thank you Abigail and Tom for having me! CONGRATS to you guys and I will surely let you know when I am over in the UK to connect and do drinks!

Thanks again to Mandy for connecting me with another fantastic couple and to Alexandra for being an awesome photographer to work with – it makes a huge difference when vendors known one another already! #DreamTeam

Cheers!

 

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