Wedding #8 of 2016 – Meet the Sweeney’s!

Venue: Museum of Science, Boston MA

Date: 7-2-16

Couple: Dana and Mike Sweeney

I cannot even begin to describe how happy I was to be a part of this wedding. Let’s back up about3 or 4 years now to when I first met Dana at my Friday night gig “90s Night” at 6B Lounge. Dana would frequent this night and soon became a regular and I became very familiar with her requests each week. (Whitney Houston, Salt N Peppa, Rob Base, and Juvenile). Well as chance would have it she apparently met Mike outside of 6B and somehow lured him into the throwback night – and the rest is history! Also – having the wedding at the Museum of Science with all of the T Rex’s was just more than fitting. It had all come full circle and it was amazing!

After several emails and a couple of meetings we were all on the same page in terms of flow of the night and music suggestions. They had an awesome theme of movies and TV shows so it was fun being able to sneak in stuff like “Jump In The Line” from Beetlejuice and “Goonies R Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper from the Goonies.

Arriving to the venue hours early – it was a very simple unloading process and getting set up was a breeze. The ceremony and reception were all in back of the Museum. The ceremony itself was held right along the water outside and it was a perfect day for it! Never know weather wise what you’ll get in New England but it was great. They had a live guitarist play their pre ceremony and ceremony music itself – while I provided a PA speaker and wireless mic for their friend who did a great job officiating the wedding. As they exited after the “I Do’s” was my cue to play “You’re My Best Friend” from Queen. People loved it and it really set the tone this was going to be a fun night. Also a massive note to add is 6B Lounge 90s Night made it into both of their vows!! I felt so proud haha.

I had a smaller setup outside where the ceremony was held also set up for cocktail hour playing a mix of some mellow 80s stuff from Duran Duran, The Cars, The Cure, and some classics from Bob Dylan, The Stones, etc. Once that wrapped up everyone then moved into the tent which was all right in the same area and I had my bigger main set up in there ready to go. While guests were coming in just had some background chill jazzy tunes playing and then went right into introductions. The wedding party to start was introduced to “Uptown Funk” then switched to “Work It” by Missy Elliot for the last part of the bridal party. Up next was Dana and Mike walking into “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and into their first dance “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges. (Guys – if you’ve not heard Leon Bridges album GO LISTEN NOW! It is incredible for a modern day artist, well for any artist for that matter!)

After the speeches and toasts the dinner stations all opened and I had a similar vibe going from cocktail hour to this of the mellow 80s stuff mixing in some of the Post Modern Jukebox covers of 80s and 90s as well. Dinner came to a close and into parent dances we went. Mike danced with his mother to “Kind & Generous” by Natalie Merchant and Dana and her father did Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” and invited everyone up to join them halfway through to start the party! And off we went – all over the place with stuff like “Party Rock Anthem” into “Signed Sealed Delivered” and “Your Love” by the Outfield. It was one of the most fun groups I’ve ever DJ’d to and I knew that would be the case knowing Dana and Mike. They had a box of party props as well wigs, hats, glowsticks which just brings out the weirdness of people (I mean that in the best way possible) haha. I even rocked a wig for half the wedding myself! Closing song of the night chosen by the couple was SUCH an awesome idea I would not have thought of and a massive sing-along broke out “Forever Young” by Sir Rod Stewart.

Congrats to the Sweeney’s and thank-you a million for having me be a part of the big day!! Hope to see you guys at 90s Night sometime soon!

 

 

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