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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