Final & 28th wedding of an incredible 2016 is here with Nicole and Jamie on NYE!

Venue: DoubleTree Hotel, Danvers MA

Couple: Nicole and Jamie Brooks

Photo: Wendell Fernandes Photography

Date: 12-31-16

What started back in April comes to an end with my biggest and busiest season yet. 28 weddings from April until now December 31st – 2016 you were amazing to me and every couple I worked with knocked it out of the park beyond anything I imagined! The final chapter of this season comes in with Nicole and Jamie who had the most amazing New Years Eve wedding ever. This was almost my first ever NYE wedding and I was so happy to be a part of it.

I met these two a while back and we all got along very well right away and soon after they booked me. SO easy to work with – Nicole was insanely organized which puts me at ease with details of music, timeline of the day, exactly what they did and did not want for music and the overall vibe of the night.

I arrived very early the day of the event since we had a couple of set ups to take care. The ceremony was held onsite on one part of the hotel in this gorgeous little courtyard area which I set up a speaker and supplied music and a mic for the ceremony itself. For pre – ceremony music we had a nice shuffle blend of Vitamin String Quarter songs going while guests arrived and took their seats. One the ceremony started their friend and officiant Malika took over and did an AMAZING job. The bridesmaids all entered to “Moon River” by the Honey Trees while the ring bearers and flower girl walked into “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Eva Cassidy. Nicole herself walked the aisle to live bagpipe music which sounded so gorgeous – awesome touch to the wedding. Once the ceremony ended and they said “I Do” they exited to a balloon drop from the ceiling and the song “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. It was such a fun ceremony to witness but also very serious when it needed to be.

Cocktail hour was held in a separate room and music was done by the bagpiper from the ceremony. As that was all going on – I had my final set up and sound check in the main ballroom waiting for everyone to enter. I had on some chill funk/soul background music as everyone made their way into the ballroom and found their tables. We then lined up the wedding party and Nicole and Jamie right outside for introductions. The wedding party was announced to “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd and everyone did a mini mannequin challenge! Nicole and Jamie were then introduced to “Miami” by Will Smith – they are both from Boston but actually met in Miami so that was just too perfect and fitting! They went directly into their first dance Lee Brice “I Don’t Dance”.

Up next we had a couple of speeches and toasts and I went into dinner music from that. We had a mix of some old school funk/soul stuff with a little bit of modern chill acoustic lounge stuff from the XX with some Of Monsters & Men, and of course some classic rock gems from the Stones/Petty and others. The crowd seemed to be into the dinner playlist which was great.

As dinner came to a close – I grabbed both Nicole and Jamie to do the parent dances and then open up the dance floor itself. Jamie danced with his mother to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts – then Nicole was up next dancing with her father to Bette Midler “You Are The Wind Beneath My Wings” – and from that we were off! I usually start things out old school but this crowd was ready and they were there to party so we went more Top 40 based and kicked off “We Found Love” by Rihanna and from there into everything of 80s/90s/old school classics like “Twist and Shout” etc. Since this was a NYE wedding also – Nicole & Jamie supplied party props of glow sticks and some bubble machines which we kicked on and the place was going crazy! SUCH a fun energetic crowd and went right into midnight with a countdown – at midnight itself I played about a minute of the classic “Auld Lang Syne” into Prince’s “1999” (a little 2016 in memory of him) and right into “Shout” from the Isley Brothers. We closed things down with a couple huge group sing alongs and before I knew it – time was up! This wedding FLEW by as it was just so energetic from start to finish.

I cannot thank Nicole and Jamie enough for having me run the big day with music. CONGRATS to you both!!

Couple iPhone pics to check out below:

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