Kevin & Jessica – this is how we do it! 3rd wedding/2018 season.

Couple: Kevin & Jessica

Venue: The Starting Gate at GreatHorse, Hampden MA

Videography: One of the best humans out there, Luke Dent of Favorite Holiday Media

Photography: Prudente Photography

Date: 6-9-18

I am not going to be a broken record here anymore saying “this was the best one ever!” (even though, it really was), I’m just SO LUCKY I have hit a point in the wedding career I get to work with the best couples time and time again. The best couples who bring the best crowds at some of the most stunning and new venues for me to explore and play at.

Kevin & Jessica initially heard of me through a wedding planner recommendation & we soon connected for drinks just to go over their vision and vibe for the night to make sure I’d be a good fit & able to deliver exactly what they were looking for. This is one of the most fun parts of this job is getting to meet new people, hear all of their music ideas, and then a year or so later bring it all to life.

We got along great in our first meeting and they even came out to support my Friday night 90’s throwback gig at 6B Lounge. From there I was booked for June 9th and had several months to get to know them more & really personalize some setlists that would best represent them as a couple, while playing to the overall crowd as well. Luckily for me a majority of their ‘must play’ list consisted of classic 90s/early 00’s tunes which is totally my wheelhouse anyway. Their ‘do not play’ list was mostly just country music and line dance style songs. Again, a great fit for my personal preference as well.

K&J held their ceremony offsite so I didn’t have to supply music/audio for that. I was setup at the venue which was UNREAL by the way. Driving up to it had these massive gates with fire on top, felt like it was Game of Thrones. Once I pulled up to the actual venue, the view was stunning and the ballroom and deck for reception & cocktail hour were just perfect.

I had a small cocktail hour setup on the back deck area and the music they wanted for this was just a fun, mellow mix of old school funk and soul like Otis Redding, Al Green, to some Beyoncé and Kiiara. Guests all started arriving from the ceremony and things were underway. It was such a stress-free feel and vibe and everyone was in a good mood already.

With the conclusion of cocktail hour, guests made their way into the larger ballroom and found their seats for introductions. The wedding party led things off being introduced to ‘Levels’ by Avicii and up next was Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Hart being introduced to Calvin Harris ‘Feels So Close’ and they flowed directly into their first official dance as husband and wife to ‘You Are The Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne. Awesome energy in the room already & after a couple of toasts/speeches I threw on some chill dinner music they wanted, mix of old school Rat Pack stuff (Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr) to John Legend & Michael Buble.

Dinner wrapped up & we kicked the dance party off first with cake cutting and back to back parent dances. Jessica & her father danced to ‘Unforgettable’ by Nat King Cole, while Kevin & his mother danced to Billy Joel’s ‘Just The Way You Are’. From here it was open dance floor & the crowd quickly filled it & didn’t let up. Seriously, such a fun collection of people that I had the pleasure of playing music to. Old school soul like ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and Jackson 5 ‘I Want You Back’ into ‘I Want You Back’ from *Nsync and plenty of other amazing 90s gems. Slowed it down at one point & since they had no specific slow song request I went with a personal favorite of mine ‘Earth Angel’ from The Penguins (which I love from Back to the Future). Little top 40 to keep it fresh & current & back through the decades and genres. We closed the night out with ‘Shout’ and ‘Uptown Funk’ sending them off on a high note.

CONGRATS to Kevin & Jessica, and thank-you tons for the opportunity to DJ the big day. You guys rocked. Your crowd rocked. Your wedding rocked! So happy I was a part of this one. Cheers!


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