Third Wedding of 2017 – done and done!

Couple: Lindsay and Scott

Venue: Publick House, Sturbridge MA

Videography: The amazing Luke Dent of Favorite Media Holiday

Date: 3-19-17

Lindsay and Scott’s wedding will not soon be forgotten on my end. This one was one for the books on every aspect. I’ve been fortunate to know Lindsay for several years now and be able to call her a good friend. When she first started telling me about the this new guy Scott a couple of years back – I was thrilled for them. As time went on I kept hearing his name mentioned more and more to “we are buying a house together” then to “we just got engaged! Will you DJ?!” Without hesitation I said yes and could not wait to see everything come to life on the big day.

I absolutely LOVE the venue they chose for the wedding. I’ve DJ’d there before but aside from that will sometimes just do a day trip out there for lunch or dinner, it’s an awesome old historic inn and I highly suggest checking it out. The food is unreal there. Leading up to the wedding – we had met up and gone over all of the details of flow, vibe, music must plays and do not plays, etc. as I do with all of my couples. I already knew Lindsay loves country so I had to make sure I had that genre covered haha. They were a dream to work with – so easy and chill but knew what they wanted at the same time.

Once the day arrived after months of planning, emails back and forth, song ideas and everything else it was show time! I arrived to the Publick House as I always do for weddings super early for set up and soundcheck. Luckily this was a very easy set up and load in for myself. The ceremony and reception were held inside a dining room area of the venue – while cocktail hour was just beyond that location in a little barn-esque type of area. So gorgeous and old school – all wooden exposed beams with that rustic New England vibe. For pre-ceremony music we had a playlist shuffling of chill Vitamin String Quartet songs mixed in with some Michael Buble/Jason Mraz love songs. As the ceremony began the bridal party processed to Ben Rector “Forever Like That” while Lindsay walked the aisle to an instrumental version of “Marry Me”. The ceremony was great and once it concluded and said “I Do”, Scott and Lindsay walked off to “Everything” by Michael Buble.

The guests all then ventured into the cocktail hour area while the venue flipped the room from ceremony to reception/dinner. I had a speaker in place with a playlist shuffling of all music Scott and Lindsay wanted. David Grey to the Lumineers, Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash, The Beatles to Steely Dan. The guests seemed to be enjoying it along with their cocktails.

As the cocktail hour came to a close and the main reception room was opened back up I was inside continuing the cocktail music transition with chill tunes as everyone took their seats for introductions. We first announced the group of groomsman who all entered to “Through the Wire” by Kanye and the group of bridesmaids all entered to “Walking on Sunshine”. As soon as Mr. and Mrs. Russell were announced to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by JT and received a massive applause they went directly into their first dance “Mean to Me” by Brett Eldredge. Dinner began as usual with a couple of toasts and speeches which were all very well done and we had a good mix for dinner music from some mellow 90s alt rock from The Cranberries and Wallflowers with some more classic rock stuff from Petty, Bruce, and the Stones thrown in. And yes, more country as well of course. With dinner winding down Lindsay and Scott both had their parent dances back to back to kick things off for the dance party. Scott danced with his mother to the classic Boyz II Men song “Mama” while Lindsay danced to “I’ll Be There” by Josh Turner. As soon those ended we dimmed down the lights and were off! Kicked things off old school funk and soul to get everyone involved with some Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Sly & The Family Stone moving into some top 40 Bruno Mars, JT, Taylor Swift, and others. Of course not leaving out the gems of the 80s and 90s as well which are always huge crowd pleasers. I have to be honest – when I first got booked and saw it was on a Sunday evening I was thinking “hmmmm this will be fairly mellow then”. NOT the case. This crowd was here to party and here to stay! Here to stay to the point where we broke our original set curfew and I ended up playing for another half hour or so. They didn’t want it to end and neither did I. When you have a crowd that engaged and awesome it just flies by. Being that it was Saint Patrick’s weekend I had to throw in “Shipping Up to Boston” and House of Pain’s “Jump Around” We capped the night off with a special request from Lindsay and Scott “Loving You Easy” by Zac Brown Band.

Seriously everything was amazing. The detail and all of the hard work and planning these two put into it was shown and made it a night not to forget. I am so lucky and honored to have been a part of this one – I wish you guys the best and thanks again for choosing me to rock the house!

Couple of quick iPhone pics below:(Scott was MIA at the end of the night for our “couples” pic haha)

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