Archive for June, 2011

Date: June 4

Location: On campus at Columbia College, right in front of Low Library

Attendance: Off the charts!

The best night shot I could get of the amazing lighting job on Low Library.

Nite-Time has been playing at Columbia College’s Alumni Weekend since before we were officially Nite-Time! I think this year was year 11. Over the years it has been a lot of fun for us and there’s always a great crowd of Columbia Alums that are out to celebrate and have a good time.

We always play a really wide range of music and this year was no exception. Honoring class years ending in 1 and 6, this year’s alumni weekend had guests from as far back as 1946 and we got in a little something for all of them. (I did however notice quite a few folks from the class of 1966 getting down to Lady Gaga, I’m just saying)…

The dance floor was packed all night! We kept the class of 2006 grooving with hits by Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry and The Black Eyed Peas, but the one thing everyone from ’76 to ’01 could agree on was the 80’s. MIchael Jackson, Rick Springfield, Tommy Tutone, Madonna and Journey were just a few highlights of our trip down what was, for the classes of ’81 & ’86, memory lane. For others like the class of ’96 it was retro rewind hour and man did they get into it! The dance floor looked like this from 9:30pm to 1:30am when the party came to a close…

I LOVE that this guy noticed me taking the shot right in time!!

We’re already gearing up for next year’s Starlight Reception and can’t wait to party with Columbia again! Thanks so much for having us and get ready 2’s and 7’s – it’s on!!

This year the Columbia Lion was put in a safe place to avoid the sometime tradition of toppling his ice sculpture during the party.


Date: 6/4/2011

Location: Matisse Restaurant, On the Beach in Belmar, NJ

First Dance: Such Great Heights, Iron and Wine

Ceremony: Right on the sand!

Lisa and Rafael are an adorable couple that wanted a beach wedding, and boy did they get one! The day was perfect. The sun was shining, it wasn’t too hot and they chose a wonderful location for their wedding. Matisse Restaurant is right on the boardwalk in Belmar, NJ just a few miles south of Asbury Park and the legendary Stone Pony, where Bruce Springsteen got his start.

The ceremony took place right on the sand. They had a friend perform it and play a little guitar as well. One of the highlights was the sand ceremony which has become very popular in the last few years. (Yves and I did one at our wedding, which was also beachy). The sand ceremony symbolizes the joining together forever of the couple’s lives. Two containers of sand are poured into one larger container, the sand can then never be separated again. It’s actually quite beautiful.

Inside, they set the tables up in more of a family style setting with long rows of tables so more people could dine together. There wedding was small and intimate, so this set up was really great for the guests.

The decor was vibrant and joyful with a “Lemon, Lime Orange” theme that ran throughout the place settings, and bridal party dress. It complimented the beachy background wonderfully.

Musically, Lisa and Rafael liked a lot of different things, including Beatles, Rihanna and Neil Diamond. Their first dance was a first for us and I though it was a great choice. Such Great Heights by Iron and Wine got things started off right. They served lunch buffet style, so we kept the music light in the beginning and then ramped up to a dance set of all of their favorites. Even Lisa’s 90 year old grandmother got up to dance! We played a taratella at her request and she got down! Honestly, when Lisa’s aunt pointed out that Grandma was 90 I was shocked. She really did not look it, and she certainly didn’t move like it…

We had a great time working with Lisa and Rafael and the amazing staff at Matisse. Believe it or not that was my first trip to the Jersey Shore, and I can’t wait to go back! There wasn’t a Snooki in sight!

Yves and Lisa at the end of the party!

A candid moment while Lisa and Rafael listened to their Best Men toast them!

Date: 5.21.2011

Location: The Octagon NYC, Roosevelt Island, NY

Purpose: To open the pool and kick start the season!

It was a gorgeous Saturday afternoon that came on the heels of about two straight weeks of rain in NYC (at least it felt that way). The good folks at The Octagon on Roosevelt Island took a chance on the weather and threw a huge shindig to get the summer season started with a bang. Luckily, the blue skies held on long enough to really make it a bash. With a scaled down version of Nite-Time in tow, Yves and I headed to the island. Believe it or not, in all my years in NYC, I’d never ventured to Roosevelt Island. I’m ready to move in! The Octagon NYC is on the northern part of the island. It was built onto the Octagon Tower, which began construction in 1837 and completed in 1839 to be the main administrative building of the lunatic asylum that was housed on Roosevelt Island in the 1800’s because “the pleasant island surroundings were thought to be conducive to both physical and mental rehabilitation”.

The building is full service and so was the party. They had an amazing spread of food, sangria, beer and soda. A cotton candy machine and snow cones for the kids and, of course what summer spectacular would be complete without a giant bounce house and petting zoo?

I’m not going to say there’s some kind of trend forming, but this is not the first party we’ve been a part of in the last year that had a petting zoo! (Check out “The Theme Party is Alive and Well” Sept. ’10)

So, back to the music. On the opposite side of the courtyard we could be heard rocking out to Motown, Classic Rock, R&B and Soul. We had to throw a bit of Jimmy Buffet in as well, just to fit the summer jam theme!

We had a great time and can’t wait to party with the folks at The Octagon NYC again. And hey, if you’re looking for a place… you should totally check them out. They throw one hell of a party!!