Date: May 12th

Location: Battery Gardens, Lower Manhattan, NY

First Dance: 1,2,3,4 by Plain White T’s

Melissa and Nate came to see us last fall at a charity event on the upper west side close to their home. After our performance they stayed for a chat and we really hit it off. They had recently been to an event with a band they described as “cheesy” and we assured them we are anything but.

Like most of our clients Melissa and Nate have very eclectic taste in music and we love it! We hit on a little bit of everything from Beyonce’ to Journey and, of course, no jewish wedding would be complete without a good luck Hora!

We provided a duo of flute and piano to play classical selections as well as an arrangement of All You Need is Love for Melissa and Nate’s ceremony. For the cocktail hour our flutist switched over to sax and he and the pianist played some light jazz which created the perfect background for mingling and appetizers.

Then it was time for dinner and dancing. We started off the evening with Melissa and Nate’s first dance selection 1,2,3,4 which was a great choice and a lot of fun to play. We got everyone to join them on the dance floor and went right into a traditional Hora to wish the couple good luck in their life together. After the Hora it was time for toasts by the best man and maid of honor.

Once dinner was finished however, we kicked off a dance set with one of Melissa’s top picks and a new addition to our song list, Love On Top by Beyonce’ we took that right into some Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and then got in the way back machine to hit on some classics like Get Down Tonight and I Wish. Some tunes are just always fun!

When it came time to cut the cake we played a scaled back version of the first dance as background music for the sweets!

Shortly after the cake cutting, Eddie, the maitre d’ came in with the announcement that there were fireworks taking place outside! That’s why you’ve gotta love New York. Anything can happen. Even impromptu fireworks right outside your wedding venue. The guests (and the band) took a moment to check out the display from the terrace.

Of course, the evening ended as it often does – with everyone dancing and singing along to classic rock tunes like Don’t Stop Believin’ and You Shook Me All Night Long, but for the very last song of the night we got everyone together for one last slow dance to the legendary At Last by Etta James.

Thanks Melissa and Nate!

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