Archive for December, 2012


Date: October 5

Location: The Garrison, Garrison, NY

First Dance: Little Trip to Heaven by Tom Waits

Post-Toast Dedication Song: Forever Young by Bob Dylan

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Heather and Dylan had amazing, warm and beautifully sunny early-fall weather for their wedding day. Their ceremony took place outdoors on the hilltop overlooking the Hudson River and the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The view was stunning, The Garrison is truly a lovely place for a wedding at any time of year, but there was something about this particular early October day that was just perfect.

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Musically, Heather and Dylan were a lot of fun to work with. They are huge fans of classic rock, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan and The Beatles just to name a few. Their ceremony featured solo piano versions of In My Life and All You Need is Love, and their cocktail hour played out to a background of stripped down classic rock tunes.

Dylan is a gemologist, so the cocktail hour room was accented by a wall of decorative crystals that were interspersed with the guests’ seating assignments and lyrics from some of Heather and Dylan’s favorite love songs.

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Their first dance was Little Trip to Heaven by Tom Waits, which we had (coincidentally) done for Eissa and Nick’s wedding a month earlier. It’s a great choice for a first dance, a heavily jazz-influenced early track from Mr. Waits first album Closing Time. Overall Heather and Dylan had some great special requests, including a guest appearance by a friend of theirs singing the song They Love Each Other by The Grateful Dead.

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Dylan’s dad however, made a request of us that turned out to be one of the coolest reception moments I can remember. He made a speech about the couple that was heartfelt and warm. Afterwards, he asked that we play Forever Young by Bob Dylan – a favorite song of theirs. He had lyric sheets hidden under each guest’s plate so that they could join in and sing along. At first, people were tentative to join Yves on vocals, but by the second chorus everyone was moved to sing and the whole room was filled with voices. It was such a great moment. I was able to take some video that you can check out on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

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Heather and Dylan were a joy to work with and they were as gracious and welcoming as the lovely setting they chose for their big day. We had a great time playing for them (and of course rocking out to Grateful Dead tunes later in the night). We wish them all the best in everything life has to offer. Until we meet again…

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Eissa and Nick at Gary’s Loft

Date: September 8th

Location: Gary’s Loft, W36th St., NYC

First Dance: Little Trip to Heaven by Tom Waits

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Eissa and Nick came to see us at one of our shows at the Underground Lounge back in April and decided to hire Nite-Time for their cool loft wedding in NYC. They’re both huge fans of classic rock and wanted an emphasis on that for their reception. Nick loves Billy Joel, so we played hits like You’re My Home, New York State of Mind and You May Be Right by request. Eissa is also a jazz lover, so we also covered a wide range of jazz standards early in the evening while people were still mingling.

Gary’s Loft set the stage perfectly. The reception started while it was still light outside and sun filled the room through two huge skylights. The mostly white interior of the loft had a heavenly glow about it, and as the sun went down, candle light filled the room to create just the right mood.

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The bar was set up in front of what looked like an old shower to keep the loft apartment feel going.

For the ceremony and the first half of the cocktail hour Eissa and Nick opted for a string quartet, they did an amazing job playing both classical selections and some more modern standards.

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Abigail Kirsch served delicious passed appetizers like lobster BLTs for cocktails with panache and created a wonderful dinner comprised of small plates like braised short rib and asian noodles served in little take out containers. Eissa and Nick wanted a more laid-back cocktail party atmosphere for their reception which turned out to be both sophisticated and fun. There were plenty of seating options, so people could eat or lounge or dance at their leisure.

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We played dance music throughout the night  so that people would always have the option to get up on the floor. When it came time for us to stop, Nick asked us to keep playing so that everyone could keep on dancing for a little while longer. Even Nick’s grandma got in on the dancing!

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Eissa and Nick truly achieved their goal of a chic and sophisticated yet laid-back NYC wedding. Here are some more pics…

A cool photo collage of Eissa and Nick together hung on the wall near the bar.

A cool photo collage of Eissa and Nick together hung on the wall near the bar.

Rustic tables and unmatched chairs made up just part of the NYC Shabby Chic look of Gary's Loft.

Rustic tables and unmatched chairs made up just part of the NYC Shabby Chic look of Gary’s Loft.

Another great shot of Eissa and Nick's first dance.

Another great shot of Eissa and Nick’s first dance.

Another cool detail.

Another cool detail.

Heather and Dylan were married back in October at The Garrison with the amazing backdrop of the Hudson River Valley. They’re our featured wedding for October and should be up on our blog this week. In the meantime we thought we’d share this note that they sent to Yves a few weeks after the wedding…

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Hi Yves,

 
Now that the dust has settled I wanted to take a moment to thank you for an amazing night.  You guys rocked!!  So many people came up to us to tell us you guys were the best wedding band they every heard.  Thank you for making our night so wonderful!  I wrote a review for you on Wedding Wire and would be more than happy to be a reference for you guys for any upcoming events.
 
Thanks again!!
 
Much love and gratitude,
Heather and Dylan