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photo courtesy of Mitch Wojnarowicz.

photo courtesy of Mitch Wojnarowicz.  www.mitchwed.com

 

Thanks to all of our amazing brides and grooms for your wonderful reviews on Weddingwire.com, they’ve earned Nite-Time a Couple’s Choice Award for 2015!

We are so lucky to get to work with all of you. Thanks for rocking’ it with us last year, lets do it again in 2015.

Check out the cool badge we got for our website…

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Date: September 13th

Location: Wainwright House, Rye, NY

First Dance: Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Number of Streakers: 1!

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We played for Tina’s brother Frank’s wedding a few years back and when she started planning for her own special day with her fiancé Jeremy she jumped on the phone to make sure we were available for the date. I’m so glad we were! We had a great time with everyone at Frank’s wedding, and we were excited to rock it out again with the whole clan.

Tina and Jeremy chose the Wainwright House for it’s beautiful waterside location. The ceremony was planned for outside, and the couple chose some really beautiful songs for it like A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and This Is the First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes. We had a trio of piano, guitar and voice all set to play by the water. Then the rain came! No worries, a little shuffling and we were all safe and dry inside the Wainwright House’s tented reception area. The ceremony was beautiful and went off without a hitch. For their cocktail hour, Tina and Jeremy chose to have our pianist play at the acoustic piano in the parlor of the main house. The guests had passed apps and drinks inside before making their way out to the tent again to get the reception pumping!

Tina and Jeremy kicked things off with their first dance, Somewhere Only We Know by Keane, a great song that we love to do. By this time the rain had subsided and guests were able to mingle inside and outside of the tent, but we were there, so mostly – there was dancing.

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Tina’s stepdad, Ed got up to sing with the band and rocked! He stayed up and helped us out on backgrounds for a while and we all had a great time with it. It was while Ed was on stage that I saw a figure flash by the outside of the tent. It almost didn’t register, until I saw it again. It was a man, a NAKED MAN!! Awesome! Tina and Jeremy had their very own wedding streaker!! That was a first for me, but Ed told me that this particular streaker had a history of nude jogging that dates back to his college days. Ha! Too fun.

Caught in the act... kinda.

Caught in the act… kinda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed and the band rocking out.

Ed and the band rocking out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina’s family owns Garden Catering in Connecticut, they’re famous for their chicken nuggets which made a perfect end of the night party favor for all of their guests (and me). Those are some seriously delicious nuggets and they definitely hit the spot on the ride home 😉

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Tina and Jeremy chose a lot of great music for their reception, but there were three tunes that had to be played for sure. We played them at Frank and Kate’s wedding and it’s a family tradition to end the night with what we call the Animal House trilogy. We start with Twistin’ the Night Away and take it into Shama Lama Ding Dong. Then we finish it off with a healthy dose of Shout! Good times.

This was a fun bunch that didn’t let the weather get them down and it was great to see Frank again and his wife Kate and their three adorable kids. A fun and beautiful family, hope to see you all again soon!

Tina, Jeremy, Yves and Amy!

Tina, Jeremy, Yves and Amy!

 

 

Happy 2015 Everyone!!

We are coming out of hibernation and swinging into full planning mode for the upcoming season we can’t wait to party with you all!

Meanwhile, Yves and I have been playing as a duo up in Windham, NY quite a bit and we’re having a great time doing it. Skiers are fun folks!!

We also want to thank our awesome couple Kristen and Sean who got hitched back in August for sending along some great pics of the band from their wedding and give a shout out to their wonderful photographer Amy Rizzuto. Thanks for sharing these with us.

photo by Amy Rizzuto Photography

photo by Amy Rizzuto Photography

 

photo by Amy Rizzuto Photography

photo by Amy Rizzuto Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo by Amy Rizzuto

photo by Amy Rizzuto Photography

 

Here’s a couple we snapped…

Kristen and Sean's first dance. Into the Mystic by Van Morrison.

Kristen and Sean’s first dance. Into the Mystic by Van Morrison.

Kristen, Sean and Amy!

Kristen, Sean and Amy!

 

Amanda and Doug at Keene Farm.

Date: August 16th

Location: Keene Farm, Stuyvesant, NY

First Dance: Waltzing Fool by Lyle Lovett

Views: Stunning!

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We met Amanda and Doug through friends of ours in the Hudson Valley. Amanda is a gifted and accomplished Soprano and Doug is a member of the family that owns Golden Harvest Farm, the farm that not only supplies the apples that Doug’s brother uses to make Core Vodka, but also supplied the apples for the pie served at President Obama’s inaugural dinner. How cool is that?

Keene Farm, owned by a family friend of Doug’s (and one of the original founders of MTV) was the perfect setting for Amanda and Doug’s laid back, yet elegant vision for their wedding day. The property has amazing views, a beautiful pond and plenty of space to create different experiences throughout the event. Dinner was served under a tent by the main house, and drinks and dancing were in the barn up the hill.

The view from the barn on Keene Farm.

The view from the barn on Keene Farm.

Amanda and Doug had friends providing lighter acoustic music for the ceremony and for during the cocktail hour. At their wedding they wanted to have dinner served first and then move on to dancing, so we hit the stage after the delicious roast pig feast was served to rock everyone out! We started out with some easy dance music to lure everyone away from the dinner tent and then transitioned into the couple’s first dance Waltzing Fool by Lyle Lovett.

When we met with Amanda and Doug they were so open to all genres of music for dancing and welcomed our suggestions, but they knew for sure what song would be their first dance. On one of their first dates they saw a Lyle Lovett concert and just fell in love with the song, and each other.

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After the first dance, we did our thing and rocked out – so did the folks on the dance floor. Then we got a chance to dance when Doug and some of his friends took to the stage to play a couple of tunes. Didn’t I mention, Doug is a musician as well! These two were so much fun.

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Here are some more fun pics from the evening…

The awesome 1948 Cadillac was parked beside the house. We just had to snap a pic!

The awesome 1948 Cadillac was parked beside the house. We just had to snap a pic!

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A blurry Amanda and Doug shake a couple of tail feathers!

Ummm. There were deer!

Ummm. There were deer!

Amanda and Doug weren't the only ones to cut loose.

Amanda and Doug weren’t the only ones to cut loose.

Truly a beautiful setting. Thanks for having us Amanda and Doug!

Truly a beautiful setting. Thanks for having us Amanda and Doug!

Michelin Guide Star Gala 2015!

Date: September 30, 2014

Location: Guastavino’s, 409 E 59th St., NYC

Cuisines: All of Them!

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We at Nite-Time were honored to be asked to entertain NYC’s top chefs, restauranteurs, sommeliers and mixologists for the second year in a row at this year’s annual Michelin Guide Star Gala! This year marked the 10th anniversary of the guide’s first New York issue and the celebration was off the hook.

 

 

 

Of course, the food was amazing. We got to taste dishes from amazing chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten, James Kent, Bill Telepan and Brad Steelman, just to name a few.

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The evening started with a tasting event sponsored by Laurent Perrier and several cocktail demonstrations by some of NYC’s top mixologists. There were passed appetizers provided by Guastavino’s as well as a gorgeous antipasto table. We provided a duo of saxophone and piano to play some lighter selections for this portion of the evening.

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After the speeches and the awards all six of us got up on the stage and, of course, ramped up the music to get people dancing and working off the incredibly delicious calories!

Here are some pics that highlight the night…

Just moments later we got to sample this amazing cocktail made with Snow Leopard Vodka and cardamom!

Just moments later we got to sample this amazing cocktail made with Snow Leopard Vodka and cardamom!

Just hangin' with my old pal the Michelin Man.

Just hangin’ with my old pal the Michelin Man.

Jean-Georges' table. Mmmm caviar!

Jean-Georges’ table. Mmmm caviar!

The honored chefs share a toast.

The honored chefs share a toast.

photo courtesy of Michelin and Chase.

photo courtesy of Michelin and Chase

photo courtesy of Michelin and Chase.

photo courtesy of Michelin and Chase.

The folks from Laurent Perrier getting ready for the VIP tasting.

The folks from Laurent Perrier getting ready for the VIP tasting.

Thanks again to Michelin, Chase and Karlitz and Company Events for having us.

If you’d like to check out more pics from this amazing evening go to: ctmphotoplus.com.

Date: June 28th

Location: The Overlook Lodge at The Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain, NY

First Dance: You’re All I Need to Get By by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Anne Louise and Nick chose a beautiful setting for their wedding. The views from the Overlook Lodge were absolutely stunning., it felt as if we were at the top of the world.

Nick and Anne Louise are both teachers with a love of good music and friends that love to dance! We started the night off with their first dance, the Motown classic You’re All I Need to Get By which was perfect to lead us into a dance set of classic r&b hits from the era. Throughout the night we fast forwarded through the decades for the couple, who made fun and eclectic music choices from Bon Jovi to Ke$ha to The Proclaimers. The whole band truly had a great time playing for them.

Here a few pics we were able to grab from the night!

The amazing view from the dining room!

The amazing view from the dining room!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The succulents in the centerpieces were a truly charming country touch.

The succulents in the centerpieces were a truly charming country touch.

 

All of Nick and Anne Louise's college friends gathered together for a group shot.

All of Nick and Anne Louise’s college friends gathered together for a group shot.

Mmmmm cake!

Mmmmm cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gotta snap the cake cutting shot.

Gotta snap the cake cutting shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for having us!

Thanks so much for having us!

 

 

Date: May 31

Location: On campus at Columbia University, NYC

Best Reunion Highlight: 30th Anniversary Ghostbuster in Full Costume, Sweet!

 

I know, I know we say it every year, but really, this year was off the hook at Columbia! We’ve just had the best time playing for the alumni over the years. This year was a celebration of class years ending in four and nine, which made it the 30th anniversary of arguably the best movie ever shot on campus, Ghostbusters (I’m not sure what other movies have been shot on campus though).

We got some great pics sent to us from Scott Rudd, an amazing photographer and musician who was on the scene to capture the event. We just thought we’d share them with all of you…

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Choosing songs by graduation year is fun!

 

A high note!

A high note!

 

From "backstage". photo by Scott Rudd

From “backstage”.

 

Gettin' down!

Gettin’ down!

 

The dancing never stops.

The dancing never stops.

 

A view from the top.

A view from the top.

all photos above courtesy of Scott Rudd

 

We also got to hang with as close to a real Ghostbuster as possible. I’m not sure he was sanctioned by the University, and he may have been run off campus shortly after this shot was taken, but we had a great time anyway!

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Just had to get a shot with this guy!

 

Thanks again Columbia! Looking forward to the next time…

 

 

Date: May 30

Location: Prospect Park Boathouse, Brooklyn, NY

First Dance: All I Want Is You by Barry Louis Polisar

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Lia and Robert rocked their first dance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lia and Robert found us online while shopping for their NYC wedding from far off Australia where the couple lives and works. A truly international couple, Lia was born in Korea and raised in Manhattan, while Robert hails from the city of Preston in the UK. The couple met in Thailand and have travelled the world together. When we first started planning with them they had just gotten back from hiking in the Philippines! All of Lia and Robert’s travels made for a super sweet and fun way of planning the seating arrangements.

 

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Coolest seating chart ever.

 

Each table was named for a significant city in the couple’s relationship, lives and travels. This map was posted at the entrance to the reception space so people could find their city and see who they would be sitting with. It was a lot of fun and we all got to learn a little something more about Lia and Robert that we might not have known.

The ceremony took place right outside the boathouse on the pond in Prospect Park. It’s a beautiful setting. The bride entered to a solo guitar version of Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. One of the bridesmaids shared a reading from a Walt Whitman poem.

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Beautiful outdoor ceremony setting.

 

Lia and Robert’s wedding was small and intimate, making it a perfect fit for the boathouse in Prospect Park. They chose a slightly smaller version of Nite-Time. We had four pieces to complement not only the size of the space and number of guests, but the couple’s laid back style. We stayed with mostly background music through dinner and then ramped it up after everyone had finished eating and all of the speeches had been made. There was also a slideshow presentation that Lia and Robert’s families had put together set to a song written by Lia’s cousin.

We had a blast at this wedding and felt so honored to be included in Lia and Robert’s big day, right down to our own city/table!

Thank you so much guys and I hope you had an awesome time in Machu Picchu.

Lia and Yves!

Lia and Yves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some more pics of details from the night…

 

Lia and Robert getting set for their first dance.

Lia and Robert getting set for their first dance.

Adorable cake topper.

Adorable cake topper.

Our table marker.

Our table marker.

 

Lia enters with her dad.

Lia enters with her dad.

 

The tables, waiting to be set in place.

The tables, waiting to be set in place.

 

The evenings menu and international wine list!

The evening’s menu and international wine list!

Michelle and Mike Rock Out!

Date: May 16th

Location: The Rockleigh

First Dance: Future Days by Pearl Jam

Last Dance: Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam

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Michelle and Mike saw us at Jamie and Bill’s wedding out at Salt Air Farm in 2012 and like Jamie and Bill they are huge classic rock fans. They love Pearl Jam and chose songs by the band both to start and to end their night. It was a lot of fun getting to really rock out and Yves did a great job channeling his inner Eddie Vedder!

For the cocktail hour, which was jammed packed with every imaginable kind of food and drink, Danny played solo guitar versions of rock classics while the guests mingled and munched.

A row of champagne glasses to accompany the caviar!

A row of champagne glasses to accompany the caviar!

 

Wine and cheese always the perfect pair.

Wine and cheese, always the perfect pair.

 

This painstakingly laid out wall of toast points accompanied the bruschetta table.

This painstakingly laid out wall of toast points accompanied the bruschetta table.

Next the party moved into the main ballroom. We brought in the couple’s parents with the Hall and Oates classic You Make my Dreams Come True and we announced the bridal party with Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Michelle and Mike entered to Signed,  Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder, but they chose the Pearl Jam ballad Future Days for their first dance. The song is heartfelt and beautiful, a perfect choice for a first dance.

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We had a great time playing Michelle and Mike’s special requests which included Danger Zone by Kenny Loggins, Free by Zac Brown Band and Run Around by Blues Traveller. Michelle danced with her dad to Billy Preston’s You Are So Beautiful to Me. She specifically asked that we sing the second verse, which is often left out and is not in the popular version by Joe Cocker. It was a very sweet moment. Mike chose My Wish by Rascal Flatts as his dance with his mom, which always gets folks choked up.

For the last dance of the night the couple requested that we play Yellow Ledbetter by Pearl Jam, a song that I honestly never knew had real words 🙂 Yves did a great job singing them though, whatever they are! Of course, all of Michelle and Mike’s friends got out on the floor and made it one of those awesome moments that we love, when everyone comes together.

We had a lot of fun with Michelle and Mike’s musical selections and their fun loving dancing crowd. Here are some more fun pics from the night…

Michelle and Mike had all of their guests put their thumbprint and name on this drawing. They formed the leaves of the tree and will be a keepsake for the couple forever. Cool!

Michelle and Mike had all of their guests put their thumbprint and name on this drawing. They formed the leaves of the tree and will be a keepsake for the couple forever. Cool!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready for cake?

Ready for cake?

 

 

Mike's going for the whole thing!

Mike’s going for the whole thing!

 

A happy centerpiece.

A happy centerpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The guys getting ready to play.

The guys getting ready to play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle and Mike and Me!

Michelle and Mike and Me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle and Me and Yves!

Michelle and Me and Yves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for having us guys! Have a great time in Spain… we are jealous 😉

 

Date: May 3

Location: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village

The Cause: Princeton Child Development Institute

We’ve had the honor of working with PCDI on their Spring Sensations Gala for the past seven years, and we couldn’t be more happy to play a small part in raising money for this great cause. The Princeton Child Development Institute “provides quality treatment, education and professional training and mentoring” and through its research has “pioneered comprehensive intervention models that are used nationally and internationally for the benefit of persons with autism”.

This year’s Spring Sensations Gala’s theme was “Springtime in the City” the room was decked out with flowers, lampposts and park benches to give the feel of an urban park setting blossoming with the renewal that comes each spring.

Amy enjoying the park-like scenery.

Amy enjoying the park-like scenery.

There were some amazing items up for auction this year including a brand new Honda Stateline Motorcycle that drew a lot of attention and more importantly a good sum of funds for the organization. No, we didn’t win it, but the gentleman who did, let us get a shot of it…

Amy playing Vanna between sets!

Amy playing Vanna between sets!

 

After the auction items were all sold and dinner was served we got up on the stage to rock out for these amazing folks! Thanks again for having us back and we can’t wait to do it again! Here’s some more fun shots from the night…

Puppet Show and Yves! Yves poses with one of the auction items.

Puppet Show and Yves!
Yves poses with one of the auction items.

 

More of the cool park decor.

More of the cool park decor.

 

I got a shot while we were setting up of the beautiful hand painted stage back drop that highlighted the theme.

I got a shot while we were setting up of the beautiful hand painted stage back drop that highlighted the theme.