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Spring Has Sprung!

Happy Spring Everyone,

When we last checked in with you all, we were getting set to rock Valentine’s Day at Seasons at Windham Mountain, and that we did. It was one of the best (if not coldest) ski weekends of the season and the folks at Seasons were up and dancing with us to help warm up after a chilly afternoon on the slopes! Our favorite newly-engaged guitar-god, JT Curtis filled in for Danny and rocked the house while showing his beautiful fiancé the love! Hey JT, we know an awesome band for your wedding 😉

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That was quite a move, and he still nailed the solo!

 

We kicked off the year on January 16th when we hit the road to play for Natasha and Brian’s Wedding in Washington DC at The Capitol View at 400. We first met Natasha a few years back when we played for her mom’s 50th bash in Maryland. We all had so much fun with these folks, we were super psyched to rock out with them again in our nation’s capital. Natasha is an amazing professional dancer and aerialist and really showed off her skills during the couple’s first dance, You’re The Cream in My Coffee.

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Natasha and Brian captivated the crowd.

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It was an awesome way to kick off 2016!

 

On New Year’s Eve we got a chance to party with our friends at The Wolfert’s Roost Country Club in Albany, NY – wow, we really get around! Amy, kicked off the festivities that night by flexing her solo acoustic guitar and vocal muscles during the cocktail hour before she joined the full band for dancing in the ball room!

 

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Happy New Year!

 

In March we all took some time off before donning our masks for this year’s annual GCCA Beaux Arts Ball on April 2nd,which honored our friend and colleague Frank Cuthbert for his contributions to supporting local art and artists. Frank is a wonderfully talented composer and performer. We had the privilege of performing a piece from Frank’s musical Coney Island entitled Great Kissers in New York, and later in the evening we surprised Frank and called him up on stage to sing one of our favorites of his songs, Nervous. We have such a great time at this event each year and this year was no exception. We feel honored to contribute to this very worthy cause in our small way and truly respect the people who work tirelessly to make sure that the arts are supported in our community. Thank you to Kay Stamer and David and Jean Slutsky for allowing us to be a part of this event year after year and to Frank for rocking with us!

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Frank Cuthbert belts out his tune, Nervous, at the Beaux Arts Ball!

 

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Danny plays “that funky music, white boy”.

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Amy’s awesome masked selfie!

 

On April 4th, Yves and the guys provided a jazz trio for the Stanley M. Isaacs Center Gala at The Racquet and Tennis Club on Park Avenue in NYC. Yves delighted the crowd with his cocktail-hour crooning while Bennett tickled the ivories for the guests as they mingled and perused the silent auction items before heading into the main ballroom for dinner and a live auction to benefit the center.

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Gala-goers anxiously await the live auction portion of the evening.

 

 

Those are just some of the highlights of this past winter, we’ve been working on some new and exciting things for this coming season while trying to stay warm. Learning new songs, developing new services that we can offer our amazing clients and  bringing you up to date for winter/ early spring fun with Nite-Time.

Next up: Catch Yves and Amy performing at the Windham Bridal Expo on May 15th. We’ll be unveiling our new site ygpltd.com. Finally, you’ll be able to find all of our services in one place, from acoustic acts to full bands to DJs to musical ceremony services (complete with officiant). We are so excited about our expansion and look forward to making all of your entertainment wishes come true!

 

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Yves and Amy and the band are getting bundled up to rock your Valentine ski weekend’s socks off!

If you’re in the area, or feel like having an arctic adventure, come on up to Seasons at Windham Mountain Resort and check out Nite-Time rockin’ out for lovers (requited or otherwise).

We jam from 4pm – 7pm, today: Sunday, February 14th.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Summer Recap Time!!

Well, the holidays are fast approaching and so we figured this would be a good time for a recap of this summer’s parties and happenings. We’ve been so busy this year we’ve barely had time to stay in touch with you all, but if you’ve been following us on Instagram you’re ahead of the game. Here are some of our favorite pics from the grooviest parties of the summer (yes, we’re bringing back groovy – pass it on).

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Meredith and Andrew took a spin around the floor to their first dance “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.

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Danny took a solo at sunset on the beach at Sands Light. Pretty cool!

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Then we all joined in…

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… and Amy whipped out the guitar!

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Beach drums, uh huh.

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Then we were back on the water in Ship Bottom jamming out with the Tepper family.

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This kid did an awesome “worm”! Looking forward to next year, y’all.

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We promise Danny will rock out this hard again!

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Yes, that’s Yves on acoustic guitar. He rocked it out at Windham CC!

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Kelty had an awesome time the night of her wedding at the Ridgewood CC.

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Kevin danced with his mom to this classic.

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Then everyone got down!

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We had a great time with Kelty and Kevin and all of their family and friends!

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We celebrated with and performed for our dear friends David and Patrick as they finally tied the knot.

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Legally!!

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Now that calls for a toast!

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Kaila and Chris had an idyllic setting for their ceremony at The Garrison.

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Later on, Chris jammed out with the band to some Led Zeppelin sung by Yves. These guys rocked!!

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We found a little time to get into the studio.

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The last wedding of the summer was on the other side of the country! That’s Napa in the background.

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Constance and Tarek had another amazing view courtesy of Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, CA.

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Then they took the party inside to dance all night!

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We may have done some wine tasting the next day…

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Yves and Amy found a little time to relax on the water…

 

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…but you can’t stop this guy from working, even in a beach bungalow! Here’s to another great season.

Thanks so much to all of our wonderful clients, those featured here and all the rest, for an amazing season! We can’t believe how fast it went by, but now we’re heading right into Holiday Party season, so stay tuned…

 

Date: April 25th

Location: FEAST Caterers at Round Hill

First Dance: Slide by Goo Goo Dolls

Last Song: Kiss Me I’m Sh**tfaced by The Dropkick Murphys

Best Parent Dance Ever!!: You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones

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Heather and Derek know how to party!

Heather and Derek are self proclaimed geeks. They’re huge fans of Harry Potter, Star Wars and superheroes in general. The hashtag for posts and pics from their wedding was #425nerdynuptials and they filled the Mansion at Round Hill with personal touches. There was something that reflected their style and their sense of fun and adventure everywhere you looked, from the Star Wars style story board of their relationship history…

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to the action figures that I can only guess were collected with love and care throughout the years.

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That being said, they definitely know how to party! Check out this link to their photo booth pics by Mariana Feely, see if you  recognize anyone 😉

Heather and Derek crossed all of the modern top 40 dance music off of our song list in favor of classic rock, ’80s, ’90s and current rock. The highlights of their request list included 99 Red Balloons by Nena, Enter Sandman by Metallica (the one heavy metal song that Heather let Derek request) and You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon.

For their first dance the couple chose Slide by Goo Goo Dolls and it really got the reception started. No one could resist joining them on the dance floor and we just knew we were in for a fun night from the start.

A sweet moment for Heather and Derek just before all the guests hit the floor!

A sweet moment for Heather and Derek just before all the guests hit the floor!

We followed up the first dance with a round of horas to wish the couple good luck in their life together. For the parent dances Heather chose My Wish to dance with her dad (that song still gets me a little choked up each time) and Derek and his mom chose You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones. I never asked what the significance of that tune was for them, but it was awesome! Best parent dance ever. Everyone got into it and joined them on the dance floor for a tribute and well timed sing along.

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For the last dance of the night we played Kiss Me, I’m Sh**tfaced by The Dropkick Murphys, a song Heather and Derek specifically requested for “later in the night”. We had to put the kids to bed for that one, but it was clearly a favorite of the couple and their friends. Every word was sung along with the band and it really was a great capper to the night!

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Heather and Derek truly enjoyed every moment of their wedding day, I would guess this fun-loving couple finds joy in just about everything they do together. We had an awesome time rocking out with this unique couple and their amazing friends and family.

Here are some more fun details from Heather and Derek’s “Nerdy Nuptials”…

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Heather and Derek’s Harry Potter themed cake topper.

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The programs stayed right in character.

The programs stayed right in character.

The backdrop for the photo booth shots. Just so you don't take yourself too seriously.

The backdrop for the photo booth shots. Just so you don’t take yourself too seriously.

If you won't take Yoda's word for it...

If you won’t take Yoda’s word for it…

Love love love old family wedding pics that make an appearance.

Love love love old family wedding pics that make an appearance.

Date: April 17th

Location: Bourne Mansion, Oakdale, NY

First Dance: Someone Like You by Van Morrison

Last Dance: Ho Hey by The Lumineers

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Cassie and Mike are simply adorable. They chose the beautiful, historic Bourne Mansion on Long Island for their wedding. A great spot by the water that was the perfect backdrop for the day. Their request list was varied and a lot of fun for us, a few new tunes got added to the song list that night!

Cassie and Mike had a friend perform the ceremony for them, which is just such a wonderful and personal touch. Their ceremony was both touching and humorous. Nothing beats having someone who really knows you as a couple perform your ceremony for you, except maybe having our guy Danny lay down the sweet sweet solo guitar jams. For Cassie and Mike there was Crazy Love by Van Morrison, Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and When I Paint My Masterpiece by Bob Dylan.

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Cocktails and appetizers were accompanied by solo guitar in the solarium and featured two signature cocktails representing the bride and groom’s hometowns. Cassie and Mike had the most adorable beer koozies made to commemorate the night as well.

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As the party moved into the reception room Nite-Time introduced the bridal party into the room to Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars. We love that tune! For the first dance, Cassie and Mike chose Someone Like You, a classic by Van Morrison with a hint of I Wanna Grow Old With You from The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler. Everyone got up on the floor to celebrate the bride and groom and they kept it rockin’ all night. Cassie danced with her dad to Lullaby by Billy Joel which always gets everyone teared up. Then we took it right into The Belle of Belfast City, a traditional Irish song, that gave Cassie’s sisters a chance to dance to a family favorite. Mike and his mom chose What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, another great classic!

Cassie and Mike like a wide variety of music, some of the highlights of their request list include: Treasure by Bruno Mars, Shake it Off by Taylor Swift, Rosalita (always a favorite of Nite-Time) by Bruce Springsteen, Galway Girl by Steve Earle and Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon. We ended the night with the new classic Ho Hey by the Lumineers it’s becoming a party anthem in it’s own right and it’s a great way to cap off a wonderful evening.

We had such fun planning with and playing for Cassie and Mike. Here are some cool pics we snapped at their wedding…

The programs.

The programs.

These awesome vintage-style marquee letters framed the cake table.

These awesome vintage-style marquee letters framed the cake table.

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Bourne Mansion.

Mmmm, cake!

Mmmm, cake!

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Cassie and Mike cutting the cake.

Then they shared a dance.

Then they shared a dance.

Cassie and her dad.

Cassie and her dad.

Old family wedding photos were displayed in the parlor.

Old family wedding photos were displayed in the parlor.

Cassie and Yves! Thanks again for having us, hope to see you again soon.

Cassie and Yves! Thanks again for having us, hope to see you again soon.

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!

 

 

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 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.

 

 

We just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who stopped by our booth at the New York Magazine Weddings Event on Thursday. We had a great time meeting new folks and seeing old friends and we’re so happy we got a chance to debut the Nite-Time Fan Cam!

Friends, fans and party guests send us video clips from events all the time and we love getting them. For the New York Magazine event Yves made an awesome montage of some of our favorites and you guys loved it! A few of you couldn’t even keep from dancing (you know who you are).

Here are some fun pics we snapped early in the night before we got to meeting and greeting…

Cool balloon sculpture at the entrance.

Cool balloon sculpture at the entrance.

We've been snapping selfies since way back!

We’ve been snapping selfies since way back!

Yves getting everything all set.

Yves getting everything all set.

Say yes to the dress!!

Say yes to the dress!!

I had to get a pic with the beautiful ladies wearing these amazing bridal gowns from Designer Loft, it was so nice of them to let me jump into the shot!

The view from behind our booth.

The view from behind our booth.

A special thanks to Lollia for the gorgeous and heavenly smelling candles. Kleinfeld had a great display too. They’re near and dear to my heart, because we used them for our wedding, total pros!

I was caught mid-instagram!

I was caught mid-instagram!