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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!

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Date: April 24

Location: The University Club, 1 W 54th Street, NYC

Event: The 2014 Glitter and Glamour Gala

Organization: Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, 415 E 93rd Street, NYC

Honorees: New York Junior League and Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer

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This year Nite-Time had the honor of performing for the second consecutive year at the Glitter and Glamour Gala to benefit the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood center which “in working with the poor, the isolated and disconnected of all ages, genders, backgrounds and abilities, promotes social and physical well-being and encourages growth, self-reliance and dignity throughout every stage of life.” It is a great organization that does so much to help so many, so we are happy to give something back in our small way.

This year’s honorees were the New York Junior League and Manhattan Borough President, Gale A. Brewer. The New York Junior League is one of the oldest and largest women’s nonprofit volunteer organizations in New York City and Gale A. Brewer has successfully passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for hourly employees and compelling landlords to fix repeat violations as well as the nation’s first law protecting domestic workers.

The event was stunningly designed by Ned Kelly and beautifully set in the historic University Club on West 54th Street. We began the evening with some lighter tunes by the baby grand piano as guests arrived and enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while checking out the amazing items up for bid at the silent auction.

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Amy sets the mood with some sweet melodies.

We transitioned into the main ballroom with the full band playing some slightly more upbeat music to signal that the party was ramping up. Next the emcee for the evening, Sara Haines of ABC News, stepped up to the mic and kicked off the evening’s award presentations.

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Sara Haines begins the evening’s festivities.

Once the awards were presented and dinner was complete, we got back on stage to entertain the people that give of themselves for this great cause all year. It felt good. Everybody got up to shake their cares away for a while and we had a great time too!

Thanks for having us back and we hope to see you next year. Keep up the great work.

Here are some more pics for the evening.

 

Amy hits a high note.

Amy hits a high note.

Gale A. Brewer accepts her award.

Gale A. Brewer accepts her award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of Ned Kelly's beautiful arrangements.

One of Ned Kelly’s beautiful arrangements.

A shot of the room and the gorgeous architecture at The University Club.

A shot of the room and the gorgeous architecture at The University Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Thursday, March 27th

Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W18th St., NYC

Time: 5-8pm

We are so exciting to participating in New York Magazine’s Weddings Event for the second year in a row. We had a great time last year meeting brides, grooms, moms, dads and other amazing vendors from catering bakers to wedding dress makers!

Stop by our booth and pick up more info on Nite-Time – NYC’s Premier Party Band! or just say hi to Yves and me, we’ll be jamming out to Nite-Time on the big speakers and we’ll have special offers for NY Magazine customers.

We’re running a Facebook promotion as well that could earn you huge savings on bookings for 2014 and 2015!

More details to come, or email info@nite-time.com for the 411!

Amy setting up at last year's show!

Amy setting up at last year’s show!

 

Yves, making new friends and fielding phone calls!

Yves, making new friends and fielding phone calls!

 

Date: February 16th

Location: Tappan Hill Mansion, Tarrytown, NY

First Dance: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra

Parent Dances: In My Life by The Beatles and Child of Mine by Carole King

Cake Cutting: Hey Paula by Paul and Paula

Other Awesome Requests: Marry You by Bruno Mars, Run Around by Blues Traveler

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Paula and Bryan are an adorable couple with a great group of friends that like to dance! We love that. Their wedding was at the beautiful and historic Tappan Hill Mansion which is at the former estate of Mark Twain. It was a great night to get out and shake off the winter blues and celebrate the marriage of two people whose families carry a time honored tradition of military service.

Bryan himself is a First Lieutenant in the Army National Guard and Paula’s grandfather served in the Ejercito Nacional de Uruguay. At the side of the reception room, a table was set for those who “have given the ultimate sacrifice, missing in action, or prisoners of war, it (the table) is reserved as a place of honor for those who answered the call to serve their country with pride and dedication but who are unable to be with us today.” It was a lovely way to honor not only the members of their families who had served including Bryan’s Grandfather Lieutenant Gerald P. Rooney and Paula’s Grandfather Coronel Jose Maria Albuquerque, but all those who have given so much for so many.

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Paula and Bryan made a grand entrance with the help of several of Bryan’s military brothers. The officers formed an archway of swords and required the couple to kiss before being able to pass each checkpoint. It was really very sweet!

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After their entrance, Paula and Bryan got right out on the floor for their first dance, the classic Frank Sinatra tune The Way You Look Tonight. Then Paula took a hold of her dad for their dance to The Beatles’ In My Life followed by Bryan’s dance with his mom to her surprise pick, Child of Mine by Carole King, a beautiful song that we hadn’t done before. It definitely made the list of parent dances now!

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Once the special dances were completed, the dance floor was open! The guests were a fun crowd and the dance floor was packed all night, but we’re used to that, we’re Nite-Time! During courses of the amazing dinner by Abigail Kirsch several speeches were made including a hilarious rap (yes rap – complete with beatbox backup) by Bryan’s three sisters. Too cute!

Later on in the evening, Bryan (who used to have a band himself) sat in and did an awesome job singing one of his favorite Billy Joel songs with us. We LOVE when members of the party sit in, it’s so fun for us and for their friends and family. Rock on Bryan!

Bryan belting out Billy Joel's You May Be Right.

Bryan belting out Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right” with Danny on backup vocals.

 

The evening was a success for all and we’ve already gotten great feedback from Bryan and his dad Bob…

Yves –

Just wanted to say thank you to you and the band for an outstanding evening Sunday. A few people commented how they had never been to a wedding with so many people dancing!

Best, Bob

Hello Yves,
 
Thank you for such wonderful words, and such incredible music!  It was a great party because you made it so!  I’ve had countless people tell me how much fun the music was and others say they haven’t seen so many people dancing at a wedding.  Such an amazing time, the craziness still hasn’t quite yet subsided.  
 
And you can bet Paula and I will be sitting down to write a glorious review for Nite-Time on wedding wire (we’ll be sitting down to do all those items this weekend) or anywhere else it comes up.  We had such a blast and could not be happier with everything.  
 
All my best,
Bryan

All our best to Paula and Bryan and hopefully we’ll party with you all again soon!

Thanks again for having Nite-Time be a part of your day!

Thanks again for having Nite-Time be a part of your day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some more great pics from the night…

Paula prepares to toss the bouquet!

Paula prepares to toss the bouquet!

 

Bryan sports a devilish grin before throwing the garter.

Bryan sports a devilish grin before throwing the garter.

The entrance crew, with swords.

The entrance crew, with swords.

I love this early shot of the white cake with the white snow behind. Just had to show how beautiful a winter wedding can be!

I love this early shot of the white cake with the white snow behind. Just had to show how beautiful a winter wedding can be!

 

 

 

 

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Nite-Time learns a lot of special requests in a year. We’ve learned sorority songs, team songs, old lullabies, parents’ wedding songs, Spanish songs and many more, but none of these special songs are as important or as special as a couple’s first dance.

Here’s a list of some of our favorites from the last few years, in no particular order. They run the gamut and are as varied and individual as our brides and grooms themselves. Some are classics, some are modern and some have a different approach, but they all produced great moments for the couples that danced to them!

 

You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

To Make You Feel My Love by Adele

Everything by Michael Buble’

Ribbon in the Sky by Stevie Wonder

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Someone Like You by Van Morrison

Baby I Love You by Aretha Franklin

I Wanna Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler

You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

Moonlight Serenade by Glen Miller

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Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison

Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash (as interpreted by Amy)

Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt

Just in Time by Nina Simone

I Only Have Eyes for You by The Flamingos

I’ll Stand by You by The Pretenders

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A Thousand Years by Christina Perri

Little Trip to Heaven by Tom Waits

I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Anniversary Song by Cowboy Junkies

1,2,3,4 by Plain White T’s

and of course… At Last by Etta James

There are obviously thousands of possibilities for a first dance song (and more being written every day). These are just a few from the huge list we’ve had a great time compiling over the years… 

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I know, it’s a tad late, but we were so busy last year, we thought we’d take a couple of weeks to kick back. We haven’t gotten much of a chance, because planning for this year’s events and weddings is already in full swing. We’re looking forward to partying with old friends and making new ones on the dance floor in 2014!

This year’s resolution is to keep you all more updated on what we’re doing, songs we’re adding to our already massive repertoire and to showcase some of the awesome clients, brides and grooms we’ll be working with this year.

But first, let’s take a minute to look back at some of the highlights from last year in photo form, shall we?

Qiana and Chris kicked off 2013 with a rockin' February wedding!

Qiana and Chris kicked off 2013 with a rockin’ February wedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a great tie participating in our first ever NY Magazine Weddings event. See you again in March!

We had a great time participating in our first ever NY Magazine Weddings event. See you again in March!

 

 

Tina and Dave had a beautiful wedding at The 21 Club.

Tina and Dave had a beautiful wedding at The 21 Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caught this beautiful sunset the night of Sarah and Jose's wedding at The Boat House in Central Park.

Caught this beautiful sunset the night of Sarah and Jose’s wedding at The Central Park Boathouse.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah and Jose cutting their beautiful (and chocolatey) cake!

Sarah and Jose cutting their beautiful (and chocolatey) cake!

 

 

Setting up for Columbia. The calm before the dancing storm!

Setting up for the Starlight Reception at Columbia U. The calm before the dancing storm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't you just love this view?

Don’t you just love this view?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evan and Rachel's hora. I love the look on her face!!

Evan and Rachel’s hora. I love the look on her face!!

 

 

Yves jammin' out at Rachel and Evan's wedding.

Yves jammin’ out at Rachel and Evan’s wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yves and his big band at The Great Gatsby themed July 4th party on LI!

Yves and his big band at The Great Gatsby themed July 4th party on LI!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ellen Wolff's great shot of all 12 of us in July!!

Ellen Wolff’s great shot of all 12 of us in July!!

 

 

Evin and Robert's ceremony at The Stone House at NY Botanical Gardens.

Evin and Robert’s ceremony at The Stone Mill at NY Botanical Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evin cutting loose on the dance floor!

Evin cutting loose on the dance floor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They had such a cool set up for the Sunningdale CC's 100th anniversary.

They had such a cool set up for the Sunningdale CC’s 100th anniversary.

 

 

 

A mini challah for every guest at Mitch and Mimi's wedding, how cute?

A mini challah for every guest at Mimi and Mitch’s wedding, how cute?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And how cute are Mimi and Mitch?

And how cute are Mimi and Mitch?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

or how cute are we for that matter? That was a fun party!

or how cute are we for that matter? That was a fun party!

 

 

Knigi and Bogdan Getting Down! These two had serious moves.

Knigi and Bogdan Getting Down at The Water Club! These two had serious moves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryann and Matt had style!

Maryann and Matt had style!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryann and Matt also had the coolest thing ever at their wedding - mashed potato bar w/ all the fixin's. Too good!

Maryann and Matt also had the coolest thing ever at their wedding – mashed potato bar w/ all the fixin’s. Too good!

 

 

Jen and Tom's first dance at The Garrison.

Jen and Tom’s first dance at The Garrison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen and Yves at the end of the night. Another happy bride - we love it!

Jen and Yves at the end of the night. Another happy bride – we love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer and Blah Blah share their first dance at A Private Estate in Germantown, NY.

Jennifer and Peter share their first dance at A Private Estate in Germantown, NY.

 

 

Jennifer rocked the mic that night when she serenaded her man with "Orange Colored Sky"!

Jennifer rocked the mic that night when she serenaded her man with “Orange Colored Sky”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yves and me with the Michelin Man at the Michelin Star Awards Gala. We love that guy.

Yves and me with the Michelin Man at The Michelin Star Awards Gala. We love that guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Danny and John playing for the cocktail hour at the Michelin Gala at Guastavino's. I think I was somewhere eating something amazing during this!

Danny and John playing for the cocktail hour at the Michelin Gala at Guastavino’s. I think I was somewhere eating something amazing during this!

 

 

Folks getting down to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Franklin Hospital on LI, part of the North Shore LIJ Health Care system.

Folks getting down to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Franklin Hospital on LI, part of the North Shore LIJ Health Care System.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann and Matt's first dance at The Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs.

Ann and Matt’s first dance at The Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ann and Matt displayed old photos of their families weddings near their cake. We saw this a couple of times this year - it's such a nice personal touch, I think everyone should do it!

Ann and Matt displayed old family wedding photos near their cake. We saw this a couple of times this year – it’s such a nice personal touch, I think everyone should do it!

 

 

Ann, Matt and me at the end of the night. I had such a great time partying with them!

Ann, Matt and me at the end of the night. I had such a great time partying with them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas with the John St. Crew! See you in December...

Christmas with the John St. Crew! See you in December…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you go, 2013 in pictures… looking forward to 2014’s party season which we kick off in a few short weeks with a Valentine’s Weekend wedding!

TTFN

Amy

Date: July 6th

Location: Sands Light, Sands Point, LI

Number of Musicians: 12!

photo by Ellen Wolff Photography

photo by Ellen Wolff Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man, did we have fun saluting the glitz and glamour of the jazz age this past July 4th weekend. Our good friends at AriZona Beverage Company did it again! They simply throw the best parties (and hire the best band) especially when it comes to rockin’ a theme. This year’s release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby not only inspired all sorts of fashion trends, but also prompted folks to throw Gatsby themed events. We were lucky to get to be a part of this particular soiree.

Because of the over-the-top style of the roaring twenties and the decadence of Gatsby we were asked to expand Nite-Time to 12 pieces so we could play tunes from the era in style. What a joy to have all of those horns to sing in front of, and extra percussion so that Yves could step out in front and conduct while joining me in a few duets. We played some great old songs from the ’20s for about an hour or so before dinner. Then the dancing shoes came out and we mixed it up with some modern hits, some Stevie Wonder (to make those horns work) and of course, classic rock – always a favorite of this crowd.

Yves and the boys having some fun!

Yves and the boys having some fun!

We got a chance to watch the synchronized swimmers they had in the pool during the cocktail hour before we played. I can honestly say, that was a first!

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synchro swimmers

Everyone got into dressing the part.

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Night Nite-Time

In case you need a little ear candy to get you in the mood check out this link…

Nite-Time Live on You Tube

Looking forward to the next theme, whatever it might be…

Another Great Night With PCDI!

Date: May 4th

Location: The Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ

Honoree: Toys ‘R’ Us

We have been so thrilled to be a part of Princeton Child Development Institute’s Spring Sensations fundraiser for the past five years and are looking forward to another great event next year.

This year’s gala honored Toys ‘R’ Us for their contributions to autism research and awareness as well as their direct $40,000 grant to PCDI. Toys ‘R’ Us has continually supported PCDI’s Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention for Children with Autism since 1994.

Over the past few years of working on PCDI’s Spring Sensations Gala we have gotten the opportunity to hear the stories of the people whose lives have been touched and forever changed for the better by the fine work the educators and administrators at the institute do and I cannot stress enough how amazing this organization truly is. It is always a pleasure to be apart of raising money for this very worthy cause.

The evening starts with a silent auction and then transitions into the main ballroom for music and dining. There is a video presentation during dinner that allows guests to get a look inside a specific situation and how the institute has played a role. After the video there is an exciting live auction which features various items from Yankees box seats to lavish vacations. This year they event auctioned off an ATV!!

Once all the items are sold it’s time to cut loose with Nite-Time. We play a wide variety of tunes to get the folks up and moving. The highlight of the evening for us was when someone asked if their friend could sit in with us (which we love) and sing Sympathy for the Devil. We (as always) said sure thing! The man who sang was clad in full traditional Scottish garb including a kilt. He did an awesome job singing and now I’m thinking that song should always be sung by a man in a kilt. Hopefully he’ll sit in with us again next year. I promise I’ll be fast enough to get a picture next time.

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He’s going to have fun on that thing!

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Table setting for the four course dinner!

Thanks again to everyone at PCDI for letting us be even a small part of what you do.

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Date: 4/17/13

Location: 78 Below, 380 Columbus Ave. (@ 78th St.), NYC

Time: 8pm!

Come on down and catch Nite-TimeNew York City’s Premier Party Band! live at 78 Below in NYC this Wednesday (yes, in two days) April 17th! We start at 8pm and we’ll be playing all your party favorites from throughout the decades. We’re still on a post- NY Magazine Weddings show high and we’re psyched to see all of our new friends and fans from the show.

See you there!

Amy, Yves and The Band.

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Date: February 23rd

Location: 21 Club, 21 West 52nd St., New York, NY

First Dance: At Last by Etta James

photo by Guy Chan Photography

photo by Guy Chan Photography

Qiana and Chris found us online in January. Qiana was feverishly putting together their wedding for February 23rd at “21” and she wanted live music for her reception. She loved the online clips of Nite-Time in action, but her guest list was not too long, so she wanted a bit smaller band to compliment the event, which was a luncheon. We downsized to a four piece ensemble featuring guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Qiana and Chris still got three singers, a wide variety of musical genres (from Ray Charles to Billy Idol) and the music fit seamlessly into Qiana’s vision of the day.

For their first dance, Qiana and Chris chose the timeless ballad At Last, which I always love performing. We then went right into a dance set that got everyone up on the floor until it was time for the first course to be served. The 21 Club put together a delicious three course lunch. Trust me, they’ve still got it after 83 years at 21 W52nd St. If you’re into history, definitely check out their story here: http://www.21club.com/web/onyc/timeline.jsp

The classic wrought iron gate that guards the entrance to "21" was actually moved there from the club's original location at 42 W49th St.

The classic wrought iron gate that guards the entrance to “21” was actually moved there from the club’s original location at 42 W49th St.

It wasn’t all about the food though. Qiana, Chris and their guests were a dancing crowd! They really shook the floor of that gorgeous old Victorian. There was even a breakdance-off moment between Chris and his sister – who was one of the bridesmaids…

photo by Guy Chan Photography

photo by Guy Chan Photography

As for parent dances, Qiana chose to dance to What a Wonderful with her dad and Chris danced with his mother to In My Life by the Beatles. One of my favorite music moments of the day however was during the introductions of the bridal party. Qiana wanted to us to play White Wedding by Billy Idol, it was great! A little humor infused into the day is always fun.

Here are some more cool pics from Qiana and Chris’s wedding courtesy of Guy Chan Photography. Guy did a great job, these are just a few of the awesome shots I’ve seen from that day. Check out his site for more info…

photo by Guy Chan Photography

photo by Guy Chan Photography

photo by Guy Chan Photography

photo by Guy Chan Photography

photo by Guy Chan Photography

photo by Guy Chan Photography

And here’s another one of my pics… Remember, I’m a musician, not a photographer 🙂 I just love that the bridesmaids were wearing what seemed to me to be “Tiffany” blue – another NYC classic. I actually never got a chance to ask Qiana if that’s what she was going for, but somehow I think it was.

I just thought it was sweet the way they're all gathered around her...

I just thought it was sweet the way they’re all gathered around her…

Special thanks to Guy Chan for sharing his great photos and to the 21 Club for putting us on their recommended list. See you in May…