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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

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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…

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