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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…

 

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Date: June 18th

Location: The Water’s Edge, LIC, NY

First Dance: All I Want Is You by Tristan Prettyman

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Bianca and Lycean are two busy ER docs in the midst of their residency, so when they asked us to play for their wedding on a Thursday night we were more than happy to accommodate them. Their schedules keep them occupied all weekend long, but hey – we’ll rock out any day of the week, any time of day! The couple chose a band/DJ combo package to suit their very eclectic taste, which is something we’ve been doing a lot more of lately. It’s a lot of fun for us, we get to dance too. We even learned some new moves!

Bianca and Lyncean danced the night away!

Bianca and Lyncean danced the night away!

Bianca and Lyncean chose Tristan Prettyman’s version of the Barry Louis Polisar song, All I Want Is You (the song that was made popular by the movie Juno). It’s a song that is as sweet as the couple themselves.

The room was decked out in origami details from the center pieces to the cake decor. A really nice touch that someone must have spent hours on.

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Here are some more great pics and details from Bianca and Lycean’s big day…

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A scrapbook station in the corner of the room allowed guests to get creative.

A BBQ themed cocktail table featured a bucket of Porkslap Pale Ale - nice touch!

A BBQ themed cocktail table featured a bucket of Porkslap Pale Ale – nice touch!

When it came time to put down the sticks, Yves transitioned seamless from band leader to rockin' DJ!

When it came time to put down the sticks, Yves transitioned seamlessly from band leader to rockin’ DJ!

...and then there was dancing...

…and then there was dancing…

...and more dancing...

…and more dancing…

...and even more dancing!

…and even more dancing!

All with the backdrop of our amazing city!

All with the backdrop of our amazing city!

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.

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!

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!

 

 

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!

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I was caught mid-instagram!

 

 

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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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Date: May 11th

Location: The 21 Club, 21 West 52nd St., NYC

First Dance: You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

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We were recommended to Tina and Dave by the good folks at The 21 Club. They do some smaller weddings there and they were impressed with the way we maintain the ability to play a wide variety of music with a smaller ensemble.

Tina and Dave wanted just that in the music they chose for their wedding. We put together arrangements of all of their favorite songs with a four piece band that not only fit into the smaller space but didn’t overwhelm their guests with volume. We had a lot of fun with it and the guests not only got to talk and enjoy the beautiful setting and amazing food at 21, but they still got to dance and cut loose as if we were a full sized orchestra.

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For Tina and Dave’s wedding they had a short ceremony to start the evening for which we played Moon River, a favorite of both the bride and the groom. They requested You Are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne for their first dance. We love playing this one; it’s been very popular. It’s a great heartfelt song that’s also danceable – it makes everyone want to move!

Here’s some details…

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The Event Space on the 2nd Floor of 21.

LOVE the Skyline Themed Wedding Cake!!

LOVE the Skyline Themed Wedding Cake!!

Tina and Dave Getting Busy on the Dancefloor!

Tina and Dave Getting Busy on the Dancefloor!

Thanks so much to Tina and Dave for having Nite-Time as your wedding entertainment and we look forward to rocking The 21 Club again!!

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…