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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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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!

 

 

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 😉

 

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Knigi & Bogdan at The Water Club.

Date: August 17th

Location: The Water Club, NYC

First Dance: You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker

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Knigi and Bogdan had an intimate wedding upstairs at The Water Club on the East River in NYC. They found us online and hired a slightly smaller five piece version of Nite-Time to fit the space. They had their dancing shoes on from the get go, as did their guests. This couple truly enjoyed their day and each other. They chose the iconic You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker as their first dance which our amazing Danny Powers sang to perfection.

Knigi and Bogdan Getting Down!

Knigi and Bogdan Getting Down!

Knigi made a beautiful speech in honor of her dad, who had passed away.

Knigi made a beautiful speech in honor of her dad, who had passed away.

All in all the celebration was warm and joyous with plenty of dancing. Knigi’s mom and Bogdan’s dad shared a special dedication dance with Bogdan’s mom and Knigi’s uncle. We had a great time and the guests really appreciated the music. We are so happy to have been a part of this wonderful couple’s most special day.

Knigi and Bogdan's closest family joined together in a dance.

Knigi and Bogdan’s closest family joined together in a dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date: November 10th

Location 1: The Stateroom, Ship Bottom, NJ

Location 2: The Marriott at Forrestal Village, Princeton , NJ

First Dance: You Got It by Roy Orbison

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We first met Laura and Shawn a few years back when we played at Shawn’s college graduation party. They are a wonderful couple who have been together since they were kids. When they started planning their wedding at a lovely spot on the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island they called Nite-Time to perform again. They chose a place they had been going to since they were children that holds a lot of great memories for them. We were thrilled to be a part of their celebration.

By October, everything was in place. The hotels were reserved, the songs were chosen, all the plans were coming together perfectly. Then, came Hurricane Sandy. We watched the TV coverage as the storm made landfall on October 29th in Southern New Jersey, right about where Laura and Shawn were having their upcoming wedding. I don’t think anyone thought that Sandy would be quite as bad as it was, and certainly Laura and Shawn had no way of anticipating that the storm of the century would slam right into their wedding venue, but it did.

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After the flood waters receded, the venue reported relatively little damage (luckily), but they would be without power for the foreseeable future and didn’t see how they would be able to host Laura and Shawn’s wedding in less than two weeks. When Yves got Laura on the phone on Halloween, an alternate plan was being hashed out. Laura delivered the best bridal quote of the year to Yves on the phone that day. She said “we are definitely getting married next Saturday, I don’t know where yet, but we are”. We waited to hear back about the location, and by the weekend they had it figured out.

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Laura’s parents had lost power due to the storm and were staying at a nearby hotel in The Forrestal Village area of Princeton, NJ. The Marriott was right across the street and had a banquet room large enough to accommodate Laura and Shawn and their guests. The staff of the hotel was incredibly helpful and really went out of their way to make everything run smoothly. There was a whole weekend of events scheduled from rehearsal dinner to Sunday brunch, and the Marriott at Forrestal Village found room for all of it. (In addition to putting up out of town relief workers who had come in to help clean up after the storm).

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It wasn’t the seaside wedding they had been planning the whole year, but the sentiment was that getting married was the important part, not the location. It was so great to see all of their friends and family pulling together, helping out, changing plans and lending support. Of course, there were speeches about the storm and even some light humor about what the couple had to go through to get to that moment, but overall what I noticed was that the room was filled with joy. They could have given up, they could have postponed the wedding, they could have eloped, but they rallied instead. With their friends and family around them (and a kick-ass band) Laura and Shawn got hitched and celebrated it like crazy!

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OK, so usually I post pics and point out all the cool details, quirky song requests and interesting traditions that I see at the weddings and events we do each year, but I just loved the fact that Laura and Shawn didn’t waste time wallowing in their misfortune. They focussed on what they did have and not what they didn’t. They truly celebrated the relationship and the commitment they were making to each other that day.

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Laura and Shawn Make an Entrance!

Of course, there was dancing…

Laura and her dad danced to Rod Stewart’s Forever Young. Shawn and his mom danced to A Song For My Son. Despite the couple’s lack of Jewishness, someone requested a hora to celebrate them and everyone danced to that. Laura and Shawn danced to Jersey Girl by Bruce Springsteen. There was a definite Call Me Maybe moment, and everyone got “a little bit louder” to Shout.

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Thank You so much Laura and Shawn for having us. We love celebrating with you and your family and friends. Next time you have something to party about, give us a call. You guys rock!

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…

Heather and Dyan

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

Date: August 25th

Location: Salt Air Farm, Cutchogue, NY

First Dance: You Are the Best Thing by Ray LaMontagne

Jamie and Bill chose a beautiful and alternative spot for their wedding. The outdoor setting of Salt Air Farm on Long Island was a great backdrop which provided a lovely spot for their ceremony under a big old willow tree. We provided flute and acoustic guitar which was a wonderful complement to the pastoral milieu. 

The musicians played classical pieces arranged for guitar and flute while the guests arrived and throughout the ceremony. One of Jamie’s requests was Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring a beautiful piece that is perfect for a wedding ceremony.

Jamie and Bill are both huge fans of classic rock so they opted for a rock trio of guitar, bass and drums for cocktails to play stripped down versions of all their favorites from The Grateful Dead, The Band, Paul Simon and more. Salt Air Farm provided lawn games to amuse the guests while appetizers were passed in the field.

Dinner took place under a large tent in the middle of the Farm’s giant lawn and was served family style at two long tables. A rustic detailed sign set the mood and marked the way into the reception tent. The dinner was casual and the mood was festive. There was plenty of dancing and people were able to roam the grounds between courses to mingle or check out the amazing flowers they grow on the farm.

For dessert Jamie and Bill served cupcakes and cookies from a buffet so that guests could serve themselves and have another chance to mingle and catch up with friends and family. Meanwhile music kept going in the main tent so people could dance. We played a mix of music to get the crowd going, but focused a lot on classic rock since it’s the bride and groom’s favorite genre.

 

Jamie and Bill are a fun loving and gracious couple. They wanted their wedding to be a laid-back yet elegant affair, so they put together a beautiful, casual and spirited event in a luxuriously pastoral setting. We had a wonderful time playing for them and their guests!