This past weekend I had the honor of DJing for Mike and Angeline at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake. When we met they gave me plenty of requests and then pointed out that there were just two slow songs on that list. And those were the only two slow songs they wanted. As a DJ who loves rocking a party I was up for the challenge and I’m happy to report it was a great celebration and the dance floor was packed all night.
One of the most unique things about Mike and Angeline’s wedding was their first dance. They had a friend named Gene sing their special song. That’s unique enough but the song choice was even cooler: “Shut Up and Dance.” I have to admit I’ve been playing that song since 2014 when it came out but I never really listened to the lyrics. Slowed down and played acoustical (which Gene did superbly) the song made for a great first dance. Lyrics like”we were bound to get together” and “this woman is my destiny” really stood out. Someone (maybe Gene) should release a slow version of the song.
The way the timeline worked out, after the formalities upfront (first dance, parents dance and toasts) I had about a half hour to dance Mike and Angeline’s guests before the buffet was opening. I played one of those two slow songs (Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”) then got everyone moving and shaking. I recorded that opening dance set and you can hear it here. Keep in mind every one of these songs were requests from Mike and Angeline. I was pretty proud of how I covered a number of different genres in this opening, had a packed dance floor with lots of singing along, and really established that it was going to be a great night. Those are my usual goals with an opening dance set and I’m happy to say: Mission Accomplished!
Tricia and Bob from Expressive Image were the professional photographers for Mike and Angeline. Expressive has been a main stay at the Jersey Shore for as long as I can remember. They have great photographers who not only take beautiful pictures but also are very easy to work with. They were very generous to allow me to use some of their pictures in this blog. To see even more of the great shots they got at Mike and Angeline’s wedding, click here for the album of shots they uploaded to their Facebook page.
Congratulations Mike and Angeline! Thanks for letting me be a part of your awesome day!