For me, 2016 was another great year of celebrating with some absolutely amazing couples. My final wedding was this past Friday, December 30th, “New Year’s Eve” Eve. Like most DJs, I was hoping to end the year with a bang and go out on a high note. Monica & Chris live in Boston so I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting with them in person before the wedding, but we were able to Facetime to go over the details and everything. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was going to have the perfect wedding to finish my DJ year.
Monica & Chris chose The Palace in Somerset as their wedding venue, and having worked there dozens of times, I knew they were in great hands as it’s one of the premier halls in New Jersey. They entered the ballroom down the grand staircase in The Palace ballroom for the first time as man and wife to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars. For their first dance, they had taken some lessons and did a choreographed dance to a very cool and out of the box song called “Still Falling For You” by Ellie Goulding. After that, Monica danced with her father Gerhard to “My Girl” by The Temptations, and then Chris with his mother Teresa to “The Prayer” by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion. During that particular danced, I was able to snap a quick photo of an awesome moment where Monica was arm-in-arm with her parents and Chris’s father as they look on…exactly the kind of moment weddings are all about.
After the formalities, we had no trouble packing the dance floor as you could tell everyone was so excited for Monica & Chris. The guests danced all night long and we literally had the dance floor jumping well before dinner was served. After dinner, they wanted to make sure they got photos with all of their guests. Instead of going table to table, their photographer Drew did something a little different: he had me play the theme from Mission: Impossible and would have each table come to the dance floor and meet the happy couple for a quick photo. The overall process not only went much quicker than I expected, but all the guests seemed to enjoy the hustle involved and it became quite entertaining.
As the night began to wind down and we approached the final few songs of the night, I was sad to have such a great night come to an end but was much more happy and honored to have been a part of it. For the final song of the night, Monica & Chris chose “Don’t Stop Believin‘” by Journey which was the perfect way to end what amounted to a perfect evening.