As I look back on 2016 one of the weddings that really stands out for me is Nicole and Stephen‘s at The Shadowbrook on July 3rd. It was one of the wildest dancing crowds I had all year which I figured it would be going in to it because Nicole and Stephen are friends with Jillian and Ron who’s wedding I DJed a few years ago and that one I STILL remember as being insane!
Nicole and Stephen were married in the gardens behind The Shadowbrook and we provided the music and microphone for their ceremony. It was a very pleasant day, not overly hot or humid so the guests really enjoyed being outside for the ceremony as well as the cocktail hour. The Shadowbrook recently changed hands and the new owners have already put their own stamp on the place and I really like what they’re doing. Besides the awesome new marble foyer and dance floor they run incredibly smooth events.
After cocktail hour it was time for introduction. Nicole and Stephen had a very cool first dance to From the Ground Up by Dan and Shay and then soon after it was time to party. They hadn’t given me too many requests but one of the things we talked about in the planning was that Stephen had served in the military and there would be a lot of fellow servicemen in attendance. I think it’s always appropriate to acknowledge our veterans but even more so when it’s Independence Day weekend. I got huge ovation for everyone who had served then went into “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood.
Nicole and Stephen had provided me with a bunch of patriotic themed giveaways like red white and blue glasses so we handed those out then launched into a patriotic dance set featuring “R.O.C.K. in the USA” and “Party in the USA.” The party had already been slamming but this just brought it to another level that was amazing. Sometimes in the middle of a party like this where I’m having as much fun as the guests I have to pinch myself because I feel like I’m living the dream. Who else can get paid and have such an awesome time?
Nicole and Stephen worked with our photography division and our videography company as well. Carrie was the main shooter and took some amazing shots. I’ve included a few in this blog but to view the whole album just click here.
I also got my hands on the raw footage and was able top make two demo videos out of it. A live audio video and a V-log which just features some shots set to music. They also hired Sarina to sing a few songs for them. She did a few ballads and then also sang a few slow ones during dinner. I think it’s a great addition when clients add one of our singers to their package, it really gives an elegant, live feel to the night – and I just love working with Sarina.
Stephen was very nice to write me this awesome review on Wedding Wire after the wedding.