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- Doolan’s Shore Club Wedding for Leanna & George
It was our distinct pleasure to provide music and photography services for Leanna & George at Doolan’s Shore Club. This was a fantastic wedding with some unique features including an indoor cornhole game personalized for Leanna and George.
Tom and Alex were on hand to get the party going and Lynn and Cyndi from Elite Digital Images were there to capture it all. Here are a few of the highlights from the day:
- Triumph Brewery in New Hope Wedding for Laura and Garrett
What a unique wedding this was indeed! Laura and Garrett got married on an old classic train and then held their reception at a brewery in the awesome town of New Hope, Pennsylvania.
Chris Smith of Elite Digital Images was on hand to get all the shots including this incredible one of Laura and Garrett.
And our very own Alex Cameron was there to MC and DJ and make sure everyone had a great time. Here are some of the highlights of the day:
Congratulations Laura and Garrett!
- English Manor Wedding for Bonnie and Jason
We were honored to provide entertainment, photography and videography for Bonnie and Jason at The English Manor. It was a great party as the pictures and video will attest to.
Carrie and Cyndi from Elite Digital Images were on hand to get all the great shots like this dramatic one at the end of the evening
And this cool one
Here are a few more shots from the reception
- Breakers Wedding for Lindsey and Chris
It was our distinct pleasure to provide entertainment, videography and photography services for Lindsey and Chris at Breakers in Spring Lake.
Dan Fumosa was hand selected to be the MC and DJ for this awesome couple and as always, he brought the PARTY!
Cyndi and Angelina from Elite Digital Images were on hand to capture all the awesome shots. Here’s Lindsey and Chris’ first dance
And here are a few of the highlights from the party
- A Parent’s Dance Tip for Brides and Grooms
I was looking through some pictures recently that our sister company, Elite Digital Images, had taken at a wedding and I was moved by two shots of the parent’s dances. In the first, the bride is dancing with her father and the groom is looking on lovingly.
In the second, the groom is dancing with his mother and the bride has a similar look of admiration.
I have to say I see this often at weddings. But not all the time. Sometimes I’ll see the groom grabbing a drink while his new wife dances with her father. And other times the bride will be chatting away with her bridesmaids while her new husband dances with his mother. In my opinion, that’s a missed moment. These are special dances and they should be appreciated for all the emotion they can evoke. And if you hire a photographer who is skilled and aware enough to grab the pictures that Lynn and Chris got in this blog, it’s a moment that will be saved forever.
So if your wedding is coming up and you are each going to be dancing with a parent, make sure to watch your partner’s dance. It’s a lovely moment that shouldn’t be missed by anyone.
- A Look Back at the Music of 1998
I read a Rolling Stones‘ article recently about the best songs from 1998 and as I went through it I thought there were some obvious omissions. But then I realized I was looking at it from a mobile DJ’s point of view so I thought I’d make my own list. Here are (in my humble opinion) the Top 25 songs from 1998 that I still play at some of my events. This list is ballad-heavy but there are also some upbeat songs that still get my dance floors moving and shaking.
Enjoy this trip back to twenty years ago.
25 – Chumbawamba, “Tub Thumping” It’s gotta be the right crowd but when this works, it can still be a great last-hour song.
24 – Britney Spears, “…Baby One More Time” Her debut single in the US and it made her huge. Still works in a 90s pop set
23 – Jay-Z feat. Amil and Ja Rule, “Can I Get A…” I’ll mix this into a hip hop set from time to time and it still works with the right crowd
22 – K-Ci and JoJo, “All My Life” A beautiful R&B ballad
21 – Mark Wills, “I Do (Cherish You)” Before 98 Degrees covered it, this song was a big slow song and wedding song for Mark Wills
20 – Edwin McCain, “I’ll Be” A big wedding song from the year and a slow song I still get requests for.
19 – LeAnn Rimes, “How Do I Live” Like I said this list is ballad heavy. 1998 was a great year for slow songs, especially from the country genre
18 – Whitney Houston, “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” Played this very often in ’98 and ’99. Many times back to back with this next one
17 – Deborah Cox, “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” I played the heck out of the Hex Hector remix of this song. Still drop it from time to time.
16 – Savage Garden, “Truly Madly Deeply” Was a big wedding song and one I still play sometimes, either for slow dancing or during dinner.
15 – The Verve, “Bitter Sweet Symphony” Has been very useful for bridal party introductions and processionals at wedding ceremonies (specifically the instrumental version)
14 – Beastie Boys, “Intergalactic” Sure they have better songs but I still get asked for this from time to time and it works when I drop it
13 – Celine Dion, “My Heart Will Go On” The theme from Titanic became a huge wedding song in 1998. But not as huge as . . .
12 Shania Twain, “From This Moment On” Wow this was THE wedding song of the year! I don’t spin it as often but every once in a while it’s the perfect ballad
11 – Garth Brooks, “It’s Your Song” A great parent’s dance. Still used from time to time.
10 – Boyz II Men , “A Song For Mama” A highly requested Mother/Son dance to this day. And for good reason!
9- Pras Michel feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Mya, “Ghetto Superstar” Still works in a hip hop set.
8 – Backstreet Boys, “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)” The first of two Backstreet Boys songs (both in the Top 10) because that’s the kind of year 1998 was.
7 – Cher, “Believe” I’d argue that this is Cher’s best dance song. Heck I’d argue it’s her best song, period.
6- Spice Girls, “Spice Up Your Life” Not nearly as popular as “Wannabe” but I still play this from time to time and it usually rocks the floor.
5 – NSYNC, “Tearin’ Up My Heart” It’s funny that “I Want You Back” was a bigger hit off their debut than “Tearin’ Up My Heart” but I play this more often. It’s just a great sing along from that pop era.
4 – Aerosmith, “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” Still a very popular slow song. Requested occasionally and sometimes I just break it out to be different.
3 – Semisonic, “Closing Time” This might be a bit high on the list for most people but I just love this song and enjoy closing parties with it. You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here!
2 – Will Smith, “Getting Jiggy Wit It” I still drop this in many a hip-hop set and the response is usually great.
1 – Backstreet Boys, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” – Great dance and sing along song from the Boy Band Era! This one works at almost every event these days
- English Manor Wedding for Heather and Tom
It was our great pleasure to provide entertainment and photography services for Heather and Tom at The English Manor. Tom Monaco served as their MC and DJ and he brought the party!
Lynn and Chris from Elite Digital Images were on hand to capture all the beautiful photography. Here’s a great shot of Heather and Tom dancing to their wedding song, Adam Sandler’s “Grow Old With You” from The Wedding Singer.
And some shots from a GREAT celebration!
- The Mill at Lakeside Manor Wedding for Samantha and Charles
It was our honor and privilege to provide entertainment and photography services for Samantha and Charles at the newly remodeled Mill at Lakeside Manor in Spring Lake.
Samantha and Charles had a beautiful early Spring evening which was perfect for their outdoor ceremony.
Cyndi and Angelina from Elite Digital Images were there to capture all the pictures. And Chris Monaco was on hand to get the party rockin! Here are a few shots from the reception and celebration.
Samantha and Charles picked a classic song for their first dance, “Your Song” by Elton John.
And when it was time to party, Samantha and Charles’ family and friends turned it out!
- Somerset Palace Wedding for Sarah and Gabriel
It was our great honor to provide DJ, photography and video service for Sarah and Gabriel at The Palace in Somerset. This has always been one of our favorite places to work but now that they’ve installed amazing lighting in both ballrooms, well, what can we say . . . we never want to leave!
Dominic Sestito got to serve as MC and DJ. For a quick video recap of the wedding, click here.
And their beautiful first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce. Notice the spotlighting coming down from ceiling and how much it enhances them on the dance floor
Here are some shots from the PARTY!
- Addison Park Wedding for Jayde and Trevor
It was our honor and pleasure to provide entertainment and photography services for Jayde and Trevor at Addison Park. They are an awesome couple that wanted a great celebration to kick off their married life. Our man Tom Monaco certainly delivered!
Wow . . . just wow!
And some awesome shots from the party
- Whitby Castle Wedding for Vincent & Kelly
Jay Thomson had the distinct honor to MC and DJ for Kelly and Vincent this past weekend and as he told us, this was his “First Castle Wedding” so he had to write a blog about it!
“The place was just awesome and Ralph (Maître d’) and his staff were incredible to work with.”
“It was obvious that Vincent and Kelly had the hearts of all their loved ones and were held in the highest regard. Family and friends were overjoyed to be a part of this storybook setting at Whitby Castle. You could literally feel the love and sense of euphoria in the air. Everyone danced and danced all night long! My favorited part of the evening? When everyone “Cut the Mozzarella”. This was a song we dropped late in the evening that went over huge for this Italian family. All in all….these two are an amazing couple!! Many years of happiness awaits them!”
Here’s Kelly and Vincent’s first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here.”
The celebration! (We should mention these shots are all from Jay’s iPhone – not professionally taken – but you knew that right?)
“The Firetruck w/ pizza oven was something I’ve never seen before! You should have seen these guys rolling dough and making pizza’s from the converted pizza oven on the side of the truck. It was something right off tv’s Man VS. Food.”
- English Manor Wedding for Jessica and Marc
We had the extreme honor and privilege to provide music and photography services for Jessica and Marc at the English Manor. Dominic Sestito served as their MC and DJ and along with Dave Perrone he kept the dance floor packed all night
Here’s Jessica and Marc’s grand introduction
And their first dance
And here are some PARTY shots!
- English Manor Wedding for Marla and Rick
We always love working at the English Manor but Spring seems to be the best season! Marla and Rick got a beautiful April day for their wedding and it was a picture perfect day!
Here’s Jay Thomson beginning the grand introduction
And Marla and Rick’s fun introduction
And here’s some shots of their first dance
And of course some awesome party shots from a great celebrations. Thanks to Lynn and Chris of Elite Digital Images for getting these awesome shots. To see more, click here for their photo album on Facebook.
And here’s what Marla thought of everything
- English Manor Wedding for Jackie and Josh
It was such a great honor providing music and MCing for Jackie and Josh at my home away from home the English Manor.
They got such a beautiful spring day it was perfect for their first look and ceremony out in the gardens
Carrie and Jay from Elite Digital Images took all the pictures that are in this blog. You can click here to see the rest of their pictures on Facebook.
- English Manor Wedding for Danielle and Michael
I had the honor of providing music for Danielle and Michael’s wedding ceremony and reception at the English Manor on Sunday. It was a gorgeous day and the ceremony was held out in the English Manor’s gardens. A beautiful spot for an outdoor ceremony!
Cyndi and Chris from Elite Digital Images took all the pictures. Here are a few from the party!