It seems every year that the middle to the end of March is always the unofficial end of the wedding off-season for me as I’ve now performed at as many weddings in the last 3 weekends as I have the first 2+ months! This past weekend, I flew the Elite banner (figuratively) all the way up to the far reaches of North Jersey…ok that was a little dramatic but we were up there so here’s a quick recap of my 2 amazing celebrations:
On Friday night, we celebrated with Nicole & Jonathen at the stately grounds of Skylands Manor, right in the heart of the state botanical gardens. Although I feel like I had been there in high school (having grown up in Bergen county), it was my first time playing there and it is really a beautiful setting for a wedding. They had just redone the ballroom and they did a magnificent job as it felt new and modern and was gorgeous. It was a stark contrast to the rest of the building, not in a negative way at all, as when you first walk in you feel more like you are in Hogwarts than you are in a building in New Jersey. Nicole & Jonathen and about 100 of their closest friends and family made for an amazing crowd and everyone had an amazing time all the way up to the final note of their final song, “Take Me Home” by Phil Collins
Saturday night, I flew solo up to Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. I had played at a few other locations with the word “Club” in their name in the North Jersey area so I was expecting more of a rustic setting but it was the opposite and definitely a hall befitting of a Franklin Lakes zip code. This place was absolutely stunning and was located on a small lake to give it that waterfront feel. I had only met with Eileen and Rob through FaceTime to do the preplanning but upon meeting them face to face for the first time, I knew we were in for a great night. It was another amazing evening of dancing and celebrating only solidified for me when Eileen’s mother approached me with an hour to go to hug me and just tell me “thank you” and that everything had been amazing and they couldn’t have been happier!