Category: 2010 Weddings

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One look at the placards for Lisa and Rob’s wedding this beautiful Autumn day and one knew you were at a real Italian wedding. The guests were a who’s who of Italian surnames and in case you had any doubt, Grace was offered in both English and Italian. Their guests traveled from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to celebrate Lisa and Rob’s wedding, witnessing a picture postcard ceremony outdoors at the gazebo segueing the reception in the Crystal room.

Parents were introduced to Barry White’s `Love Theme’, while the wedding party stormed in to a DJ mix of `Eye of the Tiger’ before another DJ mix of the guitar riff from Led Zeppelin’s `Whole lotta love’  gave the bride and groom their grand entrance. Their fun `Love Story’ (check it out in my Gallery section!) segued their first dance, `Sweethearts together’ by Rolling Stones.

With some dancing between course (there were 5 courses!), Lisa danced with her Dad to `My girl’ and Rob with his Mom to Toto Cotugno’s `Le Mamme’.

After dinner, while the bride and groom went off for some quick photos, the guests packed the dance floor and upon Lisa and Rob’s return we transitioned from `Bad Romance’ into a family circle dance, Lou Monte’s `C’e’ la luna mezzo mare’ (Lazy Mary). The last two hours of the reception were a whirlwind of dancing to a very eclectic mix of 80’s Rock Anthems, Top 40 dance, disco and even a Beastie Boy! One of those weddings you never want to end!

Thank you Lisa and Rob!

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It was an overcast Autumn afternoon that their families gathered to celebrate Rachel and Erin’s nuptials at Pavilion on Crystal Lake. Erin, along with their wedding party arrived about an hour before the ceremony was scheduled to take place at the gazebo in the woods. Rachel arrived just prior to the ceremony. The wedding party, with the exception of Erin’s brother Christian, were all ladies- friends of the brides. The guest list numbered 135 and was almost entirely family with both Rachel and Erin equally represented. On Erin’s side were the Lemkes, Hortons and Dillons and Rachel’s side, the Petersons and Mannings.

The processional, `A dream is a wish your heart makes’ by Kimberly Locke, serenaded the bride’s walk down the aisle. Rachel was given away by her Dad, Kurt and was followed down the aisle by Erin, given away by her Uncle, Mike. James Brown’s, `I feel good’ made it all official as the brides and their wedding party proceeded to the lake for pictures.

A large wedding party numbering 15 couples sashayed to the sounds of `In the Mood’, `Shook me all night long’, `Bad Romance’, I’m too sexy’ and `I gotta feeling’ for their introductions. After dinner it was time for Rachel and Erin’s first dance, `Amazed’ by Lonestar followed by Parent dances and at Bride’s request, the Cha-Cha Slide to kick off the dancing. Young and old partied to (primarily) Oldies, disco, 80’s and early 90’s the first half before the younger guests commandeered the dance floor to close out the evening with today’s Top 40 dance music. Two wonderful brides from loving families who now how to celebrate! I had so much fun getting to know your familes.

Thank you Rachel and Erin for allowing me to celebrate your day.

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A blustery day, an ethereal sky, greeted guests that gathered alongside the Connecticut River to celebrate Charlotte and Andy’s union. A very talented family, the Thomases created a very beautiful Autumnal vibe at the Boathouse with an assortment of Pumpkins, gourds and flowers all compliments of Bill and Charlotte Carroll’s farm, Bride Charlotte’s grandparents. After a brief ceremony along the river bank, guests made their way upstairs for Cocktails, enjoying spectacular views from the Boathouse deck. Shortly after Charlotte and Andy’s first dance (Brad Paisley, `She’s everything’), Charlotte took to the stage for an electric guitar solo (Eagles `Love will keep us alive’). Her heartfelt rendition caught Groom Andy totally by surprise, as Thomas family talent continued to shine. Immediately after a fabulous buffet dinner, Charlotte’s Uncle Doug read a tactfully lighthearted poem welcoming Andy and family Creech into the Thomas Clan. Immediately after Parent dances, guests got down to a primary mix of Rock, Country and Oldies early with a high energy mix of current top 40 dance the latter half of the evening.

Super couple, super evening- GREAT fun!

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After a very soggy start to the Fall, the clouds parted on this glorious first Saturday of October ushered in by newlyweds, Jess and Brendan Grant. The Branford House at Avery Point in Groton was the setting, beautifully staged by wedding planners Talia and Lindsay of Sixpence for your Shoe. Their guests hailed from across the U.S.A. with a very large and vocal contingent of fellow Alums (Dukes) from James Madison University. Cocktail hour took place on the portico before introductions continued the celebration into the West Wing, with their first dance to `Better than Love’ by Griffin House. After dinner in the Loggia and East Wing, guests observed cake cutting and parent dances back in the West Wing segueing evening’s dancing, primarily to 80’s and current top 40 dance tunes. Our packed dance floor of celebrants closed the evening with Journey’s `Don’t stop believing’. A warm, welcoming, wonderful couple and two great families Jess and Brendan, I wish you all the best!

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Saturday, August 21, 2010, South Kingston, RI.

Sara and Sean…two laid back fun people who have known each other since childhood. Married four months earlier in April, today’s gathering at the Jacobson beach cottage was a celebration of their earlier nuptials.

Family & friends arrived throughout the afternoon, making themselves right at home anticipating Sara and Sean’s arrival at 7:45 that evening. Upon their arrival, Sara’s brother,  Adam, delivered (apparently with Sara’s instruction) a very well received toast of the hosts. After a yummy banquet prepared by a very enthusiastic staff of Boston Market, we opened with Sara & Sean’s first dance – “Unchained Melody” by Righteous Brothers. In a nod to the honored couple, first dance segued “Hava Nagila” right into “Three Jigs” as the celebration switched into high gear until closing with Frank Sinatra’s “The last dance” at midnight.

You have to love these backyard celebrations….when I left at 12:45am, there were STILL about 40 guests keeping family Jacobson company!

I love you guys and as always, thanks for including me.

Adam, no pressure….you’re next!

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The weather god’s shined on Jill and Raul’s wedding at the bucolic Winvian, a self-described `relais chateau’ in Morris, CT. The Winvian consists of 17  wooded cottages encircling the main Gordon Brown House whose immediate grounds are where receptions are held. This one-time working 18th century farm was purchased and transformed into this idyllic retreat exuding a fusion of both Old World (many Europeans work here) and New World charm, complete with Spa. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, certainly Jill and Raul as well as their guests and this DJ, discovered it here off the beaten path in Morris.

A picture perfect day in the mid 70’s greeted their guests who had ample time to stroll these beautiful grounds before the ceremony took place. Walking into `Theme from A Summer’s Place’ the Bride was absolutely ravishing and Raul, well….a lucky man. After a short ceremony, Jill and Raul meandered around the grounds for their photos while their guests enjoyed cocktails under the Big Top and patio areas on either side of the Gordon Brown’s reception area.

Segueing dinner, Jill and Raul were introduced to their first dance song, Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat’s `Lucky’ and before stations were opened for a very casual dinner, the dancing was underway. Stylings of the Rat Pack with a blend of Portuguese artists early gave way to everything from oldies, swing, disco and Top 40 club. Fifteen minutes before closing my exuberant Bride came running up to inform me she just got permission to continue for another hour and I was more than happy to oblige….we were having so much fun, I didn’t want to leave either!

Next to last dance…DJ Sammy’s `Heaven’; last dance Louis Prima’s `Buono Sera’. `Pretty sure not many of Jill and Raul’s guests ever ate dinner!

Have a wonderful time in the Bahamas guys(!)…I hope to see you again real soon.

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Our beautiful end of July weather continued today at the magnificent Riverview in Simsbury, CT.

GM Tina and her staff always deliver 5 star service in this beautiful facility, worthy of a couple so wonderful as Katie & Sebby.

There guest list numbered 200+ and what a joy they were to perform for!

Introductions led off with Katie & Sebby’s parents walking in to Barry White’s, `You’re the first, the last my everything’;  transitioning to Wedding party intros, a montage of `Just Dance / Pump It / Fiesta / Good girls go bad / Sexyback / Big Pimpin’ / Get Right’. Each couple contributed their own unique entrance to their chosen song….a real treat for guests and DJ alike.

Sebby & Katie walked in to `I gotta feeling’ and celebrated with their wedding party at arrival on dance floor. Their Love Story was so much fun for me to present and was set to `Musetta’s Waltz’ and `Canzone per Loretta / Addio Mulberry Street’ from the `Moonstruck’ Soundtrack segueing First dance, Jason Mraz- I’m yours (acoustic).

Shortly after first course I brought Katie to the floor for a dance with her Dad and Sebby with his Mom after 2nd course. Guests danced through the first 2 courses before settling down for Main course. Dancing resumed immediately after Cake cutting at end of dinner and the floor was jumping right up to last dance.

Katie & Sebby….you’re a beautiful couple who I am proud to call friends and it was such a pleasure to share your special day.

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The weather folks aren’t kidding when they said this month (July 2010) is the hottest on record! Fortunately this weekend’s celebration was once again on the coast so the breeze off L.I. Sound helped somewhat. With Cathy and Pat’s ceremony scheduled for 7pm, the temps moderated somewhat and the breeze off the Sound kept all comfortable. A sweet and fun-loving couple, Cathy and Pat were celebrated by 60 of their closest friends and family in this very picturesque, low-key setting.
The ceremony was highlighted by the Sand Ceremony in which each part of Cathy and Pat’s families, from youngest to oldest contributed a different color sand to the ceremonial Vial. The result was a beautiful keepsake acknowledging their Union.
With the help of Saturday’s heat, some great requests and a friendly bartender, the Brides and their guests (undoubtedly more trim when the evening ended then before it started) danced into the first chapter of their lives as a married couple.
Their closing song? The Glee Cast version of Kelly Clarkson’s `My life would suck without you’.
What a great State we live in!
Congratulations, Cathy and Pat!

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The Eolia Mansion at Harkness is one of my favorite places in CT. The setting is truly romantic with the Victorian Gardens, it’s setting on the L.I. Sound. If you’ve ever seen the movie `Meet Joe Black’ there is a scene towards the end where the character `Death’ (Brad Pitt) is ready to take Anthony Hopkins to the `other side’, his time overdue (spinoff on `Death takes a Holiday’). Hopkins’ daughter is in the middle of her reception outside a beautiful mansion and Hopkins and Pitt are off in the distance with the mansion as a backdrop. This is what I always think of when I see Eolia. So conducive is the setting to a festive celebration and the day was perfect in every way, especially Leigh and Christian’s first dance which was a joy to watch. Wonderful hosts, wonderful wedding, great time! Thank you Leigh and Christian!

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