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July 26, 2010

Kathy and Phyllis – July 18th

Filed under: Weddings — Tags: , , , , — DJJerryB @ 8:53 am

Kathy and Phyllis were married very recently and decided to hold a big celebration with their family and MANY friends in Maine. I have to admit that I had never heard of Cape Neddick, but, after seeing it, I’m sure that I’ll never forget it. Their celebration was at a private residence that was close enough to the ocean to feel the salt spray.

If it’s at all possible, you could almost say that everyone was a little TOO ready to celebrate. Usually a DJ tries to ease into things when dinner is being served, then build excitement when guests need to work off the meal. Not really an option with this group, since the very first tune I put on following the toast packed the dance floor. They were ready to boogie and kept going all night long — pretty sure that it was my first FIVE HOUR dance set. But everyone was having a genuine blast and I loved every minute of it.

I like to point out that no two events are ever the same and this one certainly held true to that — I’ve never been to a wedding celebration before in which the disc jockey helped a very red-faced AAA Service Truck driver get HIMSELF unstuck (e-mail to ask me about it if you want to know more!) I also received a lesson in how to correctly facilitate a “freeze dance” from 8-year-old Colleen, who came up with the idea, chose the song, and, after a quick lesson from me, controlled the DJ software. I think I now know how those cavemen feel in the GEICO commercials.

July 19, 2010

Errica and Chris – July 10th

Filed under: Weddings — Tags: , , , — DJJerryB @ 4:26 pm

Best laid plans…

When Errica and Chris decided on the Nashoba Valley Winery for their wedding and reception, I’m quite certain that it was for its stunning beauty. Little did they know that a huge rain storm would add nature’s special effects to their reception.

The ceremony was complete and, just in time, guests were ushered to the open air pavilion for the reception. The ceremony musicians (Musique Makers) had just relocated and started to play for the cocktail hour when the rains came. Just a shower at first, then things really opened up. So much so, in fact, that the ground couldn’t absorb it all and it came ROLLING into the venue. All of our power cables, which had been neatly tucked under tables and behind pillars were now at serious risk. The teamwork was impressive, with people who had never worked together before, instinctively knowing what to do to ensure everyone’s safety. Kudos to the staff at Nashoba Valley for moving tables, keeping brooms going AND serving the guests simultaneously. Credit to the Musique Makers for quickly (and literally) changing to an unplugged acoustic set to keep the entertainment going. Thank you to photographer Donna deLone for her ability to multitask by capturing the images of the day (two of which are shown here with her permission) and provide extra hands to help me save my gear from a watery grave.  And thanks to the guests for maintaining their sense of humor throughout.

The biggest acknowledgment really needs to go out to Errica and Chris. Most of the planned formalities needed to be changed, more-or-less on the fly. Collectively we decided that we weren’t going to let a lot of rain, or a little flood, dampen anyone’s spirits. In fact, maybe this weather was pre-ordained by Chris when he chose to propose  to Errica at the “Make Way for Ducklings” statues in the Boston Public Garden. Their wedding day turned out great, in spite of the fact that it was ‘fine weather for ducks.’

July 13, 2010

Jenn and Rocco – July 3rd

Filed under: Weddings — Tags: , , , , , — DJJerryB @ 7:29 am

Jenn and Rocco were married over the holiday weekend at Lake Pearl Luciano’s. The natural beauty served as a perfect background as they exchanged vows in front of the gazebo, set against the backdrop of the lake. Theirs was a unity sand ceremony which, if you have never witnessed one, is a striking metaphor for the joining and blending of two families.

At the reception, it was readily apparent that this couple was meant to be together. From the several toasts that were offered up by family and friends, to the many guests who commented to me on how “right” this union was, anyone could see how rock solid this marriage is going to be.

Of particular delight to me was the fact that this was the third time the bride had contacted me to be her DJ. The first was in 2007 when her dad wanted to surprise her mom with a birthday party and she was charged with finding the disc jockey. She called again the following year when she and her family wanted to surprise both of them with a 30th Wedding Anniversary party. How gratifying it was to hear from her that she wanted me to be there to witness and be a part of the start of her own journey.

My thanks to photographer Stacey Hedman. You can see more of her work here.

July 7, 2010

Steve and Ginger – June 27th

Steve and Ginger were married at the legendary Martha-Mary Chapel in Sudbury, Massachusetts. It was an intimate gathering of family and close friends.

The day was orchestrated perfectly by Melanie Voros, wedding planner extraordinaire. I had worked with Melanie last year and was happy to recommend her to the couple. If anyone needs a wedding planner, she is THE person to call first. You can visit her website here. She is a licensed Justice of the Peace and officiated Steve and Ginger’s ceremony as well.

The ceremony was simple but very sweet. Memorable were “The Blessing of the Hands” read warmly by the groom’s sister Lisa and a very touching excerpt from “The Velveteen Rabbit” from the bride’s daughter Jocelyn. I think the thing I will remember the most was when the bride was reading her own vows and became emotional, how gently Steve held her hands to give her the support she needed to make it through.

The reception at the Wayside Inn was like a family gathering. A lot of talking and laughing and very comfortable. There was a rule, because it was in one of the smaller rooms on the second floor of the Inn that, other than a ceremonial first dance for the bride and groom, there was to be no dancing. Did I mention that the groom’s family is of both Latin and Irish heritage? Oh yes, we broke the rules.

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