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August 29, 2011

Kathy and Paula – Colonial Inn

Filed under: Weddings — Tags: , , , , , , — DJJerryB @ 1:18 pm

Kathy and Paula held their private ceremony on Cape Cod at the end of July and wanted to host a post-wedding reception for their family and closest friends at the Colonial Inn in Concord. I was told that as they looked around the room, they couldn’t think of anyone that they didn’t REALLY want to be there.

Okay, so who invited Irene?

Pulling off this incredibly fun reception was a matter of good planning and great timing. As Hurricane Irene was moving her way up the east coast, Kathy and Paula’s friends were making their own travel plans to be there. Many were traveling from the exact areas that were in the path of the hurricane — New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and, I’m sure, one or two others. In my mind, it was a race to stay ahead of the worst conditions. And to tell you the truth, I was impressed by how few guests didn’t make the trip — it’s a testament to how special these people were to this wonderful couple. The celebration wrapped up within hours of when Irene hit Massachusetts.

Planning for Kathy and Paula’s celebration was fun. They had their own taste in fun music, mostly 80’s, but were keen on having me put together a diverse play list so that everyone in attendance could party down. And party they did.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget their official first dance. We started it off as Etta James “At Last” and, just as the guests started to believe that it was going to be a slow romantic dance, we threw in the sound effect of a record scratching and kicked it into high gear with the Pointer Sisters bouncy rendition of “I’m So Excited”. Their wedding party joined them on the dance floor sporting colorful boas. Many of the guests joined in as well.  Have I mentioned how fun it was? I wish I could have captured it on video to share with you.

A special thank you goes out to Arthur, the captain in charge at the Colonial Inn. He and his crew did a great job of keeping everybody comfortable — and he even led the spotlight moment when the brides cut the cake — and he managed to completely engage everyone in the process.

Kathy and Paula were an absolute joy to meet and to work with. They have already been together for 26 years and the special bond that they share is pretty obvious. And I met some of the sweetest, nicest guests as well. My thanks truly do go out to each and every one of them.

 

August 10, 2011

Dawn and Emily – John Carver Inn

Filed under: Weddings — Tags: , , , , , — DJJerryB @ 9:35 am

“And, for the first time as legally wedded spouses, let’s welcome Dawn and Emily, who are celebrating 35 years of friendship and love”…

Dawn and Emily’s wedding was a long time coming, so they definitely wanted it their way. In fact, my role at their celebration at the John Carver Inn was much more geared toward being a host and emcee than that of DJ. Dawn had selected special songs to be played as dedications to many of the friends and family that were in attendance. It was a little different from my normal role, but I have to say that I was happy to be connected to such a deeply committed couple.

Friendship was a very strong recurring theme at Dawn and Emily’s wedding in Plymouth. I was more than just a little impressed with the durability of the relationships that they had both sustained over the years. I had the chance to witness, for the first time, a candle dance. It started off with humor, as every guest in attendance did their best to learn the steps while trying to maintain a circle (and NOT drop their candle.) They did a great job and, when the lights were lowered and the dance was done for real, it was quite touching. The end of the dance calls for every person to place their candle in a box of sand in the center of the circle, all done silently. Very moving.

Here’s to another 35 years together.

 

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