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July 11, 2011

De and Brad – Smith Barn

Filed under: Personal,Weddings — Tags: , , , , , — DJJerryB @ 11:51 am

I’m gonna need a little indulgence here — this one is personal…

I’ve written before about the fact that I sometimes end up feeling close to the couples that I work with — call it a great “drawback” to my job. In this case, I was ALREADY close to the bride. De and I met, probably, 20 years ago during my financial services days. We rarely worked at the same location – she was in Boston and I was out in the ‘burbs. But between in-house messaging (e-mail’s predecessor) and company softball games, we became “buds” — I can’t even begin to count the number of times that one or the other of us needed another person to simply  help deal with something. Sometimes work-related, sometimes personal. It didn’t really matter. From my perspective, De was the kind of rock-solid friend that I could always depend on to provide an honest (sometimes brutally honest) view on things. I ended up leaving the company 10 years ago or so and De and I pretty much dropped out of touch.

Then, quite reluctantly, I joined Facebook.

Howard Stern may be the King of All Media, but De is surely the Queen of SOCIAL media. And, just about a year ago, De and I re-connected. Shortly thereafter, she asked if I had any plans for a day in July — she needed a DJ. In her own words, De had been on her last first date.

The actual ceremony took place in April and the reception was planned for the summer. The couple had landed on Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm in Peabody as their location. A very easy to get to, fun venue. The main hall is great, with elevated balconies on either side of the dining/dancing areas. I really enjoyed working with the whole crew there, most notably, Tammy and Michelle, both of whom were on top of everything. And an absolutely outstanding buffet was prepared by Mitch Mitchell’s Affairs Catering.

The reception itself was typical in many ways – a room full of people who were so fully immersed in sharing the celebration. One spotlight moment that I particularly enjoyed was their variation on the “Anniversary Dance.” You’ve undoubtedly seen in the past when married couples are called to the dance floor then slowly eliminated until the couple that has been married the longest is the last one standing. Instead, the bride and groom did their homework and had me call up many couples, each of whom had been married for an impressive number of years. It was fun hearing the building momentum from the crowd as the years climbed, ranging from 45 to 52 years. Collectively, these ten couples had racked up 477 wedding anniversaries. We dedicated “Through the Years” to them and invited others to join them. It was very sweet.

It may seem like I’ve sort of neglected the groom throughout this little tale. Brad is, without a doubt, the quintessential great guy. Brad, if you  happen to read this, I’ll let you in on what I leaned in and whispered to De: “You and Brad? Total no-brainer!” Anyone who knows me at all will recognize that as a ringing endorsement. I can’t think of anyone I would rather see together than the two of you. Continue to take care of each other and I’ll undoubtedly be seeing you both on Facebook.


  1. What a nice tribute to De & Brad! Thanks for sharing! It was a great day, wonderful to watch two special people celebrate their love! Thank you also for being such a great DJ and making the dancing so much fun!

    Comment by Richard Olson — July 13, 2011 @ 12:01 am

  2. Thank YOU, Richard. I appreciate the kind words. You had quite the little core group going there at the end. I just wish we had had more time to keep people moving. It was an important (and fun) day for all of us.

    Comment by DJJerryB — July 13, 2011 @ 12:16 am

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