Liz and Chris celebrated their wedding at The International in Bolton, Massachusetts. This is a world class facility that simply does everything “right”. Their ceremony was held on site, which provides a beautiful panoramic view of the golf course and the rolling hills that lay behind them. The setting is, quite literally, picture perfect.
This couple had a fun, diverse vision for their day. For cocktails and dinner, there was a heavy influence of jazz and American standards. The “Rat Pack” was specifically requested by the young couple — Frank, Dean and Sammy, as well as many of their contemporaries, were heavily featured, which led to the sweetest moment of the night for the DJ. A somewhat elderly gentleman approached me fairly early on during dinner, obviously wanting to tell me something. In all honesty, since his table was positioned somewhat close to the speakers, my initial thought was that he might be coming up to see if I could turn the volume down a bit (this is often a challenge when guest tables are positioned very close to where I have been assigned to set up.) In point of fact, this very sweet gentleman took my arm and thanked me for the music, telling me that so many times he and his friends go to weddings, only to be blasted by the music, but that what we had put together was “just wonderful!” He was so cute I had to resist the urge to pat him on the head.
The evening took on a higher energy level during dancing and I was happy to see that nearly every guest took a turn on the floor. It was not only a very fun crowd, but also one of the nicest groups that I have worked for in quite a while. My thanks again to Liz and Chris. You were a great couple to work for and your guests completely made the night.
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.’