The Deeper Meaning of the Moment

the-inn-from-the-water.jpgKelly and Andy’s ceremony as well as their reception was held on the picturesque, lakefront property of Westport’s Inn at Longshore.

Since I provided the entertainment for Kelly’s father’s 50th birthday party 15 years ago in Oakland, New Jersey, the Harper family was very special to me.

kelly-and-andy-ceremony1Kelly and Andy met online at E-Harmony. This must be one of the better match-making sites because this is the 4th client of mine this year who signed up and was able to meet their soul mate.

The highlight of the night came after the cake cutting. The families wanted to celebrate the fact that Andy was a cancer survivor and somehow incorporate the symbolic Live Strong bracelets.

3-livin-strong-on-a-prayer1During the final consultation at their home, I found out that Andy was a big Bon Jovi fan, so we invited all of the guests onto the dancefloor after the cake to put on a bracelet and take a group photo. We immediately cranked up Livin’ On A Prayer and watched the room erupt as the guests pumped their fists and sang along for a memorable tribute.

It was one of those moments that I had to pinch myself and be grateful once again that I’ve got one of the best jobs in the world.

Rebecca and Matt at the Wilshire Grand: The Best of Both Worlds

wg-facade.jpgRebecca and Matt’s wedding reception was held at The Wilshire Grand in West Orange, New Jersey. From the first consultation, Rebecca and Matt knew that they wanted the best of both worlds, the combination of DJ Entertainment and live musicians.

wilshire-aint-no-mountain-high-enoughAs the first guests arrived into the grand foyer and family photos were being taken, our piano player (Mitch) helped create a classy ambiance as champagne and strawberries were being served.

After the cocktail hour, the ballroom doors opened and the guests went right to the dance floor. Our saxophone player (Franco) and percussionist (Rueben) played along to an up-beat set of Michael Buble and classic Motown music. That set the tone for a fun, elegant and memorable evening.

Matt on top of the WorldThe highlight of the night was seeing Matt’s brother and friends lift him up for some crowd-surfing when we cranked up Bon Jovi’s Living On A Prayer from their request list.

Special thanks to Tom, the Catering Manager. Just like when he worked at The Rockleigh Country Club, he was a total professional when it came to creating a smooth timeline for the cuisine and planning for all of the event logistics.

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