Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Road Trip to Massachusetts

On Sunday September 26th, Ambient DJ had the pleasure of providing music and entertainment at David and Kristen's wedding ceremony and reception party held at the Leicester Country Club in Massachusetts. David Weisberg is a friend who grew up in West Windsor-Plainsboro, but whose academic studies took him to the Boston area.

While Ambient DJ primarily performs within a 90 minute radius from its East Windsor "corporate headquarters," occasionally we have opportunities to take longer road trips. Former remote locations have included Syracuse and New Orleans, and these exotic destination weddings tend to be highly memorable. With Barry Manilow raving about the region in "Weekend in New England," I was intrigued for this early autumn road trip to Massachusetts (the fall foliage is already beginning to blossom).

The day before the event, Saturday, I took a long afternoon nap before performing a Sweet 16 party at the Mercer Boathouse which concluded at midnight. I stopped home to grab my suitcase and get changed, grabbed an 18 oz. super can of Red Bull, and then drove overnight to Auburn, MA, about 20 minutes outside of Leicester (pronounced "Lester"!). The driving conditions were ideal! Sparse traffic, and I was grooving to trancy electronica mix CDs by DJs Max Graham and Hernan Cattaneo. I arrived at the La Quinta Inn and checked in at 5 AM. I was able to sleep a good four hours before rising, eating breakfast and heading to the Leicester Country Club.

The ceremony was held outside adjacent to the golf course. It was a beautiful autumn day, sunny, comfortable with a hint of crispness in the morning air. The cocktail hour and reception party were held upstairs in a spacious banquet room. Each table was decorated with a Scrabble tile holder with letters spelling a word related to love and marriage. I backlit my DJ facade in a harvest color scheme (maize, red, orange).

The new Mr. and Mrs. Weisberg entered to "Blitzkrieg Bop" and enjoyed their first dance to "Rainbow Connection" (Kermit the Frog version!). High-quality toasts were delivered by the co-maids of honor, DJ Iron Mike, and Dave Siegel. Then the groom took the mic and thanked the many individuals who helped the reception come together in what he described as a "do it yourself wedding." Fortunately for Dave and Kristen, they have a talented group of friends, as this reception in no way resembled a low rent, do-it-yourself wedding.

Guests enjoyed an afternoon of fine dining and a wide variety of musical styles for dancing. With many guests traveling from out of town, the reception had a more relaxed feel, which is not uncommon for Sunday afternoon weddings. Popular songs/sets included a 90s dance set, various ballads, the Perculator, the Electric Slide (by request) and a hora medley.

I pulled out of the reception hall at 7 PM, enjoyed some local color at the Piccadilly Pub in Auburn, and then got a deep, restful night of sleep before returning to New Jersey the next morning.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Dave Weisberg!


  1. Thank you Greg and Ambient DJ for your services! It was a great day, and were glad you could make the trip!

  2. I almost forgot to mention that one of the bride and groom's friends sang an amazing version of "At Last"