Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wedding at Knob Hill Golf Club

This past weekend, Ambient DJ performed at the wedding reception of Matt & Sheilla held at the Knob Hill Golf Club in Manalapan, NJ.  In addition to DJ services, we also provided uplighting and a Photo Booth.  The ballroom at Knob Hill is perfect for uplighting given its high ceilings and abundant columns.
Our Radiance Package with backlit facade and Wall Wash
Transforming the room with Uplighting (18 cans)
For cocktail hour, we provided music in the adjacent bar/grill room (the Sycamore Grille), stacking the mix with vocal performances as per the bride's preference. We included tracks by the likes of Jason Mraz, Colbie Caillat, the Plain White Tees, Marc Anthony; and also some modern Broadway show tunes.

The 150 or so guests moved into the main ballroom at 7 PM, and I lined up a large entourage featuring a combination of sponsors, parents, junior bridal party members, bridesmaids and groomsmen... and of course, the newlyweds!  Introductions went smoothly to the selected songs of "James Bond Theme" (Oakenfold Remix), "Soul Bossa Nova" - Quincy Jones, and "Danger Zone" - Kenny Loggins.  Sheilla and Matt's first dance song was "Awake" by Secondhand Serenade.

Between appetizers, Father Gene requested some tracks for Filipino-style line dancing.   I obliged by playing "September" - Earth Wind & Fire, followed by the "Chilli Cha-Cha."  After dinner, of course, I played the ever popular "Todo Todo Todo!"Father Gene was a great lead, and it was a refreshing surprise to see a priest at the center of the dance floor action! 


With nightfall, the uplighting really started to pop.  Throughout the reception, guests enjoyed the Ambient DJ PhotoBooth in the lobby, with some utilizing props procured from a theatrical shop. Dancing kicked in hard after dinner, opening with modern dance fared, followed later on by classic ballads.  For the Grand Finale, guests made a giant circle, with the bride and groom dancing in the center of the circle, to "That's What Friends are For."  

Impressionistic Scene of Matt & Sheilla's Final Dance
Congratulations, and many thanks to Matt and Sheilla - you were an awesome couple to work for, being so laid-back and thoughtful! Thanks to DJ Brian who operated the PhotoBooth while celebrating his 39th birthday, and to DJ Mike Bignell who pitched in on all facets of the event.  It was truly a team effort!
DJ Mike Bignell
Key Tracks:
Awake - Secondhand Serenade (First Dance)
I Loved Her First - Heartland (Father-Daughter dance)
Song for My Son (country version) - Donna Lee Honeywell (Mother-Son dance)
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson (slow dance)
Todo, Todo, Todo! (Line Dance)
Just Dance - Lady Gaga (Party Starter)
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra (Anniversary Dance)
I Honestly Love You - Lea Salonga (ballad)
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen (sing-a-long)
I Wanna Grow Old With You - Adam Sandler (Cakecutting)
That's What Friends Are For - Dionne Warwick & Friends (Last Dance)
Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight - The Spaniels (Encore)

For more information about Ambient DJs' award-winning wedding DJ service, please visit us on the web at http://www.ambientdj.com.  

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