Sunday, July 31, 2011

Wedding Gig Log - Anna and Daniel - The Carriage House

On Sunday July 31st, I had the honor of performing at Anna and Daniel's wedding reception held at the Carriage House in Galloway Township, NJ.  I was introduced to the bride's family by the Lohmann family, a client who I performed two weddings for in 2010 (for the full details, read here).  

The Carriage House is relatively new, having opened its doors about five years ago.  The property is spacious inside and out, and beautifully designed as what is best described as a modern, opulent southern plantation. The Savannah Grand Ballroom is magnificent and somewhat reminiscent of an opera house.  The DJ booth is situated on a stage on the second floor (see photo below).

After providing music for an onsite cocktail hour, the action moved into the ballroom.  I introduced a somewhat large bridal party - then, Anna and Daniel shared their first dance to Josh Groban's "When You Say You Love Me."  After a hot soup course, the groom sang and played piano, performing a song that he wrote especially for his bride on their wedding day.  Fritz, the Father of the Groom, was the Best Man, and delivered an outstanding toast.

With multiple appetizer courses, there was little time for dancing until after dinner.  Sunday night weddings can be sketchy in terms of dancefloor activity, but fortunately this group was full of party people. Later on, the bride's father, a Marine Corps Colonel, emceed a fun interactive game that resulted in nearly every single guest packing the dancefloor.  Anna and Daniel later departed with a bubble send-off.

Thank you to the Hermesmann family for engaging Ambient DJ Service for your family celebratoin.  Congratulations Anna and Daniel!

The Carriage House - Galloway Township, NJ
Spacious Lobby of the Carriage House
Table Settings - Thornton Wedding
DJ Booth at the Carriage House - located on aerial stage!
Some Bluegrass and Country Selections
Maximum Guest Interaction with Massive Conga Line
The new Mr. and Mrs. Thornton!
Key Tracks:
Chank - John Scofield (Grand Entrance)
When You Say You Love Me - Josh Groban (First Dance)
Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman (Father-Daughter Dance)
A Mother's Love - Mark Masri f/Jim Brickman (Mother-Son Dance)
It Had to Be You (Big Band Version) - Harry Connick, Jr.
Love Story - Taylor Swift (bouquet toss)
Cha-Cha Slide - Mr. C the Slideman (party starter)
Hot, Hot, Hot - Arrow (party starter)
I Will Be There - Steven Curtis Chapman (ballad)
The Best is Yet to Come - Frank Sinatra (grand finale)

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