Reecia & Matthew – September 2, 2012

As the summer of 2012 draws to a close, it will be remembered as a summer of amazingly beautiful weather.

Reccia and Matthew chose this day to be married and this day was just fantastic in every way. The setting for the ceremony and wedding was beyond spectacular… and it was at a venue that is little known; Suzanne Fine Regional Cuisine located in Lodi, NY with beautiful views of Seneca Lake.

The ceremony took place next to a pond on the property. The cocktial hour was on the decks outside the restaurant and the reception was in the restored barn next door to the restaurant.

A rousing HORA was enjoyed by all immediately prior to the meal. And the meal itself was spectacular… a gourmets delight. Later on in the evening an decadent array of homemade sweets made their appearance.

Reecia, Matt and guests all enjoyed an evening of friendship, laughter and dancing. It was a wonderful evening and I was so happy to be a part of it.

Enjoy some more of the photos I took…

Caitlyn & Gustavo – August 19, 2012

As the spectacular summer of 2012 continues, I had the pleasure of working at the Fontainebleau Inn for the wedding of Caitlyn and Gustavo. The caterer for this wedding was Word of Mouth Catering and the official photographer was Robert Kaussner.

The cocktail hour took place on the patio which overlooks Cayuta Lake (not to be confused with Cayuga Lake.) It’s such an idyllic setting.


I made the formal introductions of the wedding party at the end of the cocktail hour. As the bride and groom made their entrance, they had their first dance to “At Last” by Etta James.

Father Bob gave the blessing before the meal and that was followed by toasts by the Maid of Honor (Caitlyn’s sister) Lauren and then the Best Man (Groom’s brother) Rafael. The official toasts were followed by an unofficial presentation by the Ryck Cousins.

After the meal, Caitlyn and her Father danced to “My Darling” by Wilco.

This was a really fun wedding reception in large part because a good number of guests were from the groom’s home country of Brazil. This presented the opportunity to play a good amount of Samba and Brazilian Jazz during the cocktail hour and during the meal. For the remainder of the dancing a wide variety of music was enjoyed by the guests.

A surprise appearance by a good friend of Caitlyn’s, Mike, resulted in him playing guitar and singing a few songs. He was an exceptionally talented musician and his music was enjoyed by all.

Congratulations to Caitlyn and Gustavo. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your celebration. Enjoy some more of the photos I took…

Gretchen & Thomas – July 28, 2012

I honestly can’t remember a summer that has had more perfect weather. The lack of rain has been great for enjoyment although the farmers might not be so happy. But for weddings, it’s reason enough to be giddy. The morning of Gretchen and Thomas’ wedding was ominous… lots of rain. But by early-afternoon the rain had stopped and the sun reappeared giving way to another perfect day.

The wedding reception took place at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. It’s a lovely, open-air  location and offers a beautiful and natural setting. After the cocktail hour, formal introductions of the parents and bridal party took place. Gretchen and Thomas had their first dance to a great song, “Lonely Night in Georgia” by Marc Broussard.

Toasts were given by the Maid of Honor-Kimberly, ,Matron of Honor-Sherin, and the Best Man-Christopher.

  

Once the open dancing began, the guests were ready to burn up the dance floor and that’s pretty much how the rest of the evening went. A full dance floor all evening with a brief break for the cake cutting. Right after the cake cutting, all the Cornell University alumni gathered on the dance floor to sing along with the Cornell Alma Mater that was played. You’ve got to love the spirit!

What a great couple and what a fun night. Thanks Gretchen and Thomas for letting me share in your wedding joy. I’ve added a few of the photos I took below, for you to enjoy.

Carla & Steve – July 21, 2012

The Boatyard Grill happens to be one of my favorite restaurants in Ithaca but I had never DJ’d a wedding reception there. Steve and Carla had their wedding ceremony and reception at the Boatyard Grill and it was a beautiful location coupled with another perfect summer day in Ithaca.

The ceremony took place at Lookout Point, right in front of the restaurant and near the water. Gorgeous. Immediately after the ceremony the reception began with cocktail hour and some amazing hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Boatyard Grill.

Prior to the meal, the groom gave a greeting and that was followed by a toast by Jim Gustafson.

After the meal, Steve and Carla had their first dance to the song, When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge. Open dancing followed and the guests enjoyed a full-evening of fun on the dance floor.

  

It was a fun evening and I was so pleased to be able to provide the entertainment for Steve and Carla.

Here is a gallery of some of the photos I took during the wedding reception for you to enjoy.

Kate & Trevor – July 14, 2012

I get to meet some of the nicest people in my job as a DJ. Kate and Trevor are among that group and their friends and family made this wedding reception a wonderful experience.

Central New York, along with most of the country has been experiencing a heat wave this summer. The weather has been fantastic but hot and dry. Today was what has become a typical day for the summer of 2012 and hot plays into that quite nicely. Not too hot mind you, but hot enough that I was pretty happy I brought a fan along with me to keep my area breezy.

Word of Mouth Catering had a cornucopia of hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour and the photographer, Ryan Lavine, used cocktail hour as a time to get some beautiful shots of the couple and wedding party on the beautiful grounds of the Fontainebleau Inn.

    

How’s this for a great shot of the entire group?

Kate and Trevor chose a song by the Velvet Underground as their first dance: I’ll Be Your Mirror. The Father/Daughter dance was Little Miss Magic by Jimmy Buffet. Trevor and his Mother danced to What a Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong.

The Bride’s Granparents had celebrated their 60th Anniversayr on July 12, 2012 and to honor that, the song God Only Knows by the Beach Boys was played for them to dance to.

It was a fun night of dancing and celebration and the Philly contingent enjoyed Bruce Springsteen’s “Rosalita” and sang along to every word.

Thanks Kate and Trevor for letting me share in your day of joy. Enjoy some more of the photos I took…