It is a bit unusual for me to work on New Years Eve although this is the second year in a row that I have done so. That is a contradiction I realize, but it really is an anomaly that I would work on New Years Eve even though I have done so two years in a row.
When I got the call from Carolyn in late September regarding the possibility of DJ’ing her wedding reception, I was initially thinking that I might not take the job simply because it was New Years Eve and I wasn’t sure I wanted to work on that night. But after Carolyn told me how many good things she had heard about my service and how much she really wanted to hire me, I decided that I could not say no. It’s always a great feeling to get a compliment, know what I mean? 🙂
The reception was held at the Seneca Harbor Station in Watkins Glen. It is located right at the south end of Seneca Lake at the water’s edge. A beautiful restaurant and an amazing atmosphere for this group of about 100 guests. I was told by the owner that the restaurant had actually closed for the season in November, but they reopened just for this wedding! How’s that for accommodation?
The energetic Shai Eynav was the photographer and I always look forward to working a wedding with Shai. His enthusiasm, great personality and excellent rapport with the guests makes working with him a real joy. Not to forget that he is also an accomplished photographer. Good seeing you Shai!
The reception got underway at 8pm and from then until 1am, it was a non-stop celebration. The members of the Bridal party were elegantly dressed; the bridesmaids wore beautiful red gowns and the men were all in tuxes with top hats. After the formal introductions, Carolyn and Philip had their first dance to “Amazed” by Lonestar. Later on, Carolyn and her Mother had a dance together to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder and then Phil and his Mother danced to “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.
Once the open dancing started, there was just an amazing amount of dancing going on. I played many different styles of music to appeal to the wide range of guests and apparently what I played was working because the floor was packed all night long.
As the New Year approached, I distributed a huge bag of party favors to the guests with the help of the Flowergirl, Emily. I gave the guests several opportunities to “test” out their noise-makers before the midnight hour. As the countdown began, there was frenzy on the dance floor and then at the stroke of midnight, the New Year was ushered in with as much enthusiasm as you could imagine. It was amazing.
After we all brought in the New Year, the reception and festivities kept on going until 1am and a great time was had by all.
It really was a wonderful way to end 2007 and begin 2008. Thank you Carolyn and Philip! I had so much fun working at your reception and am thankful that I had the opportunity to be a part of your special day.
Enjoy these photos that I took during your reception…