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Wedding Sign in board & mor...

Jeff & Holly's Andover Country Club Reception

Above you’ll see the fun, fall-themed, sign in board from Jeff & Holly’s reception at Andover Country Club. Guests were asked to make a finger print “leaf” with the various fall colored ink stamping pads. The “leaf” would serve as the spot for a signature. I particularly liked the carved heart & initials J&H on the tree as well as the available & handy wet naps.

In the picture above you’ll also see Holly & her girls as well as Jeff & Holly having their first dance. Their song choice was one I had never heard,  “Words can not Describe” by Mirah, but liked a lot.   Give it a listen – I attached the link on Itunes. It had a very 30’s, 40’s speak easy like sound.

I also loved how Jeff and Holly included the kids in the reception. They were definitely a big part of the dance party as you’ll see below.  The photo of the 4 boys was unforgettable. I hope someone put it on youtube!! The boys were in the middle of the circle poppin’,  lockin’ & breakin’.

Andover Country Club - Wedding

Below are a pics of the dancing and fun!!

Andover Country Club Wedding

And another fall themed idea… Below you’ll see the escort cards is a forest of trees. The different tables each had a tree type as an identifier. Great idea Holly!!

Andover Country Club Wedding

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Seating/Escort Cards Mosaic

As dj at thousands of events, I’ve seen lots of fun ways to present seating/escort cards at weddings. I snapped the photo below at Dave & Liz Gogoi’s Wollaston Golf Club wedding reception.  Basically each of the escort cards had part of an image printed on it. When placed together on the seating board they formed the larger image shown in the photo. To keep the image visible after the cards were removed, a duplicate image was printed beneath. Sadly the photo is from my phone. I wish the resolution was better but I think you can get the idea.

Check back for more images from Liz & Dave’s wedding. Wollaston Golf Club is a fantastic venue in Milton, MA (about 10 miles south of Boston). It was my first time playing there but I hope to be back again soon. I really enjoyed it!!

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5 Star Radar Screen

Here’s a few songs you won’t find on many dj playlists. They’re songs I’ve picked from movies, commercials, shazaam’d from the radio, heard in restaurants or played at weddings. Each has the potential to play an important part in somebody’s wedding. Please search them out on Itunes and give them a listen (I’ve attached the links). Let me know if one makes it onto your playlist.

Matt Nathansan – Faster
Gin Wigmore – Don’t Stop
Lennings – You’re the One That I Want
Arctic Monkeys – Baby I’m Yours
Bob Dylan – If Not For You
Iron & Wine – Such Great Heights
Jimmy Eat World – For Me This is Heaven
Jamiroquai – I’m In The Mood For Love

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Fairmont Copley Plaza – Ed...

Where: Fairmont Copley Plaza
When: 10-2-2012
Who: Ed & Amanda Randles

The reception was set in the Oval room of the Fairmont Copley Plaza. If you’ve ever been, you know the room is beautiful. But without a doubt the uplighting, monogram and colored wash provided by Boston Uplights really made the space fantastic!! Music for the cocktail reception was provided by Felice Pomeranz of the Gilded harps. Here are a few pictures of the room and the fun after I got involved. 🙂

Fairmont Copley Plaza
Dancing at Copley Plaza
Fairmont Copley Plaza

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Jule’ and Bruno’s Sk...

This one is loooooong overdue!!

The date: June 4, 20011
The couple: Jule’ & Bruno Marini
The place: Skywalk Observatory – Top of the Hub – The Prudential Building
The time: Incredibly fun!! Including: a candy table for the kids, the best view in the city, dancing, dancing & more dancing, and to cap it off fireworks!!

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Danny & Sandy – Commo...

OK I am so backed up with pictures. I am doing my best to put them up whenever I have a chance. These pics are from my wedding this past Friday (10/14/11), at Topsfield Commons. The ride was long – 2.5 hrs in the car, and the load in was rough – through the kitchen and up the stairs, but it was well worth it. Check out the pics. Danny & Sandy’s wedding was a blast!!

Topsfield Commons, Wedding Pics

Danny & Sandy Connolly

Crowd Surfing!!

The party was non-stop from the first dance to the last – “(I’m gonna be) 500 Miles” by the Proclaimers. There were Irish songs, a polka and lots of great party music. Check out Sandy crowd surfing!!

Everyone was included, young and old – and all took part. This party was even more fun than the pictures show. 🙂

I wish I could post all the images here. I have so many good ones!! It was honestly tough to choose. Check back for more updates. I still have to post my Indian Pond Country Club wedding on Saturday.

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Columbus Day Weekend 2011

This weekend was a crazy one. Dave and I had 5 events between us and Creative Uplighting had another 3. 🙂

I’m gonna start with pics from my most recent. The reception took place at Balleymeade Country Club and was a fantastic day. I’m still beaming from the groom’s multiple mentions that it was the best day of his life. Thanks Bryan & Colleen, I was so happy to play a part in it.

Bryan & Colleen's Reception 10/9/2011

Bryan & Colleen's Reception 10/9/2011

The weekend started with Pat & Leanne Commander’s Hoosic Club reception in Milton. Pat prepared an extensive list of eclectic songs that fit his group perfectly. Some standouts that I’ve never had requests for before included Bob Dylan’s “If Not For You” & the Arctic Monkey’s “Baby I’m Yours”. Pat also requested several songs by Iron & Wine songs I had never heard of. Strangely enough Bryan & Colleen cut their cake to Iron & Wine’s “Such Great Heights” a song that would also make a fantastic first of last dance song.

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Linden Place wedding – a h...

The third week in July brought record heat & humidity. July 23rd was the tail end of a scorching heatwave and the wedding day of Steve & Kate Peters. We were in the carriage house of Linden Place, historic, beautiful, majestic but very, very hot. The staff at LP were great at accommodating the uncontrollable heat. Never have I seen so many fans at a wedding. But still it was HOT!! You would think that the heat would keep the crowd from dancing but nothing could be further from the truth!! These people were soooo much fun!!! Check out the pics below.

Kate & Steve Peter's Reception

100 Degrees & a packed dance floor!!

This came in from the parents of the bride:

“Thanks again for the exceptional DJ service you provided for my daughter’s wedding this past weekend. Despite the heat you had people up dancing all night long. Everyone remarked what a wonderful time they had. You are even better than advertised!”

John & Connie McCarthy

Oh, big props to Blackstone Catering of Middletown, RI. I had never eaten lamb before – I actually didn’t think I liked it. Well Blackstone converted me and it was one of the best meals I have ever eaten at a wedding. Delicious!!

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Voted Boston’s Best Weddin...

This past Tuesday, July 26th, City Voter announced the results for “Best of” in the wedding categories. 5 Star Events was a late nomination for Boston’s Best Wedding DJ , matched up against many popular, seasoned pros. Also in our category were several of the larger multi-dj companies in MA that perform hundreds of events per year. For Dave & I to pull out a win, we would need our base of past & present clients, wedding professionals, & friends to step up and vote. I’m appreciative and humbled to say they did & in great numbers. With 31 nominees in the running 5 Star Events captured nearly 30% of the vote. So a big thank you to everyone who voted. It means the world to us!!
Best of Boston 2011 - Wedding DJ - Cityvoter A-List

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Abby & Kyle – May 22n...

Robert Treate Paine Estate Wedding

After participating in nearly 2500 weddings, I really appreciate ones with an interesting story line & soundtrack. This one certainly fits the bill!! Abby & Kyle met over the internet playing the adventure role playing game World of Warcraft. The couple prepared a set list based on their love for the game as well as some of their favorite fantasy/adventure movies like the Lord of the Rings & Star Wars. It started with when Kyle and his Groomsmen processed at the ceremony to the “Imperial March” – Darth Vader’s theme and culminated after the last dance with a light saber battle in which all the guests participated.

Special thanks to my friend Karen Hyde of Great Beginnings Events for pulling together all the details. Marcia Goodwin of Stonehurst the Robert Treat Paine Estate was a gracious host. And Two Chefs Are Better Than One prepared a delicious BBQ menu.


Robert Treate Paine Estate Wedding

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