We always strive to find ways to personalize each and every event, and to represent the styles and tastes of our clients through the music we perform. Every wedding is different, and sometimes it is the specific requests made by a bride or groom that can really transport the party to that next level. This past Saturday night at the Plaza Hotel, we provided the musical backdrop for Georgina and James’ 350 person wedding celebration. After opening the night as guests arrived with violins, jazz harp and bass, the cocktail hour moved into the Terrace Room where we played many of the groom’s Indie rock favorites with piano, bass and sax. To me, the highlights of the evening, and the things that made it the most unique were two requests that the bride and groom asked us to learn. First, we introduced the bridal party into the ballroom playing “Stand Up” by Love Tribe. This started the party with the exact feel that they wanted, and brought a very personal touch to the festivities. James had also asked me end the party by playing “We Are Young” by fun (Featuring Janelle Monae). WELL! I wish I had a video clip to show what that moment was like. I must say that we really nailed the performance of the song. But I never could have anticipated the guests’ reaction to the music, the performance, to themselves, and to the bride and groom. It was one of those magical, high moments that you can never plan but just happens organically. The crowd was so pumped that I decided to really stoke them by adding yet another song, and finished the night with “Don’t Stop Believin'” (another one of their favorites) which was another great call. These songs are not easy to do well, and it is a tribute to my band-members (#Starfam) that we are able to deliver so authentic a performance.
The entire night was wonderful, and I wanted to thank David Beahm (and his team Christina Mattetucci and Timothy Scalet), Christine Paul (our event planner,) as well as Emily Reifel and Jeroen Werdmolder (from the Plaza), Sherri LaMagna from Brett Matthews Photography, and Bentley Meeker (BMLS). But most of all, I want to thank our wonderful clients for their confidence in our ability to translate their desires and ideas, and to each and every member of the Starlight team (performers, crew, and administrative staff) for continuing to make every event even better than the last!
Here is a list of the “special moment” songs for this wedding.
|Introductions||Stand Up||Love Tribe|
|First Dance||Hold You In My Arms||Ray LaMontagne|
|Bride and Father||Just The Way You Look Tonight||Frank Sinatra|
|Groom and Mother||Simple Man||Lynryd Skynrd|
|Last Song||We Are Young||fun (feat. Janelle Monae)|