Erik and Brian had perfect weather for their early June wedding celebration.  To make things even better, the ceremony and festivities took place at an absolutely beautiful location, the Haven Beach Club.  The club is located in (where else?) Haven Beach on New Jersey’s treasure Long Beach Island, with an amazing view of the bay.

Brian and Erik chose to have a “Welcome” 1/2 hour before the ceremony proper and for that period, saxophone and piano set a festive mood.  For ceremony, our pianist provided classical music for the couple and wedding party to walk down the aisle.  Erik’s brother officiated with his back to the bay while the guests looked on.  After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed fine cuisine  from Sondra B and her catering staff from the Gables, with sax and keyboard as the musical accompaniment.  Erik and Brian had originally planned to have their celebration at the Gables, but a fire on Easter put the hotel temporarily out of commission.  (Luckily enough, the club should be back in action as good as new by July 4th of this year..2012.)

The party began in earnest when the reception moved inside.  Brian and Erik danced their first dance to the Smokin’ Section’s version of Colby Caillat’s “Bubbly”.  We then segue’d into David Guetta’s “Without You”, which was a surprise from Erik to Brian.

The crowd enjoyed the full range of music from Swing to Current Club and the floor was full throughout the evening.  Brian & Erik are big Billy Joel fans (along with a bunch of their guests) and the Smokin’ Section’s take on “You May Be Right” and “Only The Good Die Young” really got the couple and their family and guests bopping.  We ended the night with another selection from Billy Joel, “Just The Way You Are”.

This was the Smokin’ Section’s first time working here at Haven Beach Club, with Sondra and the Gables Caterers and with Fernando & Tania from Loor Photography.  It was a pleasure on all counts and we hope to get the chance to do it again with all of them soon.

Erik and Brian reside in Washington DC and we had never met them until the day of their wedding celebration… all the music plans for the big day were done either by e-mail or over the phone.  It was great finally meeting them in person and we wish them a great life together.

Reception location:   Haven Beach Club, Haven Beach, NJ  www.havenbeachclub.com 609-492-6351

Photographer:  Loor Photography  www.loorphotography.com   215-821-7427

Caterer:  The Gables  www.gableslbi.com    609-492-3553