For the past several days, predictions had been for thunderstorms for Saturday afternoon’s ceremony time for Zaneta & Chris. It was slated to take place in the gardens by the Shadowbrook, the landmark wedding reception site in Shrewsbury (in the Central NJ/Jersey Shore area). When the time finally arrived, the weather was beautiful and sunny… whew!! Our pianist and trumpeter provided the musical accompaniment and after ceremony concluded, the guests and ZZ & Chris enjoyed cocktail hour in another section of the gardens with music from our pianist as the backdrop.
The festivities moved inside the Shadowbrook for their reception in the Oak Room. After the parents and bridal party were introduced, Zaneta and Chris danced their first dance to Luther Vandross’ romantic classic “Always and Forever” performed by our nj wedding band, with their guests joining them on the dance floor midway through.
Zaneta then danced with her father to our version of Elton John’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”(from “the Lion King”) then Chris got his turn with mom to our take on Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful”. The best man and maid of honor Milenka each got a chance to do a nice toast after that.
Early on, one of the groomsmen Ronnie (who came all the way from Colorado) did a musical interlude which he dedicated to Zaneta and Chris. The people enjoyed Colbie Caillet’s “Bubbly”, which was a special request we learned for Zaneta and Chris. The groom loves his Classic Rock and a medley that started with our version of the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” got the guests at the party on the dance floor and rockin’.
The party hit high gear with our version of the Black Eyed Peas’ “The Time/Dirty Bit” and stayed there with the crowd boogie’ing to Lady GaGa, Pink and also some Funk and Soul.
It was a pleasure working with Freddie, the maitre’d at Shadowbrook and his staff again, and it was a blast meeting and working with Michelle from Abacus Wedding Studios (the photographer).
For the final dance of the evening we reprised “Always and Forever”. Zaneta and Chris won’t be taking their honeymoon in Fiji till September, be we have no doubt that they’ll be enjoying themselves to the max before then.
Banquet Facility: The Shadowbrook, Shrewsbury, NJ www.shadowbrook.com 732-747-0200
Photographer: Abacus Wedding Studio, South Plainfield, NJ 908-822-1220