Suzanne and Dan know a good thing when they see it, and within a week of meeting each other they knew they would eventually be married. A little over a year after Dan proposed to Suzanne with an onion ring (standing in for a diamond), their big day arrived. When the couple first contacted the Smokin’ Section NJ party band & NJ wedding band about about providing the music for their ceremony and reception at the historic Newark Museum, they were very firm that they did not want “typical” wedding music at their reception.
For their ceremony, our guitarist and violinist provided pastoral instrumental versions of Cat Stevens’ “the Wind” and John Prine’s “Long Monday” (both specially picked out by Suzanne and Dan) for their march down the aisle. Cocktail hour (with food provided by the Ultimate Caterer) shifted to the balcony overlooking the main room. Our keyboardist and violinist did a diverse bunch of music, ranging from a Latin salsa blowout on “Gershwin’s “Summertime” to a jumping country hoe down.
The full Smokin’ Section band kicked in about an hour later for the beginning of the reception. Suzanne and Dan danced their first dance to Elton John’s “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”. Shortly thereafter, the crowd enjoyed a wild Hora medley performed by the band before first course was served.
The band mixed it up throughout the evening and the guests enjoyed dancing to many different types of music. Suzanne and Dan had the band learn the funky and fun “100 Days, 100 Nights” by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings as a special request for the evening. It had been awhile since we had the pleasure of working at a party with photographer Michael Dempsey and and it was good seeing him again. Likewise, we really enjoyed the culinary offerings of the Ultimate Caterer. We’ve worked at parties from the shore area up to Montclair across from Alan P and his excellent staff at Ultimate, but it had been at least 5 years since our last affair together. Carol and Nicole at the Newark Museum also ran a nice party. Suzanne and Dan had us learn John Prine’s duet with Iris DeMent “In Spite Of Ourselves” (one of the funniest songs we’ve ever performed) as their final dance of the eve. The happy couple broke from dancing for a few seconds to sing a chorus with us and one of their guests did a very spirited impromptu rendition of the 2nd verse with the band accompanying her.
Dan & Suzanne say a few words….
The next day, Suzanne and Dan were on their way to a Montreal honeymoon. We look forward to seeing them sometime again in the future and wish them all the best.
Reception location: Newark Museum, Newark, NJ http://www.newarkmuseum.org/ 973-596-6068
Photographer: Dempsey Photography http://dempseyphotography.com/ 888-827-8133
Caterer: The Ultimate Caterer http://www.ultimatecaterer.com/ 732-577-0490