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April 2021

I Love You

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Tom and Megan met at their “grown-up” jobs straight out of university. Tom was Megan’s boss so they developed a really great friendship from the start. They also quickly learned what an awesome team they were!

Well one day, Tom surprised Megan with booked tickets to Italy! As they started to make their itinerary for the trip, little did she know that Tom was also planning the proposal. 

While they were in Venice, Italy, they decided to take a gondola ride. The lighting, weather, and ambiance was perfect. Tom had it all planned out!

As they went through the quaint, beautiful canals the guide steering the gondola kept distracting Megan with information about Venice. When they passed under the last bridge, Tom offered to take a picture of Megan on the gondola and once she stood up to walk to the other side, he asked her to stay standing up.

When Megan turned around to pose for the picture, Tom was down on one knee holding the ring in his hand! Megan’s heart had dropped. She didn’t know whether to scream, cry, or laugh! She couldn’t believe it and then she finally said “I Love You” after he placed the ring on her finger! It was truly the most romantic moment for both of them. 

The pair had their wedding on April 17, 2021 at Nanina’s In the Park in Belleville, NJ. The location was absolutely beautiful.  They had an outdoor ceremony in the garden area with the brilliant views. Around Town Entertainment was chosen as the couple’s dance band.  The popular band in particular was a favorite of the bride and groom. Guests strolled into the gardens to hear a pianist from Around Town Entertainment play an emotional wedding version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Then the mood transitioned to something more current in style with Taylor Swift’s “Lover” as the bride made her way down the aisle to meet her groom. While exchanging vows underneath the intricate vine arbor, draped with flowers, the pianist performed an uplifting rendition of “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. What a perfect song to conclude such a beautiful moment.

The main reception was held in the ballroom. The ballroom was simply magical with it’s high ceilings, long tables, tiered seating, and a large dance floor. Just outside was a meticulously landscaped garden with fountains, pond, and a bridge.

The bride and groom’s grand entrance song was “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars performed by the wedding band, The Altitude Band. The couple then held their first dance to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw was selected for the father and daughter dance. The mother and son dance song was Robbie William’s “Angels.”  

The Altitude Band played a well designed setlist, pulling from the bride and groom’s requests including a mix of songs from the decades, such as 80’s and classic pop genres. Guests never left the dance floor!  It was an exciting dance event all the way through to the last song of the night when guests screamed for more music.

This wedding at Nanina’s in the Park was a once-in-a-lifetime night to remember. We loved everything about this wedding reception! Thank you so much Tom and Megan for inviting Around Town Entertainment out to celebrate with you all!

Shangri-La

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Jeffrey and Desiree saw each other for the first time at an Easter Show in Manhattan.  He was certain that he and Desiree would be the perfect match and so he asked for her number. Jeffrey held onto her number until they started dating. They went out several times until it turned into a very special bond.

On one particular day, he surprised Desiree with a trip to Holey Moley Golf in Australia for their first big trip together! After not letting her win… the rest was history. Jeffrey and Desiree spent the rest of the day at the Sydney Zoo. They both love watching animals! 

In the evening they checked into the Shangri La Hotel, where they spent the night in a beautiful room on the 19th Floor, taking in the view of Sydney with cheese and wine. Dinner followed at Café Sydney, with another amazing view. 

To throw her off again, he managed to get the restaurant to deliver dessert with “Happy Anniversary” written on it. After dinner, they headed to a new “Pop-Up Bar.”  As they approached the location, Desiree heard her favourite song playing- an acoustic version of the Friends TV show theme song! She proceeded up the stairs and was just blown away! The light-up letters, flowers, and candles were all so beautiful. Jeffrey asked her to marry him on the spot and it was a big “YES!”

The couple married at Celebrate Snug Harbor in Staten Island, NY. Celebrate Snug Harbor offers an enchanted 83-acre setting with unique event space, lush botanical gardens, and the finest cuisine. It is modeled after the Villa Gamberaia in Florence, Italy.

They held their ceremony at the highly acclaimed Snug Harbor’s Chinese Scholar’s Garden. It featured a collection of captivating pavilions, walkways, and courtyards along with bamboo forest path, waterfalls, and Koi-filled pond! As the newlyweds walked down the aisle to marriage, a pianist from Around Town Entertainment played melodic ballads filling the air with peace, love, and happiness. As soon as the groom kissed the bride, it felt like heaven on earth.

After that, everyone headed to The Tented Pavilion for the main reception. The Tented Pavilion is situated at the edge of the Chinese Scholar’s Garden. It consists of a pristine outdoor space with a beautiful stone dance floor and high ceilings, offering guests a feeling of grandeur and bygone opulence. As guests walked in, they were treated to an intimate performance by The Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment. 

For the reception, the wedding band started with an acoustic performance of “Party Rock” by LMFAO to introduce the bride and groom. After that, The Around Town Band transitioned into an upbeat version of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” for the newlywed’s first dance. The crowd was wild with excitement!

The Around Town Band played a mix of classic pop and old school RnB along with many other current favorite hits throughout the night. The set list for the evening appealed to everyone’s tastes and the crowd enjoyed the memorable, uplifting experience. From unique cover songs of Kelly Rowland to Zedd, guests packed the dance floor for the entire night. 

There aren’t enough positive things to say about the experience at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A huge thank you to Jeffrey and Desiree for letting Around Town Entertainment bring your dreams to life!

Lightning Strikes Again

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Ethan and Mathew met at a music festival called Lightning in a Bottle in Bradley, CA. Matthew was parked just 2 cars over from Ethan when their group asked if they wanted to join in and have a giant tent area for the large group between the 3 cars. The two absolutely fell in love with the experience all together!

A few years later, Ethan knew he wanted to propose to Mathew at the same festival at The Do LaB stage, where they first met. For them it was one of the few places on earth where they can just remain in the moment instead of worrying about work, bills, or anything else. It was just a magical feeling!

So Ethan turned to his friends for help with the proposal. And help they did — all the way from conception to execution with the group that they met the first time. They started to hand out flowers while Ethan got down on one knee as Mathew finally noticed. The flowers kept coming and both of them were shaking like crazy. Tears, hugs, and all their good friends came to celebrate with them as they enjoyed the rest of the weekend’s main acts.  

Ethan and Mathew held their wedding at The Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey and we can’t say enough good things about it! The venue is so beautiful — the main building is all windows and glass, there’s even a farm building connected where there were very rustic and really nice looking string lights set up, as well as a cute suite for the bridal party, and the outside area of the venue had these little cute gardens that were great photo ops! 

The ceremony was set up outside in the Zen Garden with all the landscaping, greenery, and acoustic guitar set from Around Town Entertainment. It was breathtakingly beautiful especially in the day with the sunshine. It honestly could not have been a more perfect day.  

Everything about the main reception area in the Conservatory was simple, yet elegant. The main ballroom accommodated 200 of their guests including a large dance floor and photo booth. The After Party Band from Around Town Entertainment was the musical act for the evening. The outdoor terrace area was perfect for the cocktail hour, where there were backyard games and live music from a jazz trio from Around Town Entertainment.

Every aspect of the wedding reception felt seamless and everyone had a blast. The dancing never stopped, the photo-op moments in the courtyard never stopped, and guests never stopped complimenting how perfect the day was.  We would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for the elegant, relaxed yet stylish vibe. The night was perfect and we will remember this forever!

Thank you so much Ethan and Mathew for inviting us out to your special day. It was better than we could have ever imagined!

The Big Moment

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It was March 20, 2021.  All guests arrived at their finest to witness the celebration of Maria and Sam.  It was their wedding night, a long-anticipated evening that finally arrived!  The bride and groom were nervous and excited as they looked on from their private and exclusive balcony where they were preparing for the big moment.

The music began and everyone knew it was time.  The ceremony was about to begin!  A pianist and classical violinist played the perfect songs to set the mood.  The first song, “When The Right One Comes Along” by Allen Chang could not have been more appropriate.  The groom and the rest of the bridal party entered as the crowd hushed.  They walked down the aisle towards the towering floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the Hudson and gave the perfect picturesque view of the New York City skyline.  This is one of the most extraordinary features of the Liberty House Restaurant In Jersey City and the perfect reason that so many brides and grooms select this venue for the wedding celebration.

The duo from Around Town Entertainment concluded the first song and the room fell to a silent hush as the guests rose to their feet in honor of the beautiful bride who was about to make her entrance.  The classic song, Canon In D began and the groom gazed upon his stunning bride.  They met and shared the most beautiful vows and soon were wed.  The crowd cheered Mr. and Mrs. Sharf as they exited the ceremony.  The Grateful Dead song “Ripple” was a unique and a special choice by the bride and groom for the recessional song.

The guests made their way to the cocktail reception and they enjoyed the lively music from the jazz trio also provided by the New Jersey Wedding band company Around Town Entertainment.  Soon after it was time to dance with Around Town Entertainment’s reception band, called the Around Town Band.  The reception began with music exciting entrance music for the bridal party and the bride and groom.  The bridal party marched into the room with the song “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie.  The bride and groom were introduced into the room with the classic hit “Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. 

It was now time for the intimate and official first dance.  The couple joined hands and held their embrace as the singer performed Chris Stapleton’s song, “Joy Of My Life.”  Then the father of the bride joined his daughter for the next special dance.  They danced to the song, “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.  The groom then escorted his mom to the dance floor and they had a special dance as well to the song “Days Like This” by Van Morrison to close out the night. It ended up being the most perfect, magical day.

Thank you Maria and Sam for inviting Around Town Entertainment to be a part of your major milestones!