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May 2021

Cabin in the Woods

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Cabin in the Woods

Michael and Sharon’s story is a little different than the average couple. They have known each other their entire lives. Both of their parents met at a young age and have remained best friends ever since! Since the early ’90s, they have traveled, spent big holidays together, anniversaries, birthday parties, and much more. Because they grew up so close, Michael and Sharon never really thought they would end up together.

It wasn’t until they were both single, about to graduate college when they began to take their relationship to the next step. They admitted they had feelings for each other, but the timing was never right until the proposal. 

For the proposal, Michael’s parents flew into New York City just to “visit.” On the day of the proposal, they were supposed to go to a wine tasting that was hosting a music event, but instead Michael drove the four of them to the magical woods with the most whimsical enchanted forest.

When they arrived, Michael dropped his parents and Sharon off at this Airbnb cabin next to the woods. When Sharon walked in, she was so shocked to see her sister, brother, and parents there to greet her!

They were playing her favorite Christina Aguilera music in the background and a photographer was there to capture the best moments! Sharon’s parents then walked her to where Luke was standing- under a beautiful Teepee tent with lights, candles, etc. in the most magical, rainy forest and the place he asked her to marry him! After that, they all celebrated in the cabin with food, drinks, and desserts. Everything was perfect!

They held their wedding at the The Hyatt Regency in CT. They had a room for the bridal party to get ready during the day, and also had a room to quickly hang out in before heading into the reception. The cocktail hour was held in the atrium, which was a beautiful location and easily had enough room for about 100 guests, where they enjoyed fancy hor devours and music from Around Town Entertainment’s jazz trio.  

The reception room looked amazing- all of the flowers and centerpieces were perfectly positioned, along with the card table with personal photos. The Around Town Band performed “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars as the bride and groom were introduced as husband and wife. The band played “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra as the newlyweds kissed and danced in the flower-filled sanctuary. Then, everyone was invited up on the floor for more upbeat music. From Lou Bega to The Beatles, the night ending with a bang!

This was another successful wedding by Around Town Entertainment. Around Town Entertainment is proud to have been chosen as the best NY wedding band, NJ wedding band, and CT wedding band in 2021.

Thank you Michael and Sharon for making this one a milestone night, a very special one, and one to be remembered by everyone that was there. We wish you both the best in your lifetime together!

Real Connecticut Wedding

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Real Connecticut Wedding

Ariel and Jeffrey were high school sweethearts. They met during a school social. Jeffrey went to the all-boys school that was hosting and Ariel went to the all-girls school. It was nearing the end of the night when Jeffrey came up to Ariel and tapped her on the shoulder, asking her to a dance. They danced for a little and shared a kiss. 

The next day she woke up to a Facebook friend request from Jeffrey. They stayed in touch for a while but it soon faded away. Ten years later they rekindled and have been stuck to each other ever since.

On their 9-year anniversary, Jeffrey told her that he had planned a surprise to celebrate. So they drove up into the hills to a spot that they both loved and planned a picnic! When they arrived, Ariel saw a white aisle with white roses and candles all the way leading up to a beautiful rotunda. One of their favorite songs, “A Whole New World,” started playing as she made her way up the aisle. Once they reached the rotunda, he was down on one knee popping the very important question. 

The day they married was truly beautiful. Ariel and Jeffrey invited Around Town Entertainment out to perform for their wedding at The Lace Factory in Deep River, CT. The couple wanted a romantic, breezy, and fun wedding, which was what The Lace Factory exactly delivered. The circa-1875, vintage-glam event space was charming and beautiful- think rustic brick walls, vintage hardwood floors, and exposed beams and walls!

Ariel and Jeffrey wanted to bring small reminiscences of their Spanish beginnings to the wedding day, so guests were transported to the ceremony in high style aboard the Essex Steam Train. They were greeted with sangria and beautiful acoustic music by a guitarist from Around Town Entertainment as they arrived. 

The bride entered the courtyard garden in an ethereal Claire Pettibone sheath. As she walked down the aisle, the guitarist played an instrumental version of “A Thousand Years.” She found her groom with tears streaming down his eyes. 

The reception at The Lace Factory’s main ballroom was equally amazing. The large windows let in the best sunlight and there was enough room to fit all two hundred of their guests comfortably.  The bride and groom chose the Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment as the dance band for the evening. 

The Around Town Band started the set with an upbeat performance of “Hot in Here” by Nelly as the bride made her grand entrance. Next, the bride and groom had their first dance to “Loving You Easy” by Zac Brown Band. The father and daughter held their dance to “Just Fishin’ by Trace Adkin. Right after that, the mother and son had a special moment as they danced to Jim Brickman’s “Never Alone.” The bride and groom even had a sparkler send off at the end of the night which added to the excitement of the magical evening! 

Around Town Entertainment is proud to have been chosen to perform at The Lace Factory for their very big day! Everything was just simply beautiful. Around Town Entertainment is anxious to come back!

Home Sweet Babylon

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Home Sweet Babylon

Stanford, California is a place that honors many fun traditions, but Sara and Thomas’s favorite will always be running into each other at midnight under the first full moon of the year. Over time, the moment became one of the most perfect and romantic evenings in both of their lives. When running into Thomas, she had unknowingly met her fiancé and life partner. 

Fast forward through a couple of years of unmatched fun, mutual support, and determined loyalty, the two began a combined excitement for the next chapter of their lives when they both attended a baby shower for Thomas’s sister.  The shower was a perfect display of love, delicious food, and various shades of pink, and they couldn’t have been happier for the new mother.

During the emotional excitement of the shower and hanging out with Thomas’s family, two photographers were there to capture the most important moments. At one point, Sara was prompted by the photographers to watch a video that they’d prepared. After pressing play, the orientation video turned out to be one that Thomas had compiled. 

Over the previous two years and from various places all around the world, Thomas told the story of their love via video. Tears were immediate, and by the time the final clip showed, he was walking into the room with a sign that said “Will you marry me?”  Sara had no chance of pulling herself together. She could barely squeak out a “Yeah.” But it was the most perfect moment of her life, thankfully captured on film, and well worth the wait!

The lovely couple didn’t have a traditional engagement and chose to get married in Sara and Thomas’s backyard in Babylon, NY. The date was April 17, 2021 and the weather was perfect. The couple held their celebration outdoors, with 20 guests in attendance. It was just as romantic and intimate as they hoped, with Sara and Thomas paying attention to every last detail, including preparing the evening’s music with the help from Around Town Entertainment.

Guests were treated to a vintage-chic, boho-cool style “Big Day” that was carefully curated, with touches that were thrifted, repurposed, or taken from their home. A vanity filled with vases, a clock and candles directed guests to the celebration when they entered. Cocktails and laughter were flowing in the open patio against a backdrop of magnolia, birch, and maple trees. Everywhere you went, there were tall glass candles lighting the path. The A-List Band from Around Town Entertainment performed all of the bride and groom’s favorite songs as close friends and family watched in amazement.

The reception was played up to the theme, as well, with large fire pits surrounding the event tent, a topiary in the shape of a stag, and decor that incorporated wildflowers. The newlyweds chose “Higher Love” by Steve Winwood as they made their first appearance as husband and wife. “This Will Be Our Year” by The Zombies was performed after that during the couple’s special first dance. 

Informal parent dances were up next.  Sara and her dad sported a customized pair of Nikes for their emotional turn on the dance floor while the A-List Band played “Here For You” by Neil Young.  The groom then danced with his mom to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart. To cap off the sweet night, Sara and Thomas danced the night away to more of their favorite hits, feeling happier than ever. The whole day was a lovely fairy tale. 

Thank you Sara and Thomas for inviting Around Town Entertainment into your home and making all your dreams come true!