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February 2022

From Istanbul to New York City!

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Senay and Robert met when they were both working in the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey. Istanbul native Senay met Robert, a born-and-raised New Yorker, on Robert’s first day as a diplomat in 2018. Robert had only been on the job for a few minutes when Seney walked down a flight of stairs and into his life! 

The two became fast friends, and Seney soon took on the unofficial role of Robert’s tour guide and translator. It wasn’t long before Robert asked Seney to be his girlfriend. She refused him twice, despite many close friends telling her that Robert was a keeper. Things changed when they took a trip to Eskisehir, and Seney began to see Robert in a new light, and expressed that the romantic feelings were reciprocated. Robert opted to extend his assignment in Istanbul so that he and Seney could continue to build their relationship. Before they knew it, Robert and Seney were making wedding plans! They planned to be married on May 14, 2020 at a large ceremony in Istanbul. Of course, those plans fell through due to the pandemic, and instead they had an intimate ceremony on June 9th.

Though Seney and Robert may have said “I Do” in front of only a handful of people, they did get the chance to celebrate their love with all their family and friends this past fall! The reception of their dreams took place in Robert’s native New York City, at the University Club. As guests arrived for cocktails they were greeted by beautiful music played by Around Town Entertainment’s Harpist. Once cocktail hour was in full swing, guests mingled, congratulating the happy couple and tapping their toes to their favorite Jazz standards—courtesy of Around Town’s Jazz Trio!

Soon it was time to head upstairs to the reception! Seney and Robert entered the ballroom to Beyonce’s “Freedom,” played by Around Town’s Authority Band. For their first dance, the band played “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra. As they danced, Seney and Robert looked at each other lovingly, it was clear they had been waiting for this moment for a long time. After the slow dance, the party was kicked off with the traditional Turkish dance, Erik Dali, celebrating Seney’s heritage and also reminding the couple of where their story began. The high energy continued as the band followed that up by playing some other upbeat favorites, like “Don’t Stop the Party” by Pitbull. 

For the cake cutting, the band played “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. The guests let out some “aw’s” as Seney and Robert shared that first slice of cake. After dessert, it was time to keep the party going with more music! The Authority Band played all of Seney and Robert’s favorite songs, including NK’s “Elefante” and “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi. The Band finished off the night by playing “New York’s My Home” by Ray Charles, celebrating the fact that Seney and Robert have begun a beautiful life together in New York City.

Thanks, Seney and Robert for having the Authority Band “start spreading the news” that you’re beginning your new life together in the big apple!

A Rocking Love

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Elena and Ryan met when Elena attended a performance by Ryan’s band, The Break Lights. After the show, Elena got to go backstage and meet the band, and the two clicked instantly! Elena started to attend more Break Lights shows, and the performances she and Ryan would hang out and get to know each other. 

Their connection deepened when they were both coincidentally planning trips to Vietnam. After Ryan saw Elena’s Facebook post asking for travel recommendations, he took a chance and messaged her asking if she might be interested in “meeting up somewhere along the way,” and next thing they knew, the two of them were cozied up watching a documentary about Vietnam! Elena and Ryan headed off on the first of many adventures, meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the place their romance truly started and the city they both vow they’d move to in a heartbeat. They spent the next two weeks in Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia learning all about each other.

One day in the summer of 2019, Brandon, a photographer friend, invited Elena and Ryan down to the beach to help take photos, Elena was a little suspicious. But, when Ryan got down on one knee and proposed, everything around them melted away as they shared in this special moment. It marked the beginning of the next phase in their commitment to one another.

Elena and Ryan celebrated their big day at the Women’s Club of Glen Ridge in New Jersey. The wedding party processed down the aisle to Jason Mraz, played by Around Town Entertainment’s pianist! As Elena entered, everyone rose as the pianist played “Clair de Lune.” Elena looked radiant in her gown, and the smile on Ryan’s face when he saw her lit up the room. Everyone applauded as they were pronounced husband and wife, and they recessed back up the aisle to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing.”

Elena, Ryan, and their guests then enjoyed cocktail hour out on the patio. Everyone enjoyed the scenic grounds as well as music from Around Town’s Jazz Trio, featuring a guitarist, a pianist, and a bass player!

After cocktails, everyone adjourned to the grand ballroom, where they were greeted with music from Around Town’s Authority Band! The bridal party made a lively entrance to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake. Elena and Ryan then made their grand entrance to “Electric Love” by BORNS, before transitioning into their first dance, which was set to “Baby I’m Yours” by The Arctic Monkeys, a song very close to the couple’s hearts. The couple then shared dances with their parents, Elena and her father dancing to Chrisette Michele’s “Your Joy” and Ryan and his mother dancing to “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion. After the slow dances were over, The Authority Band was ready to rock! The band spent the night playing all of Elena and Ryan’s favorite songs, including Dua Lipa’s “Levitating” and “Only Human” by the Jonas Brothers. It was definitely a night to remember!

Thank you, Elena and Ryan, for letting us rock your special day!

Romance Was In The Air

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On the evening of March 30th, 2019, Anne headed to The Inn at Longshore for her old friend Audrey’s wedding. Unbeknownst to Anne, this wedding would change her life… At the reception, while Anne was waiting in line for a drink, she felt a tap on her shoulder. She spun around to meet a woman named Elissa. Elissa began to ask Anne a load of questions, as a part of her hunt to find a worthy companion for her “charming and handsome” son, Adam. Based on the description, and photo that the woman showed her, Anne was certainly intrigued! As the wedding came to an end, Elissa asked Anne for her number so she could give it to Adam.   Anne enthusiastically obliged.

Days went by; Anne was yet to hear from Adam. She started to think that surely it was too good to be true. That is, until April 4th, when she finally got the text she was waiting for! Their conversation continued through the day and night and on. Adam asked Anne if she would like to go on a date with him the upcoming weekend. On the evening of April 11th, they met at the Manhattan Cricket Club, which continued until they were the last customers in the bar.   

Adam and Anne celebrated their big day at Le Chateau in South Salem, NY. Their ceremony—which took place on Le Chateau’s grounds—was accompanied by Around Town Entertainment’s pianist! Anne looked radiant as she glided down the aisle as the pianist played “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” and Adam smiled in anticipation. After the couple exchanged their vows, they happily walked back up the aisle to “Here Comes the Sun” as their friends and family applauded. 

Adam, Anne, and their guests then headed to Le Chateau’s scenic Pierpoint Room for cocktails. As everyone drank and mingled, they enjoyed music from Around Town’s Jazz Trio, which featured a pianist, a guitarist, and a bass player! 

Everyone then moved over to the Ballroom for the reception! The wedding party entered the ballroom to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” played by Around Town’s Altitude Band. Everyone cheered as Anne and Adam strutted into the ballroom to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole, getting the celebration started! The band then slowed things down for the couple’s first dance—” Everything” by Michael Bublé! From the way they looked into each other’s eyes as they danced, it was clear that Anne and Adam are each other’s “everything.” Anne then shared a dance with her father to “Love Someone” by Lukas Graham, and Adam and his mother—the woman who started it all—danced to Stevie Wonder’s “You Are the Sunshine of my Life.” After the slow dances concluded, the Altitude Band brought the energy up as everyone came onto the dance floor to do the Hora!

Anne and Adam took a moment to celebrate another couple—Anne’s parents, Amy and Marty, who were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary! A toast was shared in their honor, and Amy and Marty said that they hope Anne and Adam share as much happiness as they have over the years. Amy and Marty then took to the dance floor to recreate their first dance to Billy Joel’s “You’re My Home.”

The Altitude Band had everyone rocking well into the night, playing all of Anne and Adam’s favorite songs, including Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” and “Love Shack” by the B-52’s!

Thank you Adam and Anne for having the Altitude Band underscore your fairytale wedding!

They Never Doubted The Process

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Kelsey and Michael met and fell in love while they were students at Fordham University. The two were introduced during their first week at school by Kelsey’s twin brother Tim. Mike lived in the basement of South residence hall, the same dorm both Kelsey and Tim resided in, and Tim was looking for some new college friends. Whether they were at a Saturday afternoon Yankee game or late night bar hopping, Mike and Kelsey were learning more and more about each other and the city they were beginning to call home.

After graduation, Mike and Kelsey were faced with the difficult reality of no longer living in the same city. Michael earned a job in finance in Manhattan and Kelsey went home to Guilderland to work at a hospital and apply to physician assistant programs. The next two years consisted of spending every other weekend or so together. While it was difficult, they never doubted the process.

Finally, in July, just two days after taking her board certification exam, Michael sealed the deal and asked Kelsey to marry him! He used his 26th birthday as the perfect decoy to plan a romantic getaway at The Sagamore on Lake George. After being at the resort for a quick 10 minutes, Michael couldn’t wait any longer and popped the question on the 3rd floor balcony overlooking the waterfront.

When it came time for Kelsey and Michael to say “I Do,” it only felt right to go back to the place where it all began—Fordham University! The ceremony took place in the chapel on-campus, a place that brought back a lot of memories for the couple.

After the beautiful ceremony, everyone headed over to the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle for the reception! The party started with a cocktail hour in the Club’s 600 Lounge. As everyone took time to mingle and congratulate the happy couple, they enjoyed music from Around Town Entertainment’s Jazz Trio. 

After cocktails, the couple and their guests went over to the West Wing Ballroom for the reception. As everyone arrived in the ballroom, Around Town’s Altitude Band was there and ready to rock! The reception was kicked off to an upbeat start as the wedding party entered to Jennifer Lopez’s “Let’s Get Loud,” getting everyone pumped up and ready to party. The guests applauded as Kelsey and Michael entered to “Beautiful Day” by U2, both of them beaming with joy. The Altitude Band then slowed things down for the happy couple’s first dance, set to the classic power ballad “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. As Kelsey and Michael danced, their chemistry was undeniable! 

Soon it was time to cut the cake! The band played Luke Combs’ “Loving On You” as Kelsey and Michael sliced into their cake together. After enjoying the delicious wedding cake, everyone flooded the dance floor, ready to dance! The Altitude Band played all of Kelsey and Michael’s favorite rock songs, including “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers and Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” It was an unforgettable night!

Since they were kids

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Shari and Ross’s story began in 1991 when they were in the same nursery school class. It wasn’t, however, love at first sight. Though there are pictures of them in class and an old VHS tape of Ross at Shari’s third birthday party, they were not exceptionally close. After nursery school, the two lost touch until Ross moved back to Sudbury, but again, it wasn’t love at first sight. While they were in the same Hebrew school and attended many of the same bar and bat mitzvahs, they were still never close. After high school, they lost touch again, though their parents remained close friends. 

The event that finally brought these two together was a goodbye brunch for their rabbi. Over the course of the meal, the two bonded over childhood memories and decided to keep in touch. Shari and Ross saw each other again six months later at a Yom Kippur breakfast, where their connection solidified. After Yom Kippur, they began to talk more and more. About a month later, during the World Series, Ross invited Shari over to watch the game–their first date! Since then they have made many wonderful memories, from exciting vacations to romantic nights in. Their favorite place to go together in Maine, especially in the summer when they can take long morning walks on the beach. Those morning walks became even more special on March 28, 2020, when Ross proposed right there on the beach.

Fast forward to the big day! Shari and Ross said “I do” at the Glen Island Harbor Country Club in New Rochelle. The ceremony featured Around Town Entertainment’s guitarist! Shari looked stunning as she walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon. After Shari and Ross were pronounced husband and wife, they recessed back up the aisle to a guitar rendition of “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran! 

After the beautiful ceremony, everyone headed down to the Club’s lower atrium for cocktail hour. As the guests mingled and enjoyed their drinks, they enjoyed music from Around Town Entertainment’s Jazz Trio–featuring a guitarist, pianist, and bass player!

The happy couple and their guests then adjourned to the aptly named Paradise Room for the reception! Shari and Ross made their grand entrance to Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” played by Around Town’s After Party Band. The band then slowed things down for the couple’s first dance, set to “I See the Light” from Disney’s “Tangled,” and as they danced, it was impossible not to see the sparks flying! The slow dances continued as Shari shared a heartfelt dance with her father to “This Dance” by Scott Thomas. Ross and his mother then grooved to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man,” drawing applause from the crowd. 

Then it was time to cut the cake! Shari and Ross sliced into their beautiful tiered wedding cake as the band played “Cake By the Ocean” by DNCE! The cake and the upbeat tune got everyone in the mood for dancing. The After Party Band played all of Shari and Ross’ favorite hits, keeping everyone dancing well into the night!

Mazel Tov, Shari and Ross!

She Knew She Had a Good One

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Sara and Stephen’s story started in October 2016 when Stephen liked one of Sara’s pictures on Hinge. After two weeks of back and forth and some not-so-subtle hints from Sara that she was free for dinner, they decided to meet at the 5 Napkin Burger in Union Square! Needless to say, dinner went quite well. After a few months of dating, Stephen took care of Sara when she got the flu. After seeing Stephen’s stellar bedside manner, Sara knew she found a good one. This was only solidified on their first Valentine’s Day when Stephen met Sara outside of her office with the greatest surprise…cheese fries from Shake Shack!

Sara was starting law school in the Fall of 2017, the next 3 years brought library dates and trips back and forth from New Jersey–resulting in Stephen moving in with Sara in Brooklyn. The Covid Pandemic threw out some curveballs–canceling Sara’s graduation and bringing them to quarantine at Sara’s parents in New Jersey. Stephen wanted to watch the sunrise at the beach once more and said it would bring Sara’s law school career full circle. On May 31st they woke up extra early and headed out to the beach. After watching the sky, Sara stood up to take a picture of the sun. When she turned around, Stephen was down on one knee!

Sara and Stephen celebrated their big day at The Reserve at Perona Farms in Andover, NJ. The beautiful ceremony featured Around Town Entertainment’s pianist! Stephen could barely contain his excitement as he watched Sara walk down the aisle to The Beatles’s “Here Comes the Sun.” After the happy couple was pronounced husband and wife, their guests erupted in applause as they walked back up the aisle to “All You Need Is Love”—a song very suiting to the occasion!

The couple and their guests then enjoyed a cocktail hour underscored by Around Town’s Jazz Trio! Guests tapped their toes to the tunes of all their favorite upbeat Jazz standards. What a way to get the party started!

Then it was time for the reception! Everyone entered the Reserve’s beautiful ballroom, where they were greeted by Around Town’s After Party Band, ready to rock! The wedding party entered the reception dancing to Fergie’s party anthem “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” the fun beat allowing every bridesmaid and groomsman a moment to show off their moves! Sara and Stephen made their grand entrance to “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé, and anyone can tell you that “Crazy In Love” definitely describes how these two feel about each other. The band then slowed things down for the couple’s first dance—set to “Heaven” by Kane Brown!

Everyone flooded the dance floor as the band began to play the Hora, a great way to get everyone on their feet! The After Party Band kept everyone rocking well into the night, playing all of Sara and Stephan’s favorite tunes including Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called To Say I Love You” and “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. It was truly an unforgettable night!

Thanks, Stephen and Sara for letting the After Party Band rock your party!

Love at First Swipe!

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Janelle and Daniel met in July 2015 and it was love at first swipe! After only a few messages they were already talking like they’d known each other for years. It wasn’t long until they knew that they needed to meet. Their first date was at a beautiful rooftop restaurant in Stamford, where they watched the sunset while having a romantic candle-lit dinner. They spent hours getting to know each other better, and realizing all they had in common, including the fact that they are both dog lovers! After that wonderful night, they have developed an inseparable bond and supported each other through many ups and downs. 

The couple got engaged on their first pandemic getaway to the town of Okemo Mountain in Vermont. Daniel surprised Janelle with dinner at a romantic local restaurant. When he popped the question over dessert, Janelle joyfully said “yes!”

Fast forward to the big day! Janelle and Daniel said “I do” in a beautiful ceremony at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Middletown, CT. After the wonderful ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests then headed over to the Lyman Orchards Golf Club to get the party started! The guests were greeted with cocktails on the Club’s grounds, accompanied by Around Town Entertainment’s Jazz trio, featuring a pianist, guitarist, and a bass player. As they enjoyed their drinks and appetizers, guests tapped their toes to all their favorite Jazz standards!

It was then time for the reception! Guests entered the beautiful reception tent, where Around Town’s Artists Band was already rocking out! The bridal party entered onto the dance floor accompanied by the artists Band playing “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, the upbeat tune gave every member of the party a moment to show off their unique dance moves. Everyone erupted into applause as Janelle and Daniel danced into the tent to Calvin Harris’s “Feel So Close.” The band then slowed things down for Janelle and Daniel’s first dance, playing a slow and romantic rendition of Vance Joy’s “Missing Piece.” From the way they looked into each other’s eyes as they danced, anyone could see that the happy couple are undeniably in love! 

Members of the wedding party then gave toasts to the happy couple, underscored by the Artists Band playing a beautiful instrumental version of Elton John’s “Your Song.” The nostalgic tune was the perfect accompaniment for the funny stories and heartfelt well-wishes that filled the speeches given by Daniel and Janelle’s closest friends! The event stayed on that sentimental note going into the father/daughter dance. Janelle and her father shared a hug as they began their slow dance to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. Daniel and his mom charmed the crowd as they swayed along to “Do You Realize?” by The Flaming Lips, a favorite of Daniel’s.

Janelle and Daniel cut their beautiful wedding cake as the Artists Band played “Sugar” by Maroon 5, the perfect song choice to accompany such a delicious sugary treat! The band continued to play everyone’s favorite songs as everyone grooving on the dance floor well into the night!

Thanks, Janelle and Daniel for having the Artists Band play all your favorites for your big day!

Hometown Love

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Emily and Bryan both grew up in the town of Fairfield, CT, but went to different schools growing up and did not know each other. Their paths finally crossed at Bryan’s brother, Jeff, and Emily’s friend, Lauren’s, engagement party at Bryan’s family’s house in October 2016. When they were introduced at the party, they both sensed a little spark, but nothing came of it–yet! They didn’t see each other again until Lauren & Jeff’s wedding in June 2017. That night they hit it off, barely leaving each other’s sides all night, and have been inseparable ever since!

Bryan proposed on a trip to Block Island in July 2020. Block Island is a special place to Emily and Bryan because it’s where they took their first trip together in the summer of 2017. On the first night there, they went for a walk down the Mohegan Bluffs before dinner and Bryan popped the question right there on the beach. It was the perfect proposal!

Emily and Bryan said “I do” at the First Congregational Church in their hometown of Fairfield, CT. After a beautiful, heartfelt ceremony, the happy couple and their guests headed over to the Country Club of Fairfield for the party! The festivities began with a cocktail hour underscored by Around Town Entertainment’s Jazz Trio. As guests enjoyed drinks and the beautiful waterfront view, they tapped their toes to all their favorite Jazz standards. 

When the reception began, everyone applauded as Emily and Bryan entered to Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” played by Around Town’s Authority Band, their friends and family cheered as Bryan and Emily showed off some fun dance moves. Once the couple had received their warm welcome, it was time for their first dance. The couple had chosen “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison for the occasion, as they danced it was very clear that they have some undeniable chemistry. Bryan took a moment to twirl Emily as they danced, which drew some “aw’s” from the crowd! The slow dances continued with Emily and her father sharing a dance to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight.” As Emily and her father danced to the beat of the music, you could tell from the look on her father’s face that he was truly happy for his daughter and this next step she was taking in her life. Next Bryan and his mother took to the dance floor to dance to Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me,” charming the crowd with their sweet song choice. 

By the time the slow dances were over, everyone else was eager to get on their feet! The Authority Band kicked things off with “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire, to celebrate Emily and Bryan’s September wedding. As the night went on, the band played everyone’s favorite songs, from pop favorites like Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” and “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon, to throwback hits like Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. The happy couple danced the night away with their friends and family, it was definitely a night to remember!

Thanks, Emily and Bryan for having the Authority Band rock your night!

It felt like he was the only one in the room…because he was

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Evan and Samantha first connected in November 2018 shortly before Samantha’s trip to Florida with her family, but that didn’t stop them from texting all day every day and making plans to meet on Sunday when she got back. Sunday evening plans after a trip weren’t typical for her, but it had been so great getting to know Evan over the week that she had to push through my exhaustion and finally meet him.

They met at Local in SoNo and as Samantha walked into the bar she received a text from Evan saying she would easily spot him since he was the only one at the bar. She looked up from her phone and sure enough there he was, and no one else. After staying for much longer than they expected, they decided to end the night and walked to their cars in the parking lot which happened to be one space away from each other. They admitted to arriving early and sitting in their cars until it was the “appropriate” time to walk in – thankfully a car had been between them otherwise that might have been awkward.

Fast forward to the big day! Samantha and Evan said “I do” at L’Escale in Greenwich, CT, on a beautiful waterfront terrace looking out over the harbor. Samantha glided down the aisle to Pachabel’s Canon, played by Around Town Entertainment’s pianist. The couple exchanged their vows, and there wasn’t a dry eye in sight by the time the minister pronounced them husband and wife. The happy couple gleefully walked back up the aisle to “The Wedding March.”

Eric, Samantha, and their guests then adjourned to cocktail hour on the grounds, where there was a beautiful view of the sun setting over the water. Everyone tapped their toes as the Around Town Jazz trio played all the hits, from Nat King Cole to Miles Davis; what a great way to get the party started! 

After cocktails, everyone headed into the ballroom for the reception! Samantha and Evan entered onto the dancefloor to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” played by Around Town’s After Party Band. As the band rocked out, the couple had a chance to show off some of their dance moves. The newlyweds then slowed things down a bit and shared their first dance to “La Vie En Rose,” there were many cheers and “aww’s” from the crowd as Evan took a moment to gracefully dip Samantha during their dance. Then came time to cut the cake! The After Party Band played the aptly titled “Cut the Cake” by the Average White Band as Evan and Samantha sliced into their beautiful, multi-tiered cake. The After Party band rocked the night away, playing all of Evan and Samantha’s favorites. From slow, sentimental songs like Billy Joel’s “Vienna,” to upbeat classics like “All I Want Is You” by U2 and Steely Dan’s “Deacon Blues,” that made everyone want to get their groove on. The happy couple and their guests were dancing well into the night! 

Thank you Evan and Samantha for having the After Party Band underscore your special day!