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Summer Nights of Fun!

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This summer has been particularly tough with the rising temperatures and wild waves of heat. But that doesn’t mean that we have to go without some wonderful, music-filled nights celebrating with With another summery weekend, we have another summery weekend of events! And it was certainly no different last weekend when we got the chance to celebrate with Bria and Stephen as they made it official!

After an absolutely beautiful off-site ceremony, it was time for us to join in! So, first things first: we were immediately ready for some cocktail hour tunes! With our jazz trio, Alex, Junichi, and Michael, the party enjoyed some gentle jazzy tunes, and plenty of delicious drinks! Not only was this a prime opportunity for some chatting, it was also a chance to truly enjoy the beautiful scenery at Green Tree Country Club! By the time that cocktail hour ended, the party was prepped and ready to go for the real celebration, which was, of course, the reception! (Which is always our favorite part, too!)

While the party settled in for the reception, we were just getting started, and the night took off with a bang! With Amanda’s beautiful rendition of “Levels”, the bridal party had officially arrived! It was so exciting, that by the time that everyone settled, it was far due time for the main entrance of the night: the newlyweds! Bria and Stephen made their way into the party, and to a stellar rendition of “Feel So Close” by Tim, no less! In their debut dance as husband and wife, Bria and Stephen spun around the dance floor to “Joy of My Life”! With hardly a dry eye in the house, it was time for another one-two punch, with the Mother/Daughter and Mother/Son dances! Bria and her father danced to “This Dance”, sung by Tim, and Stephen and his Mother danced to “My Wish” sung by Suzann! With all of the gushy songs out of the way, we were ready for the good stuff–cake, duh! Amanda treated us all to an Elvis classic, “I Can’t Help Falling In Love”, as the slices were made!

With a sugar rush fresh in their veins, it was time for the entire party to cut a rug to tons beloved hits, from the pop of today and yesterday, to some sweet 70’s tunes! The party particularly loved “Volare” performed by Suzann, “Shoop” performed by Amanda, and “Women, Amen” performed by Tim! By the time that the final song of the night played, no one wanted to go home, especially not us!

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She won the dog’s heart, and then his

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Andrew and Allie met while living in Astoria, NY. In fact, their first date was at a bar called Sweet Afton! They talked for hours and hours and hours…until the bar kicked them out! Allie met Ares (Andrew’s husky) weeks later and that sealed the deal. Ares fell in love… and Andrew did too! 😉 Andrew moved to New Jersey a couple of months later and Allie followed a few years after!

Andrew and Allie traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a much-needed vacation. Andrew convinced Allie to wake up to watch the sunrise on day 3 of the trip. We have always talked about watching the sunrise on previous vacations, but never actually woke up early enough. Allie suspected Andrew had something planned, so it was an easy wake-up call (yeah, right)! He set up a GoPro to capture the big moment! Just as Andrew was about to propose, a nearby couple interrupted the moment for us to take their picture. After that interruption, Andrew set up the video again and got down on one knee!

Now they are SO excited to finally celebrate and tie the knot with Around Town Entertainment’s Altitude Band.

The beautiful couple got married at Edgewood Country Club in New Jersey. Allie and Andrew’s special day was hosted by the Edgewood Country Club with a gorgeous greenery backdrop! Before Allie started down the aisle, the pianist and violinist from Around Town Entertainment played “Con Te Partiro” as a beautiful duet! Everyone saw Andrew first see Allie start down the aisle, and everyone looked on with a smile. The two exchanged their vows and said their “I Do’s” and then skipped down the aisle singing along to the ever-fitting and celebratory song “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole. It was such an exciting moment, almost as exciting as the party after!

Then it was cocktail hour, where the guests were seamlessly serenaded by the Around Town Band’s jazz trio featuring a bass, guitar, and piano! The trio perfectly underscored all the delicious hors d’oeuvre and bubbly drinks as the celebration kicked off. All the guests started to tap their toes along with many of the jazz classics the group played, getting excited to dance it out for the reception! 

As everyone entered the reception room, the Altitude Band collaborated with the Around Town Entertainment’s Greek Ensemble which played a number of favorite and traditional dance songs to welcome the guests! The bridal party skipped into the room jamming it out to the most requested wedding band in New Jersey, the Altitude Band. Andrew and Allie had their first dance as husband and wife to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran and the dance party kicked off!

The Altitude Band played many of Andrew and Allie’S favorite songs throughout the night from artists such as Meghan Trainor, Maroon Five, Michael Buble, and Michael Jackson! It was truly a night to remember and we’re so happy to have been part of Andrew and Allie’s special day extra memorable!

 

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Vows by the Sea

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We get the chance to see some truly gorgeous sites on our travels around the Northeastern corner of the United States: lots of greenery, bodies of water, and architecture that could have been carved by the hands of the universe itself. It’s rare that we get to see even two of the three of these in one place; so if we see all three, we know we’ve won the lottery! And that was certainly the case this weekend when we got the chance to celebrate with Adrianny and Billy as they tied the knot!

Once it was made official at their off-site ceremony, the day called for some partying. So, upon arrival, the whole team was immediately ready for some cocktails! With our jazz trio, Patt, Bill, and Matt, the party enjoyed some gentle jazzy tunes, and plenty of delicious drinks! Everyone engaged in small talk, the beautiful views just outside of the gorgeous windows, and discussed the gorgeous ceremony! As the cocktail hour ended, the party was ready for something more serious… both in the way of foodand dancing!

Even if the weather were nice and mild, it was definitely time to heat things up! The party settled in for the reception, and the night was kicked off! After everyone took their seats, the bridal party entered to “Forever”, sung expertly by our very own Walter! By the time that everyone settled, it was time for the main entrance of the night: the newlyweds! Adrianny and Billy entered their reception as the stars of the show, and to a stellar rendition of “I Want to Dance With Somebody” by Lisala, no less! In their debut dance as husband and wife, Adrianny and Billy spun around the dance floor to “Forever After All”, in another expert rendition by Walter! From there, it was time for the Mother/Daughter and Mother/Son dances! Adrianny and her Mother danced to “I Hope You Dance”, sung by Elsa, and Billy and his Mother danced to “Humble and Kind” sung by Walter! There certainly was not a dry eye in house, so with this, the festivities turned for the even more exciting…

… and the dance floor was waiting! The entire party cut a rug to beloved hits, from the pop of today and yesterday, to some sweet 70’s tunes! With the burn of dancing just as fresh as the burn of the drinks from the bar, the party was going strong! By the time that the final song of the night played, no one wanted to go home!

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Where’s My Hug?

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Here at Around Town Entertainment, we’re big fans of love stories, and we’ve heard them all. From meeting at work, to meeting in college, or deciding you’re just friends and later falling in love… there’s truly no such thing as a love story we don’t also love! That said, we have a particularly strong place in our hearts for couples that met when they were young–and then eventually, some time later, tied the knot! If this seems particularly specific to you, that’s because it is–especially in the case of Jayna and Caleb, who exchanged vows last weekend! After years of friendship, to the “Where’s my hug?”, and college, Jayna and Caleb both knew that the other was the one–and we got to come along for the celebrations!

Though we did not play at the beautiful off-site ceremony, we did get to be a part of everyone’s favorite 2/3’s of any wedding–the cocktails and reception! So, (obviously) upon arrival, the party was expecting some cocktails! With our jazz trio, Justin, Michael, and Brian, the party enjoyed some gentle jazzy tunes, and plenty of delicious drinks! Everyone engaged in small talk, the beautiful views just outside of the club windows, and discussed the gorgeous ceremony! As the cocktail hour ended, the party was ready for something more serious… it was time for some foodand dancing!

The party settled in for the reception in the gorgeous ballroom, and the night was kicked off! After everyone took their seats, the time came for the bridal party entrance! The whole team entered to “Timber”, sung expertly by our very own Carla! By the time that everyone settled, it was time for the main entrance of the night: Jayna and Caleb, of course! Their entrance song of choice was, naturally, “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”, a regular request that Suzann always kills! Now that the crowd had settled, it was time to get down to business. In their debut dance as husband and wife, Jayna and Caleb spun around the dance floor to “Lifetime”, in an expert rendition by Tim! From there, it was time for the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances! Jayna and her Father danced to “This Dance”, sung by Ethan, and Caleb and his Mother danced to “Never Alone” sung by Suzann! There certainly was not a dry eye in house, so with this, the festivities turned for the even sweeter… and that meant cake! As the slice was dealt, Ethan treated (badum-tss) the party to “Sweetheart“! It was the perfect cherry on top.

With blood sugars higher and pumping strong, the entire party  was ready to cut a rug! They danced the night away to beloved hits such as “Always and Forever”, “Don’t Stop Me Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, “Play that Funky Music” and more! Another fun dance we caught was a trio of couples: Jayna and Caleb, accompanied by both sets of their parents, danced to “Always and Forever”, sung by our very own Carla! It was an extra sweet moment that was the perfect chance for the party to grab a quick drink and refresh. With the burn of dancing still fresh, the party was going strong–that was, until it wasn’t, and it was time to go! Everyone’s dancing shoes had been sufficiently broken in, and the party found themselves heading home. After a night of so much fun, Jayna and Caleb were looking forward to the rest of their lives, with their past (stretching back to even 8th grade!) behind them. Such a perfect day would surely not be soon forgotten–by us, any of the attendees, or the beautiful couple themselves!

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From Forever Friends to Eternal Love

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It’s a tale as old as time. Boy and girl meet, boy and girl are just friends… then cut ten years forward in time, and they’re exchanging vows. And when we say a tale as old as time, we mean as old as a week ago–when Julia and Matt tied the knot! After so many weekends of intense heat, the A-List band got the chance to get out of the heat for a bit–and traveled their way to Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania!

After a beautiful off-site ceremony, the day called for some partying. So, upon arrival, the party was immediately ready for some cocktails! With our jazz trio, Ronnie, Walter, Mike, the party enjoyed some gentle jazzy tunes, and plenty of delicious drinks! Everyone engaged in small talk, the beautiful views just outside of the gorgeous windows, and discussed the gorgeous ceremony! As the cocktail hour ended, the party was ready for something more serious… both in the way of foodand dancing!

Even if the weather were nice and mild, it was definitely time to heat things up! The party settled in for the reception, and the night was kicked off! After everyone took their seats, the parents, bridal party, and Bride and Groom all entered to “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, sung expertly by our very own Brian! By the time that everyone settled, it was time for the first dance! In their debut dance as husband and wife, Julia and Matt spun around the dance floor to “Lifetime”, in another expert rendition by Brian! From there, it was time for the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances! Julia and her Father danced to “You Are The Sunshine of My Life”, sung by Lauren, and Matt and his Mother danced to “The Man You’ve Become” sung by Jamie! There certainly was not a dry eye in house, so with this, the festivities turned for the even more exciting…

… and the dance floor was waiting! The entire party cut a rug to beloved hits such as “Just Dance”, “Baby”, “Dancin’ Queen”, “Fancy” and more! With the burn of dancing just as fresh as the burn of the drinks from the bar, the party was going strong! By the time that the clock struck midnight (aka, 10pm), and everyone’s dancing shoes had been sufficiently broken in, the party found themselves heading home. But it didn’t matter that the night was over–they had so much fun! (Almost just as much as we had playing music for them!) It was a perfect day, for sure, and no one knew that better than Julia and Matt–and they were looking forward to so many more. Cheers!

Fireworks, Fireworks!

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While we like to be unbiased about our time at venues, (we love them all, we promise!) there is nothing quite like a wedding nestled into the green hills of upstate New York. Between the pretty blue skies, the gorgeous views, and the classic architecture, weddings in Upstate have a certain pizazz to them that we love. And last weekend, we got to celebrate in Sleepy Hollow Country Club with Preyaa and Jake as they tied the knot–and we had a blast!

The weekend started off without a hitch, with rosy warm weather, and clear skies. The ceremony, out on the grass, was played by our pianist Justin, and had delightful tunes such as “Say You Won’t Let Go” and a “Canon D” mashup with “Memories” underscoring the beautiful hour. As Preyaa and Jake were officially wed, and departed down the aisle, they got in one good laugh with the crowd by rickrolling them– they left to “Never Gonna Give You Up”!

With the ceremony drawn to a close, the party was ready to get some drinks into their systems. Which was perfect, because it was time for cocktail hour! Our jazz trio, with Michael, Justin, and Junichi, had a ball of a time playing some gentle, jazzy music underneath the cocktails. And by the time that the hour drew to a close, everyone had put on their dancing shoes–and were down to cut a rug!

While some newly married couples may like to enter to Sinatra or Whitney, Preyaa and Jake pride themselves on their creativity–and entered to a legendary saxophone cover of “Dilemma”, performed by our very own Alex! As the party finally took their seats, Preyaa and Jake did the opposite, and took the floor for their first dance–“Beyond”, sang beautifully by Victor! After they spun their last spin, it was time for another classic wedding dance–in the form of Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances! Preyaa and her father danced to “Father & Daughter” sung by Victor, and Jake and his mother danced to “My Wish” sung by Amanda! After so many heartfelt dances, the party was ready for some fun! What better way to start it off than with some cake! As Carla sang “Love in Slow Motion”, the party took some slices, and got ready for the bouquet toss! Carla sang “Let’s Get Loud” as the flowers soared through the air–and chose the next person to be married!

The night was filled with tons of music and dancing, and as fireworks took off to mark the end of a beautiful day, Amanda treated us all to one last song–“Firework“, of course! While they were, of course, a beautiful sight, they barely held a candle to seeing Preyaa and Jacob being wed and enjoying their time together. We were so happy to be along for the ride!

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Love Like Grapes On the Vine

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Falling in love is easy when you’ve got your friends and family around–and, of course, it doesn’t hurt when you’re at the beautiful Stablegate Farm & Vineyard, either! Jennifer and Steven got to experience this firsthand as they tied the knot last weekend! With warm weather and beautiful sights, our pianist Alex had a blast playing beautiful tunes such as “I Can’t Help Falling In Love“, “All My Life”, and more! By the time that they tied the knot, the day had only just begun!

After such a gorgeous ceremony, the party was ready for some fun. That meant it was time for cocktails! They enjoyed some jazzy tunes as they mingled, with our jazz trio, Matt, Alex, and Michael playing gently underneath the small talk. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful views just outside of the barn, and discussed the stunning ceremony! As the cocktail hour ended, the party was ready for something heavier… both in terms of foodand dancing!

Enough chatter–it was time to heat things up! The party settled in for the reception, and the night was kicked off! After everyone took their seats, Jennifer and Steven spun around the dance floor to “Amazed”, in their official dance floor debut as husband and wife (a stellar rendition of which was delivered by Joey!). From there, it was time for the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances! Jennifer and her Father danced to “Vals Para Una Novia”, and Steven and his Mother danced to “Amor de Mae Amor Santo”. There certainly was not a dry eye in house, so with this, the party was ready for their turn in the spotlight! That meant it was time for some serious dancing…

… and the dance floor was prime to cut a rug! Of course, the night had some incredible anthems,  but the party had some particularly great dance moves during “Despacito”, “Cruise”, and “Wagon Wheel”, amongst many others, of course! Between Brian’s riffs, and Joey’s dulcet tones, The party had made so many incredible memories, and truly had had their fill of dancing, music, and overall joy! The sun had long set on a perfect day, and Jennifer and Steven could not be happier–or more ready to spend the rest of their lives together!