When it comes to first dates, everyone has been on some lukewarm, unspectacular ones for sure. So when you hear about people going on amazing first dates… you know it’s definitely a sign! For Jen and Luke, they experienced the latter! On their very first date to Dandelion in Philly, they hit it off immediately, and the rest was history! Two years later, after spending some time in Miami, they returned to Philadelphia… and Luke proposed! With some of their closest friends with them, they celebrated their engagement in the city where it all began! Now, just a hop, skip, and jump away in beautiful Spring Lake, they got the chance to celebrate again. And this time, it was when they tied the knot!
After a gorgeous ceremony offsite, the guests and attending party stepped into paradise at Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club! The reception was only an hour away, and while we set up in ballroom, our jazz trio was ready to warm up the crowd! With our cocktail hour underway, Michael, Alex, and Junichi set the tone with some gentle, jazzy tunes. The guests got the chance to discuss the beautiful ceremony and build their anticipation for the main event… which quickly arrived, as the cocktail hour came to a close!
As the guests arrived into the ballroom and found their seats, we were already in place and ready to get the night started! The first song was announcing the bridal party, “Higher Love”, sung by Malika! From there, it was time for the main event: Jen and Luke’s debut as newlyweds! As they made their way to the dance floor, our saxophonist, Sam, killed “Jubel”, and hyped up the crowd! From there, it was time for the first dance, Malika’s “Love You For A Long Time”!
There was hardly a dry eye in house! So why not pivot to the parent/child dances? Jen and her father danced to Ricky’s rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl”, and Luke and his mother danced to Elsa’s take on “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”! The party, now, was no longer interested in watching… they wanted to dance, too–and we were plenty prepared!
With the dance floor formally open to all, we were prepped with some crowd favorites! Michael Delcioppo lent us his voice for some legendary Spanish songs, including “Por Ti Volare”, “Danza Kaduro”, “Vivir Mi Vida”, “Suavemente”, and, of course, “Despacito”! We also had some great crowd reactions to other hits, including Ricky’s “Pride and Joy” and “Glory Days”, and Elsa’s “Hot Stuff”! What a great event!