In the middle of the decline of the summer heat, we here at ATE often like to look ahead to the wintery weather waiting for us. (And we really mean look ahead–it has been a hot one this year!) And this past weekend, we got to spend some time with a couple whose engagement story is certainly a Christmas miracle! After a homey, family gathering, Dante proposed to Samantha in the midst of the pandemic–and they looked forward to a snow-free wedding! Ever since then, they’ve been counting down the days–and we got to come along to celebrate with them!
Mere hours outside of the Big Apple, Samantha and Dante chose The Roundhouse as the site of their big day! Nestled into a beautiful cradle of rolling hills and big leafy trees, the party enjoyed the beautiful weather on the lawn, where the ceremony took place! The Around Town Entertainment’s pianist played the couples special song selections from “Georgia On My Mind”, to “La Vie En Rose” to underscore such a special and momentous occasion! Before they even knew it, Samantha and Dante were officially husband and wife–and that meant it was time to party!
While our After Party Band loaded into the dance room, our cocktail trio, entertained the guests as they pregamed! Enjoying the beautiful fresh air, the party mingled and chatted, while our trio serenaded them with some gentle tunes. By the time that their party shoes were put on, and the reception was about to begin, the entire party was ready to roll!
After most of the wedding party took their seats, the parents, bridesmaids, and and groomsmen all entered to a timeless classic: “Take a Chance On Me.” Then, the main event: the debut of Samantha and Dante as husband and wife! The party cheered, and the After Party Band and helped the crowd greet them with a stunning rendition of “Together Forever”! With that, it was time for the first dance, and Samantha and Dante danced to “Just The Two of Us!” Shortly thereafter, it was time for the parent/child dances–Samantha and her Father danced to “Vienna”, and Dante and his Mother danced to “Change the World”, both performed beautifully! From there, it was time to turn up the party a bit, and that meant the Hora! Everyone danced, sang, and clapped their way through, and took a quick break for some cake (with “Buona Sera” underneath to set the mood)!
From there on, for the rest of the night, it was nonstop dancing. There were plenty of favorites, but the crowd particularly loved “Macho Man”, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!“, “That’s the Way (I Like It)”, and of course, the end of night finale: “NY State of Mind”, sung by Brian V! With such a beautiful venue, and such amazing music, the party hardly wanted to head to bed! Congratulations, Samantha and Dante, and thank you for having us along for the ride!