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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!

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I Love You

Tom and Megan met at their “grown-up” jobs straight out of university. Tom was Megan’s boss so they developed a really great friendship from the start. They also quickly learned what an awesome team they were!

Well one day, Tom surprised Megan with booked tickets to Italy! As they started to make their itinerary for the trip, little did she know that Tom was also planning the proposal. 

While they were in Venice, Italy, they decided to take a gondola ride. The lighting, weather, and ambiance was perfect. Tom had it all planned out!

As they went through the quaint, beautiful canals the guide steering the gondola kept distracting Megan with information about Venice. When they passed under the last bridge, Tom offered to take a picture of Megan on the gondola and once she stood up to walk to the other side, he asked her to stay standing up.

When Megan turned around to pose for the picture, Tom was down on one knee holding the ring in his hand! Megan’s heart had dropped. She didn’t know whether to scream, cry, or laugh! She couldn’t believe it and then she finally said “I Love You” after he placed the ring on her finger! It was truly the most romantic moment for both of them. 

The pair had their wedding on April 17, 2021 at Nanina’s In the Park in Belleville, NJ. The location was absolutely beautiful.  They had an outdoor ceremony in the garden area with the brilliant views. Around Town Entertainment was chosen as the couple’s dance band.  The popular band in particular was a favorite of the bride and groom. Guests strolled into the gardens to hear a pianist from Around Town Entertainment play an emotional wedding version of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” Then the mood transitioned to something more current in style with Taylor Swift’s “Lover” as the bride made her way down the aisle to meet her groom. While exchanging vows underneath the intricate vine arbor, draped with flowers, the pianist performed an uplifting rendition of “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. What a perfect song to conclude such a beautiful moment.

The main reception was held in the ballroom. The ballroom was simply magical with it’s high ceilings, long tables, tiered seating, and a large dance floor. Just outside was a meticulously landscaped garden with fountains, pond, and a bridge.

The bride and groom’s grand entrance song was “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars performed by the wedding band, The Altitude Band. The couple then held their first dance to “Say You Won’t Let Go” by James Arthur. “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw was selected for the father and daughter dance. The mother and son dance song was Robbie William’s “Angels.”  

The Altitude Band played a well designed setlist, pulling from the bride and groom’s requests including a mix of songs from the decades, such as 80’s and classic pop genres. Guests never left the dance floor!  It was an exciting dance event all the way through to the last song of the night when guests screamed for more music.

This wedding at Nanina’s in the Park was a once-in-a-lifetime night to remember. We loved everything about this wedding reception! Thank you so much Tom and Megan for inviting Around Town Entertainment out to celebrate with you all!

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Shangri-La

Jeffrey and Desiree saw each other for the first time at an Easter Show in Manhattan.  He was certain that he and Desiree would be the perfect match and so he asked for her number. Jeffrey held onto her number until they started dating. They went out several times until it turned into a very special bond.

On one particular day, he surprised Desiree with a trip to Holey Moley Golf in Australia for their first big trip together! After not letting her win… the rest was history. Jeffrey and Desiree spent the rest of the day at the Sydney Zoo. They both love watching animals! 

In the evening they checked into the Shangri La Hotel, where they spent the night in a beautiful room on the 19th Floor, taking in the view of Sydney with cheese and wine. Dinner followed at Café Sydney, with another amazing view. 

To throw her off again, he managed to get the restaurant to deliver dessert with “Happy Anniversary” written on it. After dinner, they headed to a new “Pop-Up Bar.”  As they approached the location, Desiree heard her favourite song playing- an acoustic version of the Friends TV show theme song! She proceeded up the stairs and was just blown away! The light-up letters, flowers, and candles were all so beautiful. Jeffrey asked her to marry him on the spot and it was a big “YES!”

The couple married at Celebrate Snug Harbor in Staten Island, NY. Celebrate Snug Harbor offers an enchanted 83-acre setting with unique event space, lush botanical gardens, and the finest cuisine. It is modeled after the Villa Gamberaia in Florence, Italy.

They held their ceremony at the highly acclaimed Snug Harbor’s Chinese Scholar’s Garden. It featured a collection of captivating pavilions, walkways, and courtyards along with bamboo forest path, waterfalls, and Koi-filled pond! As the newlyweds walked down the aisle to marriage, a pianist from Around Town Entertainment played melodic ballads filling the air with peace, love, and happiness. As soon as the groom kissed the bride, it felt like heaven on earth.

After that, everyone headed to The Tented Pavilion for the main reception. The Tented Pavilion is situated at the edge of the Chinese Scholar’s Garden. It consists of a pristine outdoor space with a beautiful stone dance floor and high ceilings, offering guests a feeling of grandeur and bygone opulence. As guests walked in, they were treated to an intimate performance by The Around Town Band from Around Town Entertainment. 

For the reception, the wedding band started with an acoustic performance of “Party Rock” by LMFAO to introduce the bride and groom. After that, The Around Town Band transitioned into an upbeat version of Rihanna’s “We Found Love” for the newlywed’s first dance. The crowd was wild with excitement!

The Around Town Band played a mix of classic pop and old school RnB along with many other current favorite hits throughout the night. The set list for the evening appealed to everyone’s tastes and the crowd enjoyed the memorable, uplifting experience. From unique cover songs of Kelly Rowland to Zedd, guests packed the dance floor for the entire night. 

There aren’t enough positive things to say about the experience at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A huge thank you to Jeffrey and Desiree for letting Around Town Entertainment bring your dreams to life!

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Lightning Strikes Again

Ethan and Mathew met at a music festival called Lightning in a Bottle in Bradley, CA. Matthew was parked just 2 cars over from Ethan when their group asked if they wanted to join in and have a giant tent area for the large group between the 3 cars. The two absolutely fell in love with the experience all together!

A few years later, Ethan knew he wanted to propose to Mathew at the same festival at The Do LaB stage, where they first met. For them it was one of the few places on earth where they can just remain in the moment instead of worrying about work, bills, or anything else. It was just a magical feeling!

So Ethan turned to his friends for help with the proposal. And help they did — all the way from conception to execution with the group that they met the first time. They started to hand out flowers while Ethan got down on one knee as Mathew finally noticed. The flowers kept coming and both of them were shaking like crazy. Tears, hugs, and all their good friends came to celebrate with them as they enjoyed the rest of the weekend’s main acts.  

Ethan and Mathew held their wedding at The Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey and we can’t say enough good things about it! The venue is so beautiful — the main building is all windows and glass, there’s even a farm building connected where there were very rustic and really nice looking string lights set up, as well as a cute suite for the bridal party, and the outside area of the venue had these little cute gardens that were great photo ops! 

The ceremony was set up outside in the Zen Garden with all the landscaping, greenery, and acoustic guitar set from Around Town Entertainment. It was breathtakingly beautiful especially in the day with the sunshine. It honestly could not have been a more perfect day.  

Everything about the main reception area in the Conservatory was simple, yet elegant. The main ballroom accommodated 200 of their guests including a large dance floor and photo booth. The After Party Band from Around Town Entertainment was the musical act for the evening. The outdoor terrace area was perfect for the cocktail hour, where there were backyard games and live music from a jazz trio from Around Town Entertainment.

Every aspect of the wedding reception felt seamless and everyone had a blast. The dancing never stopped, the photo-op moments in the courtyard never stopped, and guests never stopped complimenting how perfect the day was.  We would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for the elegant, relaxed yet stylish vibe. The night was perfect and we will remember this forever!

Thank you so much Ethan and Mathew for inviting us out to your special day. It was better than we could have ever imagined!

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The Big Moment

It was March 20, 2021.  All guests arrived at their finest to witness the celebration of Maria and Sam.  It was their wedding night, a long-anticipated evening that finally arrived!  The bride and groom were nervous and excited as they looked on from their private and exclusive balcony where they were preparing for the big moment.

The music began and everyone knew it was time.  The ceremony was about to begin!  A pianist and classical violinist played the perfect songs to set the mood.  The first song, “When The Right One Comes Along” by Allen Chang could not have been more appropriate.  The groom and the rest of the bridal party entered as the crowd hushed.  They walked down the aisle towards the towering floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooked the Hudson and gave the perfect picturesque view of the New York City skyline.  This is one of the most extraordinary features of the Liberty House Restaurant In Jersey City and the perfect reason that so many brides and grooms select this venue for the wedding celebration.

The duo from Around Town Entertainment concluded the first song and the room fell to a silent hush as the guests rose to their feet in honor of the beautiful bride who was about to make her entrance.  The classic song, Canon In D began and the groom gazed upon his stunning bride.  They met and shared the most beautiful vows and soon were wed.  The crowd cheered Mr. and Mrs. Sharf as they exited the ceremony.  The Grateful Dead song “Ripple” was a unique and a special choice by the bride and groom for the recessional song.

The guests made their way to the cocktail reception and they enjoyed the lively music from the jazz trio also provided by the New Jersey Wedding band company Around Town Entertainment.  Soon after it was time to dance with Around Town Entertainment’s reception band, called the Around Town Band.  The reception began with music exciting entrance music for the bridal party and the bride and groom.  The bridal party marched into the room with the song “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie.  The bride and groom were introduced into the room with the classic hit “Signed Sealed Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. 

It was now time for the intimate and official first dance.  The couple joined hands and held their embrace as the singer performed Chris Stapleton’s song, “Joy Of My Life.”  Then the father of the bride joined his daughter for the next special dance.  They danced to the song, “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.  The groom then escorted his mom to the dance floor and they had a special dance as well to the song “Days Like This” by Van Morrison to close out the night. It ended up being the most perfect, magical day.

Thank you Maria and Sam for inviting Around Town Entertainment to be a part of your major milestones!

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The Russian Tea Room

“Are you lactose intolerant?” 

“No, I just like to take it for fun”

This is how Olivia and Zachary’s story began in a NYC apartment one fine spring day.  At first, Olivia thought Zachary was pretty cute, but maybe kind of slow. Zachary, on the other hand, thought Olivia was pretty, but very sassy.  

Nonetheless, they began to chat on Facebook messenger a week later and knew that there was something special from the start. For the next three years, they traveled back and forth from NY to LA, had hours and hours of FaceTime dates, and supported each other endlessly to create a romantic love story.

Without a second thought, Zachary planned a surprise proposal when Olivia decided to go back home to California. Zachary told her it was a “girl’s day trip” to the Napa Valley vineyards. 

When she got there, she turned around and saw Zachary dressed in a classic white button-down and khaki pants down on one knee. Their family and friends were able to gather at the vineyards to witness this truly amazing moment. Now, it was time to plan their fairytale wedding!

Olivia and Zachary both agreed on a beautiful, classic, candlelit, red-themed New York wedding. On wedding day, they both climbed into their vintage car and headed to Central Park, where their wedding coordinator had arranged a horse-drawn carriage for the two to take some special pictures before the main reception at The Russian Tea Room. The Russian Tea Room has been a cultural hub in New York for over 80 years, after the members of the Russian Imperial Ballet founded the establishment in 1927.

When the newlyweds arrived at The Russian Tea Room, all of their friends and family were there to welcome and congratulate them. The Russian Tea Room was as decadent and as amazing as one could imagine!

Around Town Entertainment’s A-List Band was chosen for the musical entertainment this evening. Olivia was full of tears during her first dance with Zachary when The A-List Band performed a cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by  Frankie Valli. It was very touching! The wedding band then played upbeat songs while the crowd danced around for the rest of the evening. 

There were so many good vibes and many special moments throughout this magical evening.  At one point in the night, the couple decided to do a disco version of “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, which turned out to be so much fun! Everybody stormed the dance floor to sing at the top of their lungs!

The A-List Band executed a well-designed playlist from start to finish including a mix of songs from the funk and classic dance genres. Guests didn’t want the evening to end and neither did we! “Last Dance” by Donna Summer was the bride’s selected last song of the evening, played by the NY wedding band to end an amazing night. 

Congratulations, once again, to Olivia and Zachary on their beautiful wedding! 

Thank you for allowing Around Town Entertainment to join you on your very special day! 

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The Wandering Eye

Lea and Greg went to the same school for music production, during which time they had both experienced a condition one would call, “the wandering eye.” It wasn’t until the class Christmas party that they realized they both liked each other. From that moment onwards, Lea and Greg found themselves lingering around after each class hoping to bump into each other.

When the class organized an NYE party, they finally had their chance.  They spent the new year holiday together and eventually shared their first kiss. They discovered their shared values and love of making electronic dance music, live music festivals, outdoors, big trees, travel, and adventures. There was no looking back. They had found each other as soul mates.

Like a scene out of The Bachelor, the proposal night was something special. It was Lea’s 30th birthday, and Greg had planned a special dinner. Lea was given a dress code that included no heels and a formal full-length dress. While Lea was not happy with the no heels criteria, she played along.

Upon arriving at the destination, Lea still had no idea what Greg was planning. She was told to take a seat on the picnic table and then Greg disappeared into the gardens. Within a few minutes, she was told to follow him down the hill.

Lea couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the beautiful tree covered in fairy lights, and with rose petals and candles covering the ground. There stood Greg smiling back at her with a single rose in hand. Their favorite song, “While You Were Sleeping” by Elvis Perkins played while Greg got down on one knee. After many happy tears they had a glass of rose and watched the sunset over the City together. 

Both Lea and Greg didn’t need to look far from their home in the Bronx for their wedding venue, The New York Botanic Garden.  Infused with nature, The New York Botanical Garden was the perfect location for the couple who so adored both the great outdoors and the city alike. 

The ceremony was held in a structure that was entirely built out of glass. Guests enjoyed the décor inside as it created a warm, inviting and intimate space for all three hundred of their guests. 

Greg donned a bespoke black suit from Indochino as he arrived to meet his bride at the altar. Lea wore a chiffon dress layered with lace and beads, a romantic silk ribbon and flutter sleeves.  Lea’s mother and father escorted her down the aisle to a rendition of “Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer performed by a guitarist from Around Town Entertainment. A family friend officiated the ceremony, where the couple exchanged personalized vows. The newlyweds excitedly exited the ceremony as the guitarist played a cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”  

After the ceremony, guests strolled to the cocktail hour while Lea and Greg intimately explored the gardens with their photographer and took portraits. It was the perfect way to reset after the ceremony. 

The reception was held in The Garden Terrace Room. Guests found their seat assignments amid buckets of fresh blooms such as roses, carnations, lilies and spider mums.  Tables were topped with bud vases, candles and neutral linens. For a modern twist, Lea and Greg added black details like matte black flatware at each of the place settings.

The bride and groom made an incredible entrance into the reception, which led into their first dance.  Around Town Entertainment’s the Authority Band performed a cover of George Ezra’s “ All My Love” as the crowd cheered the newlyweds on.

Once the sun set, the mother had a dance with her son to “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You” by The Beatles. The father and daughter had their slow dance to “My Girl” by The Temptations. The night continued with The Authority Band playing various upbeat Pop and classic Hip Hop music from Icona Pop to Kanye West.

It didn’t end there as the bride and groom hosted a pizza party with traditional Italian wedding desserts that guests could take home. It was no surprise that everyone was blown away by the wonderful food and music. This venue is truly one of a kind and Around Town Entertainment was so honored to be part of such an exquisite evening

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Thousand Miles

Emily and Remy met through a blind date of sorts. Mutual friends had set them up. About a month before the event, they both friended each other on Facebook and started messaging. They wanted to get to know each other before potentially meeting. After all, they were living in different cities, thousands of miles apart.

They ended up really hitting it off and exchanged phone numbers. Their conversations would last all day and all night. By the time they finally went on the “date,” they already knew it was going to turn into something special.

A few months later, what started out as a long-distance relationship separated by different states, turned into opposite ends of the world! Fortunately, they both had the time and opportunity to visit each other. 

On one particular trip, they decided to visit an ancient fort in Berlin, Germany for a date.  Remy was in a rush to go inside as Emily thought he was super excited to explore the old military fort. When they entered, there were beautiful arches all surrounding them. Before they started taking pictures, Remy got down on one knee and asked Emily to be his partner for life! She was so surprised she said “YES” 1,000,000 times!!

A few years later, the couple decided to get married at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, just steps away from their new apartment. They held an organic and intimate ceremony that celebrated the things they love: Brooklyn, the water, and the community. The two called on Around Town Entertainment to create an intimate, musical setting that embodied a balance of soft melodies and peaceful ambiance echoing the East River shoreline. 

On the wedding day, Emily’s sister carried ninebark, burgundy hydrangeas, plum astrantia, and tea roses as she walked down the aisle and while her nephew tossed rose petals.  A pianist from Around Town Entertainment played an emotional cover of “Love on Top” by Beyonce. Both the bride and the groom stood beneath a large, enchanting chuppah full of greenery and white flowers as they read their own separate vows and officially became husband and wife. 

After that, guests entered the ballroom for a stunning reception. Emily and Remy transformed the space to emulate the feeling of being under the stars. Twinkling string lights hung above two types of tables: farm tables and round tables. The venue looked gorgeous!

Once everyone arrived, it was time for the traditional first dance between the newlyweds! The two embraced as they headed to the dance floor as The Around Town Band performed the bride’s requested song, Donna Summer’s ”Last Dance.” In a beautiful moment, Remy spun Emily under his arm, while the crowd cheered them both on. 

When they finished, guests made their way to the dance floor, and the celebrations continued throughout the night. Along the way, the wedding band played a number of classic favorites, including “Sugar” by Maroon 5, “Chandelier” by Sia, and many more. The rest of the evening included more high-energy excitement, and even a slice of the gorgeous wedding cake for all the guests to devour!

Congratulations, once again, to Emily and Remy on their beautiful wedding! Thank you for allowing Around Town Entertainment to partake in your very special day!  We wish nothing but the best for your future!

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Road to Fox Hollow

Maggie and Scott first met at their church’s guitar group. They started out as really good friends but Magge was already in another relationship. Once she ended that relationship, Scott and Maggie got really close so they decided to date about a year after. 

The proposal occurred on Maggie’s family’s vacation trip to the Outer Banks in Rodanthe, NC. She had always dreamed of a proposal on the beach and at sunset, but she never knew “when” this would be. 

Scott told her that he had to finish up his semester at school the week they went down, so he had to show up a day later than everyone else. On the Saturday Maggie arrived, the family and extended family had plans for dinner that night. While at dinner, Maggie’s brother Matt mentioned to her that she should get dressed for a girl’s photoshoot after dinner. Maggie had no suspicions because this was a regular thing to do in her family with the cousins. 

Sure enough, she was outside taking some candids with her brother when she saw Scott walk up to the beach from behind the Black pearl, which is an iconic house in Rodanthe. Scott showed up a day earlier than expected, much to the surprise of Maggie! She couldn’t stop screaming!  He then got down on one knee and proposed at sunset, and of course, she said “Yes!” It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!

The two love birds celebrated their wedding at the Fox Hollow in Woodbury, NY. The Fox Hollow, hands down, is one of the most unique places to have a wedding.  The Fox Hollow is Long Island’s Gold Coast destination for couples throughout New York.

Surrounded by picturesque gardens, it was the perfect day for Maggie and Scott to get married. They enlisted Around Town Entertainment for their wedding music and entertainment.  Intimate, beautiful, and romantic. It was perfect!

As guests poured into the building, a pianist from Around Town Entertainment played cover ballads from The Little Mermaid and Sixpence None the Richer.  The bride and groom met at the altar and later walked off together as a piano cover of “Never Gonna Give You Up” Rick Astley ending the ceremony beautifully. 

Guests could not stop raving about the music from the ceremony and couldn’t wait for the main act to hit the stage- Around Town Entertainment’s Around Town Band.  From the outside gardens, the celebrations moved onto the Garden Terrace Room for cocktails and reception. 

The cocktail hour began inside the main reception ballroom. Around Town Entertainment provided a classic jazz trio to complement the custom mahogany bar, fireplace, and wood dance floor, making it the perfect space to relax and mingle before the main reception. Great and convenient!

The reception itself was over the top amazing situated inside The Garden Terrace Ballroom.  The Around Town Band started their set with Justin Timberlake’s “Take Back the Night” as the bride and groom made their grand entrance. Then, the wedding band played a unique cover of “Yeah 3x” by Chris Brown for the first dance. It was more amazing than words can describe. Everyone was super friendly and vibing during the whole performance from the wedding band. The crowd was energetic and engaged with the wedding band the whole time. The rest of the night was filled with guests dancing to a mix of popular songs from “Everybody” Backstreet Boys to “Livin La Vida Loca” Ricky Martin.  

We can’t wait to play at Fox Hollow again! A special thank you to Maggie and Scott for inviting Around Town Entertainment out for their very special day. We now have a great memory thanks to you!

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The Return

Christina had flown into San Francisco from New York for a weekend visit. She was headed to a friends house to get ready for a music festival that evening at Fort Mason. It was at that point that James walked into the room and upon seeing her for the first time, he pulled out a smooth pick-up line which didn’t work quite like he had expected. 

Christina eventually warmed up to him after James found her a last-minute ticket for the music festival, which was really sweet. Later on in the evening, they established a “buddy system” as their larger group of friends started to disperse. James and Christina were left alone so they spent the whole night laughing, talking and goofing around. And, well, the rest is history.

A few years later on the evening of Christina’s birthday, James convinced her that they should drive into San Francisco for dinner to celebrate, but insisted that she wear a blindfold once they got closer to the city so that it didn’t spoil where he was taking her. As they arrived at the secret location, James helped her get out of the car. Meanwhile, Christina was convinced upon hearing the seagulls overhead that they must be near the beach. As he removed the blindfold, she immediately realized that they were at Fort Mason, in the exact spot where we had taken a photo the night the two met! 

Before she knew it, he was on one knee, and moments later she noticed a photographer hidden out of view nearby, triggering even more tears. They went for a lovely, quiet dinner and closed the night sharing champagne with their parents to celebrate the engagement. The whole thing was so magical!

Christina and James held their marriage reception at the NY Athletic Club in New York, NY. As one of the oldest and most popular private clubs in NYC, the New York Athletic Club is the perfect place for a wedding reception along with its fine and rich history. 

Around Town Entertainment was invited to perform during the cocktails and wedding dinner. By the time the big day rolled around, the bride, groom, and all the family members were eagerly anticipating the music for the wedding night.  

The formal black-tie wedding reception took place on the 9th floor of the New York Athletic Club, beautifully overlooking Central Park below. The space was accented with gorgeous green centerpieces, shimmering linens and gold chiavari ballroom chairs. 

The terrace off of the main dining room was also a gem, creating an unique way for guests to get a private outdoor setting while drinking cocktails in the middle of Manhattan. From there, there was a jaw-dropping view of Central Park and Upper Manhattan—a fantastic setting for unique photos of the bride and groom- while they listened to lively music from Around Town Entertainment’s jazz trio. Christina and James wanted their special day to reflect the glamour of old Hollywood and they did so in the most unique way!

Guests ate, drank, danced, and toasted to the health and happiness of the newlyweds with music from Around Town Entertainment’s Altitude Band playing high energy music throughout the night. What made this reception especially memorable was the personal connection of the wedding band and the crowd. The wedding band fulfilled all song requests made by the bride and groom much to the excitement of every guest in the room. From Motown to 80s to Dance music, the crowd did not stop dancing at any point in the evening!

Around Town Entertainment was so thankful to be a part of this beautiful event, and to get the chance to celebrate the happy couple. Thank you to Christina and James for letting us be a part of your journey!