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When fate breaks your coffee machine

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Fittingly, Lindsey and Brendan met in a classic New York setting — on the 31st floor of the old Time & Life building at 1271 Sixth Avenue. Brendan had recently started a new job there, working as an editor for GOLF Magazine. It was only a few weeks into the job that he first noticed Lindsey, who worked on the 32nd floor as an account manager for Sports Illustrated. It was love at first sight. He was so struck by the aura of Lindsey’s beauty that he couldn’t help but wonder ‘what would it take to get someone THAT far out of my league to talk to me?’ From there, fate took over.

Lindsey and Brendan were soon introduced by Sean Zak, a colleague (and now a close mutual friend) with who he shared a cubicle with at the time. Every few days, Lindsey would show up at the cubicle Sean and Brendan shared, empty Clemson coffee mug in hand, claiming the coffee machine on her floor was broken. Contrary to popular belief, the coffee machine on Lindsay’s floor really did break. Again, we did say fate took over. A half-hour later, they’d be deep in conversation (sorry, Sean, for the endless distractions). Needless to say, Brendan made sure the coffee machine on Lindsey’s floor never got fixed and Lindsay had never been so grateful for a broken appliance in her entire life.

From there, the two began what became a deep and meaningful friendship (brimming with mutual attraction, but also mitigated by apprehension because they were colleagues). Lindsay looked forward to work every day because she knew Brendan would be there. They quickly got to know each other through work happy hours, G chat conversations, and paper cups of after-hours wine at one of our desks. All they had in common quickly became apparent: a focus on God & family, a love for sports (“fan” doesn’t come close to describing Lindsey’s relationship with Clemson football), and fascination with New York City — not to mention a unique appreciation for the brands they were lucky enough to represent, Sports Illustrated & GOLF.

As their professional roles flourished and intertwined, the duo realized that their skills were almost perfectly complementary. This gave them the opportunity to make up plenty of excuses for meetings, check-ins, regroups, catch-ups…you name it. Work conversations turned into life conversations until Brendan got up the nerve to ask Lindsay on a proper date, and after a few of those, they figured out that this was the real deal.

In 2017, they both left Time Inc. for greener pastures — Brendan to Inc. Magazine and Lindsey to a boutique marketing agency with luxury real estate clients. That departure didn’t last long; after lots of deliberation and prayer, Lindsey and Brendan both returned to GOLF in summer 2018 (now under new ownership) where they have remained to this day, working alongside one another on LOTS of projects. For most couples, working that closely is simply not possible. But for Lindsey and Brendan? Nothing was more natural — and they don’t ever take that blessing for granted.

Brendan and Lindsay were engaged on May 11, 2019, at what has become one of our favorite places on earth — Sea Island. From Sandy Hook, NJ to Watch Hill, RI, Lindsey and Brendan are never far from a beach, which is why they chose to celebrate their wedding day at the casually gorgeous Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club! A beautiful venue for a beautiful couple!

The bridal party walked down the aisle to the ever so classic, Pachelbel’s Canon before the big moment! Lindsay started down the aisle looking at all the people who came to celebrate and support her and Brendan’s marriage, while the A-List Band’s guitarist accompanied a vocalist singing “Oceans” by Hillsong. After the couple said their “I do’s” they skipped down the aisle to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” in cinematic-adjacent style! It was time to party!

The Around Town Entertainment’s jazz trio welcomed the guests for the cocktail hour on the upper back deck of the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club! The relaxing jazz, fine drinks, and beautiful view of the ocean were incomparable!

Then the room shifted into a dance floor, where guests danced the night away to the A-List Band with the view of the ocean as the night’s backdrop! As a nod to their NYC love story, Brendan and Lindsay were introduced as husband and wife to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl,” and the party kicked off!

We LOVED all the beach-life songs that Brendan and Lindsay picked for the A-List Band to play for some of their special moments! For instance, the two requested “Cake by the Ocean” as their cake-cutting song!

Thanks, Brendan and Lindsay for having the A-List band underscore your beautiful beach-themed wedding! Congratulations!

 

First comes Instagram, then comes marriage…?

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Prepare yourself for a love story of the ages…who are we kidding, we met on Instagram. Our story began when Taylor was mindlessly scrolling through the gram one night. It was in that moment that he scrolled and scrolled until he stumbled across an eye-catching photo of a cute guy in a black sweater on his explore page. Divine intervention? Or is the algorithm actually the ultimate matchmaker?

It didn’t take long for Taylor to slide in this Jeff DM’s! How’d he do it? Was it with a cheesy pickup line?  Did he pop the question right then and there? Nope! The life-changing DM featured the now-infamous two waving hand emojis. Taylor clicked “send” and hoped for the best! And he waited… and waited.

Jeff didn’t respond until the next day, but when he did, the connection was instantaneous! The two spent that entire day messaging back and forth, sending corny jokes, bad pick-up lines, Taylor admittedly sent a few boast-worthy pictures of meals I had recently cooked, you know, to prove I was worth pursuing. Come on! You HAVE to pull out all the stops when you’re sliding into the DM’s!

They ended up meeting that night after they had both been out separately with friends. Taylor and Jeff spent the entire night and into the next morning just talking and getting to know each other. The connection they felt instantaneously over text was even stronger in person. Before the two had ever even met in person, Jeff was out at a bar and felt so strongly about us that he actually wrote our initials in a heart on a chalkboard in the men’s room. The rest is history!

Over the past three years, they’ve traveled the world together, hosted some amazing parties, cooked a ton, drank lots of red wine, got their first apartment together, and brought the most beautiful pup into their lives! They even just bought their first home together! Taylor and Jeff’s friends and family describe them as the perfect case of opposites attract. Jeff is carefree, light-hearted, and grounded. He loves to sing and dance and play any instrument he can get his hands on. This makes him the perfect match for Taylor, someone who sometimes takes life too seriously, leads every conversation with sarcasm, and has my head in the clouds looking for the next adventure. Taylor’s favorite thing about his relationship with Jeff is that their relationship has always seemed so effortless—perfect in its own way.

The couple kicked off their wedding weekend in style with drinks at June Farms in West Sand Lake, New York! As their family and friends arrived, the excitement of the weekend began to buzz! After the initial date had to be pushed back because of Covid-19 restrictions, smiles were seen all around as everyone was excited to finally be able to celebrate the lifelong commitment of such a wonderful couple!

The next morning was finally the big day! As the guests arrived at the ceremony, they were greeted by the Around Town Entertainment’s guitarist! The acoustic music was a perfect fit for the June Farms wedding venue! Jeff and Taylor were pronounced married and everyone erupted into cheers! It was time to party!

The After Party Band welcomed the guests to the cocktail hour with their jazz trio! Everyone’s jazz favorites were played and the guests were all tapping their toes, ready to hit the dance floor!

After putting their wedding and celebration on hold for some time, Jeff and Taylor knew they wanted to party in style! The After Party Band was set up on a stage and rocked the night away! The band even had an awesome lighting set-up which synced to their music!

The wedding party entered to Diana Ross’ iconic “I’m Coming Out” which brought a smile to everyone’s face! The newlyweds entered the party with the After Party Band playing Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be.” An everlasting love, indeed! Taylor and Jeff took to the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple holding one another tight for “Love You I Do” from Dreamgirls!

The After Party Band had all the guests dancing the night away with some funk classics from Whitney Houston, to Stevie Wonder, and Nat King Cole! The night proved to be memorable and WELL worth the wait!

Thanks, Jeff and Taylor for including us in your celebration! Congratulations and cheers!

 

Root, root, root for the home team!

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Ben and Brittany met at a Yankee-Red Sox game at Yankee stadium. Brandon (Sox fan, groomsman, and brother-in-law to Britt) got a group together to go to the game to celebrate his birthday and both were in attendance. Ben and Brittany never met previously despite him being one of the birthday boy’s best friends. Ben and Brittany sat a seat or two apart and struck up a conversation right away. After a sneaky hot dog break with an ulterior motive, Ben got a friend to switch seats with him so he and Brittany could talk more easily. As they were hitting it off, Ben spotted a camera person coming their way. The Jumbotron shot was imminent. Ben boldly propositioned Brittany to make out on camera for the stadium to see. Brittany agreed and then quickly chickened out when the moment was upon them. The camera moved on but Ben, thinking on his feet, asked, “Okay, but can we still make out?” to which Brittany replied, “Take me on a date first.” The rest, including a ridiculously awesome first date, is history.

About a week before the proposal date, Brittany’s stepdad Eric casually offered the couple an “experience” he had been offered for having previously been a season ticket holder at Yankee Stadium. He said it was a private tour of the grounds plus a food tasting. Eric said that they had 4 tickets but couldn’t go because it was on Superbowl Sunday and they didn’t want to travel into the city. Brittany initially said no (she had a sketch comedy meeting). After some convincing from Ben, who said, “How often do you get the chance to tour Yankee Stadium?” and a reminder about the food aspect of the tour, Brittany agreed. Brittany and Ben planned on going with Brittany and Brandon, the original pair they were with when they met. On the morning of February 2nd, 2020 Brittany got ready for the tour and suspected nothing. Brittany and Ben rode the 4 train, as New Yorkers do, up to the Bronx. Their first stop was to the stadium seats. Ben led them to the seats where they first met and got down on one knee. After crying a lot of happy tears, Brittany said yes!

Brittany and Ben celebrated their big day at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian New York! They kicked off their big day with a beautiful ceremony that was accompanied by the Around Town Entertainment’s guitar and piano duo! The duo played acoustic renditions of Eminem’s “The Real Slim Shady,” “In My Life” by the Beatles, “Holocene” by Bon Iver, and “Daylight” by Matt & Kim. Brittany and Ben have great taste! Before heading to the reception, the duo expanded to a jazz trio with a bassist for some swanky tunes while everyone got ready to party! All the guests were transported back to that swing era, and could feeling their dancing feet getting ready to rumble!

Let’s get this party started! To commemorate their ridiculously awesome first date, Brittany and Ben entered to the Around Town Band rocking Blink 182’s song “First Date!” The couple of the evening celebrated their lifelong commitment by dancing together for the first time as husband and wife! For their first dance song, the Around Town Band played Post Malone and Saw Lee’s song “Sunflower” for the couple! Ben and Brittany LOVE to dance but guess where they got it from? Their family, of course! The entire family danced the Hora and the Tarantella, and that was JUST to get the party started!

The Around Town Band rocked the night away with Ben and Brittany’s 90’s rock and early 2000’s rock favorites! From Fall Out Boy, John Mayer, Beyoncé, and The Cure, all the guests danced the night away. Of COURSE, the song of the night was “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers! EVERYONE was jumping up and down when the Around Town Band’s lead singer and their guitarist jammed out to the chorus! The guests cheered for more and more!

What a night! Thanks, Ben and Brittany for rocking with us all night long! Congratulations you two!

Twas’ The Night Before Thanksgiving…

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On the night before Thanksgiving in 2018, Dylan and Alexandra met at the opening of Te Amo Tequila Bar in New Haven, Connecticut while they were both trying to get a drink. “Trying” because the bar was incredibly crowded, which proved to be a great challenge. However, our hero of the story, Dylan, moved over to let Alex into the bar area and the rest is history!

Dylan and Alex got engaged at Bouchard Restaurant & Inn in Newport, Rhode Island on August 13th 2020. When Alex said yes, and Dylan opened the box, the couple broke into a panic! The ring was missing! The couple spent about 20 minutes searching up, down, and all-around to find the ring. With the help of fellow restaurant patrons and the staff at Bouchard Restaurant & Inn, the ring was found! Can you guess where? Under the table! The two wiped their brows and everyone in the restaurant celebrated the retrieval of the ring! Take two, Dylan placed the ring on Alex’s finger, and the building erupted with cheers and applause! “Congratulations!” was met with champagne toasts, and the two celebrated their engagement!

Alexandra and Dylan had their wedding ceremony at the St. George Catholic Church in Guilford, Connecticut. Going back to where they met, they decided to have their Reception in New Haven, more specifically at the New Haven Lawn Club.  As the guests arrived from the ceremony, they were greeted with cocktails and a jazz trio from Around Town Entertainment’s After Party Band. The trio underscored the cocktail hour with some jazz classics to kick off the evening!

Then, the party started! The bridal party entered to the party anthem of the night “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, as the After Party Band’s sang! Then the After Party band’s lead male vocalist switched gears to welcome Dylan and Alex to the dancefloor with “Let’s Get Married” by Jagged Edge! The crowd was roaring and all the guests were ready to dance the night away! First things first, the smitten newlyweds celebrated their First Dance by holding one another and dancing along to the After Party Band playing “A Thousand Years.” Then in classic large Italian family-style, everyone joined in for the Band’s “Tarantella!” Around and ’round they went before taking a moment to let Alex and her Father have a special dance. The After Party Band played “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins, as the guests all watched and hummed along, feeling their hearts warm at the sentimentality. Then the charming Dylan, welcomed his mother to the dance floor to dance to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” which had all the guests singing along and itching to join them on the dance floor!

Alex absolutely LOVES Drake so of course, the After Party Band delivered!!! They played the iconic “Find Your Love” by Drake, which made Alexandra tear up the dance floor in excitement! All the guests had an absolute blast as the band played all their favorite songs through the decades, and they danced the night away!

Thanks, Alex and Dylan for celebrating your big day with the After Party Band!

More “Will they?” than “Won’t they?”

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Kate and Brian first met in the fall of 2014 during their senior year at Boston College. Kate’s roommate, Maggie, asked Kate to join a coed intramural soccer team. Kate joined in the hopes of winning an elusive intramural championship. At the first game, Kate noticed a cute boy and asked Maggie if she knew his name. Maggie told her his name was Jerry. Kate stopped playing because she had to train for a marathon, but she still went to the games in the hopes of meeting this “Jerry.”

 

“Jerry” turned out to be Brian and he lived with many of Kate’s guy friends. Brian heard about Kate through his friends and invited himself to Kate’s 21st birthday party. They didn’t have a chance to talk, but Brian caught Kate’s eye with his fabulous dance moves.

 

When Kate turned 21, she went out with friends to a local BC bar. Brian was there and he and Kate got to talking…well Kate did all the talking. Kate asked Brian many questions about school, his life, and more but Brian didn’t reciprocate. Kate left the night thinking Brian “just wasn’t that into her.” Meanwhile, Brian returned to his dorm and told his friends he had a great conversation with Kate and was excited about where things were going.

 

One of Brian’s roommates told Kate that Brian was interested in her, so she invited Brian to the legendary “Classy Christmas” party at her BC mod. Brian was excited to get the invite and made sure to talk to Kate at the party. After winter break, Brian mustered up the courage to ask Kate on a date for Valentine’s Day. Kate accepted! Their relationship grew while spending time with their friends and enjoying their final months at BC.

 

In the spring of 2020, Brian was ready to propose to Kate. After speaking to her family, Brian had devised a plan to pop the question at Boston College. He had Kate’s youngest brother Keenan, then a sophomore at BC, ask Kate to attend the next BC hockey game because his a cappella group was selected to sing the national anthem. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the game was canceled. Undaunted, Brian came up with another plan. That Friday, March 13, 2020, Kate was at her apartment with Brian when Keenan texted Kate to ask her if she could pick him up to go to dinner together. Kate and Brian hopped in the car and drove over to BC. When they got close to BC, Brian suggested that they park and walk around campus to see all the chaos from campus closing early. That’s when Kate sensed something might be up! They parked on Linden Lane and walked to Bapst library, where Keenan was “studying.” Upon getting to the front of the library, Brian got down on one knee and popped the question. Kate said yes and they celebrated with family and friends all weekend!

 

The happy couple welcomed their guests with drinks at Felina Restaurant to get the weekend off to a great start! After Kate and Brian said their “I Do’s” at the beautiful St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, they kicked off the party in style at The Ridgewood Country Club! Their guests were welcomed into the Lounge during cocktail hour by the Around Town Entertainment jazz trio featuring a guitarist, pianist, and bass player! Then came the big celebration!

 

Kate and Brian entered into the Ridgewood Country Club’s Grand Ballroom to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” getting the party started! Then the A-List Band played the classic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” by Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons for Kate and Brian’s first dance! As the lead singer of the A-List Bad let the last note ring, Brain romantically dipped Kate finishing their beautiful first dance together as husband and wife. The two danced with their parents as the A-List Band played “My Girl” for Kate and her father’s dance, and played “My Wish” for Brian and his mother’s dance. All the guests enjoyed a delicious dinner in the Country Club’s Overlook room featuring a beautiful view of the golf course. Dessert was one of the best parts, of course! As Kate and Brian cut their wedding cake together, the A-List Band played “This Will Be An Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole, which surely was the perfect song for the newlyweds. The happy couple and their family and friends all danced the night away celebrating the love of two lucky BC alumni!

 

Thank you, Kate and Brian, for celebrating your beautiful wedding with the A-List Band!

It all started with a handshake!

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Emily and Joe first met in the East Ridge Middle School Cafeteria during lunch one day, when Emily’s friend couldn’t stop gushing to her about how “cute, charming and Italian” her new classmate was. Said classmate was none other than Joe. Emily’s friend kept insisting and insisting that she introduce her to Joe, so Emily had high expectations. She ever so bravely mustered up the courage to venture over to the “boys table” all the way on the other side of the cafeteria. As she went to approach 12-year-old Joe, who was surrounded by friends and busy laughing at something most likely super inappropriate, she was hesitant to interrupt the group of rambunctious boys. Nevertheless, she extended a polite hand out for a handshake while her friend gave her a formal introduction. This all sounds fine and dandy…but in Joe’s words, he had no idea what was going on. Since it was lunchtime, Joey was munching on some ever so nutritious cookies and had a mouthful the moment Emily was introduced to him. Mouth full of cookies, he barely offered a response to Emily’s greeting, and as quickly as the two girls came, they left. Clearly, the cookies left an impression on Emily, and Emily’s handshake left quite the impression on Joe. They became close friends in the years that followed, and Emily eventually gave Joe a shot during our senior year of high school. Though distance separated them in college and the years that followed, they eventually picked up where we left off when Joe joined Emily in Boston in 2016.

As a gift for completing her Master’s degree in August, Joe took Emily on a surprise trip to Nashville, Tennessee. She didn’t know where we were going until they got to our gate at Logan! The whole first day was spent exploring downtown, eating and drinking on rooftop decks, listening to live country music, and enjoying the hot weather. Little did she know, Joe was carrying a diamond ring in his pocket the entire time. That first night they took an Uber to another surprise- Joe had bought them tickets to a live show at The Grand Ole Opry, right outside the city. When they arrived, they explored the resort next door, which featured an indoor waterfall, river, bridges, and other plants in the central courtyard area. 

They were walking around admiring how cool it all was when Joe spotted a couple posing for a selfie in front of the waterfall. They went over to look at it, and Joe offered to take a picture of them. Afterwards, Joe asked if they could take one of him and Emily. We posed in front of the waterfall, and after the first picture was taken, he asked the woman if she could take one more. All of the sudden, Joe was on his knee next to me, asking Emily to be his wife! Luckily, the couple was able to capture the entire sequence on Joe’s phone. Shortly after, they were seated rows away from Carrie Underwood, Old Crow Medicine Show, and other country artists performing live at the Opry. It definitely felt like a dream. They decided to keep it all a secret for a full day before telling our families and friends, but they were bursting at the seams to share the great news the next day!

Fast forward to the big day, when Emily and Joe got married in a romantic empty field. The moment was appropriately underscored by the Around Town Entertainment’s guitarist who played some classics including “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles, and “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love” by Natalie Cole to send the couple on their way to a rocking reception! 

The couple harnessed their love of Nashville and country by having their cocktail hour and reception at the Gedney Farm in New Marlborough, Massachusetts! Though the venue rang with country charm, the wedding reception music had everyone dancing to all genres of music! Before Joey and Emily entered the party, their bridal party led the way by getting the party started with the Around Town Band’s rendition of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Joe and Emily were first introduced by the Around Town Band has husband and wife, and dancing in to “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon! Back to their country charm, the newlyweds had their first dance to the well-wishing “Love You For a Long Time” by Maggie Rogers! The two danced the night away celebrating the beginning of a new chapter of their love and life together, while their guests enjoyed the music from the Around Town Band!

Thanks, Emily and Joe for letting us ring in the new chapter in your life together with some great tunes!