We were travelling East, yet again for another early 2015 wedding. This time, not quite as far as Saratoga Springs. This time we were in Yorkville, NY, just outside of Utica for the wedding of Josh Marmon and Patricia Stevens. It was new territory for SCSM, having never really DJed in the Utica area, but a challenge is always welcome. And honestly, the couple made it much easier because they were fantastic clients.
The reception began immedately with introductions and dances. No formal cocktail hour? No problem. The guests and wedding party came into the Upstate New York cold ready to party. After some preliminary adjustments and people getting settled in, it was time to get it going. I distinctly remember the eagerness in Josh and Patricia’s faces before their introductions. They were in line with their wedding party and you could just tell that they were insanely happy and ready to have some fun.
As for the introductions, the parents, wedding party, and bride and groom all walked in to the same song (A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay) and everyone stood and surrounded Josh and Patricia for their First Dance (Latch – Sam Smith). Once their moment was complete, our couple opted to do their family dances before dinner. They began with the Father/Bride dance (That Kind of Love – Claire Lynch) and concluded with the Mother/Groom dance (What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstong), totaling two family dances. Originally, we were scheduled to go straight into dinner at the time, but we had to move up the Cake Cutting because the cake wasn’t exactly cooperating with the atmosphere… it was starting to collapse! So, the cake was cut and we transitioned into dinner.
The dinner didn’t begin right away, as we still had some time to kill, so by the request of Josh and Patricia, SCSM played some lite, jazzy music which led directly into speeches and toasts. Finally, once the speeches were over, it was time for the wonderful buffet, located on the dance floor, so that had to be cleared before we moved on to dancing.
Once the food was clear, the guests really enjoyed the dancing. They were particularly fans of group and line dances, like the Cupid Shuffle, but the dance floor remained hot and full amongst the bride and groom requests of modern top 100 hits like Marry Me (Jason Derulo), and more obscure songs like Martinelli’s (Wordsplayed & Andy Mineo). And of course, the more Justin Timberlake, the better. The crowd enjoyed it all. Even the families got in their two cents on the play list with requests such as Everybody Eats When They Come To My House (Cab Calloway) and When You Say Nothing At All (Alison Krauss)
Along with the general dancing of the day, Josh and Patricia had plenty of moments to put that indelible stamp on the day. First of those moments was the Dollar Dance, where the crowd got a chance at a brief solo dance with the bride and groom. Josh and Patricia initially chose one Dollar Dance song (Summer Love – Justin Timberlake), but there were so many people wanting to participate (If I Had 1,000,000 Dollars – Barenaked Ladies). Directly following was the Bouquet Toss (My Love – Justin Timberlake), where Patricia got a chance to show off her tossing skills. Finally, rounding out our trio was the Generations Dance (Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran) where all married couples got a chance to dance, and the last couple standing had been married for 55 years!
So as usual, every good thing has to end. Luckily, this good thing was only the reception, not something more serious. Many good things came from this reception, mostly the marriage of Josh and Patricia. They capped off the night in pure, 90’s dance fashion (One More Time – Daft Punk). After which, there was nothing left to do but say goodbye and get back on the Thruway
Congratulations to Josh and Patricia. Thank you for choosing Salt City Sound Machine. We wish you the best of luck in the future!
- Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay (Grand Entrance)
- Latch – Sam Smith (First Dance)
- That Kind of Love – Claire Lynch (Father/Bride Dance)
- What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstong (Mother/Groom Dance)
- Summer Love – Justin Timberlake (Dollar Dance 1)
- If I Had $1,000,000 – Barenaked Ladies (Dollar Dance 2)
- My Love – Justin Timberlake (Bouquet Toss)
- Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran (Generations Dance)
- One More Time – Daft Punk (Last Dance)