Phew! It’s been a busy week here at ProVolve Entertainment!
The month of June was our 5 year anniversary, and to be honest, it almost slipped by us. We put together a neat 5 Year “ProVolve By The Numbers” compilation that quantifies how 5 years as a DJ company has looked for us. It’s been such an incredible journey and we look forward to the next 5 years! Thanks to all of our couples, past/present/future!
Another factor that led to such a busy week for us was DJ’ing the American Outlaws: Lancaster World Cup Viewing Party for the US match against Belgium at Tellus360. It was a heck of a time with all the soccer fans!
And before ALL OF THAT, Mike and Eric had the pleasure and honor to DJ the Erb wedding on Saturday June 30th!
We’ve known Liz for a few years through mutual friends, and came to know Mitch when they started dating. We’d spent time with them at a few random cookouts, and we *loved* Liz – Mitch seemed like a perfect fit, and an awesome conversationalist. When they told us that they were interested in us working their wedding, we were honored.
We met with them to discuss music; we knew that we’d already have a lot of tunes and tastes in common, but we had no idea that their lists would end up looking a lot like the kind of music that Eric and I would play at our *own* weddings, were we to do them again. In years past, we’d actually bumped into Mitch and Liz at a handful of Dawes shows, so we knew that this was going to be most excellent.
Their ceremony and reception took place at the Ware Center in downtown Lancaster, PA. The way that the floor works is that there’s an area that the ceremony usually happens in, then the guests go into the main, larger room for cocktail hour and dinner, and then come back into the first room for dancetimes. It’s a little non-standard, but we’ve made it work really well in the past.
The ceremony was attended by a smaller group of close family and friends, and featured readings by close friends of ours.
We love working at weddings where we get to bump into people that we know – familiar faces are a welcome sight. After the ceremony, things moved into the larger room for cocktail hour. I guess we’d forgotten that Mitch was an avid homebrew acifionado, because we were floored by the selection of microbrews for guests to enjoy. 99 times out of 100, we have a no-beer policy during the wedding, but in this case we made an exception because the vibe of the cocktail hour was so laid back – it just felt like a bunch of friends hanging out.
Dinnertime featured a bunch of awesome toasts and speeches – and the way the tables were laid out gave it a very intimate, close-knit feel. Liz said originally that they were going for a ‘Wine Country’ outdoor-styled dinner, and I think they really hit the nail on the head. It was also some of the best food we’d had in a long time, to boot.
At the end of dinner, we opened up the dance floor to play some universally-loved songs, and by the end of the evening, we had the room pumping. Mitch and Liz took full advantage of the time they had to hang out with all the other families and friends that traveled to see them, and most of the guests (a few in particular) brought their dancing shoes!
We really couldn’t have been happier with the way their wedding and reception went; they put their own personal stamp on it with their wine/beer bottle centerpieces, and the whole energy of the party was, in a word, ‘laid back.’ It was a perfect reflection of who they are as a couple, and we hope they’re having just as much fun on their honeymoon as we did helping craft the soundtrack to their big day.
Here’s a sampling of what was played during dinner – they wanted a jazzy, rat-pack kind of feel to help separate the indie-music that we played during cocktail hour.
Herbie Hancock – Cantaloupe Island
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five
Stan Getz – Só Danço Samba
Peggy Lee – Fever – 1998 – Remaster
Louis Armstrong – A Kiss to Build a Dream On
Harry Connick, Jr. – A Wink And A Smile
Jimmy Durante – As Time Goes By
Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea
Julie London – Cry Me A River – 1991 – Remaster
Frank Sinatra – Fly Me To The Moon – Remastered ) [The Frank Sinatra Collection]
Michael Bublé – Georgia On My Mind
Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart in San Francisco – Single Version
Harry Connick, Jr. – It Had To Be You (Big Band and Vocals)
Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E – 2000 Digital Remaster
Jimmy Durante – Make Someone Happy
Michael Bublé – Home
Andy Williams – Moon River
Michael Bublé – Save The Last Dance For Me
Dean Martin – Sway (Quien Sera) – 1997 – Remastered
Ella Fitzgerald – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
Michael Bublé – Haven’t Met You Yet
Duffy – Warwick Avenue
Also, we got to work with some of our favorite vendors: Rettew’s Catering; Petals With Style; and two close friends of ProVolve Entertainment: Jeremy Bischoff Photography and Rev. Kelly Jo Singleton, Interfaith Minister.