Theresa and Kyle’s wedding took me to Daniele’s Banquet Specialists on Seneca Turnpike in New Hartford. It’s just a few miles outside of Utica, right up the hill from “Jay-K Corners.” Theresa and Kyle live about halfway between Utica and Albany, so we didn’t have a chance to meet until the reception. But that’s nothing new for me — I’ve worked with many out-of-town couples before. Detailed communication via email and telephone is key to help everything go according to plan!
Daniele’s is a very spacious venue, with enough room for multiple events to happen at the same time. There are separate entrances too, so you don’t have to worry about people awkwardly peeking their head in and realizing they’re in the wrong ballroom (and your guests don’t have to worry about being those awkward people, as long as they observe the signs at the doors).
The grand ballroom has plenty of room for guests and a huge, beautiful chandelier over a shiny, black dance floor, which provides a slick reflection effect (similar to looking at something located on or near a body of water) for photos. You’ll see what I mean below. First, for those of you seeking inspiration for your own wedding, here’s what Theresa and Kyle selected for their reception’s key moments.
Key Wedding Song Selections
- Wedding Party Intros: Pharrell Williams / Happy; and Walk the Moon / Shut Up and Dance with Me
- Bride and Groom Entrance: Lifehouse / Hanging by a Moment
- First Dance: (Custom remix) Wanna Be That Song + It’s Your Love
- Groom / Mother Dance: Rascal Flatts / My Wish
- Bride / Uncle Dance: Lee Ann Womack / I Hope You Dance
- Cake Cutting: Brett Eldredge / Mean to Me
For the first dance, I was originally told to play “Wanna Be That Song” by Brett Eldredge. Later, Theresa explained that Kyle wanted “It’s Your Love” by Tim McGraw, but her choice prevailed. Having second thoughts about denying him his choice, Theresa asked if there was any way I could blend the two songs together, as a surprise for Kyle. I’m always glad to do what I can to help add an extra memory to a wedding. Each song had a good point, about midway through, where I could seamlessly cross-fade from one to the other. Kyle appeared to be very pleased when he realized he was getting his first dance song after all!
Here are just some of the photos I snapped — click the blue button at the bottom to see 25 more, and to tag/like/share on Facebook!
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Thanks again to Theresa and Kyle for selecting me as your DJ! This wedding reception was a lot of fun, with a great crowd. I enjoyed being a part of it and I wish you all the best in this next chapter of your life together!