Over a year ago I had the honor of DJing the wedding of a work colleague and friend (Click here), which became an exhilarating and wonderful evening of food and dancing. However, that was a “drop in the bucket” compared to the wedding that Ben, the worthiest of DJs, and I recently performed at. To DJ for a friend is one thing, but to DJ for family is a whole different story – to say the least.
Kym and Andy Lapteff joined their lives together at Normandy Farms on May 17, 2013. Kym is the youngest sibling to two older boys, the oldest of which is one my closest friends (calling him a “brother” is an understatement; we used to live together and share Phillies season tickets…). So, needless to say, the pressure was on. Having known the bride’s family for 15 years, as well as having known Andy for the last few, created an excitement that is not easily matched by most events. My theory and work-ethic remains the same for every client; put 110% into every second of the party, and the rest will take care of itself. One of my goals is to become friendly with each bride and groom I encounter; it’s doubly important when their expectations of you are at their maximum.
It was a night filled with both tears and laughs, but the focus was on the fun. During our initial and wrap-up meetings, Kym and Andy stressed that they wanted to party and avoid many of the “wedding trappings”, namely the removal of a bouquet toss and any lengthy distractions. In a move that this DJ finds hard to resist, we were able to open the dance floor directly following our grand introductions. When Kym and Andy entered to “Give Me Everything” by Ne-Yo and Pitbull, they weren’t just walking into a song; they used it literally, requesting that their guests give them every drop of fun and energy they could bring to their celebration. Following our opening dance set, our Bride and Groom shared their first dance to “Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop” by Landon Pig. The song was a perfect choice, because they did fall in love at such a place.
Following a few heartfelt toasts and a belly-filling meal it was time to return to the floor. A steady combination of classic hits (Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Wilson Pickett) and recent hits (Justin Timberlake, Usher) kept the room shaking all night long. Having an experienced and trustworthy DJ by my side only made the night easier, allowing me share in the fun with my friends and getting to “experience the party from the other side”.
Thank you to the staff at Normandy Farms for helping take Kym and Andy’s wedding to the next level, and to Scott Morris at Littlewing Studio for these images.
To Kym and Andy…thank you for allowing me to share in your joy and rock your party! I am honored (and relieved!) that you chose Cutting Edge Entertainment as your DJ.
Can I come back to the shore house now?!?