Patriot Hills Wedding
Keith and Jennifer were married this past Saturday in West Point and then held the wedding reception at the beautiful Patriot Hills Country Club in Stony Point NY(About 1 hour north of New York City). Expressway Music provided the dj for the wedding. Bride and groom were also a featured couple in the Sunday NY Times Wedding section.
There was a lot of dancing from the very start of the wedding and lasted the entire wedding reception.
Thank you to Bride and Groom (Keith and Jennifer) and the wonderful staff at Patriot hills(especially Mary and Yolanda).
The following letter is from the bride after they returned from their honeymoon:
Keith and I are back from our honeymoon and getting settled in. We had an AMAZING time in Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora and are convinced we have seen heaven on earth.
As you can imagine, I am swamped with things to catch up on. But I wanted to make sure one of the first things I did was contact you to thank you for making our wedding reception at Patriot Hills on July 18 such a resounding success.
Keith and I went through an extremely painful process of finding a DJ. There was the guy who patted our shoulders and told us not to worry, he’d “get the crowd going with a little ‘Celebration'” (and then he listed the next five songs he’d play—the same tired tunes we’ve heard at every other wedding). There was the young, spiky-haired guy who assured us he “specializes in weddings” and then proudly showed us videos of Sweet 16s, in which we couldn’t tell him apart from the guests. There was the guy who wanted to turn our reception into Sound Factory circa the ’90s. I could go on and on. We were getting really stressed out and starting to lose hope.
Then one day I came across your listing in New York magazine and checked out your website. I could tell that you would be classy, cool, unobtrusive, and not at all cheesy: no non-stop shouting into the microphone, no “Electric Slide” or conga lines, no wacky light shows. I excitedly called Keith, who, after speaking with you, called me back and said, “We HAVE to get this guy!”
And we are SO glad we did!!! First of all, working with you in the time leading up to the wedding was SUCH a pleasure. We’d leave your office with dopey smiles on our faces, saying “Dave is SO AWESOME!” We could tell you really knew your stuff and had great taste in music. Plus, you were just a fun, laid-back, super nice guy.
And when the reception came, you did not disappoint. You did such an amazing job reading our crowd and keeping people on their feet all night. People told us afterward that it was so refreshing to see a bride and groom dance so much at their own reception.
We could also tell you had really listened to us, because you indulged our musical requests. I did notice that the very first song during dinner was an Alicia Keys track, and that you snuck in a few John Legend songs throughout the courses. My cousin, who literally has NEVER danced — EVER — was sweating through his maroon shirt because he was on his feet all night. He didn’t believe me when I said you would play “Electric Avenue” for him, but you came through. And Keith almost fell off his chair when you pulled out the very obscure “Good Timin'” by the Beach Boys during the main course.
But most importantly, we appreciated that we didn’t NEED to give you too many requests because we completely trusted you to play great music. And you really did. People are still talking about how awesome it was that you played House of Pain’s “Jump Around.” (I never imagined I would find myself jumping up and down in a wedding gown and heels with one arm straight up in the air.) You played so many great ’80s tunes (Michael Jackson, Billy Idol). And did you see how everyone went absolutely NUTS when you played Chumbawumba?
You were amazing, Dave, and we appreciate it so much. We cannot thank you enough for doing such a spectacular job. Keith and I have really enjoyed getting to know you, and we really hope we can keep in touch! Where did you say you do the karaoke parties again?
Hope you’re having a good week!
P.S. If you are still reading this ridiculously long email, could you send me that photo your assistant took of me with you (if you still have it)? Thanks!