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Abbe and Van’s wedding – Return to the Jersey Shore 4/19/13

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

On April 19th, 2013 I had the pleasure of DJing the wedding of my good friend Van Kapeghian and his fiancée Abbe Meck.  Van has been a good friend of mine since high school and helped my enormously by designing my website for me  (check out his site for more information about his web design company!) so it was a real honor to be able to provide the music for him and Abbe at their wedding.  Another really special aspect of this event was that it took place on Long Beach Island, NJ at the Sea Shell Resort and Hotel.  The Sea Shell is right on the beach and suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Sandy, but the Hughes family has been working nonstop since then and the Sea Shell is back better than ever!

Long Beach Island has always held a special place in my heart having lived there one summer as well as visiting countless others, so I was very excited for this event.  It was a cold, windy and overcast day but right before Van and Abbe were ready to walk out on to the private beach area of the Sea Shell the clouds disappeared and the sun came out.  The sun made it just warm enough that everyone could enjoy the ceremony and made the wind seem more like just a breeze!

Like most weddings at the Jersey shore the cocktail hour featured a lot of great seafood appetizers and I have to say that the Sea Shell did an OUTSTANDING job!  From the raw bar to the crevice to shrimp everything was fantastic.

Abbe and Van entered the ballroom with their wedding party to the Clash’s “Train In Vain” and then danced their first dance to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”.  After dinner we danced to a lot of 90’s classics like “Lady Marmalade”, “Bust a Move” and “the Humpty Dance” (the bride and her sisters loved this!).  Later we mixed in some newer songs like “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and “Thrift Shop” by Mackelmore.

Abbe and Van are truly a lovely couple and I was so honored to be able to DJ their wedding.  Their family and friends were all out on the dance floor and giving me great requests all night.  The Hughes family and the rest of the Sea Shell staff did a great job and it was awesome to be part of the first event there since rebuilding from the storm.  If you are wondering about going back to the Jersey shore for an event I will tell you first hand that the Sea Shell in Long Beach Island is back and better than ever!  Support the shore!


Valentine’s Day Playlist

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Here is a Valentine’s Day playlist dedicated to my wife Jennifer!  It’s a mixed bag of romantic music.  There are some classics, some 80’s and some newer music as well.   Please leave a comment and let me know some of your favorite Valentine’s Day romantic favorites!  If you know of any couples getting engaged around this Valentine’s day please feel free to send them a link to my site for information about planning their wedding reception.   Thanks so much for your support…enjoy and happy Valentine’s Day!



  1. Just Like Starting Over – John Lennon
  2. The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra
  3. Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
  4. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  5. Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
  6. Sea Of Love – The Honeydrippers
  7. You Belong To Me – The Duprees
  8. Rhythm Of Love – Plain White T’s
  9. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  10. Faithfully – Journey
  11. Love In Store – Fleetwood Mac
  12. Glory Of Love – Peter Cetera
  13. More Than This – Roxy Music
  14. You Send Me – Sam Cooke
  15. Arthur’s Theme – Christopher Cross
  16. Bless The Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
  17. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye
  18. Send One Your Love – Stevie Wonder


Here is a bonus link for a funny article I saw on Yahoo today about the most offensive love songs of all time!


Wedding Venue Spotlight – The Water’s Edge, Sea Bright NJ

Monday, October 1st, 2012

As Autumn begins and the weather starts to cool I thought I would do a few blog posts to put a spotlight on some of the Summer wedding venues I performed at this summer.  I’ll begin with The Water’s Edge in Sea Bright, New Jersey.  A lovely couple named Craig & April booked me for their June wedding on the beach.  The Water’s Edge is run by Merri-Makers catering company who have several locations in New Jersey.  I had worked at their location at the PNC Arts Center previously and the quality of the food and the professionalism of the staff impressed me both times.


The Water’s Edge had two floors.  The downstairs was used for the cocktail hour and the upstairs banquet room was used for the reception.  The extra room is key when booking a Jersey shore wedding in case of inclement weather but on this day April and Craig had plenty of blue skies and a pleasant temperature.  A short walk past the pool and over the sand dunes led to the beach where the ceremony was held.

April and Craig’s first dance was to Melissa Manchester’s “Through the Eyes of Love” (anyone remember this from the movie “Ice Castles” with Robbie Benson?).  April danced with her father to a song called “Daddy’s Angel” by T Carter Music and Craig danced with his mother to the always popular “In My Life” by the Beatles.

We had a lot of “Dead Heads” in attendance at the wedding so we had the dance floor rocking with “Bertha” and the “US Blues”.  April and Craig also chose a few modern swing tunes from the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and Brian Setzer orchestra that got people up and moving.

Overall it was a fantastic event.  I would strongly recommend The Water’s Edge to anyone considering getting married on the  beach at the Jersey Shore next summer!  Thank you to April and Craig for having me as your wedding DJ!