Saturday, September 3, 2011

Erin & Adam at Three Ponds with Tim Snider, Chris Gardner & Liane McCombs

My first time to Three Ponds was very memorable.  The grounds there are beautiful and the special touches that Erin & her mom Lynn thought up really made the reception stand out. First off, Tim Snider played during cocktail hour between the dining area and the photo booth.  I made a few announcements here or there but mostly just enjoyed Tim's artistry. There were all kinds of things for the guests to discover- tables with favors, old pictures, a neat postcard guestbook, and a basket of antique cameras complete with film for them to take their own shots.  Erin & Adam along with their bridal party arrived in a stretch limo and were introduced to Pink's "Get the Party Started".  They danced their first dance and then mingled, and right before diner Adam received a Skype call from his brother serving in Afghanistan.  Very cool!  The buffet was delicious and with well over 200 people, Erin & Adam had thought up some very cool trivia questions to release the tables.  Very fun!  Then Lynn and Paul sprung the first surprise of the evening: a Dean Martin impersonator, Chris Gardner, who sang all during dinner!  Erin is a huge Dean fan, and they couldn't help getting up and dancing some more.  Chris was outstanding, and just a great guy as well as a talented singer & impersonator.
Chris Gardner as Dean Martin
The toasts followed dinner and Mara, Erin's sister and Maid of Honor had the next surprise for Erin & Adam.  Mara didn't want her speech to be like any other she had heard so she devised a rap to the theme from "Fresh Prince of Bel Air".  It was outstanding and super fun.  Then Paul, Erin's dad, had one more surprise in store for his daughter: right before their Father-Daughter song started, I played a 10 second clip from Black Sheep song "The Choice is Yours".  Erin and everybody busted up, and their dance started off on a cool note.  Dancing went all night until 10pm, when noise regulations shut down Three Ponds.  We could have gone a couple of hours more- at the end I had both the lower and upper dance floors packed and had another dozen requests that I just ran out of time for.  What a great bunch!
Lower Dance Floor
I have to give a big shout out and thanks to Lauren from Liane McCombs Events- she helped smooth things over all day and night.  She made sure I had eaten and kept me hydrated during the height of the dancing.  She was always checking on seemingly small details and making sure we all were on plan and that the guests and bridal party had everything they needed.  She was constantly on the move and involved behind the scenes all night.  When the bars were running out of ice, she had her assistant make an ice run.  Thanks Lauren & Liane!  But thanks most of all to Lynn & Paul and Adam & Erin for letting me be a part of such a magical day and evening.  Congrats Erin & Adam!
Upper Dance Floor