A couple of weekends ago, Penguin Music had the pleasure of again playing at Brooklyn Winery, a venue we have come to love over the years.
They have a great room to do the ceremony in that just has a great vibe and energy to it, as well as acoustics!
And then, what better a setting for a cocktail hour than a wine bar? Great food, great drinks, and an upscale, swanky, but rustic vibe.
This weekend, we got to play a mostly-Beatles ceremony, with “In My Life” for the processional, and “Blackbird” for the recessional. The bride walked down to Christina Perri https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtOvBOTyX00
This is a great bride walkdown, and has the nice cello part at the beginning!
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A classic set of choices for the ceremony – they selected “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by IZ (jazzy version) and then went to “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis for the Bride (one of my favorites). The ended with “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles – how could you get much better than that?
If you haven’t been to the Green Building, it is an awesome space – really nicely done, lots of space, right down in the heart of Brooklyn. A beautiful space and lots of fun to play because it is always well organized and full of people who know how to handle every situation.
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So, I gotta say, sometimes we get good music picks from clients of Penguin Wedding Music, and sometimes we get GREAT ones!
I loved this selection! They went with Talking Heads, “This Must be the Place”, for their processional, which was a great tune to walk down to! Uptempo and fun, a great pump-you-up for the guests.
Next, they went classical with “Here Comes the Bride”…who could argue?
Lastly, “Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins…so awesome – sometimes I am genuinely psyched to learn a tune for a wedding, and this was one of those times!
Also, if you don’t know about this venue, you must check it out. It is old-school, really cool, laid back but still has a fancy vibe. In short, very awesome. Check it out here – http://www.metropolitanbuilding.com/weddings/
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This venue, The Dumbo Loft, is an eye-popping place for anyone who wants to get married in Brooklyn without sacrificing any swag. We did a couple of unique covers, including a track “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros…come on, I know you all know it!
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What a beautiful venue and event! I had the pleasure of playing a small, solo affair this weekend at the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, which is a small area within the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (a must see!). A small group of about 20 attendees gathered for this special affair, and it was very quaint and intimate. Playing The Beatles “Blackbird” for the processional and “Somwhere Over the Rainbow” for the Recessional were both perfect musical choices! And I even got some great pictures of the turtles beforehand! See below. Congrats to Ken and Jack – they seemed extremely happy and we wish them the best!
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We were very pleased to be a part of this gorgeous wedding that took place right on the Ocean at the Venetian Yacht Club in Babylon, LI. It was indeed a hot one! Luckily for us and our instruments, we got some shade. For the bride, it was Dave Matthews Band’s “Crash”, which we were surprised to say we had never been asked for before! Not sure if you can tell in the picture, but these groomsmen had some fresh kicks on their feet, none of this dress shoe nonsense! It was a beautiful day, great people, and a fun time had by all!
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Nate and I had a great time yesterday playing for the Betaday convention at Long Island City’s Foundry. The event began with presentations by innovative software developers in the Foundry’s beautiful atrium. Then the party began on the rooftop lounge, with its stunning view of the Manhattan skyline and 59th Street Bridge. The atmosphere was relaxed as these young techies chilled and networked over a beer and lobster rolls. Nate and I entertained them with pop tunes like Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol and some Classic Rock faves like White Room by Cream, which sounds unusually good on Cello and Acoustic! Also cut a bossa groove with Jobim standards like Corcovado, which took the sunset gathering to a deeper level of chill….. Looking forward to more summer sunsets at venues like the Foundry!
The Foundry Wedding Ceremony Music 1
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Nate (guitar) and Noah (cello) had a great time playing at the wedding of June and Sam on Saturday. The festivities took place at the Press Lounge, on top of the Ink 48 Hotel in Manhattan. With its sweeping views of the New York skyline and the Hudson River, the Press Lounge has both indoor and outdoor party space. The roof deck was a stunning setting for the ceremony where we played classical music for guitar and cello as well as Beatles favorites for the Prelude as guests gathered, which matched up well with the Bride and Groom’s selections for the ceremony- All Beatles! Sam and June walked down the aisle to Here Comes the Sun and recessed to All you Need is Love! Two great choices on their part.
One thing distinguished this ceremony from any other I’ve attended- a special flower girl preceded them- the bride’s dog!!! Off leash and going a bit wild with the excitement of the occasion. We were psyched too.
What an elegant place for a wedding reception! Located close to Grand Central in Manhattan, the Yale Club was very classy and beautiful. The room was large and decorative. The event staff and venue were very well organized, and it went very smoothly on all sides. With classic ceremony choices like The Beatles “In My Life” and Elvis “Can’t Help Falling in Love” the ceremony energy was perfect. We wish them all the best!
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Today we played yet another beautiful wedding at the Wainwright House in Rye, NY. The happy couple had an AMAZING day for their ceremony and reception, and we were happy to contribute to their event with music for both the ceremony and a lively cocktail hour. One new one for us was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” – I am sure it will be a standard part of our cocktail rep going forward! See some pics below!
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