Megan & Matt said “I do” last night at the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens in Baltimore City’s historic Druid Hill Park. This beautiful venue is the second-oldest steel framed-and-glass building still in use in the United States. It was our first time playing there and we loved everything about it! Megan & Matt held a small ceremony for their families in the Conservatory’s Palm House and then enjoyed cocktails and dinner provided by our friends from Bel Air’s Pairings Bistro Catering. The newlyweds were casually introduced in the North Pavilion by DJ Frank into their first dance, “Everything” by Michael Bublé. Megan then danced with her Father to The Temptations “My Girl” and Matt and his Mother danced to “Loves Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon. A buffet meal in the South Pavilion followed the formal dances and then the celebration really began. Folks of all ages danced to hits by Beyonce, T.I., R. Kelly, Edward Sharpe & The Magnificent Zeroes, Michael Jackson, House Of Pain and more! All couples joined Megan & Matt for their last song, “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges. Congratulations to Megan & Matt!
Yesterday evening at Rockfield Manor in Bel Air, MD, Sharon & Patrick celebrated their marriage with us. Their reception featured the delectable works of Laurrapin Caters, entertainment was provided by DJ Frank and the Manor hosted the party with class for Sharon & Patrick’s family and friends. The guys from J. Thomas Photography were also there to capture all the fun and we enjoyed working with them again. The evening began with cocktails and eats, followed by formal introductions of the bridal party and Mr. & Mrs. Barcikowski. Each couple DJ Frank introduced into the reception, walked in to a different song carefully chosen by Sharon & Patrick and they entered to Yello’s “Oh Yeah” for theirs. A first dance to “Northern Wind” by City & Colour, kicked things off and was followed by the Groom’s Sister & Brother-in-law’s (Matron of Honor & Best Man) toast to the newlyweds with a shot of vodka for all! Dinner and dancing rounded out the night with guests enjoying tunes by artists like Billy Idol, Coolio, Three Dog Night, Sister Sledge and more. An apron dance to traditional Polish music, the bouquet toss to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” and garter removal to “The Stripper” by David Rose took place throughout the reception, while a sing-a-long to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” closed out the incredible night. Our team loved working with such a fun loving couple and we really dug their music selections! Congratulations Sharon & Patrick Barcikowski and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness!
Tonight was our last wedding of the year and it certainly was a great way to wrap it up! DJ Frank had the honor of being Megan & James’s DJ/MC as they celebrated at Deer Creek Overlook in beautiful Rocks State Park located in Street, MD. After the ceremony, their friends and families joined them for cocktails and yummy eats provided by our friends from Dean and Brown Catering. Parents of the Bride & Groom were formally introduced in to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams, the Bridal Party to “Shut Up And Dance” by Walk The Moon and the new Mr. & Mrs. DiBello made their way in to “She Drives Me Crazy” by the Fine Young Cannibals. Megan & Jim were greeted with a huge round of applause before they went into their first dance, “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. James’s Brother & Best Man along with Megan’s twin Sister and Maid Of Honor Sarah each raised a toast to the happy couple before the buffet meal opened. Following dinner, the Bride and her Father danced to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” and then James and his Mother danced to “A Mother’s Song” by T Carter Music. A cake cutting and a slide show presentation led into the party as we opened up the dance floor and played “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas which got the dance crowd up and grooving. They kept the dance area full all night aside from a cake cutting, an anniversary dance and a 10 minute apron dance! We ended a wonderful Holiday wedding with “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes and then “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Vince Vance & The Valiants. We can’t imagine a better way to bring the 2016 Wedding Season to a close. It was a pleasure to work with Dean and Brown Catering, BLE Photography and D. Carpenter Videography. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. DiBello!
We are so happy for Christine & Scott! They became Mr. & Mrs. Tolliver this evening at Riverdale Manor located at the edge of both vibrant Lancaster City and quiet Lancaster County. They were married in the Manor’s heated pavilion and then enjoyed cocktails and celebrated in the ballroom with their families and friends. DJ Frank worked with fellow Harford County vendor, Photographer James Berglie of Be Photography, Seth Umbenhauer Wedding Cinematography and the really nice staff of Riverdale Manor. Following cocktail hour, the Bride & Groom’s Parents were formally introduced into the ballroom to The Beatles “Eight Days A Week”, the Bridal Party came in to “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” by Michael Jackson and Mr. & Mrs. Tolliver made their grand entrance to Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. They immediately danced their first dance as a married couple to “Still Fallin” by Hunter Hayes. Christine’s Father welcomed guests and then toasts were made before Christine’s Mother offered a blessing over the meal. As the dinner service ended we played “I Loved Her First” by Heartland for the Bride and her Father and then “I Wish” by Rascal Flatts for Scott and his Mother. There was a pie cutting for desert, a bouquet toss for the single ladies and a last dance to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” before everyone jumped on the trolly and headed out to the after party. Throughout the night DJ Frank spun tunes by artists such as Little Richard, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Miley Cyrus, Silento, NSYNC and more. We loved Christine & Scott’s vision and enjoyed making it a reality. Congratulation to the new Mr. & Mrs. Tolliver!
Rachel & Greg’s wedding reception at the Maryland Zoo’s Mansion House last night was a wonderful celebration of love, family and friends. DJ Frank enjoyed working with this super sweet couple. The evening started with a cocktail hour on the front porch as our friends from Laurrapin Catering served up amazing hor d’oeuvres and drinks while some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors stopped by to greet guests. Introductions featured the theme from Jurassic Park by composer John Williams and then the new Mr. & Mrs. Murphy danced for the first time as a married couple to Joshua Radin’s version of “Only You”. Toasts by the Best Man and Matron of Honor and a blessing preceded a served meal and that was followed by Greg and his Mother dancing to “The Rainbow Connection” by Kermit the Frog. This group of 120+ guests instantly hit the dance floor and really didn’t stop until the last song was over. Songs by artists like The Commodores, Dave Matthews Band, DNCE, Bruce Springsteen, Rick Astley, Justin Bieber and more were requested, played and grooved to! A cake cutting to Adam Sandler’s “I Wanna Grow Old With You” and a bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce rounded out the night’s formal events. Before guests followed the newlyweds out for their after party, they all danced to the last song of the night: “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money. Thanks to the Zoo’s staff, Laurrapin Catering, Lacey Reapsome Photography, Last Avalon Films and to Rachel & Greg aka Mr. & Mrs. Murphy for a wonderful night!
Last night at the Vandiver Inn located in historic Havre de Grace, MD, Jess & Brian said “I do” and read their vows to each other in front of their family and closet friends. They became Mr. & Mrs. Lievense with a kiss! The Inn’s covered pavilion served as their ceremony space, and while everyone enjoyed cocktails and appetizers inside the Mansion House, the same pavilion was transformed into a beautiful reception area. DJ Frank introduced the bridal party in to the reception and played “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” by Justin Timberlake and then Mr. & Mrs. Lievense came in to Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. Guests took their seats and then Jess & Brian danced to “Loving You Is Easy” by Zac Brown Band. Jess remained on the dance floor as her Father joined her and they danced to Jimmy Buffett’s “Little Miss Magic” followed by Brian and his Mother dancing to “93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz. A welcome by the Father of the Bride and toasts by the Matron of Honor and Best Man preceded a marvelous served meal. DJ Frank enjoyed working with Photography by Brea, Wise Films, Desserts by Rita, the Vandiver’s staff and playing for Jess & Brian and their favorite people! Other then a cake cutting, the rest of the evening was simply a wonderful celebration. It seemed as if all 130 guests were on the dance floor all night! They were grooving to tunes by Robin Thicke, Earth Wind & Fire, 50 Cent, Bon Jovi, The Foundations, DJ Khaled and many more. Before following the Bride & Groom to the Laurrapin for the after party, everyone sang along to “Only Want To Be With You” by Hootie & The Blowfish. Last night was one of our favorites of 2016 and we thank Jess & Brian for trusting us to be such a huge part of their big day!
Let’s hear it for Mr. & Mrs. Williams! Brandi & Jeff were married and then celebrated their love with a party at the Maryland Zoo’s Mansion House on Saturday. They said “I do” and then enjoyed cocktails and appetizers with their family, guests and some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors. DJ Frank worked with Lauren & her crew from Rouge Fine Catering, The Antares Musicians, Amy Deputy Photography & Co., and the Zoo’s staff to make last night amazing. The newlyweds were introduced into their reception to “A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness just before Brandi & Jeff danced their first dance as husband and wife to Elvis Presley’s “I Love You Because”. Toasts, a blessing and a super delicious buffet meal followed. We opened up the dance floor to all guests with Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up And Dance” and then played requests by Michael Jackson, Wild Cherry, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Looking Glass and more. An anniversary dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and a cake cutting to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson rounded out the night’s formalities. One last dance to “I Wanna Be Yours” by the Arctic Monkeys wrapped up a perfect evening. DJ Frank and all of us at Friendly Entertainment appreciated working with some great vendors, a really fun group of guests and two wonderful people who are now the new Mr. & Mrs. Williams!
They became the Sosinski’s yesterday at the Vandiver Inn located in Havre de Grace, MD. Liz & Brad were married inside the Inn’s covered pavilion, enjoyed a cocktail hour inside the Mansion House and then joined their friends and family back in the pavilion to celebrate. DJ Frank formally introduced the Bride & Groom’s parents in to Danny & The Junior’s “At The Hop”, the Bridal Party in to “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan and then the newlyweds to “Everything Is Awesome” by Tegan & Sara. Their first dance as a married couple was to Larry Clinton & His Orchestra’s “Heart & Soul”. Brad welcomed everyone and then the Best Man & Maid Of Honor delivered two amazing toasts. The Vandiver staff served up a magnificent surf and turf meal to everyone and as dinner wrapped up, Liz danced with her Father to Heartland’s “I Loved Her First” and Brad and his Mother danced to The Carpenter’s “(They Long To Be) Close To You”. The dancing portion of the evening began with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” and continued with hits by The Beatles, The Kinks, Van Morrison, House Of Pain, a-ha, Walk The Moon and a sing-a-long by the Bridal Party to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. DJ Frank worked with an excellent team of vendors that included the Vandiver staff, Chesapeake Strings (who provided music for the ceremony), Black Tie Video, Desserts by Rita and Photography by Brea. Before heading out to the Laurrapin for their after party, guests joined Mr. & Mrs. Sosinski for one last dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon”. All aspects of yesterday’s celebration were perfect from the weather, to the vendors and Liz & Brad set the tone with their laid back approach and fun loving attitudes. We wish them so much happiness and years of love and good tunes!
Emily & David became Mr. & Mrs. Tart last night at Hunt Valley Country Club! They said “I do” outside on the club’s outdoor patio and then joined their friends and family inside for cocktails and appetizers. We formally introduced the parents of the bride & groom in to Pharrell’s “Happy‘, the bridal party in to “Shake Your Groove Thing” by Peaches & Herb and Mr. & Mrs. Tart made their grand entrance in to “I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown. Their first dance as a married couple followed as DJ Frank played Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed”. Emily then danced with her Father to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland and David danced with his Mother to a version of Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful World” sung by a family friend. The Father of the Bride welcomed everyone before the Maid of Honor and Best Man raised a glass to toast the happy couple. After dinner we opened up the dance floor with DJ Kool’s “Let Me Clear My Throat”, the dance floor was packed instantly and remained that way for the rest of the night. Mr. & Mrs. Tart cut their cake and then Emily tossed her bouquet, but other then that the night was one big celebration. Requests for songs by Beyonce, Michael Jackson, NSYNC, Walk The Moon, Usher and more filled the air! Thanks to our friend James Berglie of Be Photography, Monumental Moments Photo Booths and the staff of Hunt Valley Country Club for being such team players and helping to making last night awesome! We wrapped up a fun filled party by playing “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes during a glow stick send off for Emily & David. Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Tart!
On Friday night at Padonia Park Club in Timonium, MD, DJ Frank returned for the 2nd year in a row to DJ/MC an incredible event, the Kendall Burrows Foundation’s annual Footloose Gala. Kendall Burrows was diagnosed at age three and suffered from a rare autoimmune disease known as Evan’s syndrome, which is when the body makes antibodies that destroy red blood cells, platelets, and white blood cells. Patients with Evan’s contract thrombocytopenia and Coombs’ positive hemolytic anemia and have no other known underlying etiology. The specific cause for Evan’s syndrome is unknown and there have been no genetic links identified although her mother Deborah also has Evan’s. Throughout her lifetime, Kendall was in and out of remission with Evan’s. When in remission, she was a happy, normal little girl that enjoyed a plethora of activities, including contact sports and all forms of dance. When her blood levels were reduced to life-threatening numbers, she was unable to participate and was often hospitalized and needed monitoring, resulting in many forms of therapy including a splenectomy, chemotherapy, plasmapheresis, intravenous immune globulin, and high doses of steroids. She was a model patient although she did tend to give her doctors a run for their money. She required hundreds and hundreds of blood transfusions in her short lifetime. In the last three weeks of her life, she needed 50-60 units of blood a day to stay alive. Her family never had to worry about the blood supply, each day boxes arrived from all over the country and helped to sustain her through her ordeal. As a thank you, her family had organized a blood drive with the American Red Cross at Dulaney High School. Unfortunately, Kendall lost her battle to Evan’s the day before the blood drive. The media was instrumental in promoting this drive, and it is still considered to be the largest single donor blood drive in the history of the American Red Cross. Her family was present to thank everyone for their efforts. Kendall Burrows impacted not only a family, but an entire community. The Kendall Burrows Foundation was formed in 1996 by the Burrows Family to build upon the strength and passion that Kendall exuded every day and set out to help other children facing similar challenges and eventually find a cure.