Rusty B: Tanya & Adam’s Wedding at Cosmos Club

First Dance

I had the pleasure of DJing Tanya and Adam’s wedding this past weekend at the stunning Cosmos Club. The ballroom had recently been upgraded, complete with a built in Bose system for the ceremony; I have to say I was quite impressed with the venue. The ceremony was held in the ballroom, with me providing the music for the processional which was to Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” They had a lovely Jewish service and after the glass was broken I played Van Morrison’s “Everyone” as the recessional. We then had everyone out into the hallway area for cocktails and a jazz trio played live music.

We then moved our DJ set up to the front of the ballroom, and prepared for dinner in which we had piped into the clubs system for and added some back-up speakers so that the music was more balanced in each room. I played a dinner set of nice laid-back tunes like Bon Iver “Flume,” The Beatles’ “I Will” and Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs “Stay.” There were a series of deep and touching speeches with Adam’s uncle providing the most entertaining one where he had Adam and Tanya write letters about why they wanted to marry each other which he read out loud. That could turn out a bit cheesy and embarrassing, but with how talented Adam and Tanya were at writing it came out incredibly sweet and sincere.

After dinner we slowly moved everyone back into the converted ballroom for the first dance and parent dances. I announced the bride and groom and they danced to Sam Cooke’s “Having A Party” which is a surprising first dance song, but the pulled it off with Adam busting some fun moves on the dance floor. I then invited Tanya’s father to join her for the father/daughter dance to James Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is,” and then Adam’s mother to join Adam for a dance to Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable.” We fired into a couple of rounds of “Hava Nagila” and ended the Hora set with “Od Yishama.” The dance floor lit up with a set of Motown classics and even a blend of twist songs in which I wrapped up with Isley Brothers “Shout.”

We continued with some 80’s classics and some newer tunes; Rihanna’ “We Found Love” was popping off quite well. As the night was coming to a close I played Nena’s “99 Luft Balloons” and mixed in a A Tribe Called Quest mini-set and closed out with Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness.”

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