5.24.09 Villa Barone Melissa & Jeff


Our wedding adventure with Melissa and Jeff started two years ago when Melissa was the Maid of Honor for her cousin Kimberly’s Silo Ridge wedding where we were the DJs.  As soon as she booked her date at the Villa Barone in Westchester, she called us.

Not only did we recognize half this Poughkeepsie crowd, our former newlyweds Kimberly and Brett were there, just two days shy of their two year anniversary.  The group was warm, friendly and VERY ready to party.


The newlyweds set the tone right with their introductions.  The Bridal Party came in to “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf featuring Lil Wayne…and they were diggin’ it.

Then the big moment as Melissa and Jeff were introduced into the beautiful high-ceiling ballroom with crystal chandeliers and marble dance floor…to “Enter Sandman” by Metallica.


Jeff was totally shocked and delighted; Melissa told him she’d chosen another song and decided to surprise him at the last minute with his favorite Metallica song.  Let me tell you, it ROCKED, perfect for their dramatic entrance into the ballroom.

(I was very pleased to play my tiny role in a wedding surprise Melissa gave her new husband.)

I can’t even begin to list the songs that packed the dance floor last night.  Some of my favorite moments prompting air guitar and featuring Jeff with his boys locked arm and arm or bumping chests occurred during “Livin’ On A Prayer,” “Summer of ’69” and “Sweet Child O’ Mine.”  Oh, and the ladies were no slackers, either.


I should take a moment to talk about the details, because they were truly lovely.  The bridesmaids wore beautiful bright blue dresses and carried wildflower bouquets with white, blue and fuschia blooms.  The boxes containing the favors had matching blue ribbons.  The flowers in the centerpieces were all white roses and accents.

It was our first time visiting Villa Barone and we were thoroughly impressed.  The staff gave meticulous attention to every detail: directing guests to their seats, ornate salad appetizers, pouring the champagne in a choreographed Champagne March.  And the desserts were some of the most elaborate we’ve ever seen, with bananas foster, creme brulee, cordials and cappuccinos, and ice cream sundae bar…in addition to cake and cookies at the tables.  Whew!  It was all I could do not to stuff my face.

Even though I was deprived of those decadent desserts, all the reward I needed was Melissa’s beaming face at the end of the night as she and her new husband Jeff set their sights on their Bahamas honeymoon.

Villa Barone

Photos by Steve Planck of Blue Sky Photography

Video by Best of Times Video

Flowers by Marianne’s Floral

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