Client Testimonials, Weddings
I am very grateful to get the opportunity to work with so many awesome people – weekend after weekend – just like Briana and Eric, the bride and groom from this wedding. Briana and Eric were laid back and their primary concern was with making sure that their friends and family had a great time at their wedding reception. At our wrap up meeting, prior to the wedding, we spent a lot of time going over the music for the ceremony, dinner, and dancing. We sat together for close to two hours just listening to music and looking for the perfect grand entrance, cake cutting, and parent dance songs. The best part of my job is getting to know my clients and share in their excitement for their big day, and sitting down with them face to face really gives me the chance to do just that.
The wedding and reception were held at the Pen Ryn Mansion on the beautiful Pen Ryn Estate in Bucks County, with the ceremony held outside and the Delaware River as the backdrop. We provided all of the music for the ceremony, as well as a microphone for the Officiant. When the ceremony concluded, the guests entered the house for cocktail hour. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks, while we provided background music from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Ella Fitzgerald. After this hour was up, the ballroom doors opened and guests took their seats. Just outside the room I quickly lined up a very excited bridal party, going over how they would make their entrances.
Once we introduced everyone, the bride and groom took the center stage for their first dance as husband and wife. After the formalities ended dinner was brought out by the staff. As the DJ, I’m always please to see well-fed guests, as this group was going to need their energy, because once dinner was over it’s time to celebrate. Like most of my weddings, this was a great group who were out on the dance floor all night, singing along while I played “I Want You Back” by the Jackson Five, and twisting the night away with “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, and pumping their fists in the air as we went into “Feel This Moment” from Pitbull. A great party, with one negative outcome… lots of sore feet; not uncommon when dancing for two hours straight.
The wedding would not have been as successful without the staff at Pen Ryn Mansion. It is one of my favorite places to work, and a lot of it has to with the people that work there. The staff did an excellent job and I know the bride, groom, and their guests would all agree. I also worked with Juliana from Juliana Laury Photography. Juliana is a very friendly person and as you can see by some of these images, a very talented photographer who can really capture the moment.
Thank you to Briana and Eric; I had a blast being your DJ. It was great to be a part of your wedding celebration, but even more it was great to get to know you both and I wish you both all the best in your future together as husband and wife.
A few weeks after the wedding the bride was nice enough to post the following testimonial on WeddingWire:
Choosing a DJ is a critical decision concerning your wedding reception. Cutting Edge Entertainment was helpful and professional from the very first phone call until our last guest left our reception. We hired Richie as our MC and lead DJ. He was able to answer all of our questions, help us choose certain songs, and arrived promptly on our wedding day. Richie was upbeat and personable. You could tell that our family and friends really enjoyed the music selection. We would definitely recommend Cutting Edge Entertainment for your upcoming event!
Images courtesy of Juliana Laury Photography
The Pen Ryn Estate
home to Pen Ryn Mansion and Belle Voir Manor
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Cutting Edge @ October 1, 2014
Every event has a theme and every event has a vibe. As couples prepare for their big day I always express that a wedding should be “fun, yet classy”. This is the general theme of most events, “let’s have a great time but keep it family-friendly “. Some events lean toward “silly” fun and others lean toward “classy” fun. Vernard and Terri’s wedding (and reception) at Belle Voir Manor in Bucks County was falling off the edge of “classy”. From the three-piece suits to the sparkler-draped closing, this was one couple who hit all the right notes in “keeping it classy”.
This past summer was one of the calmest and nicest (temperature-wise) seasons we’ve experienced in several years. Our bride and groom picked the perfect venue to take advantage of the perfect weather. Utilizing a blend of piano-covers and pop love songs, the ceremony was a sun-bathed scene of love. Belle Voir allows for a three-room event of elegance; a brick-lined aisle for the ceremony, a classically decorated cocktail room and a crown-molded reception area. The venue only enhanced what was destined to be a memorable evening.
Vernard and Terri’s wedding also presented me with a unique opportunity. I may have twenty years of event experience as a Wedding DJ, but until now I’d never been asked to pick the first dance song for a bride and groom. Torn between a seldom-used, but amazing love song “So Beautiful” by Musiq Soulchild and the newest John Legend song “You & I”, this couple left the decision up to me. In the end, I selected the track by Musiq Soulchild to ensure Vernard and Terri would have a song that would be only “theirs”. Knowing that the John Legend song would likely become the next “great wedding song”, I wanted this couple to have a moment that was only for them to share.
The dance floor rocked for hours to some old-school hits by artists like K7, Marvin Gaye and Soul For Real, and a few choice line dances (The Wobble). The night was highlighted by the sparkler exit from our newlyweds, which has been capture beautifully by our photographer Nicole Leigh. As always, it’s a pleasure to work with great wedding professionals like Nicole, and the superb staff at Belle Voir Manor.
Congratulations, Vernard and Terri! Best of luck on life’s greatest adventure.
Images courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography
Belle Voir Manor
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Cutting Edge @ September 22, 2014
Musicology, The Beatles
It was back in June of 2014 that I read a write-up/review in Billboard Magazine about a new book about Paul McCartney titled Man On The Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s authored by Q Magazine’s contributing editor Tom Doyle. Having read somewhat extensively about Paul McCartney and The Beatles, this book seemed unique in that it focused specifically on McCartney’s life and career in the ten years following The Beatles breakup.
The author, is no stranger to Paul McCartney, having interviewed him on numerous occasions, and certainly having direct access to Sir Paul helped to give this book the depth of information that it has in abundance.
The Beatles, both individually and as a group, are easily the most written about music artists of all time, and finding a niche angle for a book is no easy task, yet, to the best of my knowledge, Tom Doyle has done just that by focusing his lens on Paul McCartney in the decade after the demise of the Fab Four.
The book picks up as if it were the morning after the breakup if such a thing could be so specifically pinpointed, and continues on with McCartney finding his sea legs and attempting to re-invent and begin again, as if such a thing could be done. Doyle does an outstanding job of interjecting the other three Beatles when necessary, without getting bogged down in too much back-and-forth covered in so many other books. The author aptly stays the course, telling the story of Paul, Linda, and the ever changing lineup of the band known as Wings, and although this is clearly a book about a former Beatle, Mr. Doyle skillfully makes “Man On The Run” a story unto itself, and this book a treasure for any fan of Paul McCartney; the Beatle, the Wing or the solo artist.
As for my own personal and humble opinion, regardless of the personal turbulence that McCartney clearly went through during this period, his output in the 1970s – whether with Wings or solo – make up some of the most endearing work of McCartney’s career. Whether he was a lost millionaire hippie outlaw or a wounded artist on a soul-searching quest, he was still Paul McCartney, and songs like “Band On The Run”, “Live and Let Die” and “Another Day” stand up to any Beatles song in composition, musicianship and timelessness… Again, in my humble opinion.
I give this book five stars, two thumbs up and a smiley face, and highly recommend it to both Wings fans and 70s era fans alike. At just under 250 pages from index to discography it’s an easy and entertaining read while not getting lost in facts, dates, and irrelevant gobbledygook. It’s apparent that the author loves his subject, and while being respectful to McCartney, he delivers a candid and honest biography well worth the read.
Cutting Edge @ September 19, 2014
On Friday afternoon, July 4th of 2014 I had the opportunity once again to MC a wedding at one of my absolute favorite venues, the Cairnwood Mansion in Bryn Athyn, Montgomery County. We have been a part of many wedding celebrations at Cairnwood, and although I have even written other blog posts about weddings I have done there, this wedding ranks amongst my favorites, and for very good reason.
Kortney and Stephen – the bride and groom – were out on the dance floor nearly the entire night. With the bride and groom on the dance floor and participating in the celebration, it makes my job as a Wedding DJ that much easier. Their energy and joy were contagious, and before I knew it, all of the guests were out there dancing and having a blast! Wedding guests always follow the lead of the bride and groom, and when the bride and groom are at the center of the action, the guests, friends and family members are sure to follow.
My assistant and I had a great time at this reception however it would not have been as great if not for Karen, along with the rest of the terrific staff at Karen Spire Catering. The food was amazing, and put everybody in a great mood. Working together with the caterer and coordinating the time line flawlessly helped the party achieve a smooth flow. The photographer for the night was the very talented Nicole Leigh. Over the past few years I have gotten to know Nicole – an awesome photographer – and someone I consider a good friend.
This was truly a great wedding, and one of the highlights of my summer 2014. I thank you for having myself and Cutting Edge Entertainment involved in your party, and I look forward to keeping in touch with you both. Wishing you all the best.
Images courtesy of Nicole Leigh Photography
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Cutting Edge @ September 17, 2014
Wedding DJ Rich Abrams and Wedding Photographer Nicole Leigh were caught on hidden camera at the Cairnwood Estate doing what seems to be some ritualistic celebratory dance prior to a wedding reception. Experts have evaluated these captured images, and are still yet uncertain as to the specific reason and/or meaning for the ritual. While many suggest it may be some sort of superstitious “success dance”, done to ensure a fun and festive reception with great music and photographs for all, Professor Wilfred E. Goldsteinbergman of the University of America theorizes that it is simply the way they express the love of their job, a joy and happiness that cannot be contained as they await the guests arrival.
An initiative has been launched where hidden cameras will be installed at other unspecified wedding venues in order to further examine this unique phenomenon. In the meantime, there is certainly no denying that these two wedding professionals are ready to party, and from looking at the hidden camera photos from throughout the night, this wedding reception was fun for all who attended.
More on this story as it develops.
Nicole Leigh Photography
Cutting Edge Entertainment
Cutting Edge @ September 12, 2014
Summer 2014 is almost over, but before it turns to Fall, I wanted to post a blog about a July Wedding I had the opportunity to DJ at the Pearl S. Buck Estate in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Stephanie and Matthan – the bride and groom – first contacted us after being referred to us by their photographer. We always recommend to all of our clients that they meet us in person before they make a final decision. Cutting Edge wedding clients have the option of locking in their personnel for no additional fee. It makes sense to us, that if you meet a DJ or see an individual perform at another event, you can lock in that specific Wedding DJ for no additional charge. There is no guessing who you will be matched up with for your wedding, instead, the name of that DJ is on the contract.
Stephanie and Matthan were a really fun couple to work with, and we had a blast at our wrap up meeting a couple weeks prior to the wedding. The meeting we had lasted about two hours and I believe it was good for the bride and groom to get to know me better and gain confidence in my ability to rock out their wedding. For me, getting to know them was more like making new friends than working with a client, and as it turned out we had so much in common.
Their wedding was one of the highlights of my month, and by the pictures featured here you can tell this was one great crowd. Of course when I DJ a wedding I consider it a team effort, and the wedding can not be successful unless all of the wedding professionals work in sync. The photographers for the wedding were Aaron and Bryan from Aaron Mitchell Photography. They did an awesome job capturing the images of the event. Finally, a successful wedding can’t be complete without the bride and groom, and Stephanie and Matthan were perfect.
Images courtesy of Aaron Mitchell Photography
Pearl S. Buck Estate
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Cutting Edge @ September 3, 2014
Client Testimonials, Weddings
On Saturday August 9, 2014 I had the pleasure of working with two friends of mine, Nick and Haley. These high school sweethearts were a pleasure to work with, and could not have been more excited for the special day. I was also given the opportunity to work with Linda and the rest of her incredible staff at the Manufacturers Golf and Country Club; they provided for a flawless evening, and from the perspective of a Wedding DJ were a pleasure to work with!
Although the 90’s took over most of the airways, the dance floor was packed with adults throughout the entire evening. For a couple that claims they are not huge dancers, Nick and Haley surprised even themselves by spending the entire evening on the floor surrounded by their family and friends. The couple was even able to share a special dance with their grandparents to “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton later on in the evening. By the end of the night, the crowd broke out the “one more song” chant at least twice. This was one of the most energetic crowds, and it was with great joy I got to keep them on the floor all night playing some of my favorite songs. It is rare that my taste in music mirrors that of the bride and groom, but it certainly added to the energy of the evening.
Jennifer Childress was the photographer for the wedding. She was absolutely amazing and a terrific to work with. One of the most challenging parts of my job is to make sure all the components of the event are working cohesively, and she – along with the great folks at Manufacturers’ Country Club – made it incredibly easy for me to do that, and made the night run seamlessly without a hitch.
I cannot thank this very special bride and groom enough for allowing me to be a part of their special day. This one will hold a special place in my heart for quite some time, and I am so humbled by sharing this night with such great people! Congrats Nick and Haley, and I wish you the best of luck in your journey together as husband and wife!
I also want to thank Nick and Haley for taking the time to post this fantastic review on WeddingWire and Google only a week after their wedding reception:
My groom and I chose Cutting Edge Entertainment to provide the music, MC’ing, and fun on our wedding day. Without a doubt, they delivered on all accounts in a professional yet intimate fashion. Cutting Edge Entertainment’s DJ Steve acted as the DJ/MC extraordinaire throughout our top notch experience. About six months prior to our wedding we met with Steve and he immediately began addressing our questions and requests without problem (and continued to do so up until the last minute of the night!). From the get go it was clear that Steve was not a DJ who was out to boost his own ego by playing music of his own liking (a big fear of mine) but one who was able to adapt and personalize the entertainment so that we (and the guests) were the stars of the show. From the cocktail hour to first dances to a full-dance floor, Steve was able match the energy through his song choices (while also incorporating the songs that we requested be played in the appropriate spots). As far as his work as a master of ceremony, Steve made sure that everything went smoothly and timely according to the itinerary that was checked not only with us but also the caterer at the venue. His interaction with the bridal and groom parties and ourselves was sincere, meaningful, and most importantly fun! One tidbit that should reveal just how high quality of a DJ Steve actually was is the fact that both my husband and I label ourselves as non-dancers, danced from beginning to end (along with 75% of our guests). Multiple guests have already asked for information on Steve so clearly a positive impression was made on everyone who attended. If you choose to go with a DJ for your wedding, it would be a mistake not to book Cutting Entertainment’s DJ Steve Foltz.
Images Courtesy of Jennifer Childress Photography
Manufacturers’ Golf and Country Club
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Cutting Edge @ August 20, 2014
In May 2014 I was the Wedding DJ for Michelle and Marc’s wedding reception. The party was held at the Abington Art Center, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and Michelle and Marc were a fun, outgoing couple, whom I had a blast working with. As a Wedding DJ it’s important to play all sorts of music from all different genres and eras including many diverse artists. Many brides and grooms are concerned with making sure we play a little bit of something for everyone. In my opinion four to five hours is more than enough time to keep everyone happy, whether it be with Big Band, Jazz, Motown, Rock and Roll, or Top 40, I have no problem fitting it all in. This was very important to Michelle and Marc, simply because as in most wedding receptions, their guests varied in both age and musical taste.
This was a wedding that I was anticipating for months, because I knew it was going to be a blast. We have been working at the Abington Art Center for many years and it’s always nice to work at a familiar place. Once cocktail hour ended, we brought everyone in to the pavilion and began our introductions. The parents, bridal party, and bride and groom each had came out and the guests were cheering so hard it almost overpowered the music. Once the first dance and toasts were finished, everyone enjoyed an amazing meal courtesy of the staff at Joshua’s Catering. Once dinner ended, we quickly got everyone out on the dance floor. I played everything from “Land of a 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett to “Turn Down For What” by Lil Jon as well as tons of other great party hits in between. The bride and groom were out on the dance floor nearly the entire night, along with their roughly one hundred and twenty-five guests. It was a great time for all.
Michelle and Marc are amazing, and I enjoyed getting to know them before the wedding and it was awesome to be a part of their celebration. I look forward to staying in touch with them, as they begin their lives together as husband and wife. I also had the opportunity to work Karmapants Photography, they did a great job. The pictures came out great and I appreciate Jenn for letting me feature them on the blog.
Images courtesy of Karmapants Photography
Abington Art Center
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Cutting Edge @ August 20, 2014
Client Testimonials, Videos, Weddings
Every once in a while I have the honor of being the DJ for a good friend’s wedding. That was the case on May 4th, when I packed my gear up and headed to Blue Bell, PA for Joe and Rachel’s wedding. I have known for Joe for many years, ever since college at Temple University. In fact we were in the same fraternity together, although Joe was a few years ahead of me, we became good friends. Even after all these years we still keep in touch through Facebook and the occasional get together. When he mentioned to me that he was getting married and wanted me to DJ, I was thrilled. Before they signed a contract, I met with Joe and Rachel. We had a great meeting, not only did we go over the wedding details, but got a chance to catch up, and I had the opportunity to get to know Rachel. I was ecstatic to see that such a great guy, was able to land such an amazing girl.
This was a wedding that I had anticipated for months, just because I knew it was going to be blast. The wedding was held at The Meadowlands Country Club, which is a venue I have worked at countless times. Once cocktail hour ended, we brought everyone in to the ballroom and began our introductions. The parents, bridal party, and bride and groom each had came out and the guests were cheering so hard it almost overpowered the music. Once the first dance and toasts were finished, everyone enjoyed an amazing meal courtesy of the staff of the club. Once dinner ended, we quickly got everyone out on the dance floor. I played everything from “Ain’t To Proud To Beg” by the Temptations to “Yeah” by Usher as well as tons of other great party hits in between. The bride and groom were out on the dance floor nearly the entire party, along with their roughly two hundred guests. It was a great time for all.
This wedding is the first blog post I’ve had the opportunity to feature from a reception I’ve done at the Meadowlands Country Club, and I am excited to finally do just that. I also had a great time working with Gabe and his staff from Philip Gabriel Photography, and want to thank them for letting me feature the images from the wedding on our blog. I also had the opportunity to work with Tim and his staff from Allure Films for the first time, and I am grateful that he took the time to edit some footage from the wedding for us to share on our blog.
Most importantly, I want to thank Rachel and Joe for choosing me as their Wedding DJ and allowing me to rock their wedding. Wish you all the best.
A few weeks after the wedding the bride and groom were kind enough to post the following testimonial on Wedding Wire…
Richie Abrams with Cutting Edge Entertainment was our DJ/MC for our wedding reception 2 weeks ago. He provided music for both our ceremony and reception. We were extremely happy with how smoothly everything went! Not only did we have people of all ages on the dance floor all night, but we got many compliments from our guests after the wedding about the variety of music..there was truly something for everyone. He had the ability to feel out the crowd and cater song selection to keep everyone on the dance floor, while at the same time ensuring all the songs we requested were played. Richie was also very knowledgeable about the Jewish traditions, which allowed us to seamlessly incorporate the hora and Jewish blessings into our reception. He also checked in frequently throughout the night to make sure everything ran according to schedule.
We highly recommend Richie and Cutting Edge Entertainment!
Images courtesy of Philip Gabriel Photography
Video courtesy of Allure Films
Meadowlands Country Club
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Cutting Edge @ August 13, 2014
One of my favorite couples I had the opportunity work with this spring were Jessica and Carey. I enjoyed working with them because they were so excited for their wedding reception (which makes for a great party), and also because they were very easy to get along with so it was a lot of fun getting to know both of them. This wedding was held at the Manor House at Commonwealth, and I had the chance to work with the very awesome Richard, Cristy, and the rest of the incredible staff at this awesome venue. It is important that there be plenty of communication between the kitchen and the DJ, to ensure that the event runs smoothly, and the folks at Commonwealth excel at this. At this wedding, I knew that once guests were seated, they would be immediately served their meals. The best run weddings are the ones where there is no stop in the action, everybody is either watching (or participating in) a formality (such as the first dance, parent dances, cake cutting, etc.), eating, or on the dance floor doing their thing.
This was a great crowd to DJ for, as the dance floor was packed from the moment dinner ended. I usually start my first dance set with music geared to older guests, and play some oldies, Motown, Disco, and Funk, then later on in the night I segue into some of the more current hits. The reason I do it this way is because older guests are the ones that tend to leave earlier in the night, and I have found that younger people – for the most part – will dance to music from older generations, while many older guests are hesitant to dance to popular music of today. As the Wedding DJ, it is my job to play music and get guests of all generations out there during the course of the reception. Jessica and Carey were dancing most of the night, and their family and friends were right out there with them. It was truly a celebration.
The photographer for this event was Tara from Silver Orchid Photography. She had her work cut out for her, as the dance floor was filled with guests dancing and partying. I had a great time at this wedding, because I was able to play a lot of different music from different genres, eras, and artists. Everything was played from The Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas. I love my job and it is especially fun for me when the bride and groom along with their guests are open to many different types of music, and don’t hesitate to just have fun,
Thank you again Jessica and Carey, and the best of luck to you in your lives as husband and wife.
Images courtesy of Silver Orchid Photography
The Manor House at Commonwealth
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Cutting Edge @ August 6, 2014