When I first got the call from my friend Jerry Beck of Beck’s Entertainment, I was bit confused. A double wedding? I was under the impression that it was two weddings, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. He quickly cleared up the confusion by letting me know that there would be two brides: sisters Kenzi & Jadyn Wilkes and their fiances Bill Judge and Ryan Evans. If that wasn’t exciting enough, he sealed the deal by letting me know I’d be working with the wonderful Wynn Austin of Wynn Austin Events. This special wedding was held at the NTC Promenade at Liberty Station which I had played at a few years ago for a High School Prom and once I arrived I saw how incredibly different this place was when set up for a wedding. The sisters had chosen royal purple, bubble gum pink and lime green as their colors and the combination was amazing. I even wore a purple dress shirt to match the decor as closely as possible. After Cocktail Hour concluded, the guests were invited inside and Grand Introductions began starting with Bill & Kenzi and their Bridal Party. Then Ryan & Jadyn came in after their Bridal Party with Best Man Craig Sanetrick even doing a pretty smooth slide on his stomach across the dance floor. Intros were followed by a welcome from the Father of the Brides Mr. Chuck Wilkes and then dinner was served. Toasts followed dinner with both Bill and Ryan’s Best Men taking the mic and then each sister toasted the other sister. It was quite a unique thing to see, but it totally fit the personalities of both Kenzi and Jadyn. Both couples then danced to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson and then dancing began. Both request lists were very eclectic and featured a variety of old school, 80’s, 90’s and Current Hits and I even slipped in a few selections to keep the dance floor packed the whole night. With the exception of Cupcake Cutting a little later, it was all party time all the way down to the final song. I had such a blast spending this special evening with these four special people and their guests and I hope they all enjoy the special video tribute I created below and the candid photographs I snapped during their Wedding. Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Judge and Doctors Ryan & Jadyn Evans! 🙂
I met Chris, Ashley and Ashley’s mother Roni a few months ago after receiving a call from the other half of J. Soul Productions, Matt Kriegsfeld. Matt grew up with Ashley and his family is good friends with Ashley’s family so they naturally contacted him to find a DJ for Ashley’s wedding. I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this special day and the connection was born. Their wedding was held at the Roeder Pavilion at Coronado Shores with the most beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. The traditional Jewish ceremony was officiated by Cantor Kathy Robbins who was a delight to work with. The Chuppah was brought out followed by the Bridal Party, Chris, the parents of the Bride and Groom and finally the glowing bride Ashley. After the ceremony was over, the guests made their way up to the pavilion and enjoyed refreshments and then the grand introductions began followed immediately by the Horah. Dinner was then served and afterwards, the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom gave toasts followed by the Best Man and Maid of Honor. Chris and Ashley then took to the dance floor to share their first dance to the Candle Light Remix is “Down” by Jay Sean. They were followed by Ashley sharing a special dance with her Grandfather and her step-father to “Through The Years” by Kenny Rogers. Chris then brought his mother to the floor to dance to “These Are The Days” by Van Morrison. Then it was my turn to get the dance floor going! Ashley and Chris selected a great list of dance music using our online request system and after a bit of dancing, we paused to cake cutting, bouquet and garter. The afternoon wrapped up with the guests dancing to “Closing Time” by Semisonic. It was a great afternoon wedding and I wish Mr. & Mrs. Cunningham the best in everything their union brings to them. Please enjoy the photos and special video I created below as my gift to the bride and groom. 🙂
DJ Dev met Rob Martin and Natasha Brisson in January at the Bridal Bazaar and shortly thereafter, Natasha contacted us to DJ her wedding in August. The wedding was originally scheduled to take place at the Old Richland School House in San Marcos, but because of forces beyond Rob & Natasha’s control the venue abruptly closed and they were forced to find a new venue less than 2 months before their wedding. It was nothing short of a miracle that they found an opening at Paradise Gardens in Oceanside, a venue that I had never been to but had heard many good things about. Once arriving there, I was blown away by how gorgeous it was and how welcoming and accommodating the staff was. The ceremony began with Rob’s Groomsmen walking across the path to the alter like a scene from the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” cover art. They were followed by Natasha’s Bridesmaid, flower girls and finally the beautiful bride Natasha escorted by her father Karel. The ceremony was amazing and concluded with Mr. & Mrs. Rob & Natasha Martin walking back down the aisle surrounded by a cloud of bubbles being blown by their guests. After Cocktail Hour, the new couple were introduced and went directly into their first dance to “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Dinner was then served followed by toasts from the Father of the Bride, the Maid of Honor and the Best Man. Natasha and her father then shared their special dance to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What A Wonderful World” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and were joined by Rob and his mother — and then I officially opened the dance floor playing a variety of oldies, current pop chart toppers and some Hatian music to show appreciation for Natasha’s heritage. We broke for Cake Cutting which was held in the gazebo and as Rob and Natasha made their way back to the reception area, they were surrounded by their guests holding sparklers provided by Paradise Gardens. Natasha then did her bouquet toss to “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyoncé followed by Rob removing and tossing the garter to “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. At that point I kept the dance floor packed for the rest of the evening and closed with a very fitting last song chosen by Natasha, “The Time (The Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas. This was by far one of my favorite weddings of the month, if not of all time. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Rob and Natasha Martin and I hope you enjoy the candid photos and special tribute video below that I created as my gift to you. 🙂
I first met with Meghann Phillips right after we exhibited at the San Diego Bridal Bazaar in January and when she filled out our online contact form I was a bit confused when she listed her wedding date as August 17th, 2011. Looking at my calendar I could clearly see that it was a Wednesday and I even replied to her to make sure she didn’t put down the wrong date. Sure enough, she confirmed that it was the correct date and explained to me the reasoning behind choosing that date. She and her fiancé Jeremiah Cole were both soccer players and their numbers were 8 and 17 respectively, so it made total sense for them to get married on that date. The wedding was held at The Catamaran Resort & Spa with the Ceremony and Cocktail Hour on the lawn and the Reception in the Aviary Ballroom. The Ceremony was performed by Pastor Kevin Campbell and I had the pleasure to work with Taylor Abeel of Taylor Abeel Photography and Cleon Allan of Allan Video Productions. The Reception upstairs was kicked off with Jeremiah & Meghann dancing to Van Morrison’s “These Are The Days” and a blessing by Kevin Campbell. Dinner was then served followed by toasts and Meghann and her father dancing to “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Later, Jeremiah and Meghann cut their cake and Jeremiah removed the garter and GAVE it to one of the guests. The new couple then thanked their guests for coming and presented a special cake to Meghann’s parents in honor of their 43rd wedding anniversary. They then danced to their wedding song “Cherish” by The Association. The night ended with a variety of music, mostly chosen by Meghann and Jeremiah and of course the “Cha Cha Girls” meeting at the bar for their celebratory shot. I had an absolute blast being a part of this wonderful celebration and seeing this special day come to fruition. Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Cole and please enjoy the special tribute video I created as my gift to the bride and groom as well as photos I took. 🙂
The wedding of Dan Hastings and Katy Foltz was the third event I’ve done in Balboa Park this year alone and the second event I’ve done in the Grand Ballroom at The Prado this year as well. I met Katy back in January when I got a call from my good friend and the coordinator for my own wedding Cynthia Zatkin of CZ Events to come by and meet Katy. We sat in Cynthia’s La Jolla office and had a great time chit chatting about Katy’s August wedding and life in general. I always enjoy working with Cynthia because of her professionalism and how incredibly thorough she is so I knew this would be a first-class wedding. The ceremony was held at the Administration Courtyard Lawn in Balboa Park and the flowers were provided by Indulge. They also had three wonderful musicians called Silverwood and the officiate was Mike Sedgwick, the first officiate I’ve ever seen perform the ceremony reading from his iPad, it was awesome and very smart! 🙂 It was a gorgeous flawless ceremony (with the exception of a few planes flying over Balboa Park) and Mike officially presented Mr. & Mrs. Dan and Katy Hastings to the guests. The guests then departed the park and headed over to cocktail hour on the patio at The Prado. The inside of the ballroom was decorated beautifully with a classy yet vintage feel with emphasis on traveling and candles everywhere! The photography was done by new newest friends Amy & Maurice of betwixt and it was tons of fun working with them over the course of the evening. Dan and Katy entered to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond and after a welcome by the Father of the Bride and after dinner, Katy’s sisters Kelly & Kenna gave toasts followed by Sean the Best Man. Mr. & Mrs. Hastings then took the floor to their first dance “At Last” by Etta James followed by the Father/Daughter dance and the Mother/Son dance. And then it was my turn to pack the dance floor. I played a wide variety of music from Classic Rock to 80’s all the way up to Current Top 40 and Electro. After cake-cutting and bouquet, I went into a 90’s Hip Hop set and ended the night with all of Dan and Katy’s bridal party and guests dancing to some old school early 2000’s Bubble Gum Pop. I had an absolute blast being a part of Dan and Katy’s special day and I’m incredibly honored that they chose me to handle the entertainment on their very special day. Please enjoy the photos and special video I put together below them as my gift to the both of you. Congratulations and I wish you all the best! 🙂
PRESS PLAY BELOW TO SEE A SPECIAL HIGHLIGHT VIDEO FROM DAN & KATY’S WEDDING!