Thursday, May 31, 2007

Rebekah and Andy - May 27th, 2007

Rebekah and Andy's wedding was held at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. During the cocktail hour the guests are invited to walk through the entire art center to gaze at the art work. I always make sure I arrive a little early so I personally have some time to walk through before the guests arrive.
Once again, working hand and hand with Joy Sato and her staff was nothing short of spectacular.
Bekah and Andy hired Erica Dilcer (412.821.7877) for their photographer and Dawn Brennan with DMB Videography for their videographer. During dinner we chatted up a storm. LOL They both are great people to know and hopefully work with again. When I emailed Dawn the order of events, she immediately responded back with...


I just wanted to say thank you for sending this to me. This helps us a great deal!!! Do you do this for all of your clients! It’s a wonderful service and I am very impressed!! Thanks again! See you in a couple of weeks!

All the pre-planning and organization works out wonderfully!!
I took these pictures of the patio area before the guests arrived. I love the bright colors they brought into their wedding. It screams "The Summer Is Here!"
You can barely see my new BOSE speaker....

It's right..........below here
With the salads on the tables.
I also took a couple pictures of the cake. I really like how Joy sets the cake up on the stair case.

I used one Bose tower inside (where the dancing took place) and one out side in the patio area.

Once we started the dance music, the floor was packed the ENTIRE NIGHT. About 45 minutes into the dancing, Bekah asked me to play "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark. ***Flash Back Time*** I remembered Bekah telling me that she was a huge fan of the 90's dance music at our final consultation. I took her request and ran with it.... playing a little C&C Music Factory "Everyone Dance Now", Young MC - "Busta Move", Heavy D. and the Boys - "Now That We Found Love" and a couple more. I have to say it was the biggest music set hit of the night!

Bekah and Andy went off on their honey moon on Monday. Keep an eye on the testimonial section for a quote when they get back.

Bekah emailed me with some great shots their friends took at the reception.
This is Bekah's mother and Andy's father on the dance floor!! Bekah said she never seen her mother dance so much.
Got some more great pictures of their special day.

Intro Song: Move Your Feet - Junior Senior
Cake: And He Kissed Me - The Crystals
First Dance: This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Shawn Colvin
"Hi Jeremy!
I can't believe it's taken me so long to write to you, but (as I'm sure you can imagine), it's been a little crazy around here. I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how great it was working with you. Finding a DJ was one of the most daunting wedding 'chores' we had to deal with. We know that a bad DJ can ruin an event but a good one can make it amazing. That being said, Andy and I are so incredibly happy that we chose to work with you!
You made all of the planning meetings a breeze (and fun!) and you dealt very graciously with my not so charming penchant for procrastination. :-) You played a huge role in our wedding day going off without a hitch and running smoothly. As far as I'm concerned, you go above and beyond for your clients with the way you organize the day and orchestrate all of the vendors working together. It really made us feel at ease when you came and visited with us before our big entrance and made sure we understood the timing of events and how things would go throughout the night.
Beyond how professional you are, you really know how to work a party! The music for the cocktail and dinner hours was exactly what you said it would be...classy, elegant and romantic. And when we switched over to the dancing part of the wedding, well, let's just say I've never had so much fun in my life! You really listened to us and played as many of our requests as you could. You also made my night when you not only didn't laugh at my Marky Mark request but made it happen and followed it up with more fun 90's music!
The only thing we didn't like about our reception was that it had to end. I know that we and our guests would have stayed and danced all night if possible. You have an amazing ability to read a crowd and play what they want to hear. I can't tell you how many people told us that it was the best party they have ever been to and that our DJ was the best they'd heard.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for working so hard for us and making our night so special. Andy and I will definitely recommend you to anyone we come across looking for a DJ and would be happy to be a reference for you if ever needed. Best of luck to you and Heather in all that life brings you. You really should be proud of the wonderful work you do.
Bekah Park"

"Hello Jeremy,
As Bekah has said already in an earlier email thank you so much for your efforts at our wedding. I have NEVER been to a wedding where guests actually commented on how good the DJ was and I heard that many times over at our wedding. Thank you!! You have restored my faith…a top quality DJ for weddings DOES exist!!
Thanks for everything and keep up the incredible work. You really have developed something to be proud of and I hope that you may enjoy continued success.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Ashley and Dan - May 26th, 2007

Ashley and Dan's reception was at the Seven Oaks Country Club, in Beaver. This was my first time at Seven Oaks and I can easily say that Sandy and her staff runs a very tight ship there. The place is decorated beautifully and the food was wonderful also.

After the formality dances we brought everyone to the dance floor for a great time. The bouq. and garter toss went over very well. Dan's best man caught the garter and Ashley's friend caught the flowers. Ashley told me that it couldn't have worked out better because she knows those two had a "thing" for each other. Hopefully it worked out for them.

Towards the end of the night the dance floor started to die off, then BOOM, everyone was back on the floor having a great time again. I changed the type of music to some top 40 hits that brought all the younger people away form the bar and to the dace floor. We ended up going a hour of over time because no one wanted to leave the dance floor.

I didn't have a chance to grab a slice of the cake, but boy did it look good.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Julia and Tim - May 19th 2007

Tim and Julia's Reception took place at The Red Fern. The Red Fern is a beautiful building nestled back in the woods in St. Marys, PA. (Don't think they have a web site. Need to do some more searching.) The entire place has a nice rustic feel. I didn't have a chance to use my good digital camera because the guest came 30 minutes early. This is why I always set up 30-45 minutes before my start time.

Julia and Tim's wedding cake was made by Gabby's European Cakes. I had a slice of the cake and it was excellent.

Chris from Minds Eye Photography was shooting their wedding. I worked with Chris's wife Holly last year. After our first wedding we sparked up a great relationship. This was my second wedding I worked with Chris this year. The last one was in February.

I asked Chris to get me some great dance shots form the reception. I'll make sure I post them up when Holly sends them to me.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Nori and Amy Tatsumi - May 5, 2007

Where do I start!?!
The Wedding Reception took place at the The 20th Century Club. The TCC is one of my favorite places to DJ at. Each room has its own character; the colors are bright and fun, the furniture is lovely and of course the architecture of the entire building, inside and out, is breath taking.
Cocktail hour took place in the bar area and the "sun room". Here is a horrible picture of the "sun room". (I forgot my camera so I had to use the one on my phone.) The nick name comes from the bright yellow walls.

You might wonder how the music would come out of the speaker with no CD player.

The music came through the speaker via the Wireless Speaker System I picked up for 2007. I broad casted music from the ball room and picked it up three rooms away(in the sun room). Nori and Amy's guest could walk from the ball room to the bar and across to the sun room, and the music was exactly the same in every room. Very cool stuff!

Here is a quick and bad picture of my setup at the TCC. (Thank you camera phone!) I usually don't bring lights but Nori wanted dance lights at his reception. I stayed with a classy, elegant feel with the lights. This is not a high school prom! The back drop hides all wires and boxes that are needed to run the lights.

I was blessed to work with Lisa Kyle again. We got a long so well with the last Wedding I knew this one would be great also.

During dinner Lisa told me she was nominated one of Pittsburgh's top wedding photojournalism photographers by theKnot brides. Congratz again Lisa!
Ok now we are going to talk about Nori and Amy's wedding "cup"cake! What?!? Yes, you read it right. Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, they had a cupcake tree with 4 or 5 different flavor cupcakes. At the top of the display Nori and Amy had a small cake that they used for the cake cutting ceremony. The cupcakes were made by James at Dozen Cupcakes. I was fortunate enough to grab one of the "Elvis" cup cakes. OMG! It is the best cupcake I have ever had. If any bride is considering having a cupcake tree at their wedding Dozen Cupcakes is the only place to go!

Nori and Amy hired Tiffany Cramer from Great Expectation Events for their on site wedding coordinator. Tiffany and I corresponded the order of events and time line to make sure everything went perfectly. (And it did!)
April was the florist for Nori and Amy. She runs her own company, I just got a couple great pictures emailed to me that I wanted to share with everyone. April hired Bob Lutz to capture her work.

Down with with the dancing! Nori and Amy picked James Brown - Sex Machine for their Bridal Party Dance. The order of events put the bridal party dance as the last formality dance of the evening. The bridal party had such a great time with the song. They started right off with a huge dance circle. Oh, man can Nori, his brothers and friends dance! About two minutes into the song we invited all friends and family to the dance floor. This kicked off the dancing portion of the night and it didn't stop til the last song was played.
(I just had this image emailed to me from Lisa Kyle. When I tell people that Nori was break-dancing, no one believes me. Now I have prof!)

I love this shot of Amy and her father. It shows her crazy fun personality!