Sunday, March 18, 2012

Wedding 03/17/2012 - Tammy Steele and Casey Flinn

We had a great wedding last night (3/17/2012) at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden for Tammy Steele and Casey Flinn. Since I had recently purchased some new items to add to my setup, I decided to put them to use at this wedding and they all worked great.

First, I had purchased a new scrim for my light pole. Just like the other scrims for my speaker stands, this looked great. As you can see from the image, it now matches the speaker poles and table.

Second, I purchased the new American DJ Micro Hypnotic, which looked great on the outdoor dancefloor. Since there was not much light outdoors, this light  made the dancefloor come alive.

Third, I had recently purchased the Chauvet FreedomPar. Since it runs on battery, I decided to set it up behind me, which gave a nice glow from behind the DJ booth.

Finally, I used my wireless lapel to make the Bose L1 Compact a wireless remote speaker, which came in handy since the guests were eating dinner about 30 yards away.

View from dinner location.

This was a great crowd and a fun bride and groom. The weather was fantasic as well.

First Dance - At Last - Etta James

Parent's Dance - Unforgettalble - Nat King Cole

Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
Celebration - Kool and the Gang
Shipping Up to Boston - Dropkick Murphys (Just for St. Patrick's Day)
Love Shack - B52s
Mony Mony - Billy Idol
My Sharona - The Knack
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
La Bamba - Los Lobos
I Want You Back - Jackson 5
But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson
Twist Again - Chubby Checker
Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5
Forget You - Cee Lo
Tonight Tonight - Hot Chelle Rae
Bouquet Toss - Ladies Night - Kool and the Gang
It's Tricky - Run DMC
Brass Monkey - Beastie Boys
Funky Cold Medina - Tone Loc
Sexyback - Justin Timberlake
Time of My Life - Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

Next week, I return to Star Hill Ranch.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wedding 02/18/2012 Victoria Klimt and Nicholas Chremos

After some time off from the event blog, we’re back with the second wedding of 2012 for Victoria and Nicholas Chremos. This was my first Russian and Greek wedding, so I had many music requests that I had never played before, as you will see below. I always enjoy weddings that challenge me, and this wedding was such a case.

The first challenge was that the bride wanted to dance her first dance under snowflakes. We created this effect by using a rotating mirror ball and our new Chauvet Gobozoom 2.0 with a snowflake gobo. As you can see from the pictures, this effect came out great.

The second challenge was that the bride wanted a lighted leaves and branches effect on one of the walls. We created this effect using our LED projector and a photo-shopped image that we shaded till we got the exact shade of green the bride wanted.
The third challenge was finding the Russian and Greek music requests that the bride made. Considering that I did not speak or read Russian or Greek, this was the bigger challenge. But, as I had done in previous weddings with foreign music requests, I immersed myself in the music to become more familiar with it and comfortable DJing it.

The fourth challenge was when I arrived at House on the Hill. Due to the cold rain, everything (ceremony, buffet, cocktails, and reception) was moved inside the same room. This left me very little space for setup. To accommodate, I moved the DJ setup as far in the corner of the room as I could and ran off one speaker as there was no space for a second speaker. Fortunately, I have plenty of patience and flexibility and both came in handy for this reception.
All four challenges were met with success and the bride and groom were very happy. I received many complements from the many Russian and Greek guests who were in attendance from their home countries.

The wedding and reception were at House on the Hill, where I have DJed for a number of receptions. It is a nice, intimate wedding venue. This was my first time, however, to be setup in the main house, as I am usually in the pavilion. This was also the first wedding where the guests did a box game for the toasts. This consisted of a decorative box being passed around by the guests during dinner while the music played. When the music stopped, whoever was holding the box had to give a short toast to the bride and groom. Inside the box, I placed my wireless mic. This was an interesting and fun way for guests to say something about the couple.
Playlist (all bride and groom’s requests)

1.       First Dance – Shostakovich Waltz
2.       Nat King Cole – L-O-V-E

3.       Peggy Lee – I’ll Dance at Your Wedding

4.       Frankie Valli – I Love You Baby

5.       Glenn Miller – In the Mood

6.       Fred Astaire – Putting on the Ritz

7.       Peggy Lee – Fever (Remix)
8.       Erasure – Love to Hate You

9.       Jump in the Line – Harry Bellefonte

10.   Baccara - Yes Sir, I Can Boogie

11.   Basement Jaxx - Take Me Back To Your House

12.   Zorba the Greek

13.   Greek Song

14.   Boney M - Rasputin

15.   Russian Dance Song

16.   Russian Dance Song

17.   Russian Dance Song

18.   Russian Dance Song

19.   LMFAO - Sexy and I Know It

20.   Tomas Nevergreen - Since You Been Gone

21.   Filip Kirkorov - Ti Ti Ti

22.   Russian Slow Song

23.   Greek Song

24.   Village People - YMCA

25.   Russian Dance Song

26.   Dalida - Besame Mucho

27.   Quincy Jones - Soul Bossa Nova (Remix)

28.   Erasure - Take A Chance

29.   Boney M - Daddy Cool

30.   Eruption - One Way Ticket

31.   Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger

32.   Greek Slow Dance

33.   ABBA – Does Your Mother Know

34.   Yolanda Be Cool - We No Speak Americano
35.   Justin Timberlake –Sexyback
36.   Leonard Cohen - Dance Me To the End of Love