Thursday, August 25, 2011
Really nice people do find each-other.... Eric found Amber and they decided to get married in Pismo Beach at the ocean front venue Ventana Grill. The locals know Ventana as one of the busiest and most beautiful Ocean front venues in our area, and the food is absolutely incredible. I had the pleasure of being there for the ceremony with officient PAUL HOWELL once again capturing the emotion of the moment and then we went on to the reception with a Black and Yellow theme that was very cool and different. The guests were treated to one of the too cool color coordinated candy tables once again (LOVE THOSE) done to perfection by FLOWERS TO YOU BY JESSICA along with of course beautiful flowers. The photography was done by another of the great local photographers, KEN KIENOW and his Associate KELSEY. They have this easy very fun way of capturing the event without overwhelming it, and the never ending smile on their faces makes working with them just as fun as it can be. We look for other vendors who have the Bride and Groom at heart all the time, they absolutely do. The party went on until 11 pm and was full of different musical styles, ELVIS, REGGAE, HIP HOP, OLD-SCHOOL and even some COUNTRY music to keep everyone involved and having fun. We only had one noise complaint, but it was a Wednesday.......lol
Sunday, August 21, 2011
A warm Saturday Night in Los Angeles set the scene for this Bride and Groom and 130 of their friends and family. We set the ceremony over looking the Harbor in front of Cabrillo Beach where enemy planes once flew by to sound of antiaircraft fire from this base in 1942. The green grass we set up on was perfectly manicured as was every inch of the Historic Air Force Base. The prelude was completely Hawaiian right down to the clothes we all wore that day with lots of traditional and modern Hawaiian music. Huge ships were going by all night and It felt like being transported back in time to the 40's with the buildings essentially as they were then and the incredible air of the location feeding the emotion of the day. The reception followed an incredible meal done on-site by "Er-Hart's By The Sea" with laughter, cocktails and dancing to a very progressive dance floor mixed with classics and even some cool old school jams we dusted off just for this event. We mixed until they made us say good night at 11 with lots of dancing and festivities. This Bride and Groom introduced me to an artist that I want everyone to hear, EKOLU. Incredible singer song-writer with the Island vibe these two love so much. This was a great Day in L.A. and I was really happy to be DJ for these two, .....wow
Sunday, August 14, 2011
I almost fell over when this Bride wanted us for her wedding. See, she has the distinction of being in this industry and has been the event Mgr. and coordinator at Eagle Castle Winery for a long time. She has seen or worked with hundreds of DJ's over the years and it's no small compliment that she wanted us. He (The Groom) is also at Eagle Castle but he is the Winemaker and a person who has a passion for all things fermented. (He even made the beer for the reception....yum) They have an amazing history together having met while studying abroad in Australia. This weekend two adventurous, fun, totally alive people had the wedding day everybody wants when they start making their plans. A warm friendly ceremony was the beginning of the day, a summer day with the DJ under a tent on the lawn at this new location. The venue is a wine-country B&B that has a great perspective in customer service and quality. They have beautiful large Pond and more photo op locations than our Photographer Lindsay Hahn could ask for. Chef Garret from Robert's Restaurant presented a wonderful seated and plated meal with a full staff of servers. This was my first time working with him and it was awesome! Flowers by Kim, just nailed it... it was a perfect reflection of this Bride and Groom. ...............Mixing with a dance-floor under the stars and a nearly full moon on a clear night, packed with people having a blast who would have gone all night if we let them. ......:) What? It was DJ Bob ...lol
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Weddings are subjective, not everyone agrees with that but I know they are. Everyone thinks they know what the Bride and Groom want and you don't. Marsha and Greg wanted the "beautiful beach" ceremony and they got that, easy so far right? Then we went to the reception where WE were the only vendor. Strange but ok, they really put a value on the DJ. See, sometimes things change, sometimes you plan for a huge day with lots of money invested in a big start for your life together..... and then things change, life..., job...., people. They had to call the ball on every part of their day and We got to be there for all the dances, the dinner, the everything. The dance party was great with old school, 90's R&B and mainstream dance music. This bride and Groom would have been happy with the expensive day, but who wouldn't.... what we did yesterday was way more than that.... I think more important and probably more real......
On a Sunday afternoon, Sunny with a breeze, Cynthia and James had a small and absolutely personal Wedding. The food was very important to them and they wanted true Italian. Guiseppe's catering was brought in and is of course one of our all time picks for "Best Ever". A stupid chicken should never taste so good that you just can't believe you're eating it, but it did and don't get me started on the specialty bread. Great Wine from local wineries flowed as we played traditional italian music for the dinner hour. We talk about vendors all the time here, but on a Sunday afternoon? The list was awesome! Starting with (once again) The legend Barbara Koenig officiating the ceremony, Penny Beavers played an art deco 1932 Gold Leafed Harp on the lawn. We also got to work with Al and Jane from Bella Castle Photography, They are always fun, always easy to work with and hilarious. We had a small dance floor with a classic rock crowd and wrapped the night with Eric Clapton as we watched the Bride and Groom drive off in a Zo6 Corvette.
Monday, August 8, 2011
If you pay attention at all, you know we love the new venue Lago Guiseppe in Paso Robles. We also think of it as a stunningly beautiful location. However, when we went to do this event, Lago went up even higher on the cool scale. The Bride and Groom were from Seattle area and wanted the perfect Day, Someone up stairs was listening apparently because we've never seen a more beautiful day. Warm with just a hint of a breeze turned into the night of any Brides Dreams. The ceremony included songs from Coldplay, Duke Ellington and even a custom edit I mixed of a Tempertrap song. The ceremony was done by a Legend in this area, Barbara Koenig, she did a great job piloting us through the vows that included both tears and laughter. The Cocktail hour was highlighted by signature drinks and a mix of 40's and early 50's vocal Jazz with a twist of rat pack thrown in.... sooo coool. The Pictures were done by another of our picks for best ever, Ashley Blake photography. She's fun, she's cool and she's modern with an eye for the shot that makes the Bride and Groom in to the art. Then came the food, another wow and another of our picks for Best Ever. Trumpet Vine Catering did a plated and seated steak dinner that was one of the best meals I've tried at any wedding. The music is exactly what I hope to see for weddings in the future, they wanted something more modern and progressive mixed with some classic jams but not the typical wedding stuff. We used everything from Martha and the Vandells to LMFAO and Usher. The dance floor stayed packed to the end and was the highlight of my week. Thank You Brad and Jenn ............N I C E.