MCASD Museum Of Contemporary Art San Diego Wedding – Andrew and Tyra

Client: Andrew and Tyra
Venue: MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building (858) 454-3541
Venue Address: 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
Services Provided: Wedding DJ, Basic Dancefloor Lighting, Wedding Ceremony
Cake: Monica Ross (Bride’s Mother)
Florist: Darrin Roberts
Photography: Breanna Carin Photography (Breanna Ribeiro)

Andrew and Tyra chose to have their wedding ceremony at Golden Hill Park and their reception at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in Downtown San Diego. This is not the MCASD which is located in La Jolla. It is located on Kettner Blvd, and although it shares a name with its La Jolla counterpart, the similarities stop there! The venue seems dedicated to displaying artist’s work in the form of a full video immersion experience. At the time of their wedding, MCASD was displaying the works of Jennifer Steinkamp, titled “Madame Curie.” This work is a combination of moving flowers and flowering trees, and it really can make you feel like you’re entwined in a giant field of foilage. Around 40 flowers and plants were used, all of which were mentioned in Madame Curie’s biography. To display this work, the museum uses seven projectors projecting video onto three walls. Obviously that concept is hard to understand, so after I set up my equipment and was waiting for guests to arrive, I made a video of my surroundings to demonstrate.


Wedding Ceremony

Andrew and Tyra had their ceremony at Golden Hill Park. This is a ceremony area which has strict rules against ‘amplied music’. They chose to use a live band for their music, but still contracted with me to provide a battery pack, speakers, and wireless microphones for their officiant and singer of the band.

Wedding Reception

Cocktail Music: Rat Pack
Grand Entrance: Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Dwight Yoakam
You Are The Best Thing – Ray Lamontagne
Dinner Music: n/a
First Dance: Forever – Ben Harper
Anniversary Dance: Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis
Special Dance: Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler
Cake Cutting: Love Cats – The Cure
Garter Toss: Rico Suave – Gerardo
Bouquet Toss: Milkshake – Kelis
Last Dance: This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole

Cocktail music was provided while guests arrived from Golden Hill Park. Andrew and Tyra stuck with the classics… mostly Rat Pack songs. I had my equipment set up in a corner of the room, designating a clear dance floor area for guests.

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Also something to note– My speakers are angled downward. Does this seem strange? It’s actually a great feature of the JBL PRX series speakers I use. Consider this room… It’s a giant rectangle, with very few items in the room, much like all museums. Sound projected directly onto a wall bounces off the wall, creating a crazy amount of echo in a large empty room. To mitigate this, I use the alternate pole sockets on my PRXes, aiming the music downward, which makes it bounce off the floor at an angle and into the ceiling, eliminating echo. It works well, and is something any trained audio technician should know to do. My years of experience installing, configuring, and fixing audio equipment at retail venues make me a valuable asset to clients.

Once guests arrived, I invited them all to find tables or belly bars and began the Grand Entrance. Photos from this point on were provided by the talented Breanna Carin Photography.

Grand Entrance

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First Dance

Immediately after their Grand Entrance, Andrew and Tyra began their first dance.

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Wedding Toasts

After their first dance, we began toasts.

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Wedding Dancing

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After a bit of dancing we took a break for some more formal activities.

Wedding Cake

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Bouquet Toss

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Garter Toss

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Honeymoon Dance

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Wedding Dancing Part II

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Here’s something funny I have to mention. For some reason, the computers providing video to the projectors were all set to go off at different times, but weirdly enough, all these times were before their reception had ended. The computers were running windows, and a window would pop up on the screen saying ‘this computer is shutting down in 60 seconds’. Guests all joined in when each computer got to 10 seconds, chanting, “10… 9… 8… 7…” and then yelling and cheering as the computer shut down. Then a few minutes later another computer would start it’s shutdown cycle and the chanting would repeat. It was hilarious to watch, and the guests really got a kick out of it. I had to take a photo for my memoirs.

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Grand Exit

For their Grand Exit, I instructed all guests to form a tunnel leading out out of the museum entrance, and we did a big send-off as they began their new life together.

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Congratulations to Andrew and Tyra and their families, and thanks for choosing The Creative Music DJ for your special day!

Additional Photos

Breanna Carin Photography also created a photobooth in the room right next to the dance floor. It worked really well… guests could dance and slip over to the booth then right back to the dance floor. I took a moment to get a photo with the newlyweds.

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