Shadowridge Country Club Wedding DJ

Client:Vaughn and Serena
Venue: Shadowridge Country Club
Services Provided:Wedding DJ, Wedding Ceremony, Computer-controlled (DMX) Uplighting
Venue Coordinator:Amber Ray
Photography: Dapper Images (Deshun and Yasmine Wooten)
Caterer:Shadowridge Country Club
Cake:Flour Power
Officiant: Ceremonies By Bethel (Bethel Nathan)

Shadowridge Country Club Wedding Ceremony

Prelude Seating:Beatles Medley
Parent Seating:Teach The Children Well – Crosby Stills & Nash
Wedding Party Entrance:Going To The Chapel – The Dixie Cups
Bride’s Entrance:Gonna Fly Now – Bill Conti
Recessional:Main Title – Star Wars IV OST

Vaughn and Serena had their wedding ceremony on Shadowridge’s green, at the gazebo.

It was a very interesting ceremony, to say the least! There was a drizzle of rain which started 10-15 minutes before the ceremony and didn’t let up until it was over. I was able to cover my system and keep the sound going, and the officiant, Bethel Nathan, kept the ceremony going without missing a beat, rain or not. For those looking for an officiant who can inject a little humor into your ceremony, I’d recommend checking out Bethel’s services.



Shadowridge Country Club Wedding Reception

Cocktail Music:Client Customized Playlist
Grand Entrance (Newlyweds):Sirius – Alan Parsons Project
Dinner Music:Big Band Jazz
First Dance:At Last – Etta James
Uncle Niece Dance:You Raise Me Up – Josh Grobin
Mother Son-in-law Dance:Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits
Cake Cutting:Cake – Rathergood
Bouquet Toss (Chewbacca Chuck):Star Wars Cantina Band
Last Dance:Last Dance – Donna Summers

Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony guests were shuttled back to the ballroom. They enjoyed a folk-music playlist while enjoying the personal touches that Vaughn and Serena had worked hard on.

I guess I should preface the rest of this blog entry to explaining that both the bride and groom were self-proclaimed nerds and geeks. Everyone in attendance knew this, and this fact was even mentioned several times during toasts. To that end, they loved geeky things like Star Wars and video games. Their decor definitely represented themselves well– Things like candle holders made out of cassette tapes where placed around the room to give it a very geek-chic look.



 

Serena also had an aversion to fast changing lights, so my standard dance lighting wouldn’t work for her. To work with this limitation yet provide a great feel for their cocktail/dinner and dance time, we worked out a customized computer-controlled uplighting setup. Their wedding colors were purple and green, so for cocktail and dinner, I set the lights up staggered with purple and green colors. Every 10 minutes or so, the lights would actually switch colors slowly, the greens becoming purple and the purple becoming green. Guests loved it, and once they realized it was happening, they would actually start staring at the uplighting waiting for the color changing to occur! Here’s a quick video showing the lights changing.


Grand Entrance










Toasts




First Dance


Uncle Niece Dance

Mother-in-law Son-in-law Dance

Wedding Dancing I



Bouquet Toss (Chewbacca Chuck)

Did I mention that Vaughn and Serena are proud geeks? This should drive that point home– I played the Star Wars Cantina Band theme while Serena threw a Chewbacca doll to the unmarried women. Too fun!

Cake Cutting


 

Post-reception

Of course I had to get my signature photo with my happy clients.

Photos of DJ Dennis J

Dapper Images took some great shots of me doing my thing that I’d like to share.



Review

Here’s the review of me, posted by Serena on WeddingChannel.com. Thanks, Serena!

A rocking good DJ posted 9/23/2012 (link goes straight to review)

We picked Dennis to DJ our wedding because of his good recommendations on the Knot and Yelp, and he more than lived up to our expectations. What I like most about Dennis is that he delivers on his promises and provides great customer service. When we first sat down with Dennis he sat down with us and explained everything we could expect and what options were available to us. He listened to our requests and gave us suggestions tailored to our desired wedding experience. The day of our wedding, Dennis was a perfect showman and professional. He made sure our ceremony went smoothly despite being outside and dealing with a brief rain shower. At the reception he gave us an excellent entrance, a great set of first dances, and a truly incredible mix of music for the dance floor. All of my guests commented on what a great time they had dancing and his perfect selection of songs. I also highly recommend Dennis’ up-lighting. He made an otherwise bland-looking room come alive and shine. Talk to this man, tell him what you want, and watch him deliver. You won’t regret the investment.

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