Villa De Flores Wedding
|Client:||withheld by request|
|Venue:||Villa De Flores|
|Venue Address:||P.O Box 2361|
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
|Services Provided:||Wedding DJ, Basic Dancefloor Lighting, Wedding Ceremony, Wireless Speakers|
My client contacted me via referral and asked me some questions about DJing their wedding. After some brief correspondence we agreed to meet and further discuss details. During this meeting, it was disclosed that they and their guests were into club and electronic music and we ended up talking for a half-hour alone on our favorite techno tracks (both current and 90s)! Our meeting was very enjoyable, and after discussing options and packages, they decided to go with dancefloor lighting, and a secondary set of wireless speakers for their cocktail hour. Interestingly enough, they were planning on using a live band for ceremony, but once I showed them some creative ideas for their ceremony, they decided to discuss it more. A few days later they made the decision to use my services for ceremony as well.
They chose Villa De Flores as their wedding venue. Villa De Flores is a beautiful garden venue perfect for a Rancho Santa Fe Wedding with several areas of lovely landscapes.
Their ceremony was beautiful. It was held in the lower area of Villa De Flores. The areas are not named, as far as I know, but I would call this the lower patio.
|Prelude Seating:|| String Quartet Renditions of Popular Hits|
|Wedding Party Entrance:||Bach – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring|
|Bride’s Entrance:||Wagner – Bridal Chorus|
|Recessional:||Bob Marley – Is This Love|
After their ceremony, guests were directed to the upper area of Villa De Flores for cocktails. Per their request, an additional speaker was wirelessly receiving audio from my main system, so guests enjoyed the same cocktail music that was being played in the main reception area. It was a very elite effect, having the same music being played everywhere you went, even though the speakers were well over 200 feet away!
After cocktail hour, we invited everyone down to the main reception area where they were able to enjoy some more dining music while relaxing in comfortable chairs or luxurious white leather couches. The decor was fabulous and very tasteful.
And of course, my equipment was set up clean and tasteful as well, even going so far as to match the colors with my white vinyl.
Introductions went well. The wedding party entered from the cocktail area, and since the wireless speaker was still set up, they had no problem hearing the cues and knowing when to make their entrance. In retrospect, this was another advantage to the secondary speaker idea.
Wedding Party Introductions: JXL vs. Elvis Presley – A little less conversation
Bride And Groom Introduction: Right Said Fred – I’m Too Sexy
Immediately after introductions, they had their first dance.
First Dance: Norah Jones – Come away with me
Following their first dance, toasts began. Speeches were short and sweet, first by the Maid of Honor, Margoux, then by the team of groomsmen who delivered one short phrase in spanish with each groomsman saying one word of the phrase.
Catering was provided by Chef DK (Dave Krohn). The bride is quite a chef herself and since their guests were from all over the globe she wanted food of all types for her wedding. The variety was amazing, and I took pictures just to give my readers an idea of Chef DK’s offerings.
Chef DK’s asian station. Stir fry, sushi, and fortune cookies. And to top it off, centerpieces with live fish in them!
Chef DK’s Italian station. Lasagna (both vegetarian and meat-filled), salad, pastas, and fresh pizza.
Chef DK’s mexican station. Several types of salsas, tortillas, several meats.
After dinner, we did more formal dances.
Father/Daughter: T. Carter Music – Daddy’s Angel
And a special brother & sister dance: The Pretenders – I’ll stand by you
After formal dances, we opened the dance floor. These guests really loved to dance! The dance floor was full all night long. There were props to hand out such as glow sticks, wrestler masks, and joker hats, and certain songs that complemented the props. For instance, I played No Rompas Mi Corazon while everyone donned cowboy hats.
Even when I announced cake cutting, one group of guests didn’t leave the floor. When I asked them what they were doing, they replied, “Reserving our spot! You keep playing songs like the ones you’ve been playing, and this is where we are going to dance all night!”
After a while, we took a break for cake cutting, bouquet toss, and garter toss. I wish I had pictures for these events, but I have to run them so I can never get pictures! One fun thing to note: For the bouquet toss, we gave out light-up rings and veils for the single ladies to wear. Man, I need an assistant to capture moments like those!
Once tosses were done and guests were enjoying cake, donuts, rolls, and other assorted pastries and candy, I surprised the bride and groom with the ‘shoe game’. It seemed like a good opportunity to get everyone excited again, and it went over really well! I’ll have to hit them up and get their review. Once the shoe game was done we opened the dance floor again. This time, I took the music to a different level, playing songs from their request list along with songs that complemented their guests tastes. It was a very fun set, consisting of house, club, electro, 90s techno, and a lot of rock. Some artists that got played were Benny Benassi, Venga Boys, ATB, Scorpions, Eddie Money, and Global Deejays. Since the guest list was largely hispanic, many spanish tunes and club reggaeton found their way to the speakers, and there was also a cumbias set with Kumbias Kings, Cumbias Del Mileno, Juanes, and La Onda.
Dancing ended at 10pm on the dot, per venue rules. Guests were yelling encore and “one more song!” but due to venue regulations I knew it would be a breach of contract for the venue if I obliged, so I politely declined. Shortly after, a party bus arrived to take everyone to their hotels, and before they left I took an opportunity to get one last picture with the bride and groom.
Congratulations to the newlyweds and their families. It was an honor to be a part of your most special day!