Lindsey & Chris – June 2, 2018

Lindsey & Chris’s ceremony and reception took place this last weekend.  The day began with the ceremony outside at Bridgeview Park right along the shore of Lake Springfield.  These guys have been so focused on their ceremony from the beginning and it showed.  It was a beautiful setting and the flower arrangements looked amazing.  I ran the sound for their ceremony that was officiated by Drew Peterson from Westside Christian Church.

The ceremony was followed by their reception at the Artisan Building on the State Fair Grounds.  This is the first of 3 weddings I have there this month.  The great thing about this building is that it is such a blank canvas.  They had some family members that were in charge of the decorations and they said they weren’t pros but they really should be.  This place looked amazing.  We also added Light Pink Uplights around the room.

We introduced the bridal party into the reception to Motley Crue’s “Kickstart My Heart”.  After that Lindsey and Chris cut the cake and then it was onto the Toasts from the Maid of Honor, Heather and the Best Man, Anthony.  The Father of the Groom Paul then gave a blessing and it was time to eat.  The food was done by Fulgenzi’s Catering and as always, it was amazing.

After dinner Lindsey & Chris hit the dance floor for their first dance to Russell Dickerson’s “Yours”.  They had a Father/Daughter dance and a Mother/Son Dance.  After that we tossed the Bouquet and Garter and then an Anniversary dance.  The winner’s had been married for 61 years!

After that the dance floor was open.  You never know what direction the dance floor is going to go when it comes to the music.  Jeff, one of the groomsman, asked for some Disco tracks and man did it bring people out, Young & Old.  These guys were a lot of fun and it really was an honor to be part of their day!

Photographer – Matt DeBackere Photography (All Pics in the post are curtousy of Matt!)

Catering – Fulgenzi’s Trattoria & Catering

Videography – Ransom Wedding Films

Bar Service – LaFiesta Restaurant

Ally & Joe – June 1, 2018

I have never been a DJ for a wedding at the Hoop Hut at the Strut & Rut Hunting Lodge in Arenzville, IL before but now I cannot wait to go back.

I was there for Ally & Joe’s wedding ceremony and reception.  The ceremony was held on one end of the Hoop Hut and the other half was set for the reception.  After the ceremony that area of the hut was converted to our dance area for later that night.

As the guests arrived I had a mix of the Piano Guys and the Piano Tribute players playing.  Once Joe was set, the parents all walked down the aisle to Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love.  Next the bridesmaids and groomsman all walked down to Jason Aldean’s You Make It Easy.  Finally it was Ally’s turn.   Ally walked down the aisle to meet her groom to The Piano Guys’ version of A Thousand YearsOnce they said I do, Joe kissed his bride and they walked back down the aisle to Jack Johnson’s Better Together.

From the ceremony on one end down to the reception site on the other the whole place was decorated awesome but why wouldn’t it?  They had Hannah Graham from Plan Events & Design there to make sure it was perfect.

These guys also had something I have never seen at a wedding before.  They had an Ice Cream Truck.  On a 96 degree day there was nothing better to have for their guests.  If you need to figure out a way to keep guests cool at your outdoor reception, this is the way to go!

We announced Ally, Joe and their wedding party back into the reception to Def Leppard’s Pour Some Sugar on Me.  We had a welcome from Rusty, the Brides Dad, and a Blessing from the Brides Uncle Neal.  After dinner we had a touching champaign toast from the Maid of Honor and then a roast of Joe from the Groomsman that could have rivaled any Comedy Central Roast.  But it was all in good fun.  After the toast we had a cake cutting and then it was time to dance.

For their first dance Ally & Joe danced to Tim McGraw’s Watch the Wind Blow.  Ally danced with her Dad to Tim McGraw’s My Little Girl and Joe had a dance with Miss Ava to Josh Turner’s I’ll Be ThereWe tossed the bouquet and had a dollar dance and then the dance floor was open a ready to go.

These guys danced the whole night.  In fact when we got to the end of the night, we didn’t let it end.  We kept going for over another hour!  We ended the night with “one more song”, a few times.

Wedding Planning & Decorations – Plan Events & Design

Catering – Strut & Rut Lodge

Photography – Kinard Photography

Kaylyn & Josh – May 26, 2018

The Sheedy Shores Winery outside of Loami, IL is about as beautiful a venue to be a wedding DJ at as you can get!  I was thrilled to be the DJ for Kaylyn & Josh’s wedding on May 26th with planner Hannah Graham from Plan Events & Design.

Hannah really turned this tent into something unique for Kaylyn and Josh.  It was rustic and classy.  One thing I love about working with Hannah is she brings something unique to every wedding she does.   Not a single wedding has ever looked the same.

We had the classic Michael Buble’ playing during cocktail hour as the guests arrived.  Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments from Nelson’s Catering.  When they were ready I introduced the wedding party to Shut Up & Dance by Walk the Moon.  One they were in, it was straight to dinner.  I handled dismissing the tables while Nelson’s handled getting everyone fed.

After cake Kaylyn and Josh headed to the dance floor for their first dance to the acoustic version of Perfect by Ed Sheeran.  Kaylyn danced with her dad to It Won’t Be Like This For Long by Darius Rucker while a slide show of childhood pictures played on a screen.  Josh took to the dance floor with his mom for a dance to Rascal Flatts’ My Wish.

It was a hot day and night.  It took the guests a few songs to get to the dance floor but once they did it was nonstop dancing for the rest of the night!

Wedding Planning & Decorations – Plan Events & Design

Catering – Nelson’s Catering