I created this blog to share with you some of my fun experiences from the many Weddings and Special Events I do every year. If you only have time to read a little bit, you can always click on the favorites link to the right to read my favorite postings. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Fun at The Opera House!

I've had some incredible wedding receptions at the Opera House in Los Gatos. Chris and Mary's celebration was no exception. Listen to the reaction of the guests after I told them the party was almost over. They were not ready to go! The highlight was definitely when the guys lifted the Groom in the air on the dance floor. Enjoy!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

The clouds were very dark in the sky. Everyone was certain it was going to rain. And just 10 minutes before Debbie and Troy's Wedding Ceremony on the lawn outside in front of the beautiful Hayes Mansion in South San Jose...it started drizzling. OH NO! The 200 guests were arriving and taking their seats and everyone was wondering what was going to happen. Were we going to have to quickly move the ceremony inside? (That was Plan B) It's always good to have a Plan B. The Bride Debbie decided to go for it and hope for the best. As she walked down the aisle to "Come Away With Me" by Norah Jones, the rain sprinkled on her and the guests. As Pastor Malcom MacPhail welcomed everyone and read a few passages...the sprinkles continued. But just as Debbie and Troy started to exchange their vows, something magical happened. The sky cleared and the sun shined through! It was the most beautiful blue ever! It felt like something out of a movie. (I'm pretty sure I was not the only one who got goosebumps when it happened) The ceremony was beautiful and it ended with "It's a Beautiful Day" by U2. Then, it was time to party!It was a super-fun night for my clients. Smiles were everywhere and the dancing was lively and fun. They danced to just about everything including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Rihanna, Journey, Bon Jovi, and everything in between. I took lots of requests as well which is always a lot of fun for me. What a night!

First Dance: "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts

Father-Daughter Dance: "Cinderella" by Steven Curtis Chapman

Monday, September 01, 2008

Grease is the Word.

Something very funny happens when I play a song from the Grease Soundtrack at a Wedding Reception. People come alive! It's as if they were all closet-actors just waiting for the right moment to showcase their acting and singing abilities. I never get tired of watching the transformation and the craziness. Of course, it happened again Sunday evening at Scott and Jillian's Reception. Here is a great picture of the Bride having fun with a few of the guests during the song "Summer Lovin". Photo from Genesis Photography.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Need a Lift?

Russell and Shannon had their car towed to their wedding reception. But wait! The Bride and Groom were in the car! lol. That was so funny. You should have seen all of the heads turning on the streets of downtown Campbell Saturday night as they rode by on the back of the tow truck. Russell's Family owns Alongi Brother's Towing so now you know the connection. That was classic. My clients are the best!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Can you get me a drink?

Most employees at wedding facilities and catering companies wear tuxedos when they work. For that reason, I am sometimes mistaken for a waiter since I wear the same thing. It's pretty funny. It's not uncommon for me to hear things like "Where's the bathroom?" or "Can I have another glass of Merlot?". The funny thing is that I never tell them that I am the DJ. I just answer their question or get them what they need and then move along. Here is a great letter that I received from a client.

Dear Rich,

Wow! You are amazing! Our wedding day would not have been the same without you! The music selections you made were perfect and you really did a great job of catering to all of our guests' eclectic tastes. Thank you for handling our special requests as well! And you definitely get the gold star for the wedding vendor who went above and beyond the call of duty...not only did you make the necessary last minute adjustments due to uncooperative Mother Nature, but when Mac and I saw you going to find more water for table #1 we almost fell over...haha...that was brilliant (sorry about that!)

So in a nut shell...THANK YOU VERY MUCH! We couldn't have asked for a better DJ!

Amy & Mac Brandt

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

Just wanted to send out a big "Happy Anniversary" to my brother David and his wife Melissa. Here is a great pic of their First Dance at Pebble Beach. Their song was "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green. It was a very fun and memorable night. Photo by George Delgado.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Oh What A Night!

This was another one of those magical nights.They were ready to party! Adriana and Mike had an awesome reception for 250 people at a new facility in Pleasanton called Casa Real. That was fun! First Dance: "There's Nothing Like You and I" - The Perishers

Father-Daughter Dance: "My Girl" - The Temptations

Groom-Mother Dance: "Funny Face" - Donna Fargo

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Oh What a Day!

I just found out that I was voted Best DJ in Silicon Valley for the second year in a row by readers of the San Jose Mercury News. The results are in today's newspaper. I want to thank everyone for taking the time to vote for me. I'm speechless.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

In The Air Tonight.

Ashley and Nick took dance lessons and choreographed their First Dance. It was the first time that I've ever seen the Groom actually pick up the Bride during the First Dance and swing her around. Yes, the Bride was airborne! It was awesome! Photo by Deanna Graham. The 180 guests who came to celebrate at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose boogied to 50's, 60's, Country, Disco, Motown, and some current stuff as well. Ashley and Nick even requested a few fun Italian songs for everyone. Variety was key and they had a great time.

First Dance: "With Me" by Sum 41
Father-Daughter Dance: "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
Groom-Mother Dance: "In My Life" by The Beatles

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Garter

I love sharing with my clients ways to create more fun at their wedding receptions because that's what it's all about! Here's one: If the Groom is into sports, have him wrap the garter around a football, baseball, or mini-basketball before he throws it. It's super-fun for the guys. This is a great example from Julie and Josh's Reception using a rugby ball. Watch the reaction from the guests as well.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Korean Macarena?

Half of my clients love The Macarena. The other half hate it. That's why I will only play it if it is specifically requested by the Bride and Groom. The same goes for other group dances like YMCA and Chicken Dance. Eunice and Jim were SO sweet and they had a great time dancing with their family and friends at the Pacific Athletic Club in Redwood City. They asked me to play The Macarena for the Bride's parents. This picture shows just how much they enjoyed it.Side note: Eunice and Jim had the same last name BEFORE they got married. What are the odds? It was also very comforting to know that if a guest passed out from dancing too much or maybe choked on a chicken bone, there were 54 Doctors in attendance who could have easily stepped in and saved the day! And with no deductible!