Complete room uplighting at The Henry Ford
The final event of March brought me back to one of my favorite places to play in and around Metro Detroit: The Henry Ford.

This wonderful couple found me via WeddingWire and I'm glad they did. The feedback from other brides and grooms just like them helped point them in the absolute right direction. From the very beginning, I knew we would be a great match as client/vendor.

The vision of this event was one of elegance. I was THRILLED when the bride asked to incorporate uplighting in to the night. Since most all events at the Henry Ford are held in the central part of the museum, I had a wonderful time lighting the columns that create the space. Stephanie wanted purple, so I gave her space a beautiful purple hue.

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Our bride and groom also utilized the projector and screen service that Motor City HDJ offers. Right after dinner and before the special dances, the groom shared a slideshow that he had put together showcasing their love story. For the rest of the night, it featured a slideshow with memories from day one until today. It was a nice touch!

I connected with new vendor friends and even ran in to old ones! The photographer was Nicole of Nicole Haley Photography. Her second shooter Britt of Bam Photography happens to be the aforementioned old friend of Motor City HDJ. Such a pleasure working with these two! Another new connection was with Eric and his crew over at Zara Creative (an awesome videographer.)  I've only seen the wedding trailer from the night so far, but these guys do amazing work!

This was also the first event to feature the American Audio CPX-12 active-powered loudspeakers. I promise to always keep my equipment updated and fresh and these bad lads did an amazing job rocking The Henry Ford until 1 AM.

And here's how the music shook down (literally):

BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTIONS
"Happy" - Pharrell Williams

BRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCE
"Just the Way You Are" - Anthem Lights

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
"My Girl" - The Temptations

MOTHER/SON DANCE
"Because You Loved Me" - Celine Dion

LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT
"Don't Stop Believing" - Journey

Congratulations to these two and thanks for having me along!

 
 
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It's always great to reunite with friends.

My pal Krissi connected with me on Facebook to help run the show for her annual charity event "Spotlight on a Cure." It's a talent show-style event with silent auction, raffle, and live auction items. All of this happens to raise money for the Huntington's Disease Society of America. When Krissi asked me to DJ the event, I absolutely had to be involved! A little backstory: Krissi and I used to work at Quicken Loans together back in the day (which was a Wednesday.)

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The evening of fun took place at one of Metro-Detroit's hidden gems: The Lafayette Grande Banquet Facility in Pontiac, MI. It was my first time here and I didn't event know it was there! It's tucked away on a side street but I tell you what: more people need to have events here.

It's very art deco and looks like it came straight out of The Great Gatsby. It's an absolutely gorgeous venue with rich history and beautiful architecture. Even the elevator is original with the double gate system and all! I can't speak highly enough of this place. Seriously. If you're reading this and you're still looking for a venue, give this place a look.

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I provided background music during acts and provided sound for the folks involved in the talent show part of the program. It was a nice change of pace from the intensity of wedding season.

Thank you, Krissi and crew for having me along!

I would encourage everyone to consider making a monetary donation to this amazing cause. I will be back next year (if they have me) and I can tell you that Huntington's Disease needs a cure!

 
 
I can't think of a better way to spend the Sunday afternoon after a wedding than with a surprise birthday party!

Karen & Russ found me through my pal Stacie. And hey: what's up with all these referrals lately? ;) Definitely not complaining. Well, Lisa turned 50. It's a huge milestone and all of her family and friends showed up to party with her for this special occasion. The party was held at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Westland, MI. This was my first time playing this venue and I was BEYOND IMPRESSED. Lauren Matthews and her staff here took great care of me and the guests. You couldn't ask for a better group of people. I will be pushing this venue hard in 2015. If you're looking to book an event on this side of town, call up the Hellenic Cultural Center.

And as an added bonus, our party planners brought their own Sunday concoction. Best part of my job? When the party organizers share their liquid love with me. :)

Thanks for having me along and happy birthday again to my new friend Lisa!
 
 
One month later, to the day, I am back at one of my favorite spots to play: Waldenwoods Resort & Conference Center in Hartland, MI.

For this event, I have to thank my good pals Darcie & Steve for hooking me up with this event. I played their wedding (get this) AT WALDENWOODS a few years ago. How ironic! Well, our groom for the event happens to be related to Darcie, so that made things a little easier here. The best part of this though? We had 6 weeks to get this thing together.

Bride Melanie came to me on Facebook to let me know what she needed. She was very organized from the start which helped us in this short period of time.

I was involved in both the ceremony and reception planning. Normally, the Waldenwoods space is setup for a reception. This was unique because the ceremony was on one side of the room and the reception area was setup on the other. Good use of the space!

The exchange of vows was short and sweet. It was a smaller crowd altogether for this event which made for an intimate setting.

Once dinner was over, the bride and groom shared a dance and we were off to the dancing.

I'm used to events going until midnight, so it was nice that this event ended at 10 PM. And just because the crowd was smaller didn't meant we didn't have fun. If there were rug out there, it would have gotten cut up quickly!

Congratulations again, Melanie and Tony! Thank you for letting me share in your special day!