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.
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 WilliamsBRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCE
"Just the Way You Are" - Anthem LightsDADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
"My Girl" - The TemptationsMOTHER/SON DANCE
"Because You Loved Me" - Celine DionLAST SONG OF THE NIGHT
"Don't Stop Believing" - Journey
Congratulations to these two and thanks for having me along!
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.)
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.
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!