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After a few weeks off, I headed back to Cobblestone Farm and Museum in Ann Arbor to play for Holly & John and their families and friends. Holly came to me by way of the company my stepmom Ginny used to work for.

It was an unseasonably gorgeous day for an April in Michigan. The weather was absolutely perfect for these two. It's the kind of day you hope for when it comes time for a wedding.

And to make this day even better for me (and to showcase the power of the referral) I was able to spend some time with a future bride and groom at this event. Pretty cool when it works out like this! That's really why I love what I do.

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This was my second time DJing from the loft on the second level of this venue. It provides a great vantage point for the dance floor and lets the bride and groom utilize every square foot of their event space.

The crowd was on point all night long! They didn't stop dancing once. At one point we went outside to light Chinese lanterns and once we came back in, it's like the party never stopped. Such a great group!

Check out the special music we used for this event:

BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTIONS
"Marry You" - Bruno Mars

BRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCE
"Thinking Out Loud" - Ed Sheeran

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
"Butterfly Kisses" - Bob Carlisle

MOTHER/SON DANCE
"The Perfect Fan" - Backstreet Boys

BRIDAL PARTY DANCE
"You've Got a Friend in Me" - Randy Newman

BOUQUET TOSS
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)" - Beyonce

GARTER TOSS
"Leave Your Hat On" - Joe Cocker

LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT
"Better Man" - James Morrison

 
 
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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!
 
 
The first wedding of 2015 was an absolute beauty! And thanks to a referral from my sister-in-law, I was able to share in the joy with Morgan, Patrick, and their guests.

It was a blustery day out here at Waldenwoods Banquet & Conference center in Hartland, MI. But it was warm inside thanks to Ann and her amazing team (cliche, but true.) I enjoy this site for its rustic nature. I recommend it to everyone that's looking for a local but destination wedding. It's kind of like the Motor City Casino tag of "a million miles from home right down the street." Truly. This site is gorgeous and would give Thomas Kinkaide a run for his money.

Morgan and Patrick requested uplighting for their event so I made it happen. They opted for a light pink color around the room. They went with the Complete Room package. It was a nice touch for this space (photos below).

Both the ceremony and reception took place in the same site to start the year. I provided sound for the ceremony and though it kept me on my toes from a technical standpoint, it was filled with a certain emotion that's hard to describe. It was such a sweet moment.

Once the ceremony was over, it was time to party. Dinner was served. Cocktails were consumed. Rug was cut. It was such a great time.

As an added bonus, some of the special music during the reception was provided by a good friend of the Morgan and Patrick's. This talented fella brought his acoustic guitar out and came pretty close to bringing the whole house down. It was fantastic. I highly recommend this scenario to anyone that has a guitar-playing friend. Use him or her for your special dances!

Here it is...the special music:

BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTIONS
"Thunderstruck" - AC/DC

BRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCE
"Give It All We Got" - George Strait (played by Eric Taylor)

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
"I Loved Her First" - Heartland

MOTHER/SON DANCE
"Simple Man" - Lynyrd Skynyrd (played by Eric Taylor)

Morgan & Patrick: yours is the kind of event I need every year to get the season started. I had a blast celebrating with you and your guests.
 
 
Thanks to my loving wife, I was able to play another event.

Kaleigh & Tyler came to Motor City HDJ by way of one of my wife's banking customers. When she told the father of the bride that her husband owned the best mobile DJ & entertainment company in Metro-Detroit, he was instantly sold. HA! Well, not instantly, but after a few conversations with the bride's parents they just had to have me.

And that's why I do this. I know I say it all the time, but the power of the referral is stronger than any force of nature. It makes this (my) business what it is and reaffirms that when you do good work, good things happen. I will always maintain that.

The wedding and reception were both at Cobblestone Farm in Ann Arbor. I've been there several times over the years and never get tired of the rustic view. It's such a great venue for anyone seeking the rustic vibe. I dig it.

Simple. Elegant. That's what this event was.

And it's a rare occurrence that I am able to enjoy a ceremony without being involved in some capacity. It was refreshing.
Now, the special music:

BRIDE/GROOM FIRST DANCE
"Love of My Life" - Jim Brickman feat. Michael W. Smith

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
"Wonderful Tonight" - Eric Clapton

MOTHER/SON DANCE
"The Man You've Become"

BRIDAL PARTY DANCE
"Applause" - Lady Gaga

BOUQUET TOSS
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyonce

GARTER TOSS
"Cherry Pie" - Warrant

LAST DANCE OF THE NIGHT
"Bye Bye Bye" - *NSYNC
 
 
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Referrals make the world go ‘round.

And because of friends Christina and Chad, I was called upon to share Brandy and Nick’s big day with them. Here’s how the story goes:

So, Chad and his family lived kiddy-corner to my family for years. A decade or so later and Chad reaches out to me to play his wedding. They’ve got a friend Brandy who is also getting married and she’s been invited to Christina and Chad’s wedding. My performance there solidified everything in her mind and she booked me as soon as she could.

On a beautiful June day, Brandy and Nick had me play their reception at one of my favorites: The Dearborn Inn in Dearborn, MI.

This was a special wedding for a few reasons. The biggest thing is that we never actually did any planning face-to-face. Thanks to FaceTime and emails, we worked out all the details AND managed to piece together a special mashup for the daddy/daughter dance during the night.

We ate, we laughed, they danced, and the night was a success! Thanks to the power of the referral for making another Motor City HDJ event happen.

Here’s the music from the night:

BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTIONS
"On Top of the World" - Imagine Dragons

BRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCE
"Heaven" - DJ Sammy & Yanou Feat. Do (Acoustic Mix)

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
Custom made mashup

MOTHER/SON DANCE
"My Wish" - Rascal Flatts

LAST DANCE OF THE NIGHT
"Dirty Bit (The Time of My Life)" - Black Eyed Peas

 
 
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It’s definitely nice to have friends in high places. Okay, so they’re not THAT powerful, but they’re for sure the coolest repeat clients on the face of the planet.

Thanks to the home of the Family Deal, my good friend Kelley LaFontaine hired me and Motor City HDJ to entertain the guests of her son’s graduation party. Second graduation party in 2 weeks…that’s pretty cool!

I made the trek out to their beautiful home in Clarkston and shared an afternoon of fun, food, and great music with them.

It’s always a pleasure playing for friends. Thanks for having me out, Barron and Kelley!

 
 
People that know me can testify to the fact that I absolutely pour my heart and soul in to every event that I do. But sometimes an event comes along that is truly more special than the rest.

This will be the most meaningful event all year. Simply because my friends Abby and Mike now share an anniversary with my wife and me! HOW EXCITING! Don’t worry…we will still celebrate our big day together. :)

I had the pleasure of playing for Abby’s sister Olivia last year when she and Ryan got married at Weller’s in Saline. This time it was Abby and Mike’s turn.
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The event took place at the Meeting House Grand Ballroom in Plymouth, MI. I’m normally very complimentary of most venues where I get to play, but I was not at all impressed with the way this staff operated. I wrote a Yelp review which you can read here.

Alright…with that out of the way, let’s talk about Abby and Mike!

From an aesthetic standpoint, this was one of the most elegant weddings I’ve played for in a long time. The room has very high ceilings and a Victorian feeling to it. The floor is an original hardwood that squeaks.

As an added bonus, this event was great because of the relationship my family has with the bride’s family from years of attending North Ridge Church together. It makes things easier when you get to play for friends.

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Not only was I able to play for friends, I was also able to spend some time with them!

The night was an absolute blast and I’m thankful for a bride and groom like Abby and Mike who give me creative control over the entertainment. They did get me a short playlist to work off of, but most of this night was just me and my raw skill to keep their guests dancing all night…which they did.

Here’s how the special stuff went:

BRIDAL PARTY INTRODUCTION
"Marry You" - Bruno Mars

BRIDE & GROOM FIRST DANCE
"We Found Each Other in the Dark" - City and Colour

DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE
"Earth Angel" - The Vogues

MOTHER/SON DANCE
"These Are the Words I Would Say" - Sidewalk Profits

BRIDAL PARTY DANCE
"In My Life" - The Beatles

BOUQUET TOSS
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" - Beyonce

GARTER TOSS
"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

LAST SONG OF THE NIGHT
"Iron & Wine" - Flightless Bird American Mouth

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me and Motor City HDJ be a part of this very special day. You are two of the sweetest people I know and I’m excited to see you start a family together. And thank you for letting me share an anniversary with you two! :)

 
 
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Thanks again to a childhood friend, I was able to play for some really awesome people. My good friend Michon and the rest of the Andrews family had me along for another great night.

This wedding brought me back to the Italian American Banquet Center of Livonia. This place rocks, I gotta tell ya. The waitstaff, the management, the facility…everything is truly top notch. It was a quaint setup for a very warm room.

As the story goes, Michon’s brother Chad (the groom) was in need of a DJ. And, as fate would have it, she could think of no better person to play the wedding than that funny guy that used to live across the street. I was absolutely thrilled to get that call! I met with Christina and Chad and, well, the rest was a party.

The bridal party entered to a custom mix of Daft Punk and Justin Timberlake. I used a little bit of Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right” and the tail end of JT’s “Mirrors.” It was pretty hype!

The bride and groom made their way to the cake and got that out of the way. From there, it was toasts, a blessing, and dinner.

Once dinner was done, the bride and groom got things going on the dance floor by sharing their first dance to “Until the End of Time” by Justin Timberlake.

Christina and her dad danced to the classic “My Girl” by The Temptations.

Now, Chad and his mom’s dance started off nice and slow to Amanda Shane’s song “Song For Our Son” and then things got a little hectic. They broke out in to “The Wobble” and from there it was pure mayhem. The bridal party joined them on the dance floor and got everything moving.

Thanks to old friends for deep connections. I love all of you, Andrews family! Thanks for having me along.