Weddings We’ve Done

What’s behind the DJ booth? I’ll show you.

I field questions nearly every event from guests who want to see what’s going on behind the DJ booth. The reality is, there’s a lot. There is a dedicated music laptop usually running 2 or 3 different music programs. There is another laptop dedicated to controlling the colors and movements for upwards of 35 light fixtures. There are microphones, receivers, transmitters, midi control boards, audio mixers, turntables, iPads, and various control boxes all strategically set up with a role to play. Everything works together to create a seamless integration between music and lighting. And you’d likely never know it, but there’s a lot going on.

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Behind the Scenes | Wedding at Hangar 30 Seattle [Video 2 of 3]

This is the second video in the short series. Here’s a walk through of Hangar 30 at Magnussen park in Seattle after setup is complete. Guests are beginning to arrive and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are playing on the TV next to the Bar (streaming in via satellite).

 

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Behind the Scenes | Wedding at Hangar 30 [Video 1 of 3]

It’s hard to accurately describe in words all of the smaller details that go into an event. But for me, that’s one of the fun parts. I love seeing all the little details come together to create one overarching effect. It’s like a viola in a symphony. You may not notice what specific part it plays, but when it combines with the other instruments, the song sounds complete.

When it comes to a wedding, DJing, lighting design, and MCing all play an integral part in the makeup of the experience. When it all works together, the event feels complete.

So to answer a few questions and pull back the production curtain a bit, I’m going to be sharing a few videos about what goes on behind the scenes. Enjoy this video series and as always, feel free to reach out with any questions. You may also subscribe to my Youtube Channel HERE for more behind the scenes videos and exclusive content.

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Brian + Jen Married

The love story Brian and Jennifer began nearly 10 years ago when they met through their mutual friend Tara Brown. Brian had agreed to a night out dancing with a friend group commonly referred to as the “dancing divas.” When Brian arrived at the at the club Jen could not help but notice. Not only was he was the only guy in a group of 6 ladies, but he arrived dressed slightly nerdy and wearing a pair of Birkenstock type sandals.

My, how far we’ve come. This is the video of their celebration nearly 10 years in the making.

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Elegant wedding at Thornewood Castle

I knew this was going to be fun….

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Linda and Rodney Johnson are a wonderful example of a couple who never let their dream wedding evade them, even if it happened a bit later in life. Their passion for detail and their incredible regard for their guests was just a minor demonstration of how their love for their friends and family was returned to them on this day. Despite helping produce the occasion, my wife and I were actually “officially” invited (invitation and all)  to this wedding to attend as guests. We were honored.

 

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Your name or mine?

Why not use both? With a discussion that can become as spirited as it can tenuous, Danielle Leitzke and Dan Geiss began their first moment of marriage with a compromise. The ceremony at Mercer Island Congregational Church concluded with Mr. and Mrs. Geitzke recessing down the aisle to resounding cheers. Their reception in the sanctuary of the church was accented with black white and red. We added our touch by putting a glowing red hue to the drapery behind the sweetheart table.

Their spring celebration somehow forced uncharacteristically nice weather on to Mercer Island that day, which provided perfect lighting for the photos below. Enjoy!READ MORE

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An American style wedding for the Japanese bride

5 Years ago Scott LaMont left his comfortable Woodinville neighborhood and ventured off across the globe to teach English in Japan. But on this day he returned to that very neighborhood to marry his beautiful bride. Elly, born and raised in Japan, was excited with the possibility of a western style wedding, and the Crystal Lake Lodge provided the perfect backdrop to begin their lives together. With Scott’s sister Lindsey coming home from Greece to help with preparations, this was a wedding that would connect a family on three continents.

The ceremony began as a story of adventure and discovery with Scott as the protagonist in this tale. And the final moments of the evening provided the conclusion worthy of a classic storybook. Proving that the hero could get the girl, return to his new home and indeed live happily ever after.READ MORE

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South Africa and Nebraska come together…

How do South Africa and Nebraska come together? In the form of Andy and Jamie. Their wedding was on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Seattle Tennis Club on the shores of Lake Washington. The April showers broke just long enough for Mt Rainier to make an appearance through the Southeast window of the club. Guests made their way in from City Church to a reception they would truly remember.

Andrew and Jamie’s reception was a celebration and a joining of two people who had come from so far, only to become so close. As evident by their friends’ toasts, Andy and Jamie had been preparing for this day since the first time they met. This was the day they had dreamt of sharing with their family and friends.READ MORE

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