The Mystery is Solved

The bride and groom from the Best First Dance Ever have been found!

They were on Ellen today. http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2007/12/newlyweds_got_back.php

There names? Michelle and John Brubaker!

How much easier would this have been if the MC had said. “John and Michelle’s first Dance” or “Mr. and Mrs. Brubaker’s first dance”?

Not that hard… Much easier to remember in a once in a lifetime moment.

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Oh Snap!!!

I’ve been Bamboozled! I was doing a Copyscape search on my web page. Two companies, one in Pennsylvania and another in Australia thought the stuff I wrote was good enough to just steal it without asking permission.

I have spent a considerable amount of time and effort trying to improve professionalism in this business. Sadly, it’s not a business to many so called “professionals”. Steal the music, steal the web page, fill the car up with gear and go out and ruin someone’s wedding day.

I am where I am at, because I have paid my dues… I have done the hardwork, I have done the training, I have sought out professionals that I respect that can help me grow as a professional.

I am more than a little annoyed at anyone too lazy to do their own work and / or steal credit for mine.

Anyone else have this experience?

Just me, my love and my microphone.

Finally caught “My Big Fat Fabulous Wedding” on VH1. I was amazed.

Total bill $550,000

$17,000 for flowers.

Band and DJ. Monogram lighting. Ice Bar.

They started with an outdoor ceremony with 445 guests. The only microphone they had for the bride, the groom and the officiant was a corded microphone on a stand. Sure it is super reliable. But it is going to show up in EVERY SINGLE PICTURE of the ceremony.

Imagine for a moment… 50 years from now, showing pictures of your wedding day to the grandkids.

Just me, my love and my microphone.

The wedding planner should have caught it. The sound guy or DJ should have never let it happen. If you read it here, you heard it from me…

WARNING – It might have been the “standard ceremony package” the venue offered. There are several venues and DJs in town that offer something similar. If you don’t believe me, talk to a photographer or a videographer. This is one of the reasons I love attending and helping out with rehearsals. You can see the problems before the big day.

It should have been better. Take some time and think how the event is going to flow. Go to the location if you must. Talk to someone who has done it before.

The Best Wedding Reception Ever!

A friend of mine, Peter Merry, wrote a great new book on creating amazing wedding receptions. The book is called The Best Wedding Reception Ever!

It’s a great book. The first half is all about why you should pick a great entertainer. The second is chocked full of killer ideas that you might include in your own wedding.

“Talent” is a dirty word in the DJ business. The difference between magic and tragic is all in the hands of the person playing the music and talking on the microphone.

Joe & Lindsay got married!

Joe and Lindsay had a doozy of a wedding. The sheer level of musical talent in the room was awe inspiring. (I did a little quaking in my boots).

Joe, Lindsay and I created custom introductions for the wedding party. Joe picked out an intelligent, slightly eclectic mix of jazz both classical and modern. The dancing part was fun, informed and kicking.

The Downtown Marriott put on quite a show too! The Indiana Ballroom was aglow with architectural lighting matched to the wedding colors and dance floor was set like a diamond in the middle of the room.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Tim & Jennifer

When I initially met with Tim and Jennifer they gave me a heads up that Tim’s sister was helping out with the planning.

Fast forward to a month before the wedding…. It turns out that Tim’s sister is actually a movie producer and director. Most recently a documentary called “By the People” which got picked up by PBS. You can check it out here… http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0860898/

Malindi takes detail oriented to a whole new level. We got together like peas and carrots! The wedding and reception were held at the Hilton Indianapolis North.

The ceremony and reception was in the Crown room which has been updated very nicely under new ownership. The menu also got overhauled. very nice. The cocktail hour spilled out onto the patios. The Evening flowed.

Where was the Youtube?

I went to the OK-Go / Fray show in Indy.

I felt sorry for the Fray. As soon as the sun set, a biblical plague of mayflies descended the lead singer caught one in the eye. The whole band must have dined on mayflies.

But back to my point.

OK GO is absolutely famous for their Youtube videos and people imitating OK GO. So I expected some impromptu choreography when they played “Here It Goes Again” and “A Million Ways“. I was sorely disappointed.