Archive for the Weddings Category

Reagan & Sean Henry (3-14-2009)

Posted in Weddings on March 14, 2009 by chadalanevents

Congratualtions to Reagan & Sean.

I’ve been working with Reagan and Sean since about April of 2008. These two have been so much fun to work with. They really have sparked a renewed love of my profession…and I didn’t even know that it could be done. Reagan was a very well prepared bride and she had a very clear and concise vision for her wedding day, and I’m truly glad I could be a part of that vision.

I really enjoyed all the time I spent with Reagan and Sean, when he wasn’t traveling, in our planning sessions. We had a ton of information to cover and her ideas on decor and entertainment were fantastic. Now I got to provide a small sound system at their rehersal dinner Friday which allowed me to witness a fantastic speech given by Reagan. She was so nervous to talk in front of everyone but once she started it was truly a magical moment that even I will never forget.

Ok so everything got started Saturday morning at about 9:00am with the typical equipent recheck and tie down…everything is good. I hitched up the trailor and then got ready to leave. It was about 11:00am when I left the office with the trailor to head to the Gleneagles Country Club. It was a little breezy so the drive was a little slower than planned but no big deal I always arrive at least 5 hours before the wedding is planned to start. I roll into the Gleneagles Country club at 12:30pm and begin to unload all the equipment to produce an amazing event.

Setup goes as planned and we do a sound check around 5:00pm. Now this venue has a very unusual setup because the ballroom is in 2 section that can be divided in two; however they come together to for a shape almost like an L but not as sharp an angle. This made for an intersting setup and something to take into consideration when selecting your venue. The dance floor was setup in the section with the vaulted ceilings which was great with the dance lighting and floral pinspots; however, this did pose a problem with keeping guests connected to what was going on in the entire facility since in some locations you could not see the dance floor at all. Part of this solution was to make sure we had quality sound coverage throughout the entire facility. This was accomplished with the placement of 5 speakers evenly spaced throughout the two areas plus a speaker in the lounge and in the buffet room. This allowed for all the announcements to be made and understood easily and it helped keep overall sound levels down yet supplying proper audio levels that conversation could still take place without audio fatiuge. The second solution was simply to be setup with an all wireless system allwing me to roam around the ballrooms to make announcements and still change music as needed. Not being tied to a DJ Booth has some very distinct advantages.

Here we go, it’s 7:30pm and guests begin to arrive. Having recently returned from Las Vegas and attending some fantastic seminars I heard a voice in my head. It was Jim Cerone, telling he now is the time to be the perfect host. I was there at the doors greeting all the guests and the cool thing was since I was also at the rehearsal I knew about 70 of the people by name which really added an amazing level of personal touch to the reception. After speaking with guests for a while I got the phone call from my best man to let me know the wedding party was on their way.

8:00pm the line up begins. We are introducing the entire wedding party, house party and some spouses. Now this seems like a daunting task but part of our planning sessions were on this particular subject. Reagan and Sean decided they wanted to have a little fun with their closest friends by, well, making a little fun of them. Reagan’s Dad started it all of with a little “Bad to The Bone” and the rest is history, you had to be there as Reagan and Sean shared there first dance together to a very special song. It was Wade Bowen – Who I Am. Now what made this such a special song was that Reagan and Sean this was the very first song Reagan and Sean had ever danced to. So as I termed it it was the song that started their releationship and now it is the start of their marriage. What a fantastic moment!

Unbenounced to Reagan, her father and I had got together and made a special second dance for her. After the song she selected to dance with her father, which happened to be a surprise slideshow to her song, we turned the tables on Reagan with a surprise of our own. It was instant, she was in tears as her father took her hand to dance to Tim McGraw’s – My Little Girl.

The evening was a blast. All the dancing, the “Zeta” girls and their dance routines, the newlywed game, and so much more. I really enjoy the personal connection with my clients. There are some amazing people and can’t believe how blessed I am to be a part of such a wonderful day in their lives.

Thank you so much Reagan and Sean.


Medievil Lighting At Castle Douglas

Posted in DJ/MC Industry, Weddings on January 17, 2009 by chadalanevents

Today’s event is of mythical proportions. I will be lighting the Castle Douglas in Rockwall.

This facility is hands down one of my most favorite places to have events. What better way to be the princess of a fairytale wedding than to be at a Castle! The grounds are beautiful, the owners are just absolutely wonderful to work with and the building is just inspirational to look at.

So the crew and I arrived at the castle at noon to begin setup for the 6:00pm ceremony. We would be lighting custom made crystallized rose trees throughout the facility along with up lighting in the Grand Hall and pin spotting in the cake room. Also included in the lighting done tonight is dance floor lighting placed in the balcony of the Grand Hall and the dangling crystals from the peer through in the lobby.

So to start us off we did the Grand Hall and the area where the large crystal tree would be placed for the ceremony.

Archway area:

The Grand Hall:

Then we went to work in the cake room up lighting the crystallized rose trees around the cake and then spotlighting the cake with LED spots.

And lastly we lit up the peer through from the second story in the lobby. We had hung strands of crystals a round the opening of the circular opening and the blue light refracted of the crystals creating a unique shimmering of blue sparkles and soft glowing hues in the lobby which made every guest stop and look up for a minute.

Working at Castle Douglas always means working with some of the best vendors in the area. Tonight would be no different. David Allen of Cassidy’s Entertainment was the Master of Ceremonies and DJ for the event. Every time I see David perform I am more and more impressed with the level of quality and commitment he gives to each client. I have only ever run into a handful of vendors that give the level of attention and care as he does. David of course rocked the party and the happy couple left with smiles as wide as a Texas sunset

Paige & Nathan Fortie (1-3-2009)

Posted in Weddings on January 3, 2009 by chadalanevents

I’m starting the year off with a great wedding reception. Tonight I have the honor to entertain for one of my past wedding planning students, Paige.

Paige and Nathan actually got married yesterday in San Diego, then flew back to Dallas for another celebration! All I can say is wow that takes some stamina. Their reception is being held at Maggiano’s in Willow Bend.

I will be setting up in two seperate rooms this evening. One is the Dancing room with the cake and the other is the dinning room. Fortunately these rooms are just across the hall from each other and don’t really pose any line of sight issues.

I will be doing some up lighting in the dinning room and than some dance lighting in the cake and Dancing room.

The Dinning room before….

The Dinning room after….

And here is how the Cake looked….

Paige and Nathan are great together I can see the love in their eyes…hinted with a little jet lag. But these two had a great time…I’m not sure Paige ever left the dance floor but hey that’s the whole idea isn’t it? At the end of the night they were definitly tired, happy and in love.

I wish the best for Paige and Nathan and a big thank you for allowing me to be a part of your very special day number 2.

Chandra & James McTyre (12-27-2008)

Posted in Weddings on December 27, 2008 by chadalanevents

Tonight I have a great honor. I am entertaining at a family friends wedding. Chandra has been friends with my wife for nearly 18 years. They met in the 4th grade and did everything together. When Leslie found out Chandra was getting married she immediately began to cry. This is truly an honor and privilege to me and I am so happy for Chandra and James.

Last night was the rehearsal and dinner which was held at the Oaisis which over looks lake Travis and one of the most beatiful sunsets I have ever witnessed. The Oaisis is a fantastic venue to host a rehearsal dinner or wedding for that matter. If you ever find yourself in Austin and thinking of something to do, The Oaisis is a must see.

I arrived at the wedding chapel at 1:30pm to start setting up for the event. I was preparing a suprise with some LED uplighting behind their alter setup for use durring the water ceremony.

As guests arrived we had the room dimmly lit with the alter area lit in blue. The ceremony began and Chandra & James shared vows which they had written themselves. James said his vows while choking up, come to find out he also cut the last lines because he was loosing the ability to speak through his emotions. As Chandra gave her vows I could hear the entire room fill with what can only be described as pure emotion. I, being the helpless romantic that I am, completely lost it. I haven’t cried at a wedding in a long time, but the words Chandra spoke to her true soul mate where…well I can’t even find the words to describe them, the only thing I can say is amazing.

As they progressed through the ceremony they did a water ceremony in place of a unity candle. This was the little suprise I programmed for the ceremony. As the minister started the water ceremony he began with a description of the water colors they each had. As this happenned I had each side of the alter light up in the colors each were holding. Then the minister described the meaning of the combining of the yellow and blue colors creating green. When this happened the entire alter area lit up in green. It was a great visual representation of what was happening since you really couldn’t see the water very well.

After pictures, which were being captured by my wife and talented photographer Leslie Wandel of Artistic Image Weddings, we really got the party started with their very first dance as husband and wife. This was followed by a shared mother/son & father/daughter dance which lead directly to a packed dance floor for open dancing.

I had such a great time watching the love shared between these two and the wonderful friends and family they share. It was truly my honor to be a part of this special event and my privillage to call Chandra & James friends.

Ashley & Buck Wheat (12-13-2008)

Posted in Weddings on December 13, 2008 by chadalanevents

Today I am the entertainer for a fantastic couple I began working with back in April. Ashley and Buck are a match made… well at Tarleton State, where they met and eventually fell in love. Ashley is a very orginized and planned out woman and Buck is a laid back hard working traditional style man. One must admire Buck’s personal qualities because they are those many of us wish we had or wish we did better.

There wedding and reception is being held at the Oaks Fellowship Church in Red Oak.

The ceremony was great. We started 30min from the processional with a slideshow of them growing up and then them together. Now the really neat part is that the slideshow was playing on all the TVs in the church’s lobby…the only drarw back was getting everyone to get inside to sit down. We had to assure them the slideshow was going on inside too.

The reception was a hoot and one of the bigger challenges of being an entertainer because we were not allowed to dance. Keeping guests involved and entertained was a lot of fun because it allowed me to break out from the “normal” confounds of a traditional wedding reception.

We began the evening with some fantatic and humorous introductions followed by an emotional love story of Buck and Ashley’s journey to this magical day. I had great connection with this couple and found myself on the verge of tears durring their exciting story.

Right at the end of the reception Buck’s family and friends wanted to make sure that Ashley felt welcome to the family so they gave her a special gift…

That’s right it’s a pink riffle! That just about sums up these two, they are truly made for each other and so very in love. It isn’t often when you see this type of deep understanding and love for each other, especially in such a young couple.

Thank you for a wonderful time and allowing me the opportunity serve as your MC.