ARMDJs 3.0

Posted in DJ/MC Industry with tags , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by chadalanevents

You can always tell truly professional companies by how much they continue to learn and grow.  This is why I am constantly traveling to conferences and workshops like the one I just returned from in Tennessee call A.R.M.D.J.s.  I left with 2 other Dallas area DJs; Shawn Kelly of Platinum Sound ( and Gary Lankford of Lankford Weddings (  We began our travels on Sunday June 20th, I had an event on the 19th on Lake Texhoma so I ended up just coming home and packing up to leave without sleep…I figured I would sleep in the truck on the trip…I was wrong! We talked non stop until we got to Mephis, where we of course stopped for BBQ!  Later that night we made it into the mountains where Shawn’s dad has been building a lake house, which I might add was amazing. 

The following morning Shawn drove into Knoxville to pick up Peter Merry ( from the airport.  What Peter didn’t know was that last night we developed a plan to scare the crap out him…see the video below…lol. That afternoon we roll into Greeneville and settle in beofre heading to the rooftop party.

the next day can be described only as one of the most incredible one day conferences I’ve ever seen!!  The line up of speakers was incredible, the topics were exactly what we needed, and the content was intense!  Thank you to Robbie Britton for all his hard work in getting this incredible event together.  I can’t wait till next year!!

Preston Baliey Joins WPI!!!

Posted in WPI Certified Wedding Event Planner with tags , , on June 23, 2010 by chadalanevents

This just in. World renoun Wedding and Event Designer Preston Bailey has partnered with the Wedding Planning Institute to bring you a new course all about Signature Weddings & Design!  Visit for more information. 

The class will be offered at the Universtiy of Texas at Arlington just as soon as I finish my training.  There will be some amazing things happening in this class and I would recommend that those insterested in this course take the Certified Wedding & Event Planner course first.  If you have questions about either course add your comments or send me an e-mail.  I look forward to seeing you at the next session.

The Wedding of Ashleigh & Tony Vitro

Posted in Weddings with tags , , on May 30, 2010 by chadalanevents

Working with Ashleigh and Tony was a true blessing.  I met Ashleigh and Tony back in November at our consultation and knew that I would love to work with them for their wedding day.  Getting to know these two is just another reason I truly love my job.  They both met in Las Vegas while working on the same project.  The rest of this story was presented as their love story just before we introduced them into the reception hall for their first dance, which was “Faithfully” by Journey. 

The wedding was held at Reflections on Spring Creek on May 29th, 2010.  Ashleigh and Tony had their ceremony in the chapel and the reception in the hall just next door.  Ashleigh and Tony had a great time and did a neat little twist on the traditional money dance by making it their own.  Below is a short video from their event.

Extra Help, Texas Discovery Gardens

Posted in Weddings with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by chadalanevents

So after the late night with Danielle & Herb I am off early (9am) to help a friend of mine setup all the decor, lighting, and audio visual systems at the Texas Discover Gardens in Fair Park. If you have never visted the Discovery Gardens you really need to take the time and go out there.  The butterfly exhibit is awesome!!!  I mention the butterfly exhibit because, one I love them, and two the ballroom there is attached to the terrarium that houses the butterflies. This ballroom is a great blank canvas, which you will see in the video below, to turn into some amazing setups.  Having such a space can really be beneficial if you have some great ideas on mood and settings, just about anything is possible.  The ceremony and cocktail hours took place on the lawn outside in a tented area and then the reception hall was opened to allow guests inside to begin the party.  Please watch the little video and enjoy.

The Wedding of Danielle & Herb April 17th, 2010

Posted in Weddings with tags , , , , on April 17, 2010 by chadalanevents

This weekend is going to be a busy weekend.  It all starts with dropping off some equipment to FIG (Fashion Industry Gallery) for a benefit.  I’ll be helping out a fellow planner with some needs that her AV person didn’t cover….shame on them. After doing that I head over to a private residence to setup for a small intimate wedding reception.  the only problem is the rain has started and will not be over for nearly 48 hours. That doesn’t stop us from having a good time, so I’ll just post a little video I shot…besure to check out Danielle (the Bride) jumping into the swimming pool in her wedding dress!!

The Wedding Of Tanya & Danny – April 4, 2010

Posted in Weddings with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by chadalanevents

IT was a pleasure to work with Tanya and Danny, though their wedding planning was very different than most.  See Danny is Irish and had to return to Ireland before the wedding, and I don’t blame Tanya for wanting to go with him.  So, we did almost all of our planning over the phone and e-mail over a thousand miles apart… not to mention like 7 time zones.

Ashton Depot Courtyard

The Ashton Depot Courtyard setup for wedding ceremony

Tanya and Danny had selected the Ashton Depot to serve as the host venue for not only their wedding ceremony but for their wedding reception as well.  For brides that may be considering a wedding at the Ashton Depot you will need to take a few things into consideration.  First, the venue is adjacent to the largest rail switching station west of the Mississippi so be aware of the train schedules. Do a little homework with Amtrak and try and avoid the times when passenger trains will be stopping at the new station 2 blocks away. While we did do this for Tanya and Danny’s wedding we had a train park for 5 hours on the rails waiting for a freight train to make it through, and unfortunately for us it was late and didn’t make it through the rail yard until an hour after the ceremony.  Ceremony Sound System - Ashton DepotNow a few things you can have as a backup plan for this ceremony site is first to incorporate the use of a sound system on the back patio area.  This will allow music to be played at volumes loud enough to at least take away the distraction of a 3000 hp diesel engine idling at 100 feet from you. but secondly, with the use of proper microphones you guests will still be able to hear your vows and special readings. That is why they came to witness your ceremony right?  We did take these precautions so the train didn’t bother us too much, other that us holding off starting the ceremony for 15 minutes hoping the train would move one as reported from the Amtrak call center…can’t win them all.

After the ceremony, Leslie Wandel of Studio W Photography & Artistic Image Weddings, took the wedding party and family to Bass Hall where they spent 30 minutes taking pictures in one of the most beautiful facilities in Fort Worth.  As they were taking pictures their guests were treated to the string quartet by Serenata Strings which is one of my favorite string quartet companies. They are super versatile with song selections and can even arrange your favorite song to strings. Once the string quartet finished playing I began to play some classic jazz selection from greats like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.  When Tanya & Danny and the wedding party arrived back from Bass Hall they entered into the bridal suite where we went through some quick instructions on where to go and stand for the introductions.  Wedding Cakes Ashton DepotI really loved Danny’s Grooms Cake, very cool.  Tanya and Danny were so cute together, again a wonderful reminder of the reasons why I love my job!

Wedding Cake Cutting of Tanya and DannyFeeding Wedding Cake

As the sun went down the party really turned up and the true decor of the building could come out.  Ashton Depot was a glow in pink, the Bride’s favorite color.  I provided the uplighting for the venue and Ashton Depot really takes well for the effect.  Tanya wanted to wash the walls in pink so thats exactly what we did.  The Ashton Depot really takes well to lighting so if you’re thinking about it go for it, it looks great!  We wrapped up most of our activities by 9:00pm which is the time at which the videography company had to leave, which is unfortunate because the night was just warming up! At one point I was pulled out from the DJ booth and then tossed in the air by the groomsmen.  It was amazing. So from 9:00pm to 2:00am we continued dancing.  I had a blast with this crowd because I got to play some Irish tunes and even got to witness a 5 minute go of River Dancing, which apparently everyone from Ireland can do, it’s like their Cupid Shuffle…lol  I did make a little video log from the event so here that is.

New Summer Classes Announced

Posted in WPI Certified Wedding Event Planner with tags , , , , on March 5, 2010 by chadalanevents

The Wedding Planning Institute and the University of Texas at Arlington have released the new schedule for the Certified Wedding Planning course.

The summer session will begin on 5/3/2010.

If you have wanted to enter the exciting industry of wedding planning or if you’re a planner looking to take you business to the next level then this course is for you! This course in an intense 11 week course which focuses on the fundamentals of business management, wedding history and traditions, and the subtle art of planning and designing a wedding.  Students will be given one on one instruction and guidance and opportunities to work hands on with real events.

I look forward to having you in class and helping your build and grow your business.