Studio W Photography

Posted in Vendor Kudos on March 5, 2010 by chadalanevents

Studio W Photography is a fantastic photography company.  They specialize in Weddings and boudoir shoots.  The owner is none other that Leslie Wandel who is one of the areas finest photographers.  Her passion shows through in everything that she does and her work speaks for itself.  I love her use of ambient light and her attention to detail when she sets up her shots.  A true artesian, and one of only a few that I would trust to take my memories and transform them into artwork.

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Lakeside Bridal Fair (2-28-2010)

Posted in DJ/MC Industry, Other Events on February 28, 2010 by chadalanevents

So this year I have decided to put a little more fire to my marketing and I completely rebranded Chad Alan Events.  I also decided that I would participate in the first bridal show for Chad Alan Events which is also the first show I’ve done in about 5 or 6 years.  I have been apart of the Lakeside Bridal Fair since the first show so I decided that I would like to be apart of this show. The Lakeside Bridal Fair is held at the beautiful Hilton Bella Harbor on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard

At this show I decided to keep the booth very simple and bring out the newest tool in the audio line up for your wedding ceremony and reception.  That tool would be the Bose L1 sound system.  If you have never heard the Bose system perform then just think of it as a typical Bose speaker on steroids!  And, if you have never heard a Bose speaker then it’s like sitting on stage with the orchestra.  now, my both banner didn’t ship in time for the show so the booth is a little more simple than I wanted but hey, that’s life.  Anyway, here is a photo of the booth and system.

I met with a bunch of brides and had a great time and got to network with some great vendors like my neighbors Chuck Wagon Cuisine Catering Company.  What a great show.

Carrie & Brian Davis (2-20-2010)

Posted in Weddings with tags , , , , , , on February 20, 2010 by chadalanevents

I really enjoyed working with Carrie and Brian and the fun they had on their wedding day was fantastic.  Carrie and Brian met with me over a year ago while in my shared office space with Simply Elegant Weddings. At first I was only hired to entertain their wedding guests, but as a few months went by I was asked to help with planning some of the details.  Now Carrie is and was like most Bride’s today, she was very organized with everything that she had got together,but she was a hard-working professional with little time to invest in getting information together and circulate all the details of her big day with all the vendors involved in making that day so special.  I could tell how much stress was removed once she hired me to help with the plans, and that’s always a good thing!

Now Carrie and Brian didn’t want a huge wedding, and at first Carrie didn’t want to have a ceremony; however, her mother insisted that they have just a simple family ceremony.  I think this was the point at which Carrie decided that she no longer had time to manage the details, which thankfully was a lot sooner in the whole process than most. 

Carrie and Brian decided to have their wedding at the YWCA in downtown Fort Worth, which is a beautiful facility for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The YWCA has a pleasant staff that was always eager to help and as a vendor with special parking needs it was awesome to be able to park on site without trying to find a garage with enough height that I could get into with the trailer.  I am a huge fan of the rustic old style decor of the YWCA and the ballroom reminds me of the majestic glamour of the 1920’s.  Just a beautiful canvas on which to build a beautiful ballroom.

We staged the ceremony downstairs and used the oversized fireplace as our backdrop.  With the solo Cellist, Louanne Greer playing classical pieces along with specially arranged selections such from the Beatles and “Stand By Me” the ceremony setting was magical.  Christie Greer of Simply Elegant (no relation to Louanne) provided the gorgeous flowers and centerpieces which consisted of tulips, callalillies, and other branches arranged in tall glass vases. They were the perfect touch to the decor and really highlighted the elegant sophistication of the venue. The Grand Ballroom was decorated with chocolate linens and a light cocoa table runner.  The Ceremony was very intimate with only 60 of Carrie and Brian’s family and friends; however, the reception was nearly overflowing with 220 people ready to celebrate with this happy couple.

Now Carrie’s big thing was the cake which was baked by Creme De La Creme in Fort Worth.  Each layer of her cake was a completely different flavor, each balanced in sweetness and flavor. And, like usual, Creme De La Creme did an amazing job…I love their cakes.

After the ceremony, we began cocktail hour while the photographers had family pictures downstairs and while the additional guests arrived for the reception.  Since the ceremony started at 4pm, we had a family cocktail hour from 4:30pm to 5:30pm and started receiving guests after that.  The reception didn’t start until 6:30pm so we had a lot of free time leading into the actual reception, nonetheless, we kept a light-hearted atmosphere and a very family oriented cocktail hour.  As the reception began I introduced Carrie and Brian to a very unique version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by a group called Lick The Tins.  I would call it a Celtic twist on a great original…which matched these two perfectly.  Their first dance was to one of my favorite songs “I could Fall In Love” by Selena.

There wasn’t a large agenda for the night as Carrie and Brian opted to keep it very simple  The toasts where fantastic as long time friends gave their stories from years past and Carrie’s father was introduced to the microphone with thunderous applause.  He was a man of few words but with a huge heart.

Once we began dancing it never really ended as we mixed across a fun span of time as Carrie and Brian were huge fan’s of 80’s pop.  It was really fun to mix from 80’s to Latin Reggaeton to a little Motown and funk.  At the end of the night guests were having so much fun they didn’t even realize that Carrie and Brian snuck out the back door early to prepare for their long morning flight.

Blog Updates

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2010 by chadalanevents

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City of Richardson Daddy-Daughter Dance (2-13-2010)

Posted in Other Events on February 13, 2010 by chadalanevents

This years Daddy/Daughter dance for the City of Richardson at the Richardson Civic Center would be one no one would ever forget.  Now you might be thinking sure, no one will forget it, but truly this year I guarantee it was since the night before the Dallas metro area recieved over a foot of snow.  Thursday night we brooke the all time snow fall record with 9.8 inches officially at the DFW Airport, but at my house and office we recieved 12.4 inches. 

This picture was taken at 5:00pm at which point 8inches had already fallen.  Friday morning was interesting because we so rarely see snow here that I went to get the trailer of equipment and didn’t even have shovel…which I would have really needed.  I did have to dig the trailer out of the snow bear handed but since I didn’t get to play in the snow it was ok by me.

I left Arlington around 11:00am with plenty of time to take it very slow on the route to the Richardson Civic Center.  This place is such a blank canvas for any event.  Plain white walls and floors without any distracting wall decor makes this place idea for fabulous transformations. If you are looking for a place that will take well to decor lighting and any number of decor treatments then this is a great place.

This year was no different than last year, amzingly dress little girls and proud fathers all ready to let loose and have fun together.  As with last year, I am completely amazed at the level of energy and dance skills that I see in the dance competition.  I can not believe they can dance that good.  We had some laughs as we did a scooter race with a few of the dads and of course we rocked out to the best music all night long.  I am already looking forward to next year’s dance on February the 11th, 2011.

Chad Wandel to Present at Chicago ADJA National Conference

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2009 by chadalanevents

The American Disc Jockey Association is hosting it’s first ever National Conference this year in Chicago. The ADJA is the largest and most powerful association in the DJ industry and Chad Wandel of Chad Alan Events will be presenting a seminar covering topics on “Working with Wedding Planners”.

I will be using the years of experience as a professional wedding entertainer and the ears of experience as a Certified Wedding Planner to bring an educational presentation of challages that both industrues face and how wedding planners can be the driving force in a succesful business model, if a DJ understands their roles and responsibilities and how we can better serve our clients through them.

If you are a DJ and you have not yet signed up for this conference then you need to join the ADJA and attend. This will be by far one of the most amaing conference of the year not mention the least expensive!! Check out all the details at http://www.adja.org.

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.