Sunday, August 29, 2010

A Diehard Wedding Ceremony

Kate and Aaron had their hearts set on a Summer beach wedding. They chose August, 2010 as the month and Orange County's Salt Creek Beach as the place to make their dreams come true. But it almost didn't turn out the way they'd imagined.

Picture this: You're at the beach setting up sound for a ceremony with 250 guests invited. The nearest power is 200 feet away and due to a snafu the Park authorities failed to unlock the door to the only outlet available.

The guests have arrived and are now sitting in the sunlight, listening to the roar of the ocean and the occasional gull flyby as they anticipate the start of the nuptials. Park Reps are unresponsive to calls- still no power.

As the minutes tick by the wedding party is assembled and is ready to walk down the aisle. Reception is scheduled to immediately follow the ceremony. It's crunch time, what's a Wedding DJ to do?

With no AC and no generator available, I remembered that I keep a power inverter in my truck for drastic emergencies. We started the engine, attached the inverter to the battery and plugged in the power.

Suddenly the music began and every guest could now hear the lapel mic we already placed on the minister. The two Yamaha 15 inch two-way speakers we had set up reached all the way to the back row. We started the processional music and the vows went off without a hitch.

That's right. We ran the entire ceremony off of a car battery!

Here's to another great beginning!

The Wedding DJ

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mandy & David Find Love In San Clemente

Ole Hanson served as mayor of Seattle from 1918 to 1919.

Why do I mention this? Because lucky for us he got the heck out of that dreary, rain laden spot and headed to sunny southern California. In 1925 Ole founded the city of San Clemente which continues to a prominent vacation and wedding hot spot.

Love Under The Palms

The rustic Beach Club bearing the name of the city's founder, was the perfect choice for Mandy and David's August wedding. The hardwood floors, alabaster walls and huge rotunda give it a timeless appeal. And the outside open air deck doesn't hurt!

Our newlyweds made their grand entrance while Chris Brown sang "Forever". The couple then immediately started in on their first dance, "So Into You" by Tamia Washington.

After a few toasts and a wonderful meal provided by Creative Cuisine, it was party time! "OMG" by Usher, "Mustang Sally" by The Commitments and "Ladies Night" by Kool & The Gang proved to be crowd favorites.

Hugging It Out!

Sound Active Dance Floor Lighting

Old Ole may have missed the coffee from up north but I think he would be proud to know he has played such an important part in so many happy celebrations here.

Here's to another great beginning!

The Wedding DJ