This wedding was one for the record books in terms of how amazing everything was, and how much fun you could tell everyone had. The day started sunny & breezy on the west lawn of Stone Harbor where the ceremony took place. With a beautiful view of the canal set as the backdrop guests were quickly filling the couple hundred seats they had set out. Among some ambient music to set the mood, our wedding party prepped for their entrance. The music briefly paused, and the wedding party entered. Just before the bride's processional, the music paused again only to be replaced by the sound of Detroit muscle as Mike Rankin escorted his daughter to the ceremony site in his classic 'Cuda muscle car.
The audience gave their first of many thunderous cheers for our couple that day. Music resumed, and the ceremony took place with ease.
In between ceremony and reception guests were invited to check into their hotel rooms, and explore some of the nearby sights along the canal. At 5pm cocktail hour took place outside the pool at the resort where guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and drinks. At 10 minutes to 6 our guests were invited inside to the reception hall where they would find their seats and prepare for the Grand Entrance of the wedding party.
Part of our preparation for special occasions, especially weddings, is to learn more than just the names of the VIPs. We want to know the relationships, their favorite hobbies, how they met the couple, etc., and we use this information to give charming, personalized introductions for each bridesmaid & groomsman in the wedding party.
After the Grand Entrance, we turned the microphone over to our couples' parents for opening toasts and words of thanks. During dinner, in order to get the bride & groom to kiss, guests shared stories about Mariah & Brock!
Following dinner we heard toasts from the wedding party, witnessed a special presentation put together by Josh Thompson of Josh Thompson Media, and began our dance by sharing the love story of Mariah & Brock. Sharing the love story has become one of my favorite things to do for my couples at their weddings. It's something we put together very carefully, and have actually received professional mentoring on both composition and performance to make sure it is always delivered exceptionally well.
After a few beautiful moments filled with Mariah & Brock's first dance, as well as a dance with their parents to honor their families, we brought the wedding party out to get the dance started. By the end of the first song the dance floor was packed, and it stayed that way all night! Here are a few pics. As a note, one feature exclusive to the Brilliance option is UV lighting, so you'll notice some of our guests are glowing!
Did the party last all the way to the stroke of midnight? Oh yes! Here's a clip of the last song of the night:
Of course, when it was all finished, we asked the guests to capture the end of the night in one epic group shot!
I'd say they had a pretty magical day!
West met Midwest on 7/7/18 for an epic celebration!
With one of the most beautiful days weather-wise we've had this summer, we were able to bring the celebration of a lifetime to Kirsten & Garo Masrelian at Badger State Brewing Company.
Our day began with arrival and setup at 10am, with one of the first things being rolled in was our new DJ booth. (We're still coming up with names for it. If you have a sweet idea for a DJ booth name, leave it in the comments!) Followed by the rest of our gear for the day. The game plan for the day? Ceremony outdoors on the lawn, followed by appetizers and drinks inside, the wedding party arrival after departing for photos, dinner, and dancing!
Why we titled this "West met Midwest..." is that our bride Kirsten is a native from De Pere, but our groom Garo, hails from Los Angeles! Our couple met at a roulette table in Las Vegas of all places, and Garo, after being quite taken by Kirsten, moved to De Pere only 4 months after meeting Kirsten. How do we know this? Because we know their whole love story, and had the honor of sharing it with their guests with reactions of excitement, laughter, sentiment, and love.
In honor of our couple we prepared and delivered on several musical nuances to please both our Midwestern and West Coast guests. I'd say the results turned out pretty well.
It's always our #1 focus to make sure our couples and their guests have the very best time possible. The photo just above this text is taken after 10pm, and the energy stayed this high all the way up to our very last song of the night, and the encore song that followed.
After our night ended, we commemorated the moment with one last picture. As a DJ, it's one of the most satisfying things to see so many smiling faces from beginning to the end. Check it out:
From all of us at SoundFire DJ, we'd like to wish Mr. & Mrs. Garo & Kirsten Masrelian the absolute best in their future together as husband & wife. It was an honor to be a part of helping them make these amazing memories that they will take with them for the rest of their marriage.
Special shout outs to a few other wonderful professionals that were an integral part of their day:
Chefusion - caterer
Let it Rain Studios (Eric Johnson) - photographer
No, it's not a corn hole toss game ... Watch the video to see the reveal!!
We're so excited to be bringing something special to our 2018 and beyond clients. This will be for those who have chosen to work with Alton. We will be working on getting Tyler hooked up with a booth too, but a date has not yet been determined.
To inaugurate our new video booth we're going to be doing something special for all 2018 and 2019 clients that have booked with Alton before 6/30/18 - we're going to give you a free animated monogram that will be displayed on the booth intermittently throughout your reception. This is a $350 option we want to give as a thank you to those who have chosen to entrust their events with us. That also means there's still time to book with Alton to get this service!
Here's the catch though, and while this should be common sense, we need to say it anyway. The booth will only work for events where it will be compatible with the setting/venue. For the most part that means that it will need to be a place that has rolling accessibility from where we unload all the way to where the booth will be placed. It will not roll on grass or soft surfaces. We will not be able to accommodate stages unless they have adequate ramp access, undersized elevators where the booth cannot fit, and absolutely no stairs.
For venues where the booth is incompatible we will bring our tried & true setup, that our couples have loved for years, to rock your event.
Again, we are so excited to be bringing this new feature to SoundFire DJ, and use it as an amazing tool to enhance your event!
See you soon!!
Let's start with some pics!
*Some photos provided courtesy of Ken Cravillion
It's no longer a trend. It's here to stay. Couples are looking for other options from the traditional ballroom in a hotel. They want something unique that reflects their personality while allowing them to really tailor the look & feel. Badger State Brewing Company provides a gorgeous space for the couple looking to have that industrial chic look.
SoundFire DJ is proud to be one of the very few preferred providers that come highly recommended from this wonderful facility. We have had several successful events here, and look forward to having several more.
This space can do so much for your wedding, and I've personally seen it hold 350 guests with ease. Not to mention that if you love beer, this is definitely one of the best places to have your reception!
If you've already booked, or are considering having, your reception at Badger State Brewing Company, get in touch with us here at SoundFire DJ. We'll help you bring the very best entertainment in Northeast Wisconsin to one of the very best venues!
As an event professional, a call I get far too often, mostly from brides, is where the client is left high and dry by their friend who convinced them they could "DJ their event for cheap". However, the other day I actually got a call from one of these DJs, and I posted the story on my Facebook page. What made the call from this DJ, who fully intends to bail on his couple, even more troubling is that he has a company name, and appears to be professional to the people researching him. The other thing that made this example stand out is that I had just ended a phone call with another bride 20 minutes prior who mentioned that she was going to make this exact same mistake, and also claimed that the "friend" was part of a DJ company. Keep reading to see the excuse this DJ gave for wanting to bail...
As I get ready to do some wedding prep for my awesome couple this weekend - Hana & JJ, I have to sit and reflect on some things.
First of all 2018 is going to be an amazing year when it comes to our weddings. We have more weddings on the books than ever before, and it's only growing from here. We're so thrilled that so many couples have chosen us to entrust with the experience that they will share with their guests on one of the biggest days of their lives. They made the investment in us, and they decided that their wedding day was worth it. I want to speak for all of us here at SoundFire DJ when I give a big thank you to all of our 2018 couples!
What are we working on for 2018?
In a word - performance.
SoundFire DJ is already well-known for the awesome delivery of the "Love Story". We aren't stopping there though. This past March Alton traveled out West to study with his mentor Mark Ferrell, the OG when it comes to telling the wedding love story, and spent 2 full days doing nothing but learning how to do this better. The results so far are - more "awes", more laughs, more cheers, more tears of joy, and, most importantly, a greater emotional connection between the couple and the audience when the couple takes the dance floor for their first dance. After the day is done, this results in better memories for all in attendance.
We talk a lot during our consultations about the difference between amateur MCs and professional MCs. Although we already repeatedly receive comments from guests such as, "I can tell you've done this before. Were you ever in broadcast?" or "Thanks for not sounding corny like the last DJ we saw at a wedding." - it's not enough. Again, we have been taking professional classes to further develop and refine our skills as the spokesperson who will represent you on a microphone in front of your friends & family. This makes a huge difference when it comes to how people experience your event!
The bottom line is your event deserves better than "cheesy shtick". You have something very real to celebrate, and the spokesperson you hire needs to be in tune with that. We take this very seriously.
Of course, the music is important too, and that's only getting better as well. For the past few years we've been bringing a level of skill to DJing that you rarely see in Northeast Wisconsin. We're not the human jukebox pressing shuffle on a playlist. We're DJs. We study the skill of taking you and your guests on a musical journey, and the learning never stops. Until you've experienced a wedding with us, you don't know what you're missing. We keep the music going with seamless transitions from song to song where everything stays on the beat, along with creative ideas that have crowds reacting like this:
See you at your events everyone!
If you'd like to learn more about how SoundFire DJ can make your event look like the pictures above, get in touch!
Our last wedding of the main wedding season!
What a way to send things off! We had such an incredible time with the DuFrane's & the Groose families. They had a beautiful reception up at The Carrington, which is part of The Landmark Resort, in Egg Harbor (our second time being up there this year). What was also very special about this event is Mike Rakovszky from Advanced Entertainment DJ service came along to co-chair the event under the SoundFire DJ flag. It's something special when DJ companies can work together to help bring an amazing experience to each other's events.
Our couple had their ceremony service at a nearby church, and then the doors for their guests opened at 5pm for the reception. Guests were immediately greeted with tasteful selections of Adult Contemporary music based on Adam & Megan's requests, and music we expertly curate based on their tastes.
Right before we began dinner ...
Earlier this month we had the pleasure of bringing to a reality all of the hard work that was prepared for Matt & Krista. It was a beautiful day with a beautiful ceremony at the Botanical Gardens here in Green Bay, WI.
We had the pleasure of working with Vicky Gilson Photography who captured the beautiful memories in which we helped to contribute. Here are a couple beautiful examples of Vicky's work:
We had an absolutely incredible time with the Brzozowski & Martinez wedding party this past weekend. They had the most beautiful ceremony & reception at Barnsite Retreat & Events Center located in Kewaunee, WI. SoundFire DJ had the pleasure of coordinating their wedding with Kyra Rane Photography and ZoZo's Kitchen. Everything went extremely smooth for Timothee & Brittany, and we were so honored to be a part of one of the biggest days in their lives!
First, as has been in the news the past couple weeks, Jerika Bolen passed away on 9/22/2016. Exactly 2 months since we had the honor of providing the entertainment for her prom. This past Saturday Jerika had her funeral, which was kept private in lieu of all the attention her story had received. Sadly, we were not able to attend due to our commitments to our couples. Everyone here at SoundFire DJ sends our deepest condolences to Jen Bolen along with other family & friends of Jerika.
We didn't get to know her for very long, but she left an impression on us that will stay with us for a lifetime.
Jerika's obituary can be found here.
We had two amazing events this past weekend. That's right, SoundFire DJ is growing, and we're doing so