Chef Works Holiday Party @ Stone Brewing Liberty Station

This is a perfect example of how powerful having a good DJ at a holiday party can change an event manager’s perception of their co-workers. Originally the dinner was supposed to be outside but it was raining so the contingency plan was to have everyone crowd into an event space that was small for the crowd size. I spoke with one of the mangers of Chef Works and told her there was no dance floor where I was setting up. She replied, “Trust me, these people won’t dance. They are talkers and will just want to talk.” In my head I was like, “Then why did you hire a DJ?” but to her, I politely fell in line with her vision and took my place in the corner. I noticed the energy after dinner was quite low so I start doing some of my standard 80’s themed routines which are less catered to dancing and more catered to a DJ performance. After I grabbed their attention and they started to sing along, I gradually increased the energy of the music and the volume too. Within 20 minutes people were dancing wherever they could find space and the energy was super high. Never under estimate the power of music nor the yearning of a cubicle mate to dance their ass off, especially with a couple Stone IPAs in them!

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Dan and Stephanie @ Pala Mesa Resort

Another wonderful wedding at the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook and another couple ringing in their marriage with a couple of tugs on the bell rope! To give you an idea of how fun Dan and Stephanie were to work with, they wanted to start the procession with Europe’s “The Final Countdown!” Seeing fun requests like this on a music sheet really makes my job that much more fun!

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UCSD ER Holiday @ Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

It was that time of the year again for the UCSD ER Holiday party! Luckily the woman of my dreams who I married happens to be an ER nurse at UCSD, hence how I got this gig. What’s amazing about these nurses is that they will save your life and show you how to party on their time off! As soon as the dinner service was over, the dance floor got packed and stayed packed for 4 straight hours!

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Brian and Marisol @ Estancia Hotel

These kids were referred to me by my good friend Tony Law. He said they love to club and he made sure they hired me to ignite the open dancing. I don’t recall meeting them before their wedding day, which I don’t usually do, but after a long phone call, we were all on the same page and they contracted me. The Estancia is a gorgeous venue and I always enjoy working with the staff.

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Kerianne and Tovin @ Pala Mesa Resort

Pala Mesa Resort

I love these kids! We met through a mutual friend years ago and have shared food at many BBQs in the beach area. These are the people that you say ‘They are meant for each other.’ When I found out they were getting married at Pala Mesa, I affirmed their decision as Pala is a beautiful venue. I especially love the ceremony at the base of a hill and the bell tower. When the B&G ring the bell when they get married, I get really excited! I about died laughing when Tovin took my wireless mic and recited Biggie’s “Hypnotize,” while standing in the middle of the dance floor.

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Grant and Ashley @ Twin Oaks Golf Course

I know Grant through my good friend Dominic, they are cousins. We got to go on a snowboarding trip to Mammoth where I really got to know him and he is a great dude. I was honored that he chose me as his DJ and I was very excited to meet his bride to be. They complimented each other very well and I complimented their musical tastes. Another great day with great people!

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Lisa and Phane @ Darlington House

I have known Lisa for years through the San Diego bar Industry and had met her fiance Phane when they first started dating. When Phane popped the question, there was no question who her DJ was going to be. I have done Darlington House many times and I love the intimacy of the venue. It’s always a pleasure to work in La Jolla.

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Dexter and Tiffany @ El Cortez

This was my first time playing at El Cortez and I was loving the old school style of the architecture. The circular banquet room had a big dance floor in the middle and I set up my tables off in a corner and used satellite speakers on the dance floor. Dexter and Tiffany wanted to make sure people were dancing the whole time and for any one who has ever been at a Filipino wedding, that is not hard to do because they love to dance! I love it when all the aunties get in the line and do their Cha Cha or the electric slide. Good times!

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Bobby and Chelsea @ Martin Johnson House

Another beautiful ceremony and reception at the MJ House! The sunsets alone make this place an ideal wedding venue but add the massive trees and outside deck, and you have one of my favorite places to be a vendor at. Bobby and Chelsea wanted a delicate mix between music for the older family members and enough new music to keep the younger crowd engaged, which is exactly what they got.

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