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Bok Wedding

We had the pleasure of providing Wedding DJ services for a wedding at Bok in Philadelphia, PA on April 22, 2017. The playlist for the wedding was outstanding! The groom and I have similar taste in music. A lot of his song suggestions were songs I used in my own mixes. The shape of Workshop Room in Bok presents a challenge: it’s L shaped with the dance floor on one side, and the meal in the other room. To make it even more interesting, it was raining, which meant we couldn’t use the roof deck, and the food trucks catering the event would have to alter their plans. Saving the day, keeping it all together, and having a plan, was the wedding planner, SarahFrench. The wedding went smoothly, and everyone rocked out and had a great time.

Here’s what the bride had to say:

My husband and I were concerned about two things for our wedding plenty of booze and a dance party. Adam together with my husband put together an amazing playlist. We never heard a single song with didn’t want to listen to. We were dancing all night long, pretty much since dinner time. It was exactly how we wanted to night to be like. All of our guests are still raving about how much fun they all had. We got so lucky to find Adam. Thank you so much for a memorable evening! PS: If your husband has a very specific taste of music not your mainstream kinda thing Adam can handle it amazingly. Also are your two families from two different cultures! YUP Adam can make everyone dance. 😉

The Vendors

SarahFrench Events: She has a plan!
Federal Donuts: Mmm! Donuts!
Nomad Pizza:Killer za.
Swig: Bring in the pros for bar tending and food serving
Farm Truck: Farm (to truck) to table!
Lil Pop Shop: Cake!
Christina Julia Photography: Good eye!
Bok: Groovy space!

All Correct

Dancing On Thier Own

Private dance session in the middle of a #wedding. #WeddingDJ #coolcouple

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The Music

Listen to the Bok Wedding playlist on Spotify

Bok Wedding Playlist

The Olympians – Sirens of Jupiter
Smith Westerns – Varsity
Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions, Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Rich Girl
Veronica Falls – Wedding Day
Ducktails – Hamilton Road
LEN – Steal My Sunshine
Real Estate – After The Moon
Al Green – Love And Happiness
Ducktails – Letter of Intent
Miike Snow – My Trigger
Dom – Living In America
Beach House – Wedding Bell
Redbone – Come and Get Your Love (Re-Recorded)
Mariah Carey – Fantasy
The Cure – Just Like Heaven ( LP Version )
Fleetwood Mac – Gypsy
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
The Beatles – In My Life
Toto – Africa
Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
Queen – Dreamer’s Ball (Early Acoustic Take, 8/78)
Leon Bridges – Coming Home
Andra Day – Forever Mine
John Cougar Mellencamp – Jack And Diane
Modest Mouse – Sleepwalking (KAQ Wedding Edit)
Modest Mouse – Float On
Frank Sinatra – The Way You Look Tonight
Fleetwood Mac – Songbird
Modest Mouse – Float On
Joe Arroyo – Ban Ban (Live Extended)
Estudio K L – Un Verano en New York
Juan Luis Guerra – Bachata Rosa
Destroyer – Downtown
Craft Spells – After the Moment
Grandaddy – The Crystal Lake
Blur – The Universal – 2012 Remastered Version
Slowdive – Alison
Ducktails – Ivy Covered House
Miike Snow – Song for No One
Silver Jews – People
The Cardigans – Lovefool
The Hold Steady – Party Pit
Tennis – Petition
ChiChi Peralta – Amor Narcótico
Real Estate – It’s Real
Passion Pit – Little Secrets
Interpol – Obstacle 1
Jimmy Buffett – Cheeseburger In Paradise
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Peter Bjorn And John – Young Folks
Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting
Prince & The Revolution – Kiss
DNCE – Cake by the Ocean
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me (Remastered)
Blur – Girls and Boys – 2012 Remastered Version
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
Madonna – Into the Groove
Earth, Wind & Fire – September
The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dani California
Carlos Vives – La Gota Fría
Joe Arroyo, La Verdad – En Barranquilla Me Quedo
Justin Timberlake – CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!
Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself (Remastered)
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
Donna Summer – Bad Girls
KC and the Sunshine Band – That’s the Way (I Like It)
Various Artists – Hava Nagila
Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
Patrick Hernandez – Born to Be Alive – Original Mix 79
Vicki Sue Robinson – Turn the Beat Around – 7 Single Edit”
Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida [Versión Pop]
Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho) [Radio Edit]
Chichi Peralta – Procura
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico – Me Libere
Enrique Iglesias – Bailando (Spanish Version) [feat. Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona]
Luis Fonsi – Despacito (feat. Daddy Yankee)
Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 – La Bilirrubina
TLC – No Scrubs
Ace of Base – The Sign
LCD Soundsystem – Dance Yrself Clean
LEN – Steal My Sunshine
MiA – Paper Planes
The Killers – Mr. Brightside
Third Eye Blind – Semi-Charmed Life
Taylor Swift – Shake It Off
Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls
La Roux – Bulletproof
Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
Icona Pop – I Love It
Kesha – Your Love Is My Drug
Lizzo – Phone
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Nirvana – Drain You
The Cars – Just What I Needed
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come on Eileen
System Of A Down – Chop Suey!
The Strokes – Last Nite
Rihanna – We Found Love (Feat. Calvin Harris)
Pitbull & TJR – Don’t Stop The Party [2012]
No Doubt – Spiderwebs
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
The Hold Steady – Killer Parties

Graeme Park Wedding

We consider ourselves lucky to have been involved in this rustic Graeme Park wedding. It was an overcast Saturday morning on the first of October, 2016, and it looked like it might rain for the outdoor ceremony, but the weather held out, at least until the cocktail hour, which was moved into the tent. The venue and caterer were well coordinated and the celebration went off without a hitch. We highly recommend this wedding venue and the talented wedding vendors we had the pleasure of collaborating with.
Giant Jenga - Graeme Park

Graeme Park Wedding Vendors

Venue: Graeme Park

859 County Line Rd, Horsham, PA 19044
Contact Beth MacCausland, Certified Wedding Planner, to show you around this great wedding venue. The historic 1722 Keith House and rustic 1830s barn make a great backdrop for a tented wedding. For our wedding, there were a bunch of stations set up outside the tent, including a cigar bar, and lawn games like ring toss, corn hole, tic tac toe, and giant jenga. Words alone can't do this venue justice. Click here to see photos by Wedding Photographer Magi Kernan.

Caterer: Red Cedar Grille

249 Bethlehem Pike Colmar, PA 18915 Contact: Catering

Officiant: Reverend Lisa Bruecks reverendlisa@verizon.net

Reverend Lisa, a great wedding professional, came early in order to do a sound check. She conducted a sweet, meaningful, and brief wedding service.

Photographer: Magi Kernan

Magi's photography captured the fun and magic of this rustic Graeme Park wedding. The day itself was a little drizzly and overcast, but somehow, Magi made all the pictures sparkle. See pictures from this wedding and others at her website.

Special Songs

Procession: Across the Universe - Piano Cover
Bride Procession: The O'neill Brothers Group Can You Feel the Love Tonight
Recession: Alan Jackson Livin' on Love
Wedding Party Entry: Hank Williams Jr - Family Tradition
Bride and Groom Entry: WWE John Cena - The Time Is Now
First Dance: Don Williams - I Believe In You
2nd Dance: Chris Stapleton - Tennesee Whiskey

Here comes the bride!

Cocktail Hour

Country Cocktail Hour

First Dance

Second Dance

This is when the wedding guests are invited to join the bride and groom on the dance floor for a slow dance immediately after the first dance.

Getting down on the dance floor!

photos by magdalenakernan.com

Community Arts Center Wedding

So much fun!

Here’s the highlight reel:

Here’s what the groom had to say after the wedding:

In a few words, Adam is the MAN. Such a great personality, excellent taste in music and wonderful to work with.

He was very proactive in our wedding planning (directly communicating with the wedding party, providing the evening agenda for our other vendors, simple yet effective forms for our music/timeline organization, etc.) He really helped us along in all aspects of the wedding planning.

His slogan says it all “I’ll listen to you and play the music you love”. We truly personalized our wedding through a collective effort in making our playlists for the cocktail and dinner hours and then left the dance party in his hands – and boy did he deliver.

He loves what he does and that really shines through when he’s manning that DJ booth. Highly recommended for any occasion. I’ll definitely stay in touch with him; I loved talking music together.

Book this man!

The love is mutual, and we’re still in touch!

#AllCorrect at the Community Arts Center #weddingdj

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The ceremony was outside near the castle.

Here’s a DJ’s-eye-view. We set up off to the side, so you couldn’t see us, or the speakers. We set up a wireless microphone on a stand for the officiant, and a conductor’s stand for his notes.

Cocktail Hour at the Community Arts Center Wedding

The cocktail hour was also outside, a little closer to the building. We had additional speakers set us so we were able to play continuously from the pre-ceremony through the end of the cocktail hour.

Listen to the Cocktail Hour Mix


Click here for the liner notes.

The First Dance

Wedding Vendors

Venue: Community Arts Center

A gorgeous venue! There’s a garden with a Rapunzel Tower outside, and an art gallery on the inside. It’s a fairy-tale setting. Find out more on their website.

Catereing: Jeffrey A. Miller

Actually, the caterer on site if you choose this location is Craig Zeserman. He’s a pleasure to work with – a real pro! More info on their website.

Photography: JPG Photography

We were lucky enough to work with Stacey Moore. You can see more of her gorgeous photography and find booking information on their website.

The Music from the Community Arts Center Wedding

Listen on Spotify

Full Playlist

Some of the songs aren’t available on Spotify. See the full playlist at Serato.

Pre Procession

These unique tracks were individually selected by the groom:

  • Jon Brion – Phone Call (Eternal Sunshine Soundtrack)
  • Bibio – Lover’s Carvings (First 1:25)
  • Black Sabbath – Fluff
  • Eric Clapton – The Girl In Pith Helmet
  • Yes – Mood For A Day

Special Songs

Wedding Party Procession:
King Crimson – Improv: Daniel Dust

I actually bought it on a discy disc!

There’s no way to buy a digital copy of this rare King Crimson live track. But it was for an important moment, the wedding procession. I bought it on a disc, because I want to make sure that it plays perfectly.

Does anyone remember how to get the wrapper off these things? #KingCrimson #WeddingDJ

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Bride Procession:
The Vitamin String Quartet – Hoppipolla (Sigur Ros)

Wedding Recession:
Frank Zappa Happy Together (From Live At Fillmore Album)

Wedding Party Entrance:
Lyle Workman/Bootsy Collins Super What?

From the Superbad soundtrack. McLovin’!

Bride and Groom Entrance:
Beer Tone – You’re The Best Around

From The Karate Kid!

Woman’s Club of Bala Cynwyd Wedding

This wedding was planned via long distance.  The couple lives in Boston, but they got married in the Philadelphia area so their friends and family could celebrate with them.  We met a few times via Google Hangouts, and shared information via email and Google Spreadsheets. The wedding RSVP cards had a blank space for requests, so the music was reflective of everyone present.

Continue reading Woman’s Club of Bala Cynwyd Wedding

40th Wedding Anniversary

This lovely event was to celebrate the 40th Wedding Anniversary of a fantastic couple.  The catered event was held in their backyard with cocktails near the covered porch, followed by a sit down dinner on the lawn, and then dancing on the porch.  The weather could not have been more perfect: not too hot and not too cold, with the occasional pleasant breeze.

The music incorporated contemporary top-40 and indie hits with all the best sounds of the past 40 years. Continue reading 40th Wedding Anniversary

Spring Ford Country Club Bar Mitzvah

Music for this bar mitzvah featured current pop music for the kids and dance favorites for the grown-ups at the Spring Ford Country Club in Royersford, PA. The bar mitzvah screened the music selections personally, rating each song with a yes, no or meh. The Philly Custom DJ team was happy to fulfill the bar mitzvah’s wishes, particularly his desire to be hoisted up on a chair during the hora.

We were especially happy to fulfill the first ever request made by a 3 year old guest. He asked for “I Like To Move It” from the movie Madagascar. When we played the song, the boy’s face lit up and he did a wild dance for the whole song. We wanted to play him songs all night. Continue reading Spring Ford Country Club Bar Mitzvah

Marsha Brown Bar Mitzvah

We love to DJ at Marsha Brown Creole Restaurant in New Hope, PA. We’ve done weddings and holiday parties, but this was our first Marsha Brown Bar Mitzvah. There were foosball tables set up for the kids and a great photo booth with custom gifts for all the party guests. Continue reading Marsha Brown Bar Mitzvah

Hotel Palomar Bat Mitzvah

These kids knew every participation dance there is!

This fun Bat Mitzvah was held at the Burnham Ballroom of the Hotel Palomar in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia.  The older crowd rocked out to the Psychedelic Furs, Duran Duran, and INXS.  The bat mitzvah, and her friends surprised the adults and the DJ team with their knowledge of participation dances.  After doing the Cupid Shuffle, the Cha-Cha Slide and Cotton Eyed Joe, the girls demanded the Electric Slide and the Macarena.

We closed the party appropriately with Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me. Continue reading Hotel Palomar Bat Mitzvah

Knowlton Mansion Wedding

Reviews of Knowlton talk about the outdoor space, but on this particular wedding day, it was raining, so the whole event was indoors. Cocktails were served in the mansion, and guests were free to wander into all the interesting rooms. We were able to provide sound for this location by placing a speaker at the top of the stairs with the cocktail hour mix.

The reception was in a large modern hall with a high ceiling. We were able to fill the room with great sound from our station in the corner of the room. Guests were dancing the whole night to classic rock, pop, old-school, crunk and sing along favorites. The bride and groom made their grand entry to The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love, and they closed the night with Friends in Low Places! Continue reading Knowlton Mansion Wedding