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Stories about special events from the past.

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

Long Beach Island Wedding

If This Isn’t Nice, I Don’t Know What Is

The bride and groom rented an entire Bed and Breakfast for the weekend: The Island Guest House in Beach Haven, NJ.  The wedding, including the ceremony took place in a tent right beside the house.  The weekend was rainy, but the guests were energized and not a single drop fell throughout the reception.

As guests were getting settled into their seats, Trevor Collins played acoustic guitar plugged into our system.  A friend of the couple conducted the  brief, touching and beautiful ceremony.  At one point all the guests joined him in repeating the famous words of Kurt Vonnegut, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”

LBI Wedding
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#DebsEpicProm

The last party ever held at El Taller was #DebsEpicProm.

#DebsEpicPromIt was a chance for friends to get together for dancing, drinks and laughs in their finest ruffle shirts and prom dresses.

The music for the night was heavy on the 80s, with some 90s music and cutting edge dance tracks. There was even some Punjabi MCs and Disko Partizani for the international crowd.

The prom queen was crowned to Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark – If You Leave, which you might remember from the movie Pretty In Pink.
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Beth Elohim Wedding

Congregation Beth Elohim, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Sunday of Labor Day Weekend 2014

Brooklyn Style

The bride and groom started working on their playlist nearly a year before the wedding started. Their initial Spotify playlist had very distinct selections from across the musical spectrum. It included songs by Arcade Fire, Jackie Wilson, KT Tunstall, Talking Heads, Destiny’s Child, No Doubt, Jens Lekman, Outkast, James Taylor, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dire Straits, Mos Def, Usher, M.I.A., The Cure, The Roots, Jay Z, Amy Winehouse, Beck, TLC, and Stevie Wonder.

Beth Elohim
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Indian Spring Country Club Wedding

Multi-Cultural Wedding With Style

This wedding at the Indian Spring Country Club celebrated the union of an Indian bride and Korean Groom. It was planned at a distance: the bride and groom live in California, but the wedding was held in New Jersey, close to the bride’s family. All the meetings and conversations took place over the phone or using Google Hangouts for video conferencing. The bride wanted to include some Bollywood hits and provided a list of songs that she and her family like. The groom’s music was from his college days where he and his friends used to host excellent parties. The combination made the wedding a memorable experience for everyone involved. Continue reading Indian Spring Country Club Wedding

Bryn Mawr Sweet 16

High Energy

The theme was Chinese New year for this Bryn Mawr Sweet 16 party. The setting was the upstairs of Yang Ming restaurant, with a full seated banquet in one area, and a dance floor in the other. During the weeks that led up to the party, I worked with the family to create a song list that was fun and energetic. Using a google spreadsheet, the family and birthday girl had a chance to approve or disapprove of my suggestions, and add some requests of their own. The final result was an upbeat Top-40 party set with a couple of classic rock songs and show tunes thrown in for the parents and younger kids. Continue reading Bryn Mawr Sweet 16