Cira Centre Wedding Bride Pilot

Cira Centre Wedding

Here’s what the bride had to say:

Adam was the best DJ we could have asked for. He worked at length with us on how the night would play out and made the music and the night about us. I would recommend him without a doubt- he is a professional and knows what he’s doing.

Vendors

Venue: Cira Centre Atrium – A great venue with stunning views. Part of the Garces Group so the staff is professional and the food is outstanding.
Photographer: Anton Drummond – A photographer with a great eye. Really nice guy as well. Scroll down to see some of his work.
Videographer: Well Spun Weddings – A national service with some great local people. Great service with a nice price point.
Wedding Musicians: Miss Musique – Award winning musicians.

The Ceremony

The brides performed the Jewish ritual of Circling the Bride.

The Dancing

Photos courtesy of Anton Dummond Photography.

From the DJ’s Perspective

Wiring the Cira Centre for Sound

Events at the Cira Centre are spread out. There’s one space in the atrium for the wedding ceremony, another space in the atrium for cocktails and dancing, an open-air part of JG Domestic, and the inside of the restaurant.
We brought two sound systems: One for the ceremony and the other for the cocktail hour, dinner and dancing.

Sound for the Ceremony

Miss Musique provided live music for the ceremony.
We set up a sound system to play music before the string musicians started, and to amplify the officiant. In order to maintain the visual appeal of the background, we hid our speakers behind some plants. That way the guests were able to hear the wedding officiant but didn’t have to look past my speakers to see the city skyline.

Sound for the Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Dancing

The primary sound system was set up in the corner of the Atrium.
Cira Centre Wedding DJ Setup
In order to share sound with the restaurant, we ran our longest wire from the primary sound system all the way into the restaurant and plugged it into a speaker right at the doorway between the inside and outside part. We then daisy chained it to another speaker even farther into JG Domestic.
In the video below, you can see the speaker distribution. I start in the back of the restaurant and pause at each speaker. The volume is appropriately low in order to allow guests to have conversations during dinner. But there were still a few people dancing anyways.

‪🔈🔉🔊🔊Here's how you wire @JGDomesticPHL for sound at a #wedding. #WeddingDJ ‬

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Why all the wiring? And why should I care?

Toasts! That’s why!

Adorable wisdom.

‪Nora says, "Big sisters are always older and wiser!" #maurasaidjess #WeddingDJ ‬

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Shoutouts to all the people who made it to the wedding.

‪Here's how you shoutout all the guests. Note the expert mike usage. 🎤 💯 #maurasaidjess #WeddingDJ ‬

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The Music

No Play List

This was our polite way of saying, “no requests, please.”
For our greatest No Play List ever, click here.

We're only playing good music tonight! #maurasaidjess #WeddingDJ

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Listen to the Cira Centre Wedding Playlist on Spotify

Cira Centre Wedding Playlist

Best Coast – Our Deal
The Smiths – This Charming Man
The xx – Intro
The Psychedelic Furs – Love My Way
America – Sister Golden Hair
Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line
Grizzly Bear – Two Weeks
Big Mountain – Baby, I Love Your Way
UB40 – (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You
Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun
Paul Simon – Kodachrome
Anna Kendrick – Cups (Pitch Perfect’s “When I’m Gone”)
Matt and Kim – Let’s Go
Cure – Close To Me
Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
Cat Power – Sea Of Love
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Could You Be Loved
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Remix)
Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea
Fleetwood Mac – Gypsy
Paul Simon – Graceland
Beyoncé – Crazy In Love
Sleater-Kinney – Modern Girl
New Orleans Klezmer All Stars – Moroccan Roller
Various Artists – Hava Nagila
The Beatles – Twist and Shout
The Contours – Do You Love Me
Chubby Checker – The Twist
When in Rome – The Promise
The Police – Every Breath You Take
Sade – Smooth Operator
The Dixie Cups – Chapel Of Love
Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema
Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
Kings of Leon – Wait For Me
Grouplove – Tongue Tied
The Shins – New Slang
Duran Duran – Come Undone
The Rolling Stones – Beast of Burden
Janis Joplin – Me And Bobby McGee
Johnny Cash – Jackson (w/June Carter)
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
José González – Heartbeats
Lana Del Rey – Video Games
Santigold – L.E.S. Artistes
Depeche Mode, Daniel Miller, Phil Legg – Enjoy The Silence – Single Mix
The Smiths – Panic
Daryl Hall and John Oates – Maneater
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Talking Heads – Burning Down The House
Pink – Raise Your Glass
The Beatles – She Loves You
Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue – Single Version
The Cure – Lovesong
The Rolling Stones – Paint It, Black
Amy Winehouse – Rehab
Martha Reeves – (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
M83 – Midnight City
Dion – Runaround Sue
Johnny McEvoy – Nora (Single Version)
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Beyoncé – Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)
Lady GaGa – Bad Romance
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me (Remastered)
Kool & The Gang – Celebration (Single)
Madonna – Into the Groove
Whitney Houston – How Will I Know
Sister Sledge – We Are Family (Single Version)
Taylor Dayne – Tell It To My Heart
Spice Girls – Wannabe (Radio Edit)
Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Remastered)
Gallowglass Ceili Band – Walls of Limerick
Brian Boru Ceili Band – Siege of Ennis
Lloyd Williams – Shout
Beyoncé – Run the World (Girls)
Kelis – Milkshake
Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) [Extended Version]
Elvis Presley/The Jordanaires – Can’t Help Falling in Love
R. Kelly – Ignition (remix) (album version)
Pitbull Feat. Ke$ha – Timber
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton)
Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow
Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
Robyn – Dancing On My Own
The Cure – Just Like Heaven ( LP Version )

Double Rainbow

There was some amazing weather on the day of the wedding. It was sunny during the ceremony, but it poured rain right after. During the cocktail hour, a rainbow appeared above Philadelphia. Soon it became a double rainbow.
I caught the brides on their way out for a picture:

🌈 🌈 👰🏻 👰🏻 2 rainbows, one for each bride. #maurasaidjess #WeddingDJ

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