About the Wedding
We had the pleasure of DJing a wedding at the John James Audubon Center on November 17, 2017. The bride and groom are big indie music fans, and we were able to play lots of great indie stuff during the wedding reception. When it was time to dance, we filled up the dance floor with music for all generations.
John James Audubon Center
Rustic Sanctuary - Once the estate of famed naturalist and illustrator, John James Audubon, the Audubon Center is a beautiful retreat from fast-paced city life.
We had the pleasure of collaborating with Craig Zeserman. It was our second collaboration, and we're looking forward to more successful events together.
Here's what the bride said:
Aside from finding a venue, scoring the perfect DJ for our wedding reception was at the top of our list in the planning process. We wanted someone personable and authentic; someone who really cared about what we wanted music-wise, and didn't gravitate towards "Top 50" playlists. Adam from Philly Custom DJ is that guy. Through the planning process, he was quick to respond to my (many) emails, stayed totally organized, and we had several video chats to touch base on how things were going. My husband and I appreciated the openness Adam had towards our music choices, yet he offered helpful suggestions to keep us on track with our playlist. The day of, Adam and his assistant Sam did a straight-up excellent job. Adam kept the wedding party laughing before our announcements to the dance floor and was responsive to any questions I had (like should we have a code gesture in case my father-daughter dance gets painfully long since both my dad and I can't dance??). During dinner, they played an awesome selection of "deep tracks"—some of our favorite songs you can't really dance to, but are nice to hear. But as soon as dinner was over, people were ready for the dance floor and they were on it for hours! Seeing how happy everyone was and how much fun they were having was the highlight of my night, and Philly Custom DJ made it happen (thanks Adam and Sam!). I could go on and on about how happy we are with our experience with Philly Custom DJ, but you get the point. If you're considering them, I say go for it. You'll be so happy you did.
Special Songs from the John James Audubon Wedding
Wedding Party Entrance: The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
We played the whole song, pacing it so the bride and groom would walk in when it picks up.
First Dance: My Morning Jacket - Look at You
Very appropriate for this couple.
Daddy/Daughter Dance: Paul Simon - Father and Daughter
This is my favorite song for this dance. I tear up every time I hear it.
Mother/Son Dance: Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
Mom had a smile from ear to ear!
Grandma & the Groom: Andy Williams - Danny Boy
Listened to about 5 versions until I settled on this one!
Anniversary Dance: Etta James - At Last
We only recommend an anniversary dance when you know who the last couple on the floor will be.
Cake Cutting: Cake - Love You Madly
Get it? We played Cake for the cake cutting!
Bouquet Toss: Animal Collective - My Girls (3:00 mark)
Anytime a song has a long build, we cue it to the drop.
Closer (final song of the night): Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
This went over very well with the friends.
White Winter Hymnal - Fleet Foxes
Fake Empire - The National
Sparks - Coldplay
The Strangest Game - Miynt
Sound & Color - Alabama Shakes
Ophelia - The Lumineers
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Lovely Day (Bonus Track) - alt-J
Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
Look At You - My Morning Jacket
Lost In The Light - Bahamas
Marry Song - Band of Horses
Someone New - Hozier
I'm Amazed - My Morning Jacket
My Kind of Woman - Mac DeMarco
She Treats Me Well - Ben Howard
Hold On - Alabama Shakes
That Old Black Hole - Dr. Dog
I Want What You Got - Palace
Keep Your Heart - TV On The Radio
Diane Young - Vampire Weekend
The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads
It Beats For You - My Morning Jacket
Dear One - Jim James
Only For You - Heartless Bastards
Real Love Baby - Father John Misty
The Story - Brandi Carlile
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Fly Me To The Moon - Frank Sinatra, Count Basie
I Love You - Climax Blues Band
Come See About Me - The Supremes
Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town - Talking Heads
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) - Stevie Wonder
I Gotta Feeling - The Black Eyed Peas
Love You Madly - Cake
Father and Daughter - Paul Simon
What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
Danny Boy - Andy Williams
Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - Four Tops
Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations
Respect - Remastered - Aretha Franklin
Stayin' Alive - Bee Gees
Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
I Feel For You - Chaka Khan
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) - Whitney Houston
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers
Cheap Thrills - Sia
Just Dance - Lady Gaga, Colby O'Donis
Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) - Katy Perry
Push It - Salt-N-Pepa
Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran
Come On Eileen - Dexys Midnight Runners
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) - The Proclaimers
Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
Everything Now - Arcade Fire
Can't Feel My Face - The Weeknd
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Hey Ya! - Radio Mix / Club Mix - OutKast
Happy - Pharrell Williams
Poker Face - Lady Gaga
Dog Days Are Over - Florence + The Machine
Too Good To Say Goodbye - Bruno Mars
Raise Your Glass - P!nk
One More Time - Daft Punk
I Love It (feat. Charli XCX) - Icona Pop, Charli XCX
Dancing On My Own - Robyn
Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
TiK ToK - Kesha
Teenage Dream - Katy Perry
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
(I've Had) The Time of My Life - Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes