Jeff & Melissa – Monterey Hyatt

I first met the groom, Jeff Roberts was back in the 90’s when he was working as a banquet captain at weddings at the Vizcaya.  Back then, Jeff told me that when the time came to get married, he knew that was going to hire me as his entertainer and Christopher Kight as his photographer.  Jeff and I worked together many times over the years and when he moved over to Del Paso Country Club, I was always happy to see him there as well.  Jeff was one of the captains who really “got it.”  He understood the big picture and knew that the day was about so much more than just food, or photos or music.

So when he called me in October of 2008 and told me he was getting married to the beautiful Melissa Martin in October of 2009 at the Monterrey Hyatt, I knew I was going to love working them.  In the months leading up to the wedding, we met and began putting together their agenda and created a fun and personal evening.

Thanks for remembering us, Jeff.  I understand how you fell in love with Melissa – what a great person!  We had a blast.  Your families are awesome!

From the custom introduction of their wedding party to their hysterically funny and poignant Love Story, from their first dance to their finale, it was a great time for all.

Check out the highlights!

Troy & Christina – Woodland Hotel

The Woodland Hotel was the setting for Troy & Christina Thompson’s wedding reception on March 28, 2009.  Catererd by Cracchiolo’s, and with their wedding coordinator, Alison Ulshoffer, along with Premier Entertainment & Video, the day was a smashing success.

We began by introducting Christina’s parents, Jim & Patsy Brookshire, who had been married for 34 years, followed by the introduction of Troy’s parents, , who were married for 39 years!  They were fortunate to have several grandparents in attendance as well, and each were introduced to enthusiastic applause.

Troy & Emma ThompsonThe wedding party was introduced next, to plenty of laughter and applause as we related funny and interesting facts about each one. 

Songs used included:

The Fireman
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Beauty School Dropout
Speed Racer
Shop Around
Beer Is Good For You
Fore She Was Mama
I’m Too Sexy
Three Little Birds
Big Ol’ Truck
Save A Horse
The Night They Invented Champagne
Dukes Of Hazzard
Cops
Thunderstruck (for Troy & Christina)

Troy & Christina’s first dance began as “It’s Your Love,” by Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, but when the “record skipped,” they broke into an evolution of dance style dance, which included “Rock Around The Clock,” “The Twist,” “YMCA” and “Apache.”  They ended by stepping back into each other’s arms for the end of “It’s Your Love.”

Check it out!

San Francisco Giants – World Champions!

After waiting for years, all of us long-suffering Giants fans can use the phrase “World Champion Giants!”

One of the great retro dance hits is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” but here’s something special just for Giants fans!  I can’t wait for Opening Day 2011!  Go Giants!

Dustin & Kelly Petrillo – World Champions!

On September 25th, 2010, Dustin & Kelly were married at her parents’ home in Winters.

As huge fans of the World Champion San Francisco Giants and 80’s music, Dustin and Kelly themed their wedding around both the Giants and the great music of the 80’s.

Their wedding party walked in to the ceremony to Foreigner’s “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and then Kelly walked down the aisle, escorted by her dad, to Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.”

Their recessional was Huey Lewis’ “Power Of Love.”

And then, to kick off the receptions, almost every one of their wedding party members were introduced to an 80’s song, including:

Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Turning Japanese -Vapors
Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler
Nothin’ But A Good Time – Scorpions
Legs – ZZ Top
Back In Black – AC/DC
Cherry Pie – Warrant
Sledgehammer – Peter Gabriel
All She Wants To Do Is Dance – Don Henley
Paradise City – Guns ‘N Roses
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
She Drives Me Crazy – Fine Young Cannibals
Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
Bang Your Head – Quiet Riot

And then Dustin & Kelly enterted to Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer,” followed by a great celebration!

Other great 80’s songs used for the reception included:

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
Centerfield
Can’t Fight This Feeling
Heaven
Simple Man
Take My Breath Away
Girls, Girls, Girls
Another One Bites The Dust
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Two Tickets To Paradise

And that doesn’t even include the open dancing!

Their video montage, prepared by Dustin & Kelly’s brother in law Devin, even opened with Dustin & Kelly on the Comcast News Desk from AT&T Park.

What a great autumn for Dustin & Kelly.  First the wedding, then the playoffs, then World Champions!  As a fellow fan of the Giants, I enjoyed both the wedding and playoffs too!

Here’s a newer version of a classic 80’s tune that all Giants fan will love!

Al & Talia – Wine & Roses

Al & Talia Martin were married on July 20, 2007 at Wine & Roses in Lodi.

It was a wild and crazy night, with wild and crazy friends and family!

Al is deaf and Talia is a teacher who works with hearing impaired community, so they had sign language interpreters in their ceremony and reception, which really added a lot of energy.  From the opening welcome to the final dance, this was a group that was there to celebrate, with dancing, laughter and applause all night.

Al & Talia’s first dance started as “Endless Love” but then morphed into “I Like The Way You Move,” and brought down the house! 

Talia danced with her dad, starting with “You Raised Me Up” by Josh Groban, with a special voice-over message she added for her dad, then broke into “Isn’t She Lovely,” a song she and her parents had enjoyed since she was a toddler.

Al followed with a dance with his mom to “A Song For Mama.”

They had a great wedding party dance which moved from “That’s What Friends Are For,” into “Thriller” and which kicked off the dancing.

Check out the highlights here!

Ryan & Lisa Greif

With a goal in mind of a fun, organized, funny and energetic celebration, Christian couple Ryan and Lisa Greif accomplished all of that and more.  Their wedding reception, held at the Davis Veteran’s Memorial Center was catered by one of our favorites, Cracchiolo’s, out of Woodland.

The reception started with fun music as guests arrived.  Introductions of their parents, and custom introductions of their wedding party followed.  Wedding party introduction music included Vogue, Hot Stuff, If I Knew You Were Coming I’d A Baked A Cake, Let’s Get Physical, Miss America Theme, We Are Family, Zombie Nation, Le Freak, Superman, God Blessed Texas. Secret Agent Man and Unbelievable, before Ryan & Lisa came in to the Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling.”

 

Dinner followed, with tables being sent to the buffet line with songs chosen by Ryan & Lisa and then a fun centerpiece giveaway and a hysterical version of The Shoelywed Game.

Ryan & Lisa’s Love Story was a huge hit, with guest laughing and clapping and crying throughout.   Because their faith plays such a major role in their lives, we were able to bring that in throughout the reception, while keeping everything fun and exciting.

Toasts followed, including one from Jonnalee Henderson, one of the bridesmaids.  This was the second time I’ve had the opportunity to hear Jonnalee give a toast, the first being at the wedding of her sister, Kara, to Jake Spooner last year.  Once again, Jonnalee knocked it out of the park – she’s a dynamo who proves that big things come in small packages.  (And thanks for referring this wedding to us, Jonnalee!)

After a traditional bouquet and garter toss, it was time for the first dance, and they chose Must Be Doing Something Right by Billy Currington, which I edited down for them  from 3:54 to 2:06.

Lisa followed with a dance with her Dad, a custom recording we made of Heartland’s I Loved Her First.  Then it was Ryan’s turn to dance with his mom, to a custom recording we made of “You’re Gonna Be.”

And since the next day was Mother’s Day, we finished with a recording that Lisa made for her mom, of Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up, and invited all moms and their children to the dance floor.

Dancing rocked the house for the remainder of the evening and before we knew it, it was time for their finale, to Lonestar’s Amazed, which we played with highlight audio clips from their welcoming and reception. 

As Ryan & Lisa headed off on their life together, all their friends and family were gathered in two lines, showering them with bubbles and cheers!

Check out their highlights here!

Mike & Giana – Vizcaya

 

Mike Wheless & Giana Papadakis were married on September 17th, 2010 at Vizcaya Pavillion with  a ceremony in the courtyard by their friend and groomsman, Evan Pane.

With Randy serving as Wedding Entertainment Director(tm), photography by Christopher Kight and videography by Premier Video, the entire event was captured forever.

Mike & Giana had some great moments, including the fun introduction of their wedding party, a special Mototcycle groom’s cake, a football-garter toss, their Love Story Presentation as well as a video montage of their lives up to their marriage, a centerpiece giveaway and a marriage certificate signing where all their guests got to watch and participate.

Their entrance song was “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, and their first dance was the timeless, “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green and their ending song was Con Te Partiro.

What a fun and exciting couple and although Giana isn’t that much into dancing, Mike was, and Giana joined him from time to time, while still visiting with all her guests.

Their video montage included a dedication to Giana’s dad, Bud, who had unfortunately passed away before seeing his daughter be married.  Here is that montage, with the dedication, in Giana’s own voice, at the beginning.

Dennis & Tasha Karidis – Newcastle Wedding Garden

On July 31st at the beautiful Newcastle Wedding Gardens, Dennis & Tasha exchanged their vows, in a ceremony presided over by the Honorable Judge Tom Cecil. 

Beginning with a garden ceremony in which their Boston Terrier, Chibi served as Best Dog, through the end of their very fun Italian/Greek wedding reception, their wedding day was described by their guests as “fun, relaxed and thoughtful.”

Denice served as their Master Of Ceremonies, with an assist from her DJ, TJ.  (Not a typo, just funny.)


Their first dance was one we hadn’t used before, called “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, almost a jig style.  They danced to a short version for the first dance, and finished the night off with the full length version with all their guests. 

Being a big fan of the Oakland A’s, Dennis wrapped Tasha’s garter around an A’s baseball, which they both signed and then threw to the single guys. 

Dennis’s sister, Mel, led the group in a traditional Zorba’s dance, with napkins twirling in the air!

We loved their follow up to us in which they wrote, “Thank you…your presence was perfect – non-intrusive, but completely organized and helpful.  So much fun! Everything was as we imagined.”

Premier Video took care of the videography and Jeff Sharpe from Sharpe Photographers, one of our favorites, personally handled the photography.

Check out their video highlights!

Paul & Kelly – Croatian American Center

 

On July 16, Paul & Kelly were married.  They liked it so much, they did it again the next day!

On Friday the 16th, they held a small Catholic ceremony for family only, and then the following day, had a beautful outdoor ceremony at the Croatian-American Cultural Center, followed by a rocking reception inside.

Kelly is from Sacramento and Paul is from Chicago, where Kelly went to teach elementary school.  They came back for their reception, and since Kelly was a Premier Entertainment Dancer/Party Motivator back when we used to perform at all the great Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, she knew she wanted us for her wedding.

It was fabulous.  Christopher Kight was the photographer and he helped us create a great little surprise.  We produced a video montage for Paul and Kelly and I had Chris send me a few photos right after their ceremony.  We added those photos, plus some same day photos and video from Saturday into their video montage.  It was awesome!


For the reception, they used Premier Video to capture the day.  Highlights included  Personalized Wedding Party Introductions, a fun centerpiece giveaway, an Anniversary Dance, custom voice-overs for both the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance, a Top Ten List of reasons why Paul & Kelly should be married, a Chicago Bears football/garter toss, a Love Story, a video montage and about three hours of a kicking dance floor, including some time spent dancing on the head table!  (Got in a little trouble for that.)

Since Kelly’s dad’s name is also Paul, it made for some funny moments, but with Kelly’s sister Katie serving as Maid Of Honor, it was going to be funny anyway.  She’s a riot!

Paul’s family had a great time experiencing a California style reception and when it finally all ended, the dance floor was still filled and no one wanted to leave. 

I like that.

Here are some video highlights!

Chris & Brandie August 7, 2010

What an amazing story.  Chris & Brandie attended Lodi High together 20 years ago and then last summer, got together at their high school reunion.  Sparks flew and before they knew it, they had fallen in love and a wedding was in the air. 

They weren’t sure where to have it, but Chris’s grandmother, who they call “Mini” was sure.  It would be at her house, just like all the important family events over the last 50 years or so.  And so, in a beautiful backyard setting in Woodland, Chris & Brandie were married and stayed there with their friends and family to celebrate.

Brandie’s gorgeous 16 year old daughter was her Maid of Honor, and she showed poise and maturity far beyond her years. 

After the ceremony and toasts, Brandie & Chris danced to Lonestar’s Amazed, then Brandie danced with her father to Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me.”  That was followed by a family dance, beginning with Brandie and her children dancing to LeeAnn Womack’s “I Hope You Dance,” and Brandie recorded a voice-over message to her children, which we mixed into the song.  You can hear that mix on their video. 

Afterwards, with our color changing LED lights highlighting Mini’s beautiful backyard, everyone danced and celebrated for the rest of the evening.  Another fun wedding for two very, very, very nice people.