Eric & Fiona – A Shrek-ish Wedding

With a bride named “Fiona,” and a groom named “Eric” who stands towering above everyone else, the Shrek jokes were bound to come, and Eric & Fiona loved it.

Married on his Dad’s property in Woodland on June 6th, 2009, Eric was the quiet giant, while Fiona was the beautiful princess.  Their reception followed, with personalized introductions of the wedding party, a Fairy Tale Love Story, beautiful lighting and dancing into the night.

Eric surprised Fiona with their first dance, “Look At You Girl,” and we surprised them both by embedding their wedding vows into the song.

But for me personally, the highlight was a strange conversation I had with one of  Fiona’s bridesmaids, her sister in law, Jamee.  Later in the evening, while the dancing was in full swing, she came over to me and said that Fiona had told her about this awesome DJ she had hired, that she had seen him (me) at another wedding and that he was really great – kept everything moving, got everyone involved and was really funny.  So far, so good.  But then she said, “So I thought you were going to be really obnoxious, but you’re NOT!  You’re really very sweet and easygoing.”  She sounded surprised at that.


I asked her to explain that.  I mean, it didn’t make any sense.  If Fiona was saying her DJ was great, how did that become obnoxious in her mind?

Jamee said it was because every time she heard somebody talk about a DJ who “kept things moving,” he turned out to be on the microphone a lot, telling everyone what to do, and whenever a DJ was said to “get everyone involved,” it meant that they were forcing people to do things that they didn’t want to do.  It never occured to her that it could be done without the DJ being the center of attention.

Oh.  Glad she cleared that up.  And, I was thrilled to find out I had changed another person’s perception of what wedding entertainment could be.

Their photographer, Jeremy, from Sharpe Photographers, captured it all in typical Sharpe Photography fashion – fast, non-intrusive and with a sense of fun. 

Check out some highlights!

Aaron & Katie – Forest House Lodge

On November 6, 2009, I had my first opportunity to work at The Forest House Lodge in Foresthill, at Aaron & Katie’s wedding and reception.

The ceremony takes place just down the road, at a spectacular mountain setting.  It was truly a breath-taking view and with a November setting, the fall colors were in full bloom.  Although we had an awesome reception after the ceremony, I really think that just the ceremony itself provided enough WOW factor that they could have stopped right there.

The wedding party entered to Dave Matthew’s #34, and then Katie walked in on her dad’s arm to an instrumental loop we created from Ben Harper’s “Forever,” which would be used later for the first dance.

Following the ceremony, guests drove back to the  Forest House Lodge, a rustic, very charming Hotel along the main drive in Foresthill.  The staff and owner, Kathryn Gardenhire, couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful.  Like us, they actually enjoy weddings!  As guests entered the room, the music was an upbeat collection of “fun stuff,” from Sam Cooke to Jack Johnson to Santana to Van Morrison, Bob Marley and more.  We provided uplighting in the room, with rich fall colors.

When Aaron & Katie arrived, along with their wedding party, we did a reverse introduction, where we began by introducing Aaron & Katie and then their wedding party.  This allowed each member of the wedding party to have a fun custom intro, and then walk directly to Aaron & Katie and hug them, fist bump, high five, or just keep laughing.  The energy continued to build as more and more of the wedding party joined on the dance floor, and when we brought in the last one to “Let’s Get Loud,” by J-Lo, that became the song to which the entire wedding party began dancing “spontaneously.”  (Those who know us, know that we can make just about anything appear to be spontaneous – it’s so much more fun that way.)

Afterwards, Aaron did a short welcoming, followed by the tradition Jewish Hamottzi and Kiddush before their guests enjoyed an awesome dinner.

Toasts followed, with Katie’s Dad, Chip, giving the final toast, which he ended by inviting his daughter to the dancefloor, where they shared an old favorite, “Lullaby” by Billy Joel, but this time, it was made more special because Katie had recorded a special message to her dad, which we mixed into the song.

Aaron & Katie then shared their first dance, “Forever,” by Ben Harper, which we shortened from its original 3:23 to 2:21, making a more comfortable length for them.

Finally, Aaron brought out his grandmother, Bunny, and danced with her to “Sentimental Journey” with Doris Day on vocals.  All family members were invited to join in part way through, and it was very touching.

And then we went from sentimental to celebration as we kicked off the dancing.  The place was jumping!

Later, they shared their wedding cake while we played “Sugar, Sugar” and followed with the bouquet and garter removal and toss.   Songs used included “Pretty Woman,” “Hot Stuff,” “Mission Impossible” and the Fox NFL theme as Aaron used a Denver Broncos football to throw the garter.

We kicked the dancing back off with the traditional Hora, but as you’ll see in the video, the Forest House Lodge has very low ceilings, so we didn’t have much room for error!

We continued dancing throughout the evening and it was all captured on video by Phil Sheffield of Sheffield Multi-Media, a real artisan and a genuine good guy.

Congratulations and Mazel Tov!

Andy & Michelle – Library Galleria

Andy Fogarty & Michelle Killebrew held their reception at the Tsakopolous Library Galleria in downtown Sacramento. Elegant, beautiful, fun, smooth-flowing and a celebration for the ages, this reception back on October 28, 2006 had it all!

Custom introductions of their wedding party, incredible family toasts, a surprise heart-tugging special phone message from Michelle’s family in Italy, which we arranged through her dad, and dancing into the night made this a celebration for the ages.

Their wedding coordinator was Lora Ward, from A Day To Remember and as usual, her penchant for extraordinary decor was evident throughout. 

And of course, it was all captured on video by Premier Video.  Check out some highlights!  Some of this video is on our short demo on our home page.

David & Jaime – Newcastle Wedding Gardens

David Gurevich & Jaime Finnecum were married on June 12th at Newcastle Wedding Gardens.  Photography was by Rick & Lee Siegel, (click on their photo to the left) who, in addition to being awesome photographers, are just about the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  It’s always a joy to work with pros who can see the wedding day as a whole, instead of just “doing their job.” 

David is an Atlanta Braves fan, so he had a groom’s cake in an exact replica of a Braves hat, and we played the tomahawk chant as he cut it.  As a Giants fan, I find that chant unbelievably annoying, but I just kept telling myself we would win it all in the end!

During introductions, we played Hang On Sloopy for groomsman Joe Pellington, an unrepentant fan of Ohio State, along with custom song choice for the rest of the wedding party, including, Viva Las Vegas, Sunglasses At Night, The Fireman, Bad Boys, Just Dance, and more. 

David & Jaime entered to Shipping Up To Boston.

Their 1st dance was Lady Antebellum’s “When You Got A Good Thing.”

In keeping with her love of penguins, Jaime selected “Personal Penquin” by Davy Jones for their traveling music as they exited at the end of the night.

We also acknowledged some very long marriages, did a fun centerpiece giveaway, played the Shoelywed Game, played two surprise long distance toasts, played back their highlights during their final dance and danced their guests until their feet hurt.  The room was accented by our awesome color changing uplights, which you can see in the attached video!