Marc & Alex Johnston – Grand Island Mansion

We’ve performed at more than 25 weddings at the Grand Island Mansion over the years, so I thought I knew the place pretty well, but they’ve undergone a major renovation since I was last there.  It was exciting to see such a historic and awesome place made even more spectacular.  Now being managed by Rick Francis, with whom I’ve had the priviledge of serving on the board of the Association of Wedding Professionals, International, this venue is spectacular!

So with a very fun couple, a spectacular, well-managed venue and *ahem* an outstanding entertainment company, this was destined to be an epic celebration!  Marc Johnston, an officer for the California Highway Patrol and Alex Wawrzynski, a firefighter for the Novato Fire District were married on November 18th, 2011 in the ballroom and then moved with their guests to the main dining area for a great dinner, a fun coloring contest for the kids (and more than a few adults) and their funny and romantic Love Story.  Afterwards, it was back into the ballroom for dancing, and Marc & Alex dazzled everyone with their choreographed first dance, before everyone cut loose in celebration.

It’s always to honor to serve those who serve us, and since Marc and Alex are both community servants working in heroic professions, literally putting their lives on the line for all of us, this was an especially rewarding celebration for us.  We added some nice uplighting in the main dining room as well as in the ballroom and enjoyed the very personal approach they took, including a more low key introduction of their wedding party, which they each delivered sincerely.

Marc & Alex, thanks for your service to community, congratulations on your marriage and thank you for including Premier Entertainment & Video!

Here are some highlights:

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.

Huh?

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. 

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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.”

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