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:

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.

Traci & Brett’s “Musical” Wedding Reception

Traci & Brett Misquez were married on Saturday, April 17th at the beautiful Newcastle Wedding Gardens on a spectacularly beautiful day.

Traci’s background as a musical performer, as well as her time spent working for Sacramento’s Music Circus led her to create a unique and fun wedding reception, themed around musicals.

Traci’s follow up comment on our evaluation included, “Thank You!  We’re so glad Randy was available and could give us so much attention.  He “got” me.  It was defintely customize and had great flow.”

I did “get her” and I got Brett as well, as evidenced by her comment, “Brett thanks you for making “Today” shorter.”  Like many grooms, Brett didn’t want as much spotlight on his dancing, so we created a shorter mix of their first dance song.  Yes, we listen, and we get it!

The prelude to the ceremony included music from Phantom, Grease, A Chorus Line, Evita, Wicked, The Sound Of Music and Fiddler On The Roof.

More musicals were incorporated during the buffet release, as each table was given the name of a musical, and as they heard a song from that musical, the guests at that table headed for the buffet.  South Pacific, Oklahoma, Hello Dolly, Rent, Annie…

Traci’s sister, Kelly, brought the house down during the Love Story, when she showed us the “bomb” effect she did when Traci “bombed” in trying to flirt with Brett at their first meeting.  Show biz runs in the blood.

Traci & Brett added the LED uplighting, and right on cue, when the Love Story began, the entire room lit up for the first time, using their purple wedding color.

After the Love Story, great toasts by Best Man Bryan, Matron of Honor Jamie and Kelly kept everyone riveted as we moved towards Brett & Traci’s first dance.

But when the dancing started, it was all dance time!  From Michael Jackson to Journey, from Billy Joel to Black Eyed Peas, from Elvis to Flo Rida, their guests danced till closing.

Introduction of wedding party music:

Traveling Man

Brown Eyed Girl

L.A. Law

One Hot Mama

Pretty Woman/I Feel Pretty

1,2,3

Sexyback

We Are Family

I Love My Sister

Red Red Wine

My Sister, My Friend

Introduction of Mr. & Mrs. Brett & Traci Misquez

Don’t Stop Believin’

Cake Cutting

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz

First Dance

Today – Joshua Radin (specially edited short version)

Parents Dance

My Wish – Rascal Flatts

Anniversary Dance

Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

(Special acknowledgement to Brett’s grandparents, Julian & Evelyn Misquez, married 60 years and family friends Manuel & Lucille Peters, married 58 years!)

Garter

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling (sung by all the men at the reception!)

Last Dance

Save The Last Dance For Me – Michael Buble

Farewell music

So Long, Farewell – The Sound Of Music

Here are some video highlights!

Here’s a link to Brett & Traci’s blog on Real Weddings!