I’ve known Michael for a long time; he even worked for us at one point. He’s the kind of guy who’d give you his shirt even if it’s the only one he owns. When he told me he was hosting an intimate reception of close family and friends, I told him I’d love to be the DJ and MC for him. Though his budget was tight, I told him it was a wedding gift.
He asked me to take a few pics, too, which is why this gallery is much larger than most.
A Premier Entertainment has been at the Grand Plaza before, but I personally haven’t. As a matter of fact, it has been a while since I’ve driven out to St. Pete Beach for a wedding. All I have to say is WOW! This room is stunning!
The beachside ceremony went smoothly, despite the recent storms we had. The reception started at 12:00 in the afternoon, so all hope for lighting was lost.. ALMOST. My new lights were very visible even in the bright sunlight… so that made Michael, Patrick (my assistant) and myself giddy!
Sounds like a movie trailer, script huh? Nope, it was just a wedding so involved and so carefully planned that we needed a dual-team for everything. You see, Tirsa and Arsenio wanted a fun MC that would make announcements in both English and Spanish– fluently. Rather than announce everything twice, I brought Charles Casiano with me to do the Spanish announcements and also to add a bit of interactivity. He also helped DJed while I ran other parts of the show as well.
And the Rusty Pelican, whose staff told me there wasn’t enough power for big shows, had JUST enough power to run the main items. Yay! The room was beautifully decorated by the one and only Flowers by Marilyn. It seems her and I just keep bumping into each other.
Patty, from Storybook Weddings, was there to capture everything! You’ll see a sample clip of the amazing first dance on clouds below, too!
Everything was custom here: custom Love Story by Storybook Weddings, custom accent lights projecting water ripples on the flooe, custom monogram, (very) custom intro, custom first dance song set… custom everything! Wait until you see the photos!
The video is a MUST-SEE, as you gotta watch their very cool intro!
Oh, and Tirsa may just need to work for us… she grabbed the mic and had a blast interactive with the guests!
First, I would like to share a poem I wrote about Florida:
#*&^, It’s Hot.
I most certainly hope your life has changed upon reading my classical piece of Shakespearean rivalry!
In all seriousness, it was hot… but it didn’t stop Robbie and Shannon and their guests from dancing ALL NIGHT LONG. Shannon is Elizabeth Voss‘s sister and I still remember that wedding clear as day. Kelly and I were worried that it may appear to be the same show…. we had the same family and friends, so would music and style be the same? Nope!
After talking to Anne, the super-cool mother of the bride, we were assured that they would be polar-opposites… and yes they were. One had air conditioning, one was at the beach. Just kidding, of course; In all reality, the weather wasn’t that bad… the outdoor ceremony was breathtakingly beautiful and the reception site was beautifully done including the Chinese lanterns that lit up the room in a soft glow.
The mood was kept upbeat the entire night as we played slideshows and music videos during dinner…. ooh, and I forgot to mention that we played Soca during cocktail hour. You can’t beat that!
Just like Jeremy and Elizabeth’s wedding, everyone danced all night! We didn’t have a chance to shoot photos at this wedding, but Tina Sargeant, the photographer, will provide me with some to share– I can’t wait to see it!
Watch the video below and check out an amazing party– including a hot old school set featuring Snoop Dogg, DMX, and Biggie, some Jersey-style Fistpounding, and double-dutch jump rope… without the rope!
It was an amazing evening… I can’t wait for this family’s next big party! Tune in about a year from now to see it!
Go enthusiastic bridal party!! Watch the video– these girls (there were only handful of guys there) were cheering everyone on!
This is the first wedding I’ve been to where 1) There was a guest MC (the wedding coordinator) and 2) everyone matched! The colors were tan and cream white and everything look tres chic. Monica and I had a blast working with the La Playa Staff in Naples, and they treated us very well.
After Kingsley and Felicia left, the guests continued to party, sing karaoke, and ended strong on Usher’s OMG. They ended this amazing Jamaican/Trini wedding with STYLE!
Check out the photos and video below! The video features the cutest little boy dancing!
Pete and Erin did NOT travel all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio to Ruskin, Florida for a beachside ceremony to see rain stop it all. Nope. A little drizzle never hurt anyone– and in the sunny weather, the COLD rain felt great– guests loved the light sprinkle!
Fast forward to the reception… the food at the Little Harbor Resort was fantastic! A tender prime rib, amazing mini-crab cakes, coconut shrimp, and stir fry created a very eclectic menu that everyone, especially yours truly, enjoyed. The sunset was AMAZING. I hear many travel to this area just to see the sunset. I can see why!
As for dancing– they were NON-STOP! The requests were all over the charts so as a DJ, I enjoyed NOT sticking to sets. I was mixing from disco to country to rock to rap to dance mixes… it was crazy– even the bartenders were dancing behind the bar!