We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to work with some of the finest wedding planners in Dallas, and Laura and Jonathan’s reception was just such an occasion. Their reception would be at the Ritz Carlton, with the fantastic variety band, Emerald City, performing for the guests. I was called upon to act as Master of Ceremonies for the reception, then DJ an after-party after the formal reception.
Marsha Ballard French, of Stardust Celebrations, was the planner, and the evening was nothing short of exquisite! For cocktails, we set up four speakers in the foyer of the hotel, and put a microphone on the piano, where Luana Stoutmeyer of Encore Productions would play cocktail music. We also introduced Laura and Jonathan into the foyer for the cake cutting, then again (with the wedding party) into the ballroom.
Beautiful ballroom with uplighting and floral lighting.
Laura and Jonathan – our bride and groom.
Cocktail music: piano
Dinner music: jazz standards
First Dance: “My Feet Don’t Touch the Ground”, Brandon Ryder
Father / Daughter Dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World”, Izzy
Mother / Son Dance: “My Wish”, Rascal Flatts
Garter Toss: “Hot Legs”, Rod Stewart
Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies”, Beyonce
After-party music: Club, Dance, Hip-Hop
Venue: Ritz Carlton, Dallas
Photographer: VIM Studio, Dallas
Videographer: Steve Allen, Sonrise Video
Cakes: Ritz Carlton, Dallas
Floral: Garden Gate
Photo Booth: Booth Booth
Reception Lighting (Uplighting, pinspots): Absolute Lighting
Reception Entertainment: Emerald City
Reception MC: Tommy Evans
Dance Lighting: Specialty Sound
Speakers used: Eight (four in foyer for cocktails, four in room for after-party)
DJ Systems needed: Three (One in foyer for cocktails, one for MC and music during band breaks, one for after party)
Dance lighting: Five moving heads on a truss with four LED cans
Power Circuits: Five 20-amp
DMX Cable used: 75′
Speaker Cable used: 50′
DJ / Lighting setup man-hours: 12