Stefani and Frank’s Backyard Wedding in Palatine

Most of the events we do at Paul Michaels Events take place indoors, so its always nice when we get a breath of fresh air from the great outdoors.

Thankfully DJ Brian had that pleasure providing our wedding DJ services for the wedding reception of Stefani and Frank. It took place at their beautiful home out in Palatine, IL. From the moment you stepped foot into their backyard, you were immediately welcomed to an array of amazing homemade food, tasty drinks, and super fun games. It was the best of both worlds, giving you the feeling of a big celebration along with the intimacy of a family gathering. The amount of energy that radiated from the dance floor throughout the night was that of a wedding with 10 times the guest count.  Stefani and Frank’s friends and family showed up to celebrate!

The night was filled with laughs to make you fall out of your chair and passion that would make tears fall from your eyes. As one could imagine, all the special emotions felt throughout the night culminated on the dance floor. It was a great sight to see everyone jam out to the tunes featuring some throwbacks from Ska, the Beatles and Paul Simon.

We thank Stefani and Frank for giving us the opportunity to assist them in creating some life long memories.

 

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Palatine Wedding Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Photography: Kasia Vetter Photography

Abigail and Jacob’s Wedding at the University of Chicago Quadrangle Club

Mazel Tov!

Back in the beginning of August, Abigail and Jacob got the perfect day for a Chicago Summer Wedding! Abigail and Jacob were joined by their friends and family at the Quandrangle Club in Hyde Park.

After signing the Ketubah, the evening began with the Jewish wedding ceremony, officiated by Rabbi Lizzi Hedydemann. Friends of the bride and groom played viola and saxophone during the processional and recessional and we provided audio services including microphones for the ceremony.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour before the reception began! At the reception, the dancing began with the couple’s first dance, followed by a father daughter dance, a mother son dance and a mother daughter dance, which led perfectly into the start of dancing. DJ Shannon and Assistant Israel had the dance floor packed with the couple’s family and friends.

Later in the evening, they did the traditional Jewish dance called the Horah, which included lifting the bride and groom on chairs in the middle of the dance floor! Eventually, the evening came to a close as the remaining guests joined the bride and groom in dancing to a classic last dance song: “Wagon Wheel”.

 

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Wedding Reception DJ, Chicago Wedding Ceremony DJ, Chicago Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Quadrangle Club in Chicago
Photography: Sara Gardner Photography
Floral: Bunches (a flower shop)

Diana and Robert’s Wedding at the Adler Planetarium

We are so glad that we could be a part of Diana and Robert’s Chicago Wedding at the Adler Planetarium. The couple originally wanted to do a Destination Wedding, but due to the challenges of the Covid weddings during the pandemic, they decided to have their wedding here in Chicago. 

The evening started with an outdoor ceremony facing the beautiful Chicago Skyline, which we provided Ceremony Audio services. During the ceremony, the couples released balloons holding a lock and key, which made for a very romantic and exciting moment on such a windy day!

After the ceremony, the guests moved to the balcony for Cocktail hour, for which we provided background music. During the Cocktail hour, guests could again enjoy the beautiful views of downtown Chicago.
 
Following the Cocktail hour, the guests moved inside and we started the reception with Bridal Party introductions! Once everyone was inside, they enjoyed a fantastic dinner buffet provided by Food For Thought, the exclusive caterer at the Adler Planetarium. The guests enjoyed background dinner music while enjoying dinner at their tables. When dinner concluded, we started dancing with the couple’s first dance. After that, we played a wide range of music, ranging from swing, to salsa, to rap, but especially throwback hip-hop (the couple’s favorite). The night ended with the couple and their friends enjoying 80s and 90s hip hop.
 
Thank you Diana and Robert for trusting Paul Michaels Events with your special day. Congratulations again!

 

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Wedding Reception DJ, Chicago Wedding Ceremony DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Adler Planetarium in Downtown Chicago
Photography: Prudence Photography
Videography: Windy City Productions
Caterer: Food For Thought
Floral: Flowers for Dreams
Cake:  Bittersweet Pastry Shop
Planners: K and K Celebrates

Raquel and Marcos’s Wedding at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville

Paul Michaels Events ended July with a bang, working 3 events on the last day!

One of those events took place at Mickey Finn’s Brewery in the beautiful village of Libertyville. We had the pleasure of providing our services for the lovely couple of Raquel and Marcos. The banquet space known as the “Amber Room” hosted a diverse night of decorations, food, and especially entertainment. This theme is reflected in the music featuring classic rock, country, freestyle, and many different genres from Mexico.

Most people would have seen this as a challenge, but DJ Brian saw it as a chance to create something special for our clients. Thankfully this was a crowd that loved to dance and sing, making the job much easier! You could tell they were all about having a fun and every song meant something special to them.

There was never a dull moment from the moment the ceremony started until the last song was played. That definitely helped the caricature artist get some great expressions for drawings.

We hope we have the pleasure to continue working for couples as amazing as Raquel and Marcos, making us eager to continue looking forward to the next event.

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Libertyville Wedding Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Mickey Finn’s Brewery in Libertyville
Photography: Studio Pop Photography
Video: Isaac Leka Films
Caricature Artist: Hurtado Arts and Design

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Meg and John’s Wedding at Cantigny Golf in Wheaton

In late July DJ Paul Michaels and Assistant Kyle had the distinct pleasure to provide Wheaton Wedding DJ services for Meg and John. 

Meg and John live in Florida (which is also where they met) but have family in the suburbs of Chicago, so they held their wedding at Cantigny Golf Course, in their new wedding venue (built during covid).

The day of the wedding, it was such a hot day that we moved the wedding ceremony indoors (it was originally planned to be outside), and then after the ceremony concluded, all the guests went outdoors for cocktail hour while the venue did a ‘room flip’ to turn the ceremony space into a beautiful reception space. 

After dinner was over, the dance floor stayed busy with all of the couple’s family and friends!

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wheaton Wedding Reception DJ, Wheaton Wedding Ceremony DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Cantigny Park Weddings in Wheaton
Floral: Bonnie Flower Shop
Cake:  The Sugar Path

Katie and Andrew’s Destination Wedding at the Laurel in Dallas

Another destination wedding in the books!

We had been working with Katie and Andrew for quite a while on making their wedding a perfect reality here in Chicago, but due to COVID and other reasons, the wedding could not go on in Chicago.

Katie and Andrew called up DJ Paul Michaels with the sad news about their Chicago wedding, and although they were bummed they wouldn’t be having their wedding in Chicago, they wanted to see if Paul Michaels Events could still work with them on their wedding at their new venue in DALLAS! For their new venue, they chose Boxwood Hospitality Group‘s The Laurel which is a beautiful special events venue in Grapevine (just outside of Dallas), Texas.

For this wedding, DJ Paul Michaels flew in town the day prior (Friday) in order to make sure there was no room for error, and we hired a local DJ/Production company to handle all the DJ gear and lighting to our high standards.

The couple tied the knot at the Laurel’s in-house chapel in front of their family and friends, and then moved outside for a beautiful cocktail hour in the Dallas sun.

For the reception, DJ Paul Michaels kicked it into high gear. Once this group started dancing, we had a PACKED dance floor all night!

Katie and Andrew as well as all their family and friends had the time of their lives, and photographer Ben Ramos  (also Chicago based) was there to capture all of it!

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Destination Wedding Reception DJ, Destination Wedding Ceremony DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: The Laurel in Grapevine Texas
Photography: Ben Ramos Photography
Video: Well Spun Weddings
Floral: Katie Bug Florals
Cake:  Butterfly Cakery

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Maddy and Adam’s Wedding at Pinstripes in Oakbrook

DJ Shannon and Assistant Gabrielle had the honor to help Maddy and Adam to celebrate their wedding at Pinstripes in Oakbrook. Their reception took place immediately after tying the knot at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. The guests started the night with cocktails in the bar area before making their way into the reception hall, where we provided Full Room Uplighting. The uplighting was set to a cyan to match the navy theme and worked well with the beautiful centerpieces provided by Robert’s Floral Design in Chicago. 

We started the night with the bridal party introductions. After a family style dinner and toasts from the family members, we started with the first dances. The couple shared dances with their parents, including a father daughter dance and a mother son dance. As soon as the dance floor opened, it exploded with energy. The night was full of dancing, as this group came to party! The guests were having so much fun, they organized their own conga line through the tables in the room. And when the limbo broke out in the middle of the dance floor, we were prepared with our roll-out limbo stick. While we don’t use it at many weddings, it is great to have when there is a group ready to limbo!

At the time the couple would normally do a cake cutting, the couple decided to do a pizza cutting! We love when couples put their unique spins on traditional wedding events. And since we know the couple doesn’t love cake, they decided to have a Donut Bar and Sweets Table provided by Dynamic Desserts.

Congratulations Maddy and Adam! We hope your marriage is filled with as much fun and dancing as you and your guests at the wedding!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Oakbrook Terrace Wedding Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Pinstripes in Oakbrook
Photography: Maura Black Photography
Florist/Decor: Robert’s Floral Design in Chicago
Donut Bar: Dynamic Desserts
LOVE Sign: Midwest Marquee

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Adriana and Michael’s Wedding at the Inn on Broadway in Rochester NY

Paul was recently back on the road for another destination wedding in Rochester, NY. Adriana and Michael tied the knot at St Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church for a traditional Ukrainian wedding ceremony. 

Later in the day, the couple and their guests made their way to the Inn on Broadway where DJ Paul Michaels and assistant Jamie were to celebrate with them in the beautiful reception hall gorgeously decorated by Erin McDonald and his team.

Of course, Paul Michaels Events is based out of Chicago, but we do provide Destination Wedding DJ Services all over based on special request. In this case, we were able to partner with Full House Entertainment in Rochester to source most equipment locally. 

Adriana and Michael couldn’t have been luckier with timing and New York State’s COVID restrictions. Just the week before their wedding, the state opened up restrictions to allow fully vaccinated guests to roam the reception hall without masks.

Photographer Natalie and videographer Darren were there to capture every incredible moment throughout the evening. We were able to work with the couple to make sure we blended special traditions and moments from their heritages and religions into the reception to make it a perfect blending of families and welcoming of the couple into the community (as part of a Ukrainian tradition).

From the time the dance floor opened until the very last song, DJ Paul and Assistant Jamie kept the dance floor packed!

Adriana and Michael – it was a pleasure and an honor to be able to come to New York for your destination wedding in Rochester to celebrate with you and your families! 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Destination Wedding Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Inn on Broadway in Rochester New York
Photography: NSP Studio in Rochester
Videography: Jacquelyn Daley Photography
Florist/Decor: Erin McDonald Co

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Michelle and Harrison’s Wedding at the Metropolitan Club in the Willis Tower in Chicago

For the first time it seems like Americans can finally see light at the end of this very long tunnel called COVID-19. Fortunately, a light is already shining bright on Paul Michaels Events as business is thriving once again. On Saturday, May 15, we had the pleasure of providing our services at the world-famous Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in downtown Chicago.

The ceremony and reception took place on the 67th floor (at the Metropolitan Club) which easily has one of the most spectacular views of the city (well, at least in our opinion). The whole celebration was an exciting experience with enhanced by incredible people, amazing food, heartfelt speeches, and of course phenomenal music.
DJ’s Brian and Shannon has absolutely no problem keeping the party alive and energized the whole night. We even had the help of some unexpected fireworks going on outside in perfect view. It was an esteemed pleasure working with Michelle and Harrison from the very beginning to the end. We wish them the best in their future endeavors as husband and wife and look forward to the next couple we can party with.

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Downtown Chicago Wedding Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Metropolitan Club at the Willis Tower
Photography: You Me Photography
Florist: Studio Poppy Floral Design

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Brianna and Justin’s Wedding at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn

Beautiful wedding monogram at abbington glen ellyn banquet hall

Mazel Tov Brianna and Justin! Although this couple wasn’t able to celebrate their wedding as originally planned in April 2020, after rescheduling a few times, they were able to celebrate with their family and friends with a beautiful Jewish Wedding Ceremony in 2021!

DJ Shannon and DJ Paul had the distinct honor and pleasure of being Brianna and Justin’s Downers Grove Wedding DJs at Abbington Banquet Hall.

At Paul Michaels Events we put the couple at the center of attention on their wedding day, NOT the DJs. We’re there to make sure you shine, and have an effortless and fun day, and we are there to make that magic happen, not to be the show.
In this case, as you can see in our photos (below), our DJ setup was positioned behind our lighting and speaker setup so that we could make sure the room looked incredible and we could literally spotlight our bride and groom from across the dance floor.

Whenever we work in venues with tall ceilings, or air walls (the ones that can separate larger rooms into many banquet hall rooms), we love to use our name in lights effect to personalize the space with the couple’s names. A few years back we upgraded our monogram projectors to digital projections so that we can ensure the projection looks fantastic and is crystal clear, while allowing us to project the image from nearly any angle.

Additionally, we surprised all the guests with our “dancing on the clouds” effect for Briana and Justin’s first dance as husband and wife. The effect looked beautiful and grabbed everyone’s attention for such a special moment. Luckily photographer Morgan from Indigo Lace Collective was able to capture this incredible effect!

Once we got the dancing started, DJ Shannon kept it rocking all night long!

Thanks Briana and Justin for trusting Paul Michaels Events with your big day!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Glen Ellyn Wedding Reception DJ, Lisle Wedding Ceremony DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn Illinois
Photography: Morgan of Indigo Lace Collective
Florist: Carousel Flowers by Shamrock Garden Florist in Elmhurst
Bakery: The Baking Institute
Officiant: Rabbi Cosnowsky of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard
Hotel for Ceremony: Hyatt of Lisle/Naperville

Check out some of our candid pictures below! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer.