Michelle and Zach’s Wedding at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel

On September 7th, Michelle and Zach celebrated their matrimony in a night no one will forget. They held the Wedding at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. DJ Ian and DJ Brian were on hand to provide audio and music for the beautiful ceremony, as well as curate the party during dinner and dancing. We were honored to serve as an integral aspect of the evening through class and fun.  

At the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, the ceremony was held in the Explore Ballroom, a circular room with large windows on every side that overlooks the heart of the city’s downtown along the Chicago River. The panoramic view looking out is only outdone by the view looking up: a fully glass vaulted ceiling, allowing the night lights to envelope the entire space. 

Zach’s Aunt, Andrea – an ordained Jewish Cantor, led the ceremony. After reading part of the Ketubah signed by Michelle and Zach, Andrea sang with elegance the traditional seven blessings, while siblings and close family came up to read the blessings.    

After the smashing conclusion of the ceremony (“Mazel tov!”) the guests retreated to the Discovery Room for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Around 9:45 they were welcomed back into the Explore Room, newly transformed for dinner. While Michelle and Zach opted for a traditional dinner music backdrop of vocal jazz and classy love songs, Ian snuck in two (appropriately timed) Star Wars songs to Zach’s delight, a famously devout Star Wars fan. 

After dinner, desserts, and camaraderie, Zach and Michelle kicked off the dancing portion of the evening around 11:45 with their first dance to “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Ian and Brian kept the dance floor packed from start to finish through the ebbs and flows of the night, including a rousing rendition of everyone’s favorite, the Hora.

With everyone leaving to head home or to their rooms after 2 AM, everyone was exhausted in the best of ways, but none more happy than our newlyweds. 

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Photography: Lorenzo De Gregorio Photography
Floral: Flowers for Dreams

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Jessica and Dan’s Wedding at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn

You’re in good hands

I think we can all agree that on the first day of your new job, you don’t necessarily expect to meet your future life partner, right? Well, not quite the case for Jessica and Dan. This couple met on their first day working at Allstate in June 2011. They clearly were in good hands!

For Jessica and Dan’s wedding at Heritage Prairie Farm in Elburn, we provided ceremony services in their separate barn (separate from the reception tent). The barn is setup beautifully for ceremonies! (Check out the pictures below).  Afterwards, we moved to the greenhouse to stay warm for the cocktail hour, before moving to the tent for speeches, dinner, and dancing of course!

We got the party started, and kept the dance floor packed until the end of the night!

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of their wedding!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
VenueHeritage Prairie Farm in Elburn
Photography: Esenam Photography
Videography: Working Anchor
Floral: Blossom & Branch Designs, inc.
Bakery/Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Check out some of our candid pictures below (sorry for the low quality phone pictures, our normal camera wasn’t with us) and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Emily and Chris’s Wedding at Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn

When Emily and Chris got engaged, they knew who their DJ for their wedding at Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn was going to be immediately!

What an honor!

Back almost exactly one year earlier, Emily’s sister Jen got married, and we provided their DJ services in Maple Park.  As much as we love hearing great things about our DJs and our services, and we love rave reviews, it is a true testament to our services when we are hired back by the same family. That’s exactly what happened here, and it is truly an honor to be doing what we love for repeat clients like this!

For Emily and Chris’s wedding we provided wedding ceremony services on the first floor, and provided a separate DJ system setup for the dinner hall, as well as our full DJ and lighting setup for the cocktail hour and dance hall/area.  We always like to get to know our couples and what they may need for their venues, no matter how unique the venue may be. In this case, that’s exactly what we did, and we brought gear for each room so the guests could move from room to room and we’d always be prepared. 

When we moved everyone into the dance hall/area on the second floor to get the night going, we kept a packed dance floor until the very end of the night when we sent the couple outside for a beautiful sparkler send-off!

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of the night!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Chicago Wedding Reception DJ, Chicago Wedding Cocktail Hour Music

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Fishermen’s Inn in Elburn
Photography: Stephanie Pana Photography
Videography: Windy City Production
Live Musicians: Classical Blast Guys
Floral: Wild Orchid Custom Floral Design
Bakery/Cake: Vanilla Sugar Bakery

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Laura and Kendall’s Wedding at the Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion

DJ Paul Michaels and DJ Terry just had the honor of providing ceremony and reception DJ services for Laura and Kendall at the Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion in Carmel, IN.  This was a destination wedding for us due to it being so far from Chicago. This was a really special wedding for Paul Michaels Events since DJ Paul has known Laura and Kendall for years. Paul and Laura went to college together at Bradley University

The original plan for this wedding was to have an outdoor ceremony, but due to the rain (thanks mother nature) we were forced to move the ceremony indoors. Luckily, the venue  had a really wonderful chapel which we were able to use for the couple’s ceremony. After the ceremony we moved everyone to the Garden Pavilion for cocktail hour and the reception. DJ Terry and DJ Paul went ‘back to back’ all night, switching off taking shifts DJing, which made this wedding extra unique. 

Both Terry and Paul had a blast celebrating with the couple and their friends and family all night

 

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of the night!

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion
PhotographyTessa Tillett Photography
Photo Booth: Happy Snaps Photo Booth
Florist: McNamara Florist
Decor: Indiana Wedding Decorators

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Amber and Mark’s Chicago Wedding at The Stan Mansion

This past week assistant Evan and DJ Paul Michaels were able to provide Chicago wedding ceremony DJ and Chicago wedding reception DJ services for Amber and Mark at the Stan Mansion in Logan Square (Chicago).

The Stan Mansion was previously a Masonic temple, built in 1921 and completely restored in 2014 when it became a wedding and events venue. It has some incredible history and was restored beautifully. We think it was a wonderful choice of wedding venue for this Logan Square wedding!

Amber and Mark had their beautiful ceremony downstairs in the lower level sanctuary, officiated by Brett, Mark’s brother-in-law, who’s wedding we provided Chicago Wedding DJ Services for in February at the Montgomery Club in River North.

Following the ceremony, we had cocktail hour upstairs in the bar area, as well as in the foyer of the Stan Mansion. After formalities and dinner we got the night going!

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of the night!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wedding Ceremony and Reception DJWedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Stan Mansion in Chicago
Day-Of Event Coordinator: Lia Gillet
Photography: Eivan’s Photos
Videography: Eivan’s Photos
Caterer: Cocina Fusion in Chicago

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Dena and Tom’s Wedding at Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove

Mazel Tov to Dena and Tom!

This past weekend we celebrated with Dena and Tom as they tied the knot in their Chicago Jewish Wedding at the Marriott Suites in Downers Grove. Assistant Evan and DJ Paul Michaels provided wedding ceremony DJ services, wedding reception DJ services, and Chicago Wedding uplighting.  

We started the evening with a beautiful ceremony officiated by Rabbi Kamil of Congregation Etz Chaim. Dena and Tom’s guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the hallway while the vendors (us included) completed a room flip to turn the elegant ceremony room with the couple’s chuppah into a periwinkle (the wedding color) lit and decorated reception hall for an evening full of dancing. Dena’s face for her room’s “First Look” said it all! (I wish we got a picture of it).

After dinner and a few speeches, we kicked off the night with a packed dance floor for the Hora (traditional Jewish dance). The crowd kept rocking until the end of the night!

Check out the pictures below for a quick recap of the night!

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wedding Ceremony and Reception DJWedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove
Day-Of Event Coordinator: Sarah Kathleen Events
Photography: Jolie Images
Florist: Bella Flora in Westmont
Bakery/Cake: Oak Mill Bakery
Decor (Chuppah): Satin Chair 

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media by clicking here! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. 

Isabel and Sam’s Wedding at the Lakewood in Chicago

We recently had the honor of working with Isabel and Sam to pull together their last minute “destination wedding” at the Lakewood in Chicago, IL. Let me take a minute to explain what I mean by that last sentence.. Isabel and Sam had originally planned to have their wedding in St. Thomas as a destination wedding, but due to the recent hurricane Irma, they had to change their plans and re-plan their wedding in only one month! 

I told the couple what I tell everyone: If you stack your list of vendors with some really great, reliable people, who are there to make sure your wedding is perfect, then you have nothing to worry about! 

I think that line couldn’t have been more true for Isabel and Sam. In one month, they were able to pull off a wedding that looked like it took at least a year to plan and organize! Their event coordinator (Emily) from Paramount Events really helped them out and played a huge part in making this happen, including referring the Isabel and Sam to Paul Michaels Events. 🙂 

We provided ceremony and reception DJ services, including full room uplighting (candlelight colored), and we also provided a wireless audio setup for cocktail hour while the venue staff flipped the room from the ceremony setup to the reception setup. 

As you can tell from the pictures, a great time was had by all!

Isabel and Sam: I’m so glad you chose to work with us and trusted us with your wedding day, even if it wasn’t your original plan, I’m glad everything worked out for you guys! Hopefully we’ll see you in the future at your friends’ weddings!

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wedding Ceremony and Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: The Lakewood in Chicago, IL
Photography/Video: Andrew and Elisha
Florist: Vale of Enna

 

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. Click here to see the facebook album which includes some of these pictures!

Megan and Jimmy’s Byron Colby Barn Wedding in Grayslake

Just last week we were able to provide wedding ceremony and wedding reception DJ services for Megan and Jimmy for their wedding at Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, IL. We had a beautiful and quick ceremony outside in their courtyard area (in between all the buildings of the barn) followed by the reception inside the barn. This venue is has a very cool rustic feeling, and even includes an attached silo where they keep the bar (as seen in the pictures) below). 

We had a really great dinner provided by Tamale Spaceship, which is typically known as a taco truck in Chicago (Wicker Park) and then got the night going and it just kept going until the very last minute (we actually kept going past our planned time since every guest still had it in them).

As you can tell from the pictures, we had a really great time partying with Megan and Jimmy all night long.

Megan and Jimmy: Hopefully we’ll see you in the future at your friends’ weddings!

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wedding Ceremony and Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, IL
Photography: Visual Etiquette
Cake: Froggys in Highwood
Caterer: Tamale Spaceship
Florist: Details in Bloom

 

 

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. Click here to see the facebook album which includes some of these pictures!

Laura and Gary’s Northfork Farm Wedding

This past weekend, assistant Michael and I (Paul) just wrapped up Laura and Gary’s wedding at Northfork Farm in Oswego, IL.

This was our first time at Northfork Farm, which was honestly a great venue if you’re looking for a farm style wedding venue. We had the ceremony outside with horses running around in the background of the ceremony (behind Laura and Gary and the officiant), and then moved to the outdoor patio for cocktail hour. After cocktail hour, everyone moved into the tent (which did have air conditioning – unlike many tent receptions) where the area was beautifully decorated with their wedding colors (teal and white with some grey tones). We provided uplighting for this wedding, which really pulled the decor together.

This was not only a beautiful wedding, but also a really fun wedding (as can be seen in the pictures below). Once we started dancing, the party didn’t stop until the very end!

Laura and Gary: I love that you knew that you wanted to hire us before even meeting with me after seeing us in action at Marc and Kara’s wedding. It was great working with you, and we’re looking forward to seeing you at other friends’ weddings in the future!

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Northfork Farm in Oswego, IL
Photography: Jolie Images
Videographer:  Shawn Boyle Video
Caterer: Taste of Home Catering of Hinsdale, IL
Florist: Schaefers Greenhouse of Montgomery, IL

 

 

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. Click here to see the facebook album which includes some of these pictures!

Rachel and Andrew’s East Bank Club Wedding

We recently were able to help Rachel and Andrew celebrate their Chicago wedding at East Bank Club in River North

We started off with a beautiful ceremony on the rooftop with the cityscape in the background where Rachel and Andrew stood under a great looking chuppa (Jewish word for a covering that a couple stand under for their wedding, symbolizing their home) for all of their friends and family to see them join forces (and last names) as a married couple. 

We moved down to the banquet hall for the reception and continued through the night. Rachel and Andrew did a really great job with their choreographed first dance which had everyone smiling ear to ear. 

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: East Bank Club in Chicago
Photography: Kristen Nicole Photography
Photobooth:  Paul Michaels Events
Floral:  Artquest, LTD
 

 

Check out some of our candid pictures below and feel free to tag yourselves on social media! The pictures below were taken by us, and not by the event photographer. Click here to see the facebook album which includes some of these pictures!