Samantha and Eric’s Wedding Ceremony and Reception at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse

DJ Ryan recently provided wedding ceremony and reception DJ services for Samantha and Eric at the Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn. Samantha and Eric got married in November of 2015 but held off on having their ceremony and reception for friends and family. They live in Seattle and wanted to find a good time to have their destination wedding in Chicago (they are both originally from the Chicagoland area). This beautiful couple met at work, and the rest of their story is history from there!

DJ Ryan provided audio coverage for their outdoor ceremony (can be seen in the facebook post below) and then they moved indoors for the rest of the reception where the couple and their guests danced all night!

Cover photo graciously provided by Avant-Garde Videography’s Facebook

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Lake Ellyn Boathouse in Glen Ellyn, IL
Photography: The Shutter Monkeys
Videography: Avant-Garde Videography
Planning and Decor: Andi Allen Events

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. 

Stephanie and Alex’s Wisconsin Dells Wedding at Vennebu Hills

We recently had the honor to provide wedding reception DJ and uplighting services for Alex and Stephanie’s destination wedding in Wisconsin Dells, WI at Vennebu Hill. Alex and Stephanie were referred to Paul Michaels Events from another Chicago DJ. We were so happy that we were available and could work with the couple and make their dream wedding reality! It is such a big honor for us when we know that we are trusted with helping to shape our clients’ perfect wedding day!

Vennebu Hill is a brand new wedding venue which is really a beautiful wedding venue, and wonderful place for a destination wedding in the area. The venue is a rustic, elegant venue centered around a barn (which is brand new), located on what was originally a fully functioning farm. 

Alex and Stephanie’s wedding ceremony was held outside the venue, and then all guests were moved inside for cocktail hour in the reception hall downstairs. We ran the bridal party introductions and dinner music through the venue’s audio system which made for a great photo op using the buffet line as our make shift DJ booth. 🙂 

After dinner, we moved all guests upstairs to the barn to really get the night going with the dancing part of the night! We had a packed dance floor the entire night all the way through the very last song (where everyone was literally jumping up and down). 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wedding Reception DJ and Full Room Wedding Uplighting

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Vennebu Hill in Baraboo, WI
Photography:  Emily from Elba Studio
Catering: Gristle Catering Company
Day of Coordinator: Riti Kanwar

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!

April 2015 Wedding News Digest

Wedding planning can be stressful! DJ Paul Michaels wants to make your planning process as effortless and fun as possible with this monthly Wedding News Digest. Below are articles with helpful Chicago Wedding tips, or a bit of laughter. Happy Wedding Planning! With warmer weather on the horizon, I thought it might be fun to add a theme to this month: DESTINATIONS!


Location, location, location. Venues are generally the first stop when beginning your wedding planning process. Many venues have contractual agreements with a variety of vendors, insurance requirements, specifications for date holds and more. Wedding-Spot compiles all of that information for you in their easy-as-pie search engine. You can enter in your guest count, type of dinner service, and if you plan on holding a ceremony on-site then BAM! Wedding-Spot will calculate a range of pricing. We love this tool!

If you’re not into the tool websites, Crain’s Chicago Buisness has your list of Best Event Spaces in Chicago! They include formal settings to out-of-the-box locations which will give any planner plenty of food for thought.

DESTINATION: Bachelorette Party

Picture of the Las Vegas Strip

One last fling before the ring, but on a budget because planning a wedding is expensive. PopSugar has your top 24 Fun & Frugal Bachelorette Party Destinations some of which include New York, Miami and Vegas!

DESTINATION: Bachelor Party


Tying the knot, so the groom needs a shot. built a list of top 10 destination bachelor parties from Mexico to Vegas. Hey, maybe a joint bachelor-bachelorette party could be fun in Vegas?

DESTINATION: Destination Wedding

Palm trees overhang tropical beach

Would you prefer a small, intimate wedding but can’t avoid inviting your extended family and college friends? Plan a destination wedding! Destination weddings lower your guest count significantly and provide a built in vacation for your family and friends who will be there on your special day. Check out‘s top 2015 wedding destinations that does not include Vegas, but has the likes of Bali, Italy and Seychelles.


Women dancing on dance floor

A good chunk of your wedding reception is spent on the dance floor. Borrowed & Blue collaborated with their local vendors to show you the top 5 tips to get your guests out of their seats and in their boogie shoes!


Couple on Honeymoon

Honeymoon’s are for relaxing, building your new chapter together, and having fun which can happen at any of the locations from‘s Best Honeymoon Destinations of 2015! They have sorted the list by season, which you can easily correlate with your wedding day. Where will you planning for your honeymoon?

DESTINATION: Celebrity Wedding

Sooooo, we can’t really attend a celebrities wedding without being invited but we can snoop through their released photos. US Weekly Magazine gives us the scoop on Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr‘s March 21, 2015 seaside ceremony in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Let us know what you want to see next month in the comment box below!