Fenton High School Prom 2019 at the Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows

What a way to wrap up the 2019 Prom Season! 

We recently provided our Chicago based DJ services and Photobooth rental services for the Fenton High School Prom at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows. This party was definitely on point. 

The school had chosen “Casino Royale” as their prom’s theme and even had casino games set up in the pre-reception area for the students to play before entering into the reception hall. There were about 400 students in attendance to fill this massive venue.

DJ Marc and DJ Paul Michaels spent the night spinning requests and all of the top songs. The Meadows Club, which has a state of the art sound system, was a perfect spot for a prom. The venue was dressed as sharp as the attendees and looked awesome.  With over 40 uplights setup around the perimeter of the room, the atmosphere had a red glow that perfectly matched the theme of the prom.

We also had some fun with two CO2 blasters on the stage. If you’re not familiar with these party tools, they shoot CO2 into the air and add the perfect amount of excitement to any party. We also had a confetti cannon to spray confetti all over the room (and by all over the room, we mean ALL OVER THE ROOM).

One of the things we love about performing at high school events is that we don’t always know what to expect from the crowd. Most events are filled with individuals who have diverse musical interests, but high school students can sometimes difficult to please…as their musical tastes can be extremely eclectic.  Fortunately for us and the crowds we entertain, we work hard to stay up with the current musical trends. High School functions definitely keep us sharp, and make our jobs interesting and exciting.

 

Check out a few of the pictures from the event below!

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. 

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. 

Katie and Joe’s Abbington Glen Ellyn Wedding

DJ Paul Michaels and Assistant Aaron just wrapped up Katie and Joe’s beautiful wedding at the Abbington in Glen Ellyn. Abbington Distinctive Banquets is an events venue in the suburbs of Chicago which can house all types of private events.

Katie and Joe (our bride and groom) were such a fun and easy going couple to work with to plan this gorgeous Chicagoland wedding. 

We started the Friday afternoon with a nice ceremony in the foyer of the Abbington, officiated by Reverend Victoria Burnett, and then moved into the banquet hall to kick off the evening with cocktail hour. In addition to providing our wedding reception DJ/music services, we provided our ceremony audio services, a photobooth, and full room uplighting.

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

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Abbington Distinctive Banquets in Glen Ellyn, IL
Photography: Perfect Moments Photography
Florist: Shamrock Gardens
Officiant: Victoria Burnett – We R One Weddings

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. 

Sofie’s Bat Mitzvah at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville

Naperville Bat Mitzvah Kids Partying

End of an Era

The A-Team Crew of Chicagoland Mitzvah professionals assembled to help Sofie have the best Bat Mitzvah in Chicagoland just a few weeks ago! Sofie is the youngest in her family to have her Bat/Bar Mitzvah, and we’re proud to say that we’ve been the DJs/Entertainment for all 4!

For Sofie’s Naperville Bat Mitzvah we provided full room uplighting, and a name in lights design for the wall to match her theme. As you can see from the pictures below, everything came together perfectly to pull off the “Sofie’s Candy Bar” theme!

We spent the night dancing with both the kids and adults, as well as doing some games, and of course handed out a LOT of candy to Sofie’s guests!

Sofie and Family: Thank you for having us for the 4th time, and we hope that we’ll have the honor of DJing some weddings for you in the (near?) future!

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Bat Mitzvah DJ and Entertainment

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: NIU Conference Center in Naperville
Photography: Elizabeth Guzaldo Photography
Caterer: Chef By Request
Cotton Candy: Spin Spun
Balloons: Balloon Endeavour

 

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!

Fenton High School Homecoming 2017

It’s official: Fenton High School’s homecoming was rocked by Paul Michaels Events. 

 

Just a few weeks ago we spent the better portion of the day prepping and setting up for the Fenton High School (in Bensenville, IL) homecoming dance. 

Paul Michaels Events provided a huge audio and lighting setup, full room uplighting to color the school’s fieldhouse, and we provided a photobooth!

The students were able to submit their (appropriate) song requests to us ahead of time using our online music request tool. We were excited about this dance as much as they were, since we knew that we’d be playing music from nearly every genre!

We had a blast partying with the students at Fenton, and they had a blast partying until the very last song (and then one more!) as well!

Here’s a short clip from the dance!

 

Check out the pictures below, and feel free to tag yourselves in the facebook album by clicking here!

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!

Victoria and Brian’s Wedding

Let me start by saying I (Paul) personally love providing DJ and entertainment services for weddings of my friends! It is such an honor every time to be able to deliver a service to my friends that they will remember for their lifetime. This past wedding for my friends Victoria and Brian was no exception. Victoria and I went to college together and took many classes together, so when she contacted me to DJ her Chicago wedding, I couldn’t have been happier. 

Victoria and Brian had their wedding ceremony at a local church in Chicagoland and then came to The Montebello Estate in Lemont, IL to have their cocktail hour and wedding reception. Even though the day started out a little dreary it cleared up for their wedding just in time. We had a beautiful cocktail hour outside of the venue by the Monte Bello Estate’s new outdoor bar, and by their pool. Once we got the party going, we had a totally awesome time rocking out with Victoria, Brian, and all of their friends and family, and ended the night with a sparkler exit to send off our bride and groom.  

Victoria and Brian – Thank you for asking me to personally be your DJ, it really means a lot. I hope you had an incredible time on your honeymoon in St Lucia!

 

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: The Monte Bello Estate in Lemont, IL
Photography: Pam Cooley Photography of Peoria, IL
Videography: Jordan from The Film Jar
Floral: Flowers by Steen

 

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!

Alissa and Justin’s Brookfield Zoo Wedding

Happy Wedding Couple with Great Wedding DJ Entertainment Brookfield Zoo Lyons

I just completed another wedding at Brookfield Zoo assisted by DJ Terry for my friends Alissa and Justin who said “I do” at the Zoo!

The story of how I know the couple is actually one of the more interesting ones. I met Justin my freshmen year of high school (which now seems like it was ages ago) from a youth group we were both involved in, and I met Alissa in college at Bradley University. When I saw the two of them were dating, I felt like my worlds were colliding! This is the world of online dating, and I am fully supportive. 🙂

Their ceremony was one to remember since it was in the underwater observatory for the dolphins. They had the chuppah (Jewish wedding tradition) set up and right behind the couple there were literally dolphins swimming in the background! How amazing is that?

For cocktail hour, the couple and their guests moved to the primate house and got to see some very cool animals up close! After cocktail hour, everyone moved to the discovery center for the reception.

As a special effect, we used the “Dancing on the Clouds” effect during their first dance which was a surprise to nearly everyone (Justin only found out about it the day before the wedding). The effect looked amazing, but sadly we don’t have any pictures of this since both Terry and I were busy at the time. If I can find some pictures from guests or from the professional photographer, I’ll try to include them later.

Everyone danced all night and we had an absolutely packed dance floor until the very last minute (including when Justin’s shirt came off!)
Alissa and Justin – Thank you for letting me have the honor of not only being your DJ for your wedding, but also a friend through the years.

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Brookfield Zoo – Brookfield, IL
Photography: Concept One Photography – Bloomingdale, IL
Florist: Shamrock Garden Florist – Riverside, 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!

Adrienne and Bryan’s Bull Valley Golf Club Wedding in Woodstock

DJ Paul with Adrienne and Bryan at their wedding in Woodstock IL

Last weekend I was able to provide outstanding Woodstock, IL (Rockford area) wedding reception services for Adrienne and Bryan at Bull Valley Golf Club. They had a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the grass just outside the golf club (as seen in the pictures below).

I’ve known Adrienne for quite a few years now, and had the pleasure of getting to know Bryan throughout our planning process. For this wedding I was able to be extremely involved in the wedding planning process (outside of entertainment services) and was happy to help Adrienne and Bryan make many decisions and influence so many of their choices.

The golf club had an interesting setup, which I was able to see in person during my customary in-person site/venue walk a few months prior to their wedding. We had all of the tables for dinner and speeches set up in an adjacent room to our main setup and dance floor. This added an extra level of complexity in terms of set up for Assistant Jon and me. We set up two speakers in the dining area which were connected wirelessly to the main system. This made it so we were able to make sure all guests could clearly hear the speeches and announcements while they were in their seats. The alternative (and what many would do here) is to set up one or two speakers closest to our main DJ set up, and then crank them up so everyone in the other room could hear everything. This would work, but it would more than likely make the guests sitting close to those speakers pretty angry with us blasting everything through their ear drums. We were all pretty pleased with this wireless setup.

Some of the other services we provided are full room uplighting for both rooms, as well as a custom name in lights monogram which was projected over a very large wall in the dancing area/room. Originally we hadn’t planned on having these add-ons, but as I got to know Adrienne and Bryan, and their vision for their wedding, I knew what was needed to bring their dream wedding to life!

Adrienne and Bryan: It was truly a pleasure working with you to make this dream day a reality! I can personally say that I know all of your guests had an awesome time celebrating with you, to the point that one of them even ripped his slacks while dancing (pictured below)!  Looking forward to seeing you in the future at your friends’ weddings, and I hope you had an amazing time on your honeymoon in Antigua!

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Bull Valley Golf Club, Woodstock, IL
Photography: Anna Urban Photography
Videography: Just Hitched Wedding Films
Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery
Decor/Flowers: Kimberose, McHenry, 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!