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)

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. 

Cheryl and Josh’s Wedding at DoubleTree Hilton in Arlington Heights

Mazel Tov!  #BetterWeissUp

Cheryl and Josh tied the knot this November where they had their beautiful Jewish Wedding Ceremony at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Arlington Heights, IL. 

Cheryl and Josh met through a dating app called Hinge, where they exchanged a few messages and ended up going out to an arcade for their first date in Logan Square. They never knew where that date would lead them and how it would bring their lives together!

We provided DJ and audio services for their Arlington Heights wedding ceremony, as well as their Arlington Heights wedding reception.  The room looked absolutely beautiful with our full room uplighting.  After all the wedding formalities, we got the night started and kept a busy dance floor until the very end of the night!

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

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

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue:DoubleTree by Hilton Arlington Heights
Photography: H Photography

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. 

Asha and Dustin’s Wedding

Asha, Dustin, and Paul together after the wedding

I recently had the pleasure of providing DJ and Lighting Services at Esplanade Lakes in Downers Grove, IL for two good friends of mine from college. This amazing Downers Grove Wedding venue has some beautiful views of their pond with some very nice fountains surrounding the reception hall.

Asha and Dustin got married in the morning in the main reception hall. The ceremony consisted of a traditional Hindu ceremony, which was quite an experience for many of their friends. The day was full of festivities for them and their guests, who were able to enjoy a nice lunch in between the ceremony and the reception later in the evening.

For this wedding, the cocktail hour was held in the atrium not far from the reception hall. Because we knew announcements would need to be made during cocktail hour, we used our wireless audio satellite speakers to run a live audio feed from the main room. This allowed me to have more control over the audio and announcements in the cocktail hour area. It also gave me more flexibility in order to place the cocktail hour speakers exactly where it would cover the area best without being too loud for anyone. We also provided full uplighting (in addition to uplighting provided by Yanni Design Studios, the decor company) for the main room. This looked wonderful, especially during the later portion of the night when we wirelessly changed the colors of the lights. This made the venue have a special glow which really added to the beauty that Yanni Designs created and delivered for Asha and Dustin.

Asha and Dustin: It was an honor to work with you and be such a large part of your special day. I’m so happy for you both, and am grateful for the friendship we’ve been able to keep up over the years.

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Esplanade Lakes @ DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel – Downers Grove, IL
Photography: Jason Kaczorowski Photography – Chicago, IL
Videography: Delack Media Group – Barrington, IL
Photobooth: Photobooth Time – Lincolnwood, IL
Cake: The Baking Institute – Northbrook, IL
Decor/Flowers: Yanni Design Studio – Chicago, IL and Northbrook, 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!

Nancy and Brian’s Wedding

Hilton Orrington Evanston Wedding DJ Blog Cover

Right in the peak of the Chicago wedding season for 2015 I recently performed as the Evanston Wedding DJ for Brian and Nancy at the Hilton Orrington in Evanston, IL. Assistant Jon helped me out with this event to make sure we delivered as promised and made the night perfect for Nancy and Brian. The couple was an awesome couple to work with, who actually booked me just after they saw me perform live near the end of the year (2014) at the Matzo Bash at Castle Nightclub. Nancy and Brian told me that I’d have my work cut out for me since they knew their guest list would be diverse in music styles. Either way, I made sure we had a packed dance floor all night!

This was a Jewish wedding, so as you’ll see in the pictures below, they had a beautiful chuppah to stand beneath for the ceremony. Both the ceremony and reception were done in the same physical space, so we did have a cocktail hour just down the hallway in a separated area, which worked out wonderfully.

For the first half of the day (before we arrived), Nancy and Brian worked with Emma from Wrap it Up to handle the day of wedding coordination and make sure all issues were resolved before they (Nancy and Brian) even knew about them. We also worked with Brian of Brian Kinyon Photography who was able to capture Nancy and Brian’s special moments all day long! If you’re wondering who made the really amazing cakes (seen below), be sure to check out Amy Beck Cake Design. Amy really did a fantastic job with these. Both Brian (photographer) and I were commenting about how the detail in the cake was beyond belief!

Please check out the pictures below and feel free to share on social media!