Jen and Kyle’s Wedding at Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park

Wedding DJ with Couple at Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park IL

Luck was on their side!

That heading couldn’t be more true for Jen and Kyle. We recently had the privilege of providing Wedding Reception DJ Services and and Wedding Ceremony DJ Services for Jen and Kyle at their wedding at Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park. Now let’s be honest here, when someone books a late October wedding in Chicago, we truly have no way of deciding if it’s going to be 100 degrees outside, or -20. But as mentioned above, Jen and Kyle truly had someone watching out for them, as they had a totally beautiful day for an outdoor wedding ceremony. Honestly, it was probably one of the last possible Saturdays in Chicagoland to get weather like that for an outdoor ceremony. For the ceremony, Jen and Kyle had a band providing the music, while we provided microphone coverage for the officiant and all the readers.

After they made it official, everyone was shuttled back to the reception hall across the street where we had setup our dance floor in the atrium/entrance of the restaurant. Our DJ setup was placed to be convenient for the dance floor, but we were pretty far from where the guests were all seated. Because of this, we had to place a wireless speaker in the seating area to make sure that all the speeches could be heard perfectly (since we’re OCD about making sure that each wedding is perfect). 

After dinner and speeches, we got the night going and kept it going until the very last minute.  Check it out for yourself below!

 

Services by Paul Michaels Events: Wedding Ceremony and Reception DJ

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park
Photography: Stephanie Pana Photography
Live Musicians: Classical Blast Guys
Florist: Petals n’ Bloom
Cake/Bakery: Polka Dot Bakery
Wedding Coordinator: Everlasting Impressions
Shuttles: Trolley Car & Bus Company

 

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!

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. ūüôā 

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!

Jessica and David’s Wedding

Bride and Groom with DJ Paul Le Meridien Oak Brook Blog Cover

Kicking off the busy October month, assistant Justin and I just celebrated the marriage of Jessica and David with their wedding at the Le Meridien in Oakbrook Center.
We provided wedding audio coverage and services for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception which were all at the hotel.

Jessica and David came to me as a referral from their photographer, Ashley of Rising Sun Photography. Ashley is actually a past client of mine from when I DJed her wedding at the end of 2015. Having past clients refer me is always an honor, but it’s even more of an honor when that past client happens to also be a wedding professional!

For this wedding it involved a “room flip” since the room where the ceremony was held was also going to be used for the reception. This means that during the cocktail hour, both myself and Justin, as well as the hotel staff worked diligently to turn a beautiful ceremony area into a completely different setting for the reception. During this time we completed our lighting set up and customization, re-arranged speakers, taped down all of our wires for guest safety, and set up all of our full room uplighting. To the guests, this was completely seamless as they were in the hallway for cocktail hour, where we provided cocktail hour audio coverage wirelessly.

What does this all mean at the end of the day? It means we worked hard in the background to make Jessica and David’s wedding totally amazing and exactly what they had been dreaming of, which is exactly what I love doing!

Jessica and David¬†– It was an honor to work with you to pull off your dream wedding! Looking forward to seeing you both at your friends’ weddings in the future!

Vendors we had the pleasure of working with:
Venue: Le Méridien Chicago РOakbrook Center
Photography: Ashley of Rising Sun Photography
Florist: Betty’s Flower and Gifts – Brookfield, 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!

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 РDowners Grove, IL
Photography: Jason Kaczorowski Photography РChicago, IL
Videography: Delack Media Group – Barrington, IL
Photobooth: Photobooth Time – Lincolnwood, IL
Cake: The Baking Institute РNorthbrook, 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!

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!

Leah and Alex’s Wedding

Germania Place Top Wedding DJ with Bride and Groom

To finish off the long memorial day weekend, Assistant Jon and I pulled a double header this weekend to celebrate Leah and Alex’s wedding at Germania Place in Chicago. Germania Place is a beautiful venue which has been a Chicago landmark for quite some time being that it was built in the 19th century.

I really enjoyed working with Leah and Alex to pull off their dream wedding not only because of the great relationship I had fostered with them throughout the planning process, but also because I went to college with Leah and knew some of the guests and bridal party.

This wedding had a “room flip” which means we had both the ceremony and reception in the same room. To do a successful room flip it requires some major coordination by all vendors involved, but especially the venue. First we had the beautiful ceremony in the room, then all guests went into a side room for cocktail hour with live music, and then once the room was ready and all the tables and dance floor had been set up, we had everyone re-enter the room which had been completely transformed.

During dinner I could literally feel the excitement building for the “party to start”. I’ll be the first to say, that once this party started, it did not stop! We had a completely packed dance floor from beginning to end, and I know everyone had a truly amazing time.

Leah and Alex, thanks for allowing me to celebrate with you and your friends, it was truly an honor!

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!

Amanda and Rickey’s Seven Bridges Golf Club Wedding in Woodridge

Seven Bridges Golf Club Woodridge Awesome Wedding DJ Blog Cover

Another great wedding in the books! Assistant Joe and I recently provided Wedding Reception and Wedding Ceremony services for Amanda and Rickey for their Seven Brides Golf Club Wedding in Woodridge, IL. Amanda and Rickey were a really fun couple to work with, who knew not to let any of the miniscule wedding details get to them, since they knew I was helping them throughout the entire process.

We used a very interesting set up here, since we used my custom wireless cocktail hour speaker set up to send the audio to the outside area (for cocktail hour) and to the second room where guests were seated. For those unfamiliar with Seven Brides Golf Club, the room the DJ is set up in is separated from the room where guests are seated for dinner. Without an appropriate set up, this would make it so all the guests wouldn’t be able to hear announcements, speeches, and dinner music at all!

Amanda and Rickey’s photographer Lane from Jolie Images captured the special moments throughout the entire day!

Please check out some of our pictures below and feel free to share on social media! 

Kara and Marc’s Wedding

Shelbyville Wedding DJ with Group

Kara and Marc recently tied the knot this past June, where I was able to be their Wedding DJ down in Shelbyville, IL (it’s about 3.5 hours south of Chicago) at Spruce Street Studios. Needless to say, this was my first time working at the venue, which turned out to be a great experience. The staff at Spruce Street Studios were¬†really great to work with, and very accommodating since I was limited to working with them over phone and email exclusively in order to make sure everything was perfect, without the ability to do a venue site walk ahead of time (since it’s so far away).

For this wedding, I (with the assistance of DJ FastLane) provided Wedding DJ services for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. This wedding had a unique set up where the cocktail hour was in the hallway (opposite the DJ setup in the reception hall) and outside. For this, I was able to use a special high-end wireless audio system to transmit the audio from the reception hall to both other locations. This let me easily make announcements throughout the entire venue while keeping music consistent as well!

Kara and Marc’s wedding photographer, Jeff Wagner of J-Wag Photography along with his crew were involved in the entire day, shooting pictures early in the morning all the way through the reception, and even ran the photobooth in the hallway.

Kara and Marc, thanks again for honoring me and letting me be a part of your lives as personal friends, as well as your wedding DJ!

Other Vendors:
Cake –¬†Cakes by Christine¬†of Mattoon, IL
Caterer –¬†Saathoff’s Catering of Mattoon, IL
Officiant –¬†Best Wedding Chapel Officiants of Central Illinois

 

Check out some snapshots from the wedding, and feel free to tag your friends!