March 17th I had the pleasure of being the DJ & Emcee for Ben & Tracy Tong at Maderas Golf Club in Poway. It was a little rainy that day so on short notice the Ceremony was moved indoors into half of the ballroom. These two were all smiles though and the rooom looked great thanks to the Florist and Uplights it made the rain outside melt away.
Here is a video clip from Catch Motion Productions who filmed the whole day.
The Ceremony really set the pace for the rest of day. Tracy walked down the aisle to a family friend singing "If I ain't Got You" originally by Alicia Keys. She sang it so well and in such similar style to the original that I noticed people looking toward when they finally figured out that it wasn't the prerecorded original song.
Reverend Deborah Young delivered the Ceremony for them and when they read their own vows Ben, the Groom went first and really did well. Tracy, the Bride was next and she had arranged with me in advance a special cue to start her music track of "The Way I am" by Ingrid Michaelson,, but she had rewritten the words to fit her Lyrics to a Cheesy Love Song reference in her vows. The crowd erupted in applause when she finished.
Once the Ceremony had finished the Maderas staff invited the guests to the foyer and the tented area outside for a few minutes while the room was converted back to Dinner seating for the reception. You should've seen it, they were amazing, 160 chairs and half a room full of tables, fully set for dinner in just over 15 minutes. I provided music during the break but guests were anxious to get back in and get started.
The room looked great all set and ready, my 8 Amber uplights really gave the room a nice warm touch to make the rainy day quickly forgotten. Dinner was wonderful, if you've never had the food at Maderas you have to go have lunch or dinner there. The chef is amazing and the staff is 5 star quality without a doubt. We finished Dinner with a Video Montage on the 7 ft screen and projector that I provided.
On to the PARTY! You may have noticed in the video clip but at some point, 2 guys in Leprechaun suits showed up.... not just green clothes, I mean full suits, with formal button up vests and jackets and knickers. I don't know where they came from but they were dancing and everyone enjoyed them being there.
The group was really into a lot of top 40 dance with some of the party song classics mixed in from time to time. They really seemed to have fun as they danced the night away, they even extended the party to have me stay longer.