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Makenna and Daniel's Fairy Tale Wedding - Hotel Del Coronado

Makenna and Daniel pose on the beach next to a custom sandcastle after their wedding ceremony at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Makenna and Daniel pose on the beach next to a custom sandcastle after their wedding ceremony at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Makenna and Daniel’s first dance in the Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Makenna and Daniel’s first dance in the Crown Room at the Hotel Del Coronado.

I’ve DJ’d/MC’d many weddings at the Hotel Del Coronado during the past 15-plus years, but this one might have been the most beautiful. From the ceremony all the way through the reception, it was beautifully designed fairy tale showcasing the love of Makenna and Daniel for their June 16, 2018 wedding.

For their first dance, they chose the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s duet, “The Rest of Our Life.” A sweet song, with the perfect lyrics for a young couple starting their journey in life.

“Even if time takes its toll, we'll stay young for the rest of our lives”

To get the dance floor started, Makenna had a great idea to play a song for her mom, as we transitioned out of the Father/Daughter dance. This was a great idea, as she noted that the mother of the bride usually doesn’t have a designated dance for her.

So we played, naturally, “Mom,” by Meghan Trainor. This was a fun way to kick off the night.

Here’s a look at all the music from the night.

First Dance
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill - The Rest of Our Life

X Ambassadors - Unsteady (Stash Konig Remix)
Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U (Promo Only Intro Edit)
HAIM & BloodPop - Little Of Your Love (Remix)
Chris Malinchak - Magic
Snakehips & MO - Don't Leave (Throttle Remix Full Radio Edit - Clean)
Halsey - Colors (Blonde Remix Radio Edit)
Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Le Youth Remix)
Lost Frequencies f./Sandro Cavazza - Beautiful Life
Christina Aguilera - Telepathy (Rare Candy Radio Edit)
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till Get You Get Enough (Hot Classics Remix)
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (Select Mix Remix)
Macklemore, Skylar Grey - Glorious (Select Mix Remix)
Solange - Cranes In The Sky
LP - Lost On You
HAIM - Want You Back
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Gavin DeGraw - Chariot
Bay Ledges - Safe
Charlie Puth - Some Type Of Love (Select Mix Remix)
The Lumineers - Ophelia
Mr. Probz - Till You're Loved
John Mayer - Half Of My Heart
Capital Cities - Safe And Sound
Bebe Rexha f./Florida Georgia Line - Meant To Be
Lauv - I Like Me Better
Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet
Noah Cyrus f./Labrinth - Make Me (Cry)
Khalid - Location
Colbie Caillat - I Do
Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U
The Temptations - My Girl
Backstreet Boys X Jonas Blue - I Want It That Way X Fast Car (DJ Ragoza Bootleg)
Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car (Promo Only Quick Edit)
Mr. Belt & Wezol ft Aevion - One More Day
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey - The Middle
Maroon 5, Kendrick Lamar - Don't Wanna Know (Select Mix Remix)
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Toto - Africa
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely

Father/Daughter Dance
Tim McGraw - My Little Girl

Mother/Son Dance
Le Ann Womack - I Hope You Dance

Open Dancing
Meghan Trainor feat. Kelli Trainor - Mom
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Usher - Yeah
House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
Sam Hunt - House Party (Select Mix Quick Trax)
Bruno Mars & Cardi B - Finesse
Jackson 5 - Want You Back (Z-Trip Acapella In Remix)
B-52's - Love Shack
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Pink f. Lily Rose Cooper - True Love
Maroon 5 f./SZA - What Lovers Do
Iggy Azalea - Fancy (Seize Where The Ladies At Edit)
Jack Black - Let's Get It On
G-Eazy f./A$AP Rocky & Cardi B - No Limit (PO Clean Edit)
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall - JuJu On That Beat
Miranda Lambert - Little Red Wagon
Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Rick Springfield - Jessie's Girl
AC/DC - Shook Me All Night Long
Flo Rida - Low
Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
Rihanna vs Riggi & Piros vs Sidney Samson & Tujamo vs La Roux - S&M Bulletproof
Icona Pop f./Charli XCX - I Love It
Camila Cabello ft Young Thug - Havana (Pat C's Better On Me Mashup)
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
Tupac - California Love
Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA
N.E.R.D. ft Rihanna - Lemon (Mr. Collipark Remix)
Flo Rida - My House
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f./Justin Bieber - Despacito (Remix)
Taylor Swift - Shake It Off
Otis Day & the Knights - Shout

Last Dance
Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance

Vendor Team
DJ and Emcee: DJ Kanoya Productions
Photographer: The Youngrens
Venue: Hotel Del Coronado
Event Design and Coordination: Emily Smiley Fine Weddings and Soirees

Silent Disco Party Caps off Nestle Water Conference at the Hotel Del Coronado

Nestle Water recently held a conference at the Hotel Del Coronado. On the closing night, July 26, 2017, the company organized a party on venue’s Windsor Lawn. The night started out with house beats from DJ David Cutler and the final two hours I joined him along with DJ Sweeshe for a silent disco.

With three DJs, the guests had three different genres of music to choose from. David continued with house music, Sweeshe played current R&B and Hip-Hop and I spun all 90s

Take a look at my setlist, which included a host of singalongs -- something that always sounds interesting when everyone is wearing headphones.

  • Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
  • Fine Young Cannibals - She Drives Me Crazy (Select Mix Remix)
  • Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World (Edge Remix)
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Mariah Carey - Emotions (Select Mix Remix)
  • Emotions - Best Of My Love
  • Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
  • Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Madonna - Holiday
  • Prince - Raspberry Beret
  • Hall & Oates - Private Eyes (Select Mix Remix)
  • New Kids On The Block - The Right Stuff
  • C&C Music Factory - Things That Make You Go Hmmmm (Select Mix Remix)
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Katy Perry - Firework
  • Ray Charles - America the Beautiful
  • Marky Mark - Good Vibrations
  • Deee-Lite - Groove Is In The Heart (Select Mix Remix)
  • Chaka Khan - I Feel For You (Hot Classics Remix
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T (remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Sing A Song (Hot Classics Remix
  • Phil Collins - Sussudio (Select Mix Remix)
  • Scandal - The Warrior (Select Mix Remix)
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin
  • Bon Jovi - Livin On A Prayer
  • The Clash - Train In Vain (Edge Remix)
  • Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
  • Garth Brooks - Friends in Low Places
  • Tupac - California Love

Matthew and Felicia’s Dance Party - Hotel Del Coronado Wedding

Custom signage set guests on the right path at Matt and Felicia's Hotel Del Coronado wedding. 

In a way it was fitting that I DJ’d Matthew and Felicia’s wedding at the beautiful Hotel Del Coronado. The couple actually works at the Del and it was where they met, fell in love and of course shared their vows to each other.

The reason it was fitting, for me, is the Del is probably the venue I’ve DJ’d/MC’d the most weddings at. I do not have an official count, but looking back on the past 14 years, I know I’ve been a part of many. It’s a place where I truly honed my craft as a DJ and MC. In a way I found my love for DJing at this place, in the same spirit Matthew and Felicia found their love for each other.

The ceremony took place on the beach and just a few steps away, on the Windsor Lawn, was where their reception and dance party took place. Del weddings are always a magical, but there is something extra special on nights like this. A perfect Fall evening in Southern California with a Pacific Ocean backdrop and a great group of people having fun and celebrating love!

Here's a look at their setlist:

First Dance
Ben E. King - This Magic Moment

  • Palm Trees - Casanova
  • Stevie Wonder - I Wish (DJ Joey C Extended Edit)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (Mennska Remix)
  • Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive  
  • Daughter - Get Lucky (Daft Punk Cover) (Holtoug Deep House House Edit)
  • The Beatangers - Do The Funk
  • Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till Get You Get Enough (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Colbie Caillat - I Do
  • Sam Cooke - You Send Me
  • Pentatonix - Can't Sleep Love
  • S.W.V. - Right Here (Human Nature Duet) [Select Mix Remix]
  • American Authors - Best Day Of My Life (Select Mix Remix)
  • Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Craig David - Officially Yours
  • The Beatles - From Me to You
  • Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • Ray Charles - Ain't That Love
  • Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
  • Mike Perry f./Shy Martin - The Ocean
  • Sam Feldt f./Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love (EDX Radio Edit)
  • Lost Frequencies f./Janieck Devy - Reality
  • The Internet f./Kaytranada - Girl
  • Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
  • Meghan Trainor f./Yo Gotti - Better
  • Ingrid Michaelson - Boys Chase Girls
  • Jack Johnson - Never Know
  • Charming Horses feat. Grace Grundy - Higher Love (Original Mix)

Mother/Son Dance
Beatles - In My Life

Open Dancing

  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Phil Collins - Sussudio (Select Mix Remix)
  • Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations (Select Mix Remix)
  • Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good (Select Mix Remix)
  • Flo Rida - I Cry
  • Sam Cooke - Cupid
  • Michael Buble - Everything
  • Rod Stewart - We're Having a Party
  • Steve Winwood - Higher Love
  • Marvin Gaye - Sexual Healing (Kygo Radio Edit)
  • Jagged Edge - Where The Party At
  • Kanye West - Gold Digger
  • Rihanna ft Drake - Work (Lost Kings Remix)  
  • Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Promo Only Quick Edit)
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize
  • Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre ft Nate Dogg - The Next Episode (Loczi & Rafi Remix)
  • The Chainsmokers f./Halsey - Closer (R3hab Remix Radio Edit)
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Party Break - Montel Party Break
  • House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
  • Drake f./Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance
  • Drake - Hotline Bling (Promo Only Verified )
  • Meghan Trainor f./John Legend - Like I'm Gonna Lose You
  • Kungs & Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl
  • Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean? (Select Mix Remix)
  • Flo Rida - Low
  • DNCE - Cake By The Ocean (Riddler Remix)  
  • Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (Promo Only)
  • Smash Mouth - All-Star
  • Kenny Loggins - Footloose
  • Prince - Raspberry Beret
  • Clash - Train in Vain
  • Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)
  • Tupac - California Love (Original Version)
  • Jason Mraz - I'm Yours (Live)

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies
: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: Hotel Del Coronado
Florals: Nancy Stevens

Other weddings hosted by DJ Kanoya at Hotel del Coronado

Melissa & Gus’ Dance Party - Hotel Del Coronado Wedding

I kicked off these wedding festivities by grabbing Melissa and Gus and saying, "this was a day I have been waiting on for nearly 10 years." Wait ... me? 

My former intern, Melissa, and her groom Gus, just as their wedding festivities kicked off. 

My former intern, Melissa, and her groom Gus, just as their wedding festivities kicked off. 

You see, Melissa and I used to work together. In fact she was my intern at the Port of San Diego. We shared many hours sitting together, working on projects and laughing. Occasionally, on Monday mornings, I would share my adventures of a wedding I DJ'd over the past weekend. It was then, she said, "when I get married - probably in like 20 years - you're DJing my wedding." 

Well, it only took eight years to find her life partner and it was as much fun as I imagined. 

Gus and Melissa's wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado (October 10, 2015), in the historic Crown Room was special with hundreds of friends and family joining in on the party. 

Here's the setlist for the night:

Bridal Party Entrance

  • Queen - Don't Stop Me Now

First Dance

  • Carlos Gardel - Por una Cabeza (True Lies Tango)

Dinner Music

  • Maoli - Love Song
  • Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - What a Wonderful World
  • Atlantic Starr - Two Occasions
  • Frank Sinatra - I Get A Kick Out Of You
  • Tupac - Tupac Tribute Medley
  • Sam Feldt f./Kimberly Anne - Show Me Love
  • Vanilla Ace - Follow Me We Can Go (Clean) (Extended)
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Kandy Space Remix) (Short Edit)
  • Alesso - Heroes (Basic Tape Remix) (Clean) (Extended)
  • Jay Z - Empire State Of Mind
  • Chris Brown - Yo (Excuse Me Miss) (Main Version)
  • Eve - Let Me Blow Ya Mind
  • Rihanna - I Hate That I Love You
  • Atlantic Starr - Two Occasions
  • R. City f./Adam Levine - Locked Away
  • Bastille - Pompeii
  • DJ Cassidy - Calling All Hearts (Radio Edit)
  • Ariana Grande f./Mac Miller - The Way
  • Ella Henderson - Ghost

Cake Cutting

  • Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me (2012 Re-Recorded Version)

Father/Daughter Dance

  • Van McCoy - The Hustle

Mother/Son Dance

  • Jennifer Lopez - Let's Get Loud

Open Dancing First Set

  • K.C. & the Sunshine Band - That's the Way
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Pitbull, Chris Brown - Fun (Select Mix Remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T.
  • Al Jarreau - We're In This Love Together


  • The Chainsmokers - #Selfie (Clean Radio Edit)
  • Martin Garrix - Animals (Radio Edit)
  • Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne - Rather Be (Discotech Remix) (Extended)

Open Dancing Second Set

  • Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
  • Major Lazer & DJ Snake f./MO - Lean On
  • Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea - Pretty Girls (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Party Break - Montel Party Break
  • Usher - Yeah
  • The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face (Select Mix Remix)
  • Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor - Marvin Gaye (Select Mix Remix)
  • The Spinners - I'll Be Around (70s Classics) (Clean) (Extended)
  • The Whispers - Rock Steady (Short Edit)
  • Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
  • Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Young MC - Bust A Move
  • Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
  • Emotions - Best Of My Love
  • Santana - Cha Cha
  • Cha Cha (Big Band) - Track08
  • Bega, Lou - Mambo No.5
  • Isley Brothers - Between The Sheets
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa (Intro Clean)
  • 2 Pac - Keep Ya Head Up (Select Mix Remix)
  • Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie
  • V.I.C. - Wobble
  • Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg - Nuthin But A G Thang (Intro Clean)
  • Don Omar & Lucenzo - Danza Kuduro (Ft. Lucenzo)
  • Sean Paul - Get Busy
  • Natalie La Rose, Jeremih - Somebody (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mariah Carey - Dreamlover
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems
  • Afrojack f./Mike Taylor - SummerThing! (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • Ariana Grande, Zedd - Break Free (Select Mix Remix)
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (Promo Only Intro Edit)
  • Meghan Trainor - Dear Future Husband
  • Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
  • Colbie Callait - Turn Your Lights Down Low

Last Dance

  • Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning

Vendor Team:
DJ: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Uplighting: DJ Kanoya Productions
Slow Motion Video: DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: Hotel Del Coronado
Florals & Design: TessFresh Flowers
Wedding Coordinator: Swann Soirees
Photographer: Atrero Photography
Videography: Norma Medina

Other weddings hosted by DJ Kanoya at Hotel Del Coronado

Angela and Kristofer’s Slow Motion Video - Hotel Del Coronado Wedding

What do you get when you have 16 members of a wedding party, bride, groom and another 100-plus guests? Some good times in the slow motion video booth.

Angela and Kris’ friends did pretty well.

For more insight on this wedding, check out my setlist and the amazing pictures from the Youngrens photo team.

A slow motion video booth is a great way to remember the people that attended your event as well as all of the fun they had while they were there. For more information, submit your event details on the "request for quote" page. To see videos from other events, visit DJ Kanoya Productions on Vimeo.