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Ian and Betsy Beautiful Family Wedding - San Diego Botanic Garden

Ian and Betsy were married at the San Diego Botanic Garden on July 20, 2018

Ian and Betsy were married at the San Diego Botanic Garden on July 20, 2018

Weddings are generally the beginning of two lives together. But often times, it is more than just two; and it can be the beginning of a new family life together.

Such was the case with Ian and Betsy wedding day, July 20, 2018. There love for one another was equal to that of their own children. It was touching to see how much these two wove together their kids into various parts of the day. From the ceremony, to the grand entrance and all of the dancing, this day was not just for them, but for their amazing family.

What a pleasure to be a part of all of that. Here’s a look at their setlist.

First Dance

Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You

Dinner
Bay Ledges - Safe
Charlie Puth - Some Type Of Love
The Lumineers - Ophelia
Mr. Probz - Till You're Loved
John Mayer - Half Of My Heart
Capital Cities - Safe And Sound
Noah Cyrus f./Labrinth - Make Me (Cry)
Khalid - Location
Vance Joy - Fire And The Flood
A Tribe Called Quest - Award Tour
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Naughty By Nature - Jamboree
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Steve Winwood - Higher Love
Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (Slushii Remix)
Blackstreet, Blinky Blink, Mase & Mya - Take Me There
Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (Select Mix Remix)
Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
Carl Carlton - She's a Bad Mamma Jamma

Open Dancing
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Beatles - Twist & Shout
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Chris Brown - Run It
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
Kanye West - Touch The Sky
Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
The Temptations - My Girl
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Jersey Boys - December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine
The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind
Louis Armstrong - Cheek to Cheek
Drake - God's Plan
Flo Rida - Low
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Usher - Yeah
Nelly - Hot In Here
Michael Buble - Everything
Natalie Cole - This Will Be an Everlasting Love
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You
Rascal Flatts - Bless the Broken Road

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies:
Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Catering: Miho
Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden
Photography: Lillywhite Photography(all photos in this blog, courtesy of Lillywhite Photography)

Michelle and Cameron’s Destination Wedding at the San Diego Botanic Garden

Michelle and Cameron pose by a fountain after their wedding ceremony at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Michelle and Cameron pose by a fountain after their wedding ceremony at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Michelle and Cameron made their special day a destination wedding for them and many of their guests. And there’s not much of a better place in North County San Diego than the San Diego Botanic Garden.

There were some great musical highlights as well, which included a Polynesian dance (led by Michelle) and some interesting covers for their first dance and the father/daughter dance.

Michelle’s musician dad, and a total rocker, chose to dance with his daughter to Sweet Child ‘O Mine. This would have been epic with Gun ‘n’ Roses, but he found a sweet, acoustic, mellow version. A version I had never heard before.

And for their first dance, Michelle and Cameron chose the classic Elvis Presley tune, Can’t Help Falling In Love. However, it was a version performed by 21 Pilots.

Some great moments and great music. Here’s the rest of the setlist.

First Dance
21 Pilots - Can’t Help Falling In Love

Dinner
Bruno Mars - Marry You
Colbie Caillat - Brighter Than The Sun
HAIM - Want You Back
Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
Gavin DeGraw - Chariot
Bay Ledges - Safe
Charlie Puth - Some Type Of Love (Select Mix Remix)
Bastille - Pompeii
Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet
Beatles - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Carl Carlton - She's a Bad Mamma Jamma
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Foster The People - Sit Next To Me
Backstreet Boys X Jonas Blue - I Want It That Way X Fast Car (DJ Ragoza Bootleg)
Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car
Mr. Belt & Wezol ft Aevion - One More Day
Colbie Caillat - I Do
Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills

Mother/Son Dance
Mark Masri - A Mother’s Love

Father/Daughter Dance
Jasmine Thompson - Sweet Child Of Mine

Open Dancing
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Pacific Soul/Marina lyrics - O Le Taualuga
Willie K. - You Ku'uipo
Archies - Sugar, Sugar
The Temptations - My Girl
Blue Swede - Hooked on a Feeling
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
Flo Rida - Low
Silento - Watch Me
Usher - Yeah
Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey - The Middle
Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
J Balvin & Willy William - Mi Gente
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
Casper - Cha Cha Slide
Jay Sean - Do You Remember
Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine
Beatles - Twist & Shout
B-52's - Love Shack
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Bruno Mars & Cardi B - Finesse
Scratch Sample - Ahh, Fresh, Aww Yeah
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
DJ Khaled f./Rihanna & Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts
Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning

Last Dance
Lumineers- Sleep On The Floor

A highlight for me was the coffee bar Michelle and Cameron set-up at their wedding.

A highlight for me was the coffee bar Michelle and Cameron set-up at their wedding.

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies:
Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Catering: Bottaro
Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden
Photography: True Photography

Laura and Juan's Garden Setting Wedding - San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding

Laura and Juan had a spectacular celebration at the San Diego Botanic Garden.  Here's a look at the setlist. 

Laura and Juan's first dance at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Laura and Juan's first dance at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

First Dance
Llegastes Tu - Luis Fonsi and Juan Luis Guerra

Grandfather/Grandaughter Dance
CancioÌ-n De Un Padre Para Su Yerno (Heartland - I Loved Her First) - Martin Tremolada

Mother/Son Dance
Rascall Flatts - My Wish

Dinner Hour
Sam Feldt, Lush & Simon ft INNA - Fade Away  
Neiked ft MIMI - Call Me  
RUMORS - Look Out Below  
Zedd & Liam Payne - Get Low  
Kygo & Selena Gomez - It Ain't Me (Not So Typical Remix)  
Carl Nunes - White Dress  
Drake - Passionfruit (BPM Supreme Remix)  
Cheat Codes ft Demi Lovato - No Promises  
Armin Van Buuren - Sunny Days  
Lucas & Steve - Up Till Dawn (On The Move)  
Mystikal - Bouncin' Back
Loud Luxury ft Nikki's Wives - Show Me  
50 Cent - In Da Club
A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum
Notorius B.I.G. - Crush On Yo
T.I. - Bring Em Ou
Drake - Passionfruit (BPM Supreme Remix)  
Jesse & Joy f./Alejandro Sanz - No Soy Una De Esas
Sia ft Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
Ed Sheeran vs Joe Maz - Shape Of You (Dynamiq Edit)
Maite Perroni - Adicta
Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet (8b Intro Clean) (DJ Joey C Edit)
James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go

Open Dancing
Zapp - More Bounce to the Ounce
Mariah Carey - Fantasy
Destiny's Child - Jumpin’ Jumpin’ (Jean Tonique Remix)
The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star (Hot Classics Remix)
Busta Rhymes - I Know What You Want
Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
Beyonce - Single Ladies
50 Cent - In Da Club
Pitbull f./Osmani Garcia & Lil Jon - Taxi
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Maroon 5 - Sugar (Select Mix Remix)
Kungs & Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl
Elvis Crespo - Tu Sonrisa
Mark Ronson f./Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
Pitbull, Chris Brown - Fun (Select Mix Remix)
French Montana f./Swae Lee - Unforgettable
Drake - Hold On We're Going Home (Promo Only Quick Edit)
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till Get You Get Enough (Hot Classics Remix)
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Nicky Jam f./Daddy Yankee - Hasta El Amanecer (Remix)
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f./Justin Bieber - Despacito (Remix)
Elvis Crespo - Suavemente
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie
Tupac - California Love (Original Version)
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Otis Day - Shout

Last Dance
Jess Glynne - Hold My Hand

Jaclyn and Dan's Dance Party - San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding

Jaclyn and Dan's first dance during their wedding at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Jaclyn and Dan's first dance during their wedding at the San Diego Botanic Garden.

Jaclyn and Dan are a couple from the Bay Area that made their way down to San Diego for an amazing wedding with friends and family. Their celebration took place at the San Diego Botanic Garden, a venue I had never worked at wedding at in my 14 years of DJing weddings in San Diego. That all changed the week of their wedding, as I ended up DJing two weddings at the venue in the same week!

This reception also provided an opportunity to mix together a custom first dance for Jaclyn and Dan. They loved the song XO, sung by both John Mayer and Beyonce and had a hard time choosing which version to dance to. So why not both?

I mixed a version that started with Mayer and then segued into the Queen Bey with a little backbeat. Fun times ... as was this whole wedding.

Check out the setlist and photos below:

Wedding Party Entrance
Fat Joe & Remy Ma f./French Montana - All The Way Up
Jay Z ft. Kanye West - N***** In Paris

First Dance
Beyonce and John Mayer - XO Wedding Mix

Dinner

  • Mindi Abair - The Joint
  • Saint Motel - My Type
  • Capital Cities - Safe And Sound
  • Florence & The Machine - Shake It Out
  • Mutya Buenya - Real Girl
  • Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
  • Mayer Hawthorne - The Walk
  • Discotron - Disco Ballin'  
  • Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
  • Kygo ft Ella Henderson - Here For You (DAO Remix)  
  • Chainsmokers, Ashanti - Only U vs Roses (J. Espinosa Jumpoff Edit)
  • Rihanna ft Drake - Work (Lost Kings Remix)
  • Toto - Hold The Line (Love Isn't Always On Time)  
  • Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix)  
  • A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It (Select Mix Remix)
  • Tori Kelly - Nobody Love (Select Mix Remix)
  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition
  • Pentatonix - Can't Sleep Love
  • Ellie Goulding - On My Mind
  • Gwen Stefani - Make Me Like You

Father/Daughter Dance
Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole - Unforgettable

Mother/Son Dance
Luis Mariano- Maman la plus belle du Monde

Open Dancing - First Set

  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
  • Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations (Select Mix Remix)
  • Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie
  • Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours (70s Classics)  
  • K.C. & the Sunshine Band - Shake Your Booty
  • Emotions - Best Of My Love

Cake Cutting
Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is

Open Dancing - Second Set

  • Meghan Trainor f./John Legend - Like I'm Gonna Lose You
  • Michael Buble - Everything
  • Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
  • Justin Bieber - What Do You Mean? (Select Mix Remix)
  • Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne - Rather Be (Select Mix Remix)
  • V.I.C. - Wobble
  • Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills
  • Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX - Fancy
  • Beyonce - Crazy In Love
  • Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • DJ Snake f./Bipolar Sunshine - Middle
  • DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It (Remix)
  • Major Lazer & DJ Snake f./MO - Lean On
  • Drake - Hotline Bling
  • Drake - Started From The Bottom
  • The Game - How We Do
  • Too Short - Blow The Whistle (Intro Clean)
  • DJ Snake, Lil Jon - Turn Down For What (Select Mix Remix)
  • Dr. Dre ft Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg - The Next Episode (Dani Deahl & Jason Edward Remix)
  • Drake f./Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (Promo Only Quick Edit)
  • Fifth Harmony - Work From Home (Select Mix Remix)
  • The Weeknd - Can't Feel My Face (Select Mix Remix)
  • Miley Cyrus f. Jay-Z - We Can't Stop (DJ Scooter Twerk Remix)
  • Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A.
  • Rihanna - We Found Love
  • Calvin Harris, Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love (Select Mix Quick Trax)
  • Zedd, Selena Gomez - I Want You To Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (Select Mix Remix)
  • Calvin Harris f./Rihanna - This Is What You Came For
  • Beyonce f./Jay-Z - Drunk In Love
  • Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning

Last Dance
Head and the Heart - Rivers and Roads

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden
Photographer: TBD
Caterer: San Diego Paella

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Joy and Doug’s Dance Party - San Diego Botanic Garden Wedding

San Diego Wedding DJ, Justin Kanoya, introduces the newly wedded couple, Joy and Doug  , at the San Diego Botanic Garden. 

San Diego Wedding DJ, Justin Kanoya, introduces the newly wedded couple, Joy and Doug, at the San Diego Botanic Garden. 

Joy and Doug met via an online dating service. Joy’s message to potential suitors was that she wanted to go on her “last, first date.” She did just that with Doug.

The two celebrated their day with family and friends at the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas on July 10, 2016. The venue is a great outdoor spot, surrounded by incredible foliage that the garden has to offer.

Joy was a co-worker of mine when I worked at the Port of San Diego. Many of my former colleagues were in attendance, which made for a nice mini reunion for me.

The night consisted of a fun dance party consisting of a lot of “wedding classics” and a few Motown hits that I love and haven’t played in a while.

Here’s the setlist:

Cocktail Hour

  • Paul Dateh - Good Life
  • John Legend - Slow Dance
  • Craig David - Officially Yours
  • Lionel Ritchie - You Are
  • Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
  • Donavon Frankenreiter - Free
  • Sara Bareilles - Love On The Rocks
  • Ellie Goulding - On My Mind
  • Kygo f./Parson James - Stole The Show
  • Ella Henderson - Ghost (Dave Aude Remix)
  • Zendaya f./Chris Brown - Something New
  • Jack Johnson - Upside Down
  • Ariana Grande f./Mac Miller - The Way
  • Avicii ft Zac Brown Band - Broken Arrows
  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition
  • Brick - Happy (70s Classics)
  • Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
  • Carl Carlton - She's a Bad Mamma Jamma
  • Prince  - Kiss

Dinner

  • Colbie Caillat - I Do
  • Magic! f./Sean Paul - Lay You Down Easy
  • Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are
  • Selena Gomez - Come & Get It
  • Diana Ross & the Supremes/The Temptations - I'm Gonna Make You Love Me
  • Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls Pt. 2 (Select Mix Remix)
  • Whitney Houston - So Emotional (Edge Remix)
  • Hall & Oates - Private Eyes (Select Mix Remix)
  • Phil Collins - Sussudio (Select Mix Remix)
  • The Jacksons - Shake Your Body (Hot Classics Remix)
  • The Commodores - Lady (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Rudimental f./Ed Sheeran - Lay It All On Me
  • Nora En Pure - Saltwater
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Le Boeuf Remix
  • Tori Kelly - Nobody Love (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix)
  • Chainsmokers, Ashanti - Only U vs Roses (J. Espinosa Jumpoff Edit)
  • Drake f./Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance
  • Duke Dumont f./Jax Jones - I Got U
  • Clean Bandit, Jess Glynne - Rather Be (Select Mix Remix)
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole - Unforgettable

Open Dancing

  • Michael Buble - Everything
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Jackson 5, The - I Want You Back
  • K.C. & the Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Emotions - Best Of My Love
  • Earth Wind & Fire - Sing A Song (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Casper - Cha Cha Slide
  • The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud to Beg
  • The Supremes - Come See About Me
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • She & Him - I Was Made For You
  • Bruno Mars - Marry You
  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
  • Bobby Darin - Mack the Knife
  • Rod Stewart - We're Having a Party
  • Mark Ronson f. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
  • B-52's - Love Shack
  • Jersey Boys - December 1963 (Oh What A Night)
  • Otis Day & the Knights - Shout
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)
  • Flo Rida - My House
  • Sia, Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mary J. Blige - Real Love
  • Village People - YMCA

Last Dance
Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning

 

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: San Diego Botanic Garden
Photographer: TBD

 

San Diego Wedding DJ, Justin Kanoya, posing with former Port of San Diego colleagues.        Other weddings hosted by DJ Kanoya at San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Wedding DJ, Justin Kanoya, posing with former Port of San Diego colleagues. 

 

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