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Stephanie and JJ’s Scripps Seaside Forum Wedding Party

Stephanie and JJ kick off their Scripps Seaside Forum wedding with the Hora.

Stephanie and JJ kick off their Scripps Seaside Forum wedding with the Hora.

When Stephanie and JJ contacted me, their wedding was just over one year away. It’s a pretty good feeling when a couple wants to secure my services that far in advance. When their wedding day came around, June 24, 2018 at Scripps Seaside Forum, I wanted to make sure it was extra special for them.

Their first dance was the to classic R&B jam, “All My Life.” The rest of the night, was filled with great dance tunes

Here’s a look at their setlist.

First Dance
K-Ci & JoJo - All My Life

Father/Daughter Dance
Heartland - I Loved Her First

Mother/Son Dance
Forever Young - The Tenors

Open Dancing First Set
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Usher - Yeah
B-52's - Love Shack
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling (Select Mix Remix)
Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)

Cake Cutting
James Taylor - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You

Open Dancing Second Set
Michael Buble - Everything
Frank Sinatra - Come Fly With Me
Kenny Loggins - Your Mama Don't Dance
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Woman
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline
John Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
Beyonce - Crazy In Love
House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
C&C Music Factory - Gonna Make You Sweat
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
Diana Ross - I'm Coming Out (Hot Classics Remix)
Aretha Franklin - Respect (Select Mix Remix)
The Temptations - My Girl
Van Morrison - Moondance
The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud to Beg
Sister Sledge - We Are Family
K.C. & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight
Flo Rida - Low
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T
Otis Day & the Knights - Shout
Beatles - Twist & Shout
Young MC - Bust A Move
Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody
Madonna - Holiday
Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good

Last Dance
Journey - Don’t Stop Believin' (Live)

Kate and Brittany’s Winery Wedding Celebration

Kate and Brittany were married on December 30, 2017 at Solterra Winery and Kitchen.

Kate and Brittany were married on December 30, 2017 at Solterra Winery and Kitchen.

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The 2017 event season closed out in fine fashion with Kate and Brittany’s wedding, a small gathering of their closest family and friend on December 30, 2017. It took place at Solterra Winery and Kitchen, located in Leucadia, California.

Kate and Brittany are friends of mine, and in fact, Kate and I were discussing how she might be the leader in San Diego for most DJ Kanoya events attended. Between fitness events and other weddings, she’s been at a large handful.

But this event was the most important and turned into a wonderful celebration of love. From high energy dances, to Wilson Phillips sing alongs, I had as much fun as their guests.

Here’s a look at the setlist.

Dinner

  • Chachi & Paige - Land Down Under
  • Mr. Belt & Wezol ft Aevion - One More Day  
  • Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix)
  • Chris Malinchak - If U Got It
  • Lika Morgan - Sweet Dreams
  • Chris Malinchak - Wonderful
  • Solange - Cranes In The Sky
  • LP - Lost On You
  • HAIM - Want You Back
  • Gavin DeGraw - Chariot
  • Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
  • Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet (DJ Joey C Edit)
  • The Temptations - Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
  • Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
  • Lauv - I Like Me Better
  • Rihanna - I Hate That I Love You
  • Chromeo - Old 45's
  • Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (Slushii Remix)  
  • Craig David ft Mos Def - 7 Days (DJ Premier Remix)
  • Groove Theory - Tell Me (Mayeda Remix)  
  • LL Cool J - Around The Way Girl (Untouchables Remix)
  • Chaka Khan - Ain't Nobody (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Robbie Nevil - C'est La Vie (Select Mix Remix)
  • Starley - Call On Me (Ryan Riback Remix)
  • Charming Horses feat. Grace Grundy - Higher Love
  • Palm Trees - Casanova
  • Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
  • Jess Glynne - Ain't Got Far To Go
  • Daya - Sit Still, Look Pretty
  • Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills
  • Mike Perry f./hy Martin - The Ocean
  • The Supremes - You Can't Hurry Love


Open Dancing

  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Sing A Song (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • She & Him - I Was Made For You
  • The Supremes - Come See About Me
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn - Pride and Joy
  • Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Woman
  • Van Morrison - Moondance
  • Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll
  • Joan Osborne - Heat Wave
  • K.C. & the Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Mariah Carey - Emotions (Select Mix Remix)
  • Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
  • Paula Abdul - Opposites Attract
  • Wilson Phillips - Hold On
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Party Break - Montel Party Break
  • Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)  
  • Bruno Mars - 24k Magic (J Rythm All Gold Hype Intro)
  • Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (A-Trak Remix)  
  • Juvenile - Back That Azz Up (Fraze Remix)  
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Kanye West - Good Life
  • Luniz - I Got 5 On It
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa
  • 50 Cent - In Da Club
  • Nelly - Ride Wit Me
  • Ice Cube - Check Yo Self
  • Next - Too Close
  • Backstreet Boys - I Want it That Way
  • Rihanna - We Found Love
  • Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
  • Kesha  - Die Young (PeteDown Acapella Out)
  • Flo Rida - I Cry
  • Icona Pop - I Love It (Select Mix Remix)
  • Softmal, Rey Vercosa & Avrupts - Sexsuality  
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
  • 4 Non Blondes - What's Up
  • Oasis - Wonderwall
  • Sublime - Santeria (Select Mix Remix)
  • Dr. Dre - Nuthin' But A G Thang
  • Dr Dre ft Snoop Dogg, Kurup & Nate Dogg - The Next Episode
  • Paperboy - Ditty
  • Ace of Base - The Sign
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)
  • Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance


Last Dance
Ray Lamontagne - You Are The Best Thing

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies/Uplighting: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue and Catering: Solterra Winery and Kitchen
Photographer: Hale Production Studios

Jason and Sheri “Run” a Fantastic Lodge at Torrey Pines Wedding

Jason and Sheri's first dance at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Jason and Sheri's first dance at the Lodge at Torrey Pines.

Guests at Sheri and Jason’s Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding take a dance break from their dinner. 

Guests at Sheri and Jason’s Lodge at Torrey Pines wedding take a dance break from their dinner. 

When it comes to DJing weddings I sometimes meet people for the first time on their wedding day. There are times when I meet couples via a mutual friend, before they are engaged and eventually DJ their wedding. And sometimes I meet someone who isn’t even dating anyone and years later, I end up DJing their wedding.

Such is the case with Sheri and how I came to be the DJ of her and Jason’s wedding at the Lodge at Torrey Pines on September 2, 2017.

Sheri and I met at Torrey Pines State Preserve in early 2014. I was attending a run club meet up she was leading in early 2014. Fittingly, three years later, we were just a few miles from that spot, celebrating her and Jason’s wedding at the Lodge.

It was one of those “over the top” beautiful events. An outdoor dining space overlooking the famed Torrey Pines 18th green and then moving inside to a dance space that we dubbed “Club Kimmel.”

And what a dance party it was. While we had a few short dance sets during dinner, it was inside where things cranked up. With just a couple of hours, there was no time to build up, just hit hard with some great dance tracks filled in with plenty of the bride's favorite, Justin Timberblake.

Here’s the setlist

First Dance
In Case You Didn’t Know/Suit & Tie - Brett Young/Justin Timberlake Mix

Father/Daughter Dance
I Loved Her First - Heartland

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

Open Dancing

  • Disclosure ft Al Green - Feel Like I Do
  • Blackstreet - No Diggity (Figgy Remix)
  • Halsey - Colors (Blonde Remix)
  • Soul ll Soul - Back To Reality (KLATCH Remix)
  • Bingo Players - Cry (Just A Little) (A-Trak & DiscoTech Remix)  
  • Flo Rida - I Cry
  • Kesha  - Die Young (PeteDown Acapella Out)
  • DNCE - Cake By The Ocean (Riddler Remix)  
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T.
  • Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
  • Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo (Select Mix Remix)
  • Ja Rule - Livin' It Up
  • Usher - Yeah (Wedding Crasherz Break)
  • Party Break - Montel Party Break
  • House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Miley Cyrus f. Jay-Z - We Can't Stop (DJ Scooter Twerk Remix - Clean)
  • Miley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A.
  • Ice Cube - Check Yo Self (Select Mix Quick Trax)
  • Missy Elliott - Work It (Mayeda Remix)  
  • Jagged Edge - Where The Party At
  • Next - Too Close 
  • Maxamillion - Sexual Healing 
  • Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray to O.P.P.
  • Drake - Fake Love (Caked Up Remix)  
  • Lionel Richie - All Night Long (Select Mix Quick Trax)
  • Bruno Mars - 24k Magic (Rock It Scientists Hype Edit) 
  • Smash Mouth - Allstar (Quick Edit Acapella Out)
  • Drake ft Wizkid & Kyla - One Dance (Aryay Remix)
  • Justin Timberlake ft Jay-Z vs Biggie & Next - Suit & Tie (Too Juicy Blend)
  • Justin Timberlake - Senorita
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • J Balvin & Willy William - Mi Gente
  • The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Mr. Collipark Remix)
  • Sam Hunt - House Party (Bpm Supreme ReDrum)
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin’ (Live)
  • The Outfield - Your Love (Select Mix Remix)
  • Bon Jovi - Livin On A Prayer
  • Pitbull, John Ryan - Fireball (Select Mix Remix)
  • Tupac - California Love
  • Cassidy - Hotel
  • R. Kelly - Ignition (Remix)
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Last Dance
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies/Uplighting: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Event Coordinator/Designer: Crown Weddings
Videography: Anthology Films
Photographer: Half Full Photography
Decor: Platinum Pro

Rancho Santa Fe Wedding and Dance Party - Morgan Run Resort Wedding

Maria and Nicholas enter their wedding reception at Morgan Run resort.

Maria and Nicholas enter their wedding reception at Morgan Run resort.

The golf course at Morgan Run Resort presents a beautiful backdrop at Maria and Nicholas’ wedding.

The golf course at Morgan Run Resort presents a beautiful backdrop at Maria and Nicholas’ wedding.

Maria and Nicholas’ wedding, August 4, 2017 at Morgan Run Resort, was a gathering of friends and family in a beautiful location. They had both their ceremony and reception at the lush golf course in Rancho Santa Fe.

This was one crowd that came to dance, evident by how most guests started filling the dance floor before the dinner. Here’s the setlist, with a pretty short dinner hour and a dance set filled with some hot dance tracks.

Here’s a look at the setlist.

First Dance
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud

Dinner
Mystikal - Bouncin' Back
Beyonce - Love On Top
Cure - Close To Me
Big Pun - Still Not A Playa (Hidden Beach)
Groove Theory - Tell Me
Stevie Wonder - Superstition
ZHU - Generationwhy
Prince - Kiss
Carl Carlton - She's a Bad Mamma Jamma
Felix Jaehn f./Jasmine Thompson - Ain't Nobody (Loves Me Better)
Dean Martin - Ain't that a Kick in the Head
Ludacris - Roll Out
Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive
Vanilla Ace - Follow Me We Can Go
Drake - Passionfruit (BPM Supreme Remix)
Usher f./Juicy J - I Don't Mind
Stevie Wonder - Knocks Me off My Feet (8b Intro Clean) (DJ Joey C Edit)
Fabolous - Into You
Naughty By Nature - Jamboree (Intro Clean)
Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love Usher - U Remind Me
Rihanna ft Drake - Work (Lost Kings Remix

Parents Dance
Frank Sinatra- The Way You Look Tonight

Open Dancing
Stevie B - Spring Love (Larry D Mix)
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
Sage The Gemini - Now & Later (Merk & Kremont Remix)
Flo Rida - Low
Nicki Minaj - Super Bass
Kesha - Die Young (PeteDown Acapella Out)
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
Mariah Carey - We Belong Together
Meghan Trainor f./John Legend - Like I'm Gonna Lose You
Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
Iggy Azalea - Fancy (Seize Where The Ladies At Edit)
Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote
Kanye West - Good Life
Clean Bandit f./Sean Paul & Anne-Marie - Rockabye
Drake & Future - Jumpman
Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)
Usher - Yeah
DJ Snake f. Lil Jon - Turn Down For What
Missy Elliott - Work It
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f./Justin Bieber - Despacito (Remix)
Nicky Jam - Hasta El Amanecer
Backstreet Boys - I Want it That Way
NSYNC - Bye Bye Bye
Tupac - California Love
Juvenile ft Lil Wayne & Manny Fresh - Back That Azz Up
DJ Kor vs Ice Cube - You Can Do It
R. Kelly - Ignition

Last Dance
The Chainsmokers f./Coldplay - Something Like This

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies:
Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: Morgan Run Resort
Photography: Shane and Lauren Photography

Lily’s 50th Birthday Party - Elka Yoga and Wellness Center

Lily celebrated her 50th birthday with family and friends at Elka Yoga and Wellness Center. The aerial yoga studio was the venue for open gym and a dance party DJ'd by DJ Kanoya (Justin Kanoya, San Diego DJ.)

Lily celebrated her 50th birthday with family and friends at Elka Yoga and Wellness Center. The aerial yoga studio was the venue for open gym and a dance party DJ'd by DJ Kanoya (Justin Kanoya, San Diego DJ.)

One of the great things about our kids making friends is the fact that in most cases the parents become friends too. Such is the case for Lily. We’ve known her family since our daughters started kindergarten five years ago. They continued to go to school together for the next few years and despite them not attending the same school anymore, we still keep in touch.

Lily’s 50th birthday was celebrated at Elka Yoga and Wellness Center. The location made for a unique event, with supervised aerial yoga to start and then a dance party for the rest of the evening.

It was a great night spinning some 80s classics, freestyle and a close out to Lily’s favorite song, “Melt With You,” by Modern English.

Here’s the full setlist

  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition (Simone Nu Disco Remix)
  • ZHU - Generationwhy
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Kandy Space Remix)
  • Alesso - Heroes (Basic Tape Remix)
  • The Jacksons - Blame It On The Boogie (70s Classics)
  • Mariah Carey - Emotions (Select Mix Remix)
  • Coolio - 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin’ New) (Select Mix Remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Shining Star (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Cameo - Candy (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Discotron - Disco Ballin’
  • The Spinners - I'll Be Around (70s Classics)
  • Rappin' 4-Tay - I'll Be Around (Select Mix Remix)
  • Mann - Buzzin’
  • Nu Shooz - I Can't Wait
  • Balla Tounkara - Yarabi
  • Marian Hill - Down
  • Flume f./Kai - Never Be Like You
  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
  • Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills
  • Ja Rule - Livin' It Up
  • Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
  • Justin Timberlake ft Jay-Z vs Biggie & Next - Suit & Tie (Too Juicy Blend)
  • Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber & MO - Cold Water (J Rythm BPM Supreme Remix)
  • Beyonce - Crazy In Love
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Fifth Harmony - Work From Home (Select Mix Remix)
  • Afrojack f./Mike Taylor - SummerThing!
  • Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes
  • Jonas Blue f./Dakota - Fast Car
  • OMI & Felix Jahen - Cheerleader (DjGogos Remix)
  • Pitbull, Ne-Yo - Time Of Our Lives (Select Mix Remix)
  • Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin’ Something (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Chaka Khan - I Feel For You (Hot Classics Remix)
  • LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
  • Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance (Select Mix Remix)
  • Flo Rida - I Cry
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
  • Bruno Mars - 24k Magic (Rock It Scientists Hype Edit) (Dynamiq Cutdown)
  • Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies (Select Mix Remix)
  • Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance
  • Johnny Gill - Rub You the Right Way (Select Mix Remix)
  • Bell Biv Devoe - Poison
  • Dino -  I Like It (Select Mix Remix)
  • Madonna - Into The Groove
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Erasure - A Little Respect
  • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - Lost In Emotion (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly
  • Janet Jackson - Miss You Much
  • Kungs & Cookin' On 3 Burners - This Girl
  • Flo Rida - Low
  • Big Pun - Still Not a Player (feat. Joe)
  • Mark Morrison - Return Of The Mack (Select Mix Remix)
  • Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The Hotstepper
  • House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
  • Prince - 1999
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T (remix)
  • Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)
  • Sheila E - Glamorous Life
  • Klymaxx - Meeting In The Ladies Room (Select Mix Remix)
  • Debbie Deb - When I Hear Music (Select Mix Remix)
  • Erasure - Chains of Love
  • Robin S - Show Me Love
  • Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch - Good Vibrations (Select Mix Remix)
  • Throttle - Hit The Road Jack (R-You 100-123 Transition)
  • Pitbull, John Ryan - Fireball (Select Mix Remix)
  • Irene Cara - Flashdance (What A Feeling)
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin’
  • John Mellencamp - Jack and Diane
  • Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
  • Modern English - Melt With You
A photobooth and dancing (DJ Kanoya) were a part of the activities at this 50th birthday party. 

A photobooth and dancing (DJ Kanoya) were a part of the activities at this 50th birthday party.