wedding

Stephen and Jen’s Week-long Wedding Celebration Ends in San Diego

A lion dance was just one of the many events that provided entertainment at Stephen and Jen’s wedding. 

A lion dance was just one of the many events that provided entertainment at Stephen and Jen’s wedding. 

Stephen and Jen’s wedding party at Stephen’s family owned restaurant, Emerald Chinese Cuisine, was the cap on a week long celebration for the two of them. Their ceremony and (first) reception took place a week earlier in Northern California.

Wanting to celebrate with San Diego family and friend, the best solution was to throw a party in Southern California. In addition to dancing, there was a lion dance, a solo singing performance, photobooth and the slow motion video booth was set up and the result shows what a great time everyone had.

Here’s the highlights from the video booth. 

And here’s a look at the setlist.

Dinner and Cocktails

  • Loose Change - Straight From The Heart (Joey Negro Straight To The Groove Mix)
  • Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Brothers Johnson - Stomp
  • Madonna - Holiday
  • Jeffrey Osborne - Stay With Me Tonight (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - Sing A Song (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition
  • Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover
  • Tears for Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World
  • Kygo f./Maty Noyes - Stay
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • Solange - Cranes In The Sky
  • LP - Lost On You
  • Julia Michaels - Issues (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • HAIM - Want You Back
  • Mindi Abair - The Joint
  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Like This
  • Calvin Harris f./Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
  • The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Mr. Collipark Remix)  
  • Mariah Carey - Make It Happen
  • Jane Child - Don't Wanna Fall In Love (Select Mix Remix)
  • Discotron - Disco Ballin'  
  • Ed Sheeran - Photograph (Felix Jaehn Remix Edit)

Open Dancing

  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It
  • House of Pain - Old School Jump Off
  • Maroon 5 ft SZA - What Lovers Do (A-Trak Remix)  
  • Pitbull, Chris Brown - Fun (Select Mix Remix)
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes (Hot Classics Remix)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Flo Rida - Low
  • Icona Pop f./Charli XCX - I Love It
  • Rihanna - We Found Love
  • Meghan Trainor - Lips Are Movin (Dj XCENTRiC Edit)  
  • Outkast - Hey Ya
  • Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
  • Steve Winwood - Higher Lover  
  • Naughty By Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
  • Wreckx-n-Effect - Rump Shaker
  • Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies (Select Mix Remix)
  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)
  • Psy - Gangnam Style
  • Quad City D.J.'s - C'mon 'N' Ride It
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot - Baby Got Back
  • Ivan Jack - The Dock Of The Bay  
  • Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good
  • Chachi & Paige - Land Down Under  
  • Chainsmokers ft ROZES - Roses (Adam Foster Remix)  
  • Next - Too Close (Andrew Masta & The Disco Punk Nu Disco Dance Edit)

Gigi and Casey's Wedding Celebration at Brick - Liberty Station Wedding

Casey and Gigi's ceremony set-up at Brick in Liberty Station. 

Casey and Gigi's ceremony set-up at Brick in Liberty Station. 

Gigi and Casey put on an extra big party at Brick in Liberty Station on October 15, 2017. With catering from Curiocity, a photobooth and plenty of dancing, their guests were entertained all night.

Here’s a look at the setlist:

First Dance
Adele - Make You Feel My Love

Mother/Son Dance
Rascal Flatts - My Wish

Father/Daughter Dance
Phil Collins - You'll Be In My Heart

Open Dancing

  • Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Calvin Harris ft Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels (Fabian EWF Mix)
  • Pitbull f./John Ryan - Fireball (Radio Edit)
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • Usher - Yeah
  • Griffith, Marcia - Electric Boogie
  • Marvin Gaye - How Sweet It Is
  • Michael Buble - Everything
  • The Temptations - Ain't Too Proud To Beg
  • Cupid - Cupid Shuffle
  • Otis Day & the Knights - Shout
  • B-52's - Love Shack
  • Earth, Wind & Fire - September
  • Michael Jackson - P.Y.T (remix)
  • Flo Rida - Low
  • Kool & the Gang - Jungle Boogie
  • Grover Washington Jr. - Just the Two of Us
  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like (Promo Only Clean Edit)
  • Michael Buble - Haven't Met You Yet
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • Madonna - Holiday
  • Paula Abdul - Forever Your Girl
  • Whitney Houston - How Will I Know (Select Mix Remix)
  • New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Jimmy Buffett - Cheeseburger In Paradise
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Cali Swag District - Teach Me How To Dougie
  • Future f./Kendrick Lamar - Mask Off
  • Janet Jackson - Let's Wait Awhile
  • Notorious B.I.G. - Big Poppa
  • Naughty By Nature - Feel Me Flow

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies/Uplighting: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: Brick
Event Coordinator: Brick Coordination
Catering: Curiocity

Richard and Stacy’s Intimate Wedding at the Hilton Torrey Pines

Richard and Stacy’s ceremony at the Hilton Torrey Pines, overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf course.

Richard and Stacy’s ceremony at the Hilton Torrey Pines, overlooking the Torrey Pines Golf course.

There are times I instantly connect with my wedding couples and meeting Richard and Stacy the first time was one of those. In fact, I felt that connection in the initial emails with Stacy. These connections always prove to be instrumental in planning their party and ultimately the end result.

Richard and Stacy were married at the Hilton Torrey Pines on October 14, 2017. It was an intimate gathering of 40; friends and family celebrating two wonderful people.

When guest counts are “small,” it can sometimes be difficult to get a real dance party going. But not the case for this crowd. Despite what I’m calling the “world's smallest dance floor,” this crowd was great and kept the good time flowing all night.

Here’s a look at the setlist.

First Dance
Robin Thicke - Sweetest Love

Dinner

  • Chris Malinchak - Wonderful
  • Praful - Sigh
  • Greg Adams - Firefly
  • Steve Cole - Everyday
  • Nick Colionne - High Flyin’
  • Jack Johnson - Breakdown
  • Jack Johnson - Situations
  • Bay Ledges - Safe
  • Bob Marley - Is This Love
  • Mr. Probz - Till You're Loved
  • The Lumineers - Ophelia
  • Gavin DeGraw - Chariot
  • Charlie Puth - Some Type Of Love
  • George Ezra - Budapest
  • John Mayer - Half Of My Heart
  • Beach Boys - Fun Fun Fun
  • Capital Cities - Safe And Sound
  • Bay Ledges - Safe
  • HAIM - Want You Back
  • Bob Marley - Is This Love
  • Jack Johnson - Situations
  • Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers - Mellow Mood
  • Stevie Wonder - Superstition
  • Jason Mraz - Live High
  • Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
  • 311 - Amber


Father/Daughter Dance
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight

Open Dancing First Set

  • Lionel Richie - You Are
  • Chaka Khan/Montell Jordan - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  • Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
  • K.C. & the Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes
  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!
  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)
  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
  • Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Woman
  • Wilbert Harrison - Kansas City

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

Open Dancing Second Set

  • Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
  • Al Green - Let's Stay Together
  • Lionel Richie - All Night Long
  • Four Seasons - Oh, What a Night
  • Kool & The Gang - Get Down On It
  • Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride (Select Mix Remix)
  • Zac Brown Band - Chicken Fried
  • Darius Rucker - Wagon Wheel
  • Journey - Don't Stop Believen’ (Live)
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
  • Usher - Yeah (Wedding Crasherz Break)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f./Ray Dalton - Can't Hold Us
  • B-52's - Love Shack
  • Otis Day & the Knights - Shout
  • Tom Petty - Free Falllin’
  • Rick James - Superfreak
  • Maroon 5 -Sunday Morning

Last Dance
Colbie Caillat - Turn Your Lights Down Low

A Silent Disco Wedding Celebration in Palm Springs - Casa Cody Wedding

Fabian and Mickela pose after their wedding ceremony at Casa Cody in Palm Springs.

Fabian and Mickela pose after their wedding ceremony at Casa Cody in Palm Springs.

The first dance at Fabian and Mickela’s weddings at Casa Cody in Palm Springs.

The first dance at Fabian and Mickela’s weddings at Casa Cody in Palm Springs.

Fabian and Mickela’s wedding included a host of “firsts” for me:

  • First time to DJ a wedding in Palm Springs

  • First time renting a cargo van to haul equipment

  • First time to include a silent disco element at a wedding

  • First time to have a post wedding meal inside a casino (The casino was the best option at 1 a.m. in Palm Springs.)

But more on this wedding. It took place at Casa Cody, a funky inn in Palm Springs (which is probably how all inns are described in Palm Springs) on September 16, 2017. They essentially took over the entire complex, as their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception were held in various places within the venue. The whole event had a cool vibe, with Miho catering, a pour over coffee bar and even a group sing along.

Oh yeah, the silent disco too. Because of strict noise ordinances in Palm Springs, amplified music is not allowed after 10 p.m. But when we broadcast music to personal headphones to all the attendees, that is no longer an issue … and the party continues till Midnight.

Here’s a look at the setlist, including the silent disco -- which of naturally has many sing along songs!

Dinner

  • Halsey - Colors (Blonde Remix Radio Edit)

  • Sia f./Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Le Youth Remix)

  • Michael Jackson - Don't Stop Till Get You Get Enough (Hot Classics Remix)

  • Daryl Hall & John Oates - You Make My Dreams

  • Leon Bridges - Coming Home

  • Mindi Abair - The Joint

  • Solange - Cranes In The Sky

  • LP - Lost On You

  • Julia Michaels - Issues

  • HAIM - Want You Back

  • Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody

  • Gavin DeGraw - Chariot

  • Bay Ledges - Safe

  • Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color

  • The Avett Brothers - Ain't No Man

  • Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon

  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home

  • Carl Carlton - She's A Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked)

  • Mariah Carey - Emotions (Select Mix Remix)

  • Imagine Dragons - Believer

  • Andy Grammer - Fresh Eyes

  • Childish Gambino - Redbone

  • Kygo ft Maty Noyes - Stay

  • Santana - Oye Como Va

  • Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You

  • Sia ft Sean Paul - Cheap Thrills (Mr. Collipark Remix)

  • Coldplay - A Sky Full Of Stars

Father/Daughter Dance
Paul Simon - Father and Daughter

Mother/Son Dance
John Lennon - Beautiful Boy

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

  • Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It

  • Usher - Yeah (Wedding Crasherz Break)

  • House of Pain - Old School Jump Off

  • Nicki Minaj ft Drake - Truffle Butter (Jester Remix)

  • K.C. & the Sunshine Band - Get Down Tonight

  • Boyz II Men - Motownphilly

  • DNCE - Cake By The Ocean

  • Katy Perry - California Gurls Party Break

  • Flo Rida - Low

  • Salt N Pepa - Push It (Mayeda Remix)

  • Kesha - Die Young (PeteDown Acapella Out)

  • Fergie - Fergalicious

  • Imagine Dragons - I Bet My Life

  • Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake - Love Never Felt So Good

  • Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee f./Justin Bieber - Despacito (Remix)

  • DJ Khaled f./Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper & Lil Wayne - I'm The One

  • The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This

Silent Disco

  • Beyonce - Single Ladies

  • Blackstreet - No Diggity (Mayeda Twerk Remix)

  • DJ Snake, Lil Jon - Turn Down For What (Select Mix Remix)

  • Men Without Hats - Safety Dance

  • Celia Cruz - La Vida Es Un Carnaval

  • Journey - Don't Stop Believin' (Live)

  • Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop The Feeling!

  • Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk (Select Mix Remix)

  • Daft Punk - Get Lucky (Select Mix)

  • David Bowie - Let's Dance

  • Michael Jackson - Billie Jean

  • Elvis Crespo - Suavemente

  • J Balvin & Willy William - Mi Gente

  • The Weeknd ft Daft Punk - I Feel It Coming (Mr. Collipark Remix)

  • Backstreet Boys - I Want it That Way

  • Max A Million - Sexual Healing

  • Dr. Dre - Next Episode

  • Iggy Azalea - Fancy (Seize Where The Ladies At Edit)

  • Chaka Demus & Pliers - Murder She Wrote

  • Destiny's Child - Jumpin' Jumpin' (Jean Tonique Remix)

  • LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem

  • Icona Pop f./Charli XCX - I Love It

  • Sage The Gemini - Now & Later (Merk & Kremont Remix)

  • Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Ummet Ozcan Remix)

  • Pitbull f. Kesha - Timber (Promo Only Quick Edit)

  • Calvin Harris - Feel So Close

  • Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger

  • Calvin Harris f./Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels

  • Oscar DeLeon - Lloraras

  • Tito Nieves - La Salsa Vive

  • Pitbull f./Osmani Garcia & Lil Jon - Taxi

  • Prince - Raspberry Beret

  • Drake - Hotline Bling

  • Jay Z ft. Kanye West - N***** In Paris

  • Flo Rida, Sage The Gemini, Lookas - GDFR (Select Mix Remix)

  • Fetty Wap - Trap Queen

  • Ginuwine - Pony

  • Robin Thicke f./Pharrell & T.I. - Blurred Lines

  • Lady GaGa - Just Dance

  • OMI - Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Radio Edit)

Vendor Team
DJ/Master of Ceremonies/Uplighting: Justin Kanoya, DJ Kanoya Productions
Venue: Casa Cody
Event Coordinator: After The Engagement
Videography: Carry On Studios
Photographer: Andy King Photography (all photos in this blog, courtesy of Andy King Photography)
Catering: Miho

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