Robert & Annie

Dating in today’s world has become technologically advanced. But one of the best ways to meet someone may still be the old-fashioned way — face to face during a routine part of your day. Grocery stores can be a great environment to meet and fall in love.  This is Robert and Annie’s love story.  Their love story began at a grocery store and they became one on June 11, 2016.

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As beautiful as a wedding ceremony is, and as delicious as wedding cake is, it really is the partying that makes a wedding memorable. It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life, and that sentiment is always reflected by how much fun the guest are having on the big day. And guess what? If the guests aren’t having fun, then the bride and groom are probably not either.  This was not the case in Robert and Annie’s wedding.

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Everybody has a song they can get excited about. The second a guest hears “their song” come on, it’s only a matter of seconds before the dance floor fills up.

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View More: http://laurenrswann.pass.us/robertannieweddingA dance floor that is too big will feel empty, even if there is a fair amount of people dancing.

 

 

 

 

A dance floor that is too small will keep people from joining in. Robert and Annie’s dance floor was the perfect size.

 

 

 

The wedding reception was at the beautiful U.S. Naval Academy Chapel.  The Chapel is one of the primary symbols of this National Historic Landmark. Its immense copper dome is the first thing seen when approaching Annapolis by land, air or sea.The Naval Academy chapel is an exclusive, one of a kind place for a wedding ceremony. Either the bride or groom must be alumni, military staff, faculty, or military personnel who regularly attend services at the chapel. Located on the campus of the USNA in downtown Annapolis, the chapel was opened in 1908. The building is beautiful and enormous, and was featured on a US Postal Service postage stamp in 1995. Recently renovated, the chapel seats 2500.

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It was an unforgettable and fun filled night!  It was a true honor to have Dj’d for such an amazing couple.  I will like to thank Lauren from Lauren Swann Photography for capturing every memory on this very special day.

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Trick or Treat!

There are no tricks here, but lots of treats! Many Americans celebrate Halloween on October 31.  Mike and Melissa celebrated their union in marriage.

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The ceremony began at 6:00p.m. at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Reston located at the entrance to Reston Town Center, boasting more than fifty retail shops and thirty restaurants and bars.

 

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Cocktail Hour and reception began at 6:45pm and went on until Midnight.  It was a pleasure Dj’ing for Mike and Melissa.

Special thanks to Bialek’s Music for the continuous support.  

Elegance and History

On October 11, 2015, I had the great honor to DJ at the beautiful and historic Anderson House.

Paul and Kate met in the Spring of 2014 at the storied Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. They share a love of cooking, travel and comedy.  Kate is amazed to have found a partner who appreciates BOTH the opera and NHL hockey, and Paul now has a travel partner teaching him to waltz and “Game”.   They will have been engaged for 18 months by their wedding day.  The picture below shows Paul and Kate enjoying a roller coaster ride at the very well known Coney Island.  It shows their happy nature and fun spirit.  It was great Dj’ing for this fun and happy couple.

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As I was setting up, I couldn’t help but notice the elegant interiors.  Anderson House is a Beaux Arts mansion completed in 1905, and was built to entertain.

 

 

 

 

 

Anderson House  is now a museum and the headquarters of The Society of the Cincinnati, a patriotic organization. It is a beautiful setting for wedding receptions.  It also provides an ideal backdrop to a couple’s special day.

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Who is Michael Cruz?

Michael Cruz, also known as DJ Cuban is a Dj & MC in the DC and Metropolitan area.  He began D’jing at a very early age, back in H.S. and like most Dj’s he started doing small parties, house parties, pool parties, etc. He quickly realized he had a gift for music. He had this thing where he was able to find the songs people liked. A couple of years ago he transitioned into more formal events like weddings. He also coincidently started doing clubs in DC. Today, he considers himself a hybrid of DJ’s because he currently holds a residency at some of the hottest clubs in DC while still being able to do 40-50 weddings a year.

He is really proud and thankful for being able to be so busy as a Dj and MC. One of the things he has learned that sets him apart as a wedding Dj is the fact that he also perform at clubs.  Performing at clubs has opened his world, it has taught him how to mix music how to read the crowd and how to keep a dance floor active for more than 2 hours, which he considers very unique.

“When it comes to mixing and keeping a dance floor busy is an art form that a lot of people don’t have and I’m thankful that I’ve learned throughout the years and hard work that I’m able to keep a dance floor active and people excited and dancing all night long”, Michael says.

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One of his favorite things about weddings is that he gets to experience the unique feeling that people have. It’s a special day; It’s a unique celebration when I can see the energy in the room. People are excited and it makes him really happy to be a part of something so special and so big. There is no other feeling than being able to introduce the wedding party and have the entire crowd in the room stand up and give a big round of applause to the newly weds. As a wedding Dj he’s learned that there are different types of needs. Some people like a DJ who is more active on the dance floor, and inviting people. Other people like a Dj that is not too interactive. He’s able to adapt to the needs. He’s not afraid to get on the dance floor and teach people how to do a line dance. He’s not afraid to get people on the dance floor, because that’s his job. He’s very flexible when creating a play list. He encourages clients to find songs that really mean something to them. Whether it’s a must play list in which these songs will played at the wedding, and he will find the right time to play them. He also encourages them to create a possible list; this is a list of songs that he will find the best time to play them. He may play them, he may not. Most likely he will. This gives him a little flexibility in order to read the crowd and see where the crowd is that night. There’s no one-way to do a wedding. He’s going to give you a general idea. But there are different things he can implement to achieve the dream wedding.

Special thanks to William Garcia and Mynor Ventura for helping with the video.

A Love Union at Cereville Mansion

On Friday, October 9, 2015 a beautiful union of two amazing people took place.  Aijne and Krystal Williams became one in the presence of friends and family.  Their wedding theme came from the show Empire.  It was a true honor to DJ for their wedding.

 

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The wedding took place at the Ceresville Mansion locatedin Frederick, MD 21701. It was built in 1888. It has twenty-five riverside acres with lovely mountain views. It has a garden terrace with reflecting pool and pergola for outdoor gatherings.

 

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The Willard Hotel

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On August 8th Belinda and Charles Barnston celebrated their beautiful union at The Willard Hotel.  A magnificent wedding venue, a historic landmark hotel, neighboring the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, has been faithfully restored to her 1904 Beaux-Arts splendor.  I wish them a lifetime of happiness and love.  I thank them for allowing DMVProDJs be a part of their celebration. 

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“While Washington was built to impress the world, the Willard Wedding was designed to inspire romance. Gracefully orchestrated celebrations of consistent quality, classic elegance, attention to detail, and personalized service are the hallmarks of a Willard Wedding.” – The Willard Hotel

For your enjoyment here are more interesting and historic facts about The Willard Hotel.  Enjoy!

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Same Sex Wedding at Newton Mansion in Maryland

This past Monday I had the pleasure of djing at a same sex wedding.

They got married at the beautiful “Newton Mansion” in Mitchellville, Maryland. This facility has floor to ceiling windows that’s has a view of a golf course that’s both breath taking and welcoming. The couple wanted purple up lighting through out the room. I snapped a picture of the ballroom when it was still daylight and even then the lights made a huge difference in how the room looks.

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The introduction of the wedding party was very unique. I played the video of the Macklemore song, “Same Love” then when the video ended I looped the chorus and introduced the newly weds. The cheering of the crowd was over powering my speakers.

All the formalities were beautiful. From the first dance, to the Hora, to the toasts and dance with the mothers.

The moment we opened the dance floor this crowd did not wait to get the party started. They danced for the next 2 hours and half non stop. I loved every minute of it.

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The following day the couple sent me a beautiful email thanking and complementing me for my work. This is why I work hard for my clients. I work hard to exceed my clients expectations and make their dreams a reality.

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Special thanks to Bialek’s Music for booking me for this wedding.