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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Erin and Kevin are a beautiful couple, who are full of life and full of love for each other and the people around them.  I loved working with this couple, and just knew that their wedding would be quite the event!

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Their wedding took place at the absolutely gorgeous Royal Sonesta Harbor Court t in Baltimore MD. The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore is ideally situated on the picturesque waterfront of the Inner Harbor. The hotel is a short walk from the downtown business district and the city’s best attractions, including the National Aquarium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, American Visionary Arts Museum, The Maryland Science Center and historic Federal Hill.

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The wedding celebration lasted a couple of hours. The reception venue was full of energy and laughter all through out. The staff at Sonesta Harbor Court understood the needs of a wedding DJ, as the setup was exactly where it needed to be, right next to the dance floor.

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Feeling the energy of the dance floor fuels me as a performer, which allows me to take the party to a higher level. The passionate energy of the guest at Erin and Kevin’s wedding made it a perfect combination for the celebration.   From the opening of the dance floor to the final song of the night, the dance floor never cleared. That is a wedding DJ’s dream scenario. It was an honor to DJ at this wedding.

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A Gala to Remember

Picture a very large room with casino tables all the way to the left end of the room, and a Photo Booth all the way to the right. The dance floor was in the middle of this HUGE room.

Although I Dj at clubs, bars, and large party events, doing it in a very large room that has other sources of entertainment can be very challenging.

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The RMA Gala took place at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.  At 23,408 square feet, grand does not do justice in describing their Grand Ballroom, the largest in Maryland!

Featuring a beautiful coffered ceiling with stylish chandeliers, rich carpeting, fine architectural and decorative detailing, and capable of accommodating 3,200 guests. Their Grand Ballroom is the epitome of modern elegance.

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I am always up for a challenge and getting as many people I could on the dance floor was my goal.  I had to use every tool in my box to keep people on the dance floor.  I am happy to say that it was a huge success!  I kept the atmosphere at a high energy level at all times.   Playing a wide variety of music, and interacting with the crowd was key.

At the end of the night, I received many compliments, one being from the CEO of the company and his family. The biggest compliment was RMA asking me to please come back and DJ at their next annual gala!

“We want to book you, and if you are already booked, we will choose the date of the Gala around your availability.”  Little do they know that words like that remain engraved in my heart forever.  Making their gala a success is my greatest joy.

 

 

A New Year Wedding Celebration

 

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As this year ends, you often reminisce about highlights of the year that soon will come to an end. You want to spend that last day with the people you love the most, family and friends. You think, how can we make the last day of the year worth remembering?

 

 

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For Heather and PK Ewing, it was to get married on December 31st, 2015!  I don’t often get the honor to DJ a wedding on New Years Eve, but this was one that I will remember for many years to come.  It was so much fun spending time with a crowd that was full of laughter, love and lots of energy.

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The wedding took place at the stunning and sophisticated Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.

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Reagan Trade Center Wedding

Fort the quintessential DC wedding, the Ronald Reagan Building offers contemporary design, sophisticated interiors, and breathtaking views overlooking Pennsylvania Ave.  With signature spaces to complement ceremonies and receptions of any stature, whether intimate, private or grand, each setting is adorned with soaring ceilings, natural light and stunning architecture.  As reflected in its name, the International Trade Center’s stellar culinary team is uniquely adopt at creating multi-ethnic cuisines with a modern-day twist and their on-site professionals have the experience to make your vision a reality.

 

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Special thanks to Bialek’s Music for referring me to this wonderful couple!

 

 

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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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Hyatt Regency Bethesda Wedding

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

On August 2nd, I had the honor to DJ a brunch wedding at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD.  This upscale hotel over the Bethesda metro station is 4.1 miles from the Washington National Cathedral and 7.5 miles from the White House.

 

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It was truly a beautiful venue and everyone was extremely welcoming.  Although it was a brunch wedding, there was a whole lot of dancing, laughter and enjoyment to make everyone feel as if they were dancing the night away!

Huge thanks Hyatt Regency Bethesda for making this a memorable event. Also, want to thank Bialeks Music for the continuous support.