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.

 

 

Christmas Lights

Even though Aline Dufresne and Seth Glardon married on November 28th, 2015, the spirit of the winter holidays was already in the air.  It was a remarkable view of lights all through out their ceremony and reception.

Aline Dufresne & Seth Glardon

Their wedding took place at the beautiful Monaco Hotel.  Situated in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, the Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel draws from its surroundings to create a one-of-a-kind blend of American tradition and imaginative artistry.

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Rooms are dressed in bright, bold colors that make the Monaco Alexandria, a Kimpton Hotel pleasantly unforgettable. National treasures such as The White House and National Mall are a short Metro ride away.

 

 

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Aline and Seth’s wedding was absolutely stunning.  I am so grateful to have been a part of their journey.  It was an honor D’jing  for such an amazing and beautiful couple.

Photo’s are a courtesy of Nat Wongsaroj Photography

Reston Town Center

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.

 

The Hyatt in Reston

 

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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.  

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.

 

Empire

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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Wedding at The Key Bridge Marriott

The Key Bridge Marriott

Capital View Room

The Key Bridge Marriott

Capital View Room

The Key Bridge Marriott has spectacular views of Washington DC. The Key Bridge Marriott is where wedding dreams become reality.

On Saturday, August 1st, I DJ’d a wedding at this beautiful venue and it was such an amazing day! Everything about the wedding celebration was fun and effortless, and it seemed like the perfect reflection of a beautiful relationship.

The wedding was held in the Capital View Ballroom, which offers panoramic views of Washington, DC for a picturesque affair.

Getting to experience Washington, DC at one of the most conveniently-located hotels in Arlington, VA, is pretty amazing. It’s located across the river from Georgetown via a pedestrian friendly bridge.  They offer access to the Nation’s Capital, as well as many vibrant Northern Virginia neighborhoods.

Credits:  Thanks to Bialek’s Music for the referral and the continuous support.

A wedding photographer

A wedding photographer can keep your moments of a lifelong commitment to your partner alive forever in beautiful portraits. Who wouldn’t want to get these moments of bliss and happiness captured for their entire life?!

On the last blog post, I missed to give mention to the wonderful photographer who managed to capture every special moment at Rachel and Larry’s wedding on May 30th, 2015. Thank you Sarah Beth

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Courtesy of: Photos by Sarah Beth 

Click for more pictures of Rachel and Larry’s Wedding

 

Diana and Sean’s Epic Wedding 5.23.15 at Sunset Crest Manor, Chantilla VA

 


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I give 100% to each of my weddings. However Diana and Sean’s wedding was super special to me because we became friends before her wedding. She was referred to me by one of her best friends, Karina. Then Diana and her friends would frequently come to visit me at the clubs I spin such as El Centro, and Masa 14. She was very confident that I was going to do a great job at her wedding. She even bragged to all of her guests about me. It was the coolest feeling to walk around her wedding and the guests would stop me and ask me, “aren’t the DJ from El Centro? We can’t wait to hear you spin”. The expectations were extremely high from her and her guests; no pressure right?

The day of the wedding the weather was perfect. The sun was shining, and the breeze was blowing just enough to keep you cool from the sun.

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The ceremony and the dinner were both held outside. It was simply gorgeous!

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The dancing portion of the night was held inside the barn at Sunset Crest Manor. 

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Are you ready to see why I say “Epic”? Check out the video below and see the energy in the room.

 

Diana and Sean’s Wedding Dancing Part 1 from Michael on Vimeo.

It was truly an awesome crowd. Since Diana is from Peru and she also had family there. I made sure to play some of the best peruvian and latin songs. This is one of the things I have learned doing a lot of bilingual weddings. I didn’t record any videos of the latin songs however the energy was as high as the one on these videos.

This last video was one of the last songs I played that night.

 

Diana and Sean’s Wedding Dancing Part 2 from Michael on Vimeo.

 

Most of the pictures on this blog are courtesy of Teresa, the photographer at the wedding. It was a real pleasure working with her as well. Please visit her Facebook page Teresa Arthur Photography and her website www.teresaarthurphotography.com

 

The Venue:

http://www.sunsetcrestmanor.com/

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