On Saturday, June 22, 2013, I (Anna-Jeannine “DJ AJ9” Herman, W.E.D.®) had the pleasure of serving as the Officiant for Kristin and Phil’s Gazebo Wedding Ceremony at Hotel Lakeside on Lakeside Chautauqua and as the Master of Ceremonies for their Semi-Outdoor Wedding Reception at Mon Ami Winery in Port Clinton.
Phil and Kristin were referred to us (as so many of our clients are) by a past bride and groom! This time, it was Tricia and Todd, who were married on New Year’s Eve 2011 in Avon, Ohio. It was lucky that they found us, too, because (unlike most of our clients) Kristin and Phil were particularly limited in their ability to screen and interview potential entertainers because of distance. Not just out-of-town, not just out-of-state, not just out-of-country, but quite literally half a world away — in Australia!
Sometimes, I post an event recap on a couple’s anniversary, but — since they’re half a world away, and the seasons are opposite, there — I thought it would be appropriate to publish this one in time for their half-iversary, which is also my birthday. 😉 Special thanks to Brett Yacovella and the team from Making the Moment Photography for sharing their wonderful photographs of this wonderful day with us!
We (DJ AJ9 and DJ Justin) spent a long time thinking about how to spend our fifth wedding anniversary, partway in to our first year being parents, but — when I first connected with Phil, I knew I’d be saving that date for him and Kristin. I can’t think of a more appropriate way for us to have celebrated our love on that day than to have shared it with this very special couple.
Kristin grew up summering with family in the Lakeside area of Port Clinton, Ohio, and — even after relocating her career and life to Australia — Kristin was drawn to Hotel Lakeside to host their wedding ceremony. We met in the early evening on the night before their wedding (and on our anniversary) to rehearse the ceremony I had written for them — a brief, but touching service to celebrate the love that had united friends and family across continents.
Funny story — that ceremony rehearsal marked the very first time we had truly met face-to-face, in person!
Because of the geographic divide, Kristin, Phil, and I had done literally *all* our planning via Google Hangouts (video chat) and Blackboard, Something New Entertainment’s exclusive online client portal. Blackboard has been an extremely powerful tool for our brides and grooms — both near and far — to help track timelines, itineraries, music requests, wedding pros, VIP guests, and other information for some of our more specialty services like biographies, love stories, lighting design, and more.
As you can imagine, though, a tool like this is especially appreciated by out-of-town (or OOT, as they say) brides and grooms.
The next day, at their ceremony, we mic’d up world-class acoustic guitarist and close friend of the couple Rupert Boyd to play ceremony preludes. Rupert is so talented! It was really a treat to be able to hear him play. Front-row seats, too — not too shabby!
After the ceremony, it was time to CELEBRATE! The whole gang headed over to beautiful Mon Ami Winery, where the semi-permanent tent was set for the party with shabby chic pennants and yellow accents.
Check out Kristin and Phil’s live feedback about their event planning experience with Something New Entertainment’s Wedding Entertainment Director®, Anna-Jeannine “DJ AJ9” Herman. You can also read their personal letter of recommendation (for Anna-Jeannine’s WED Guild appointment), here.