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Event Review: Lisa + Scott, May 1, 2010

On Saturday, May 1, 2010, we had the privilege of providing disc jockey, master of ceremonies, and uplighting services for Lisa and Scott’s Youngstown-area wedding reception, catered by Mr. Anthony’s at the Maronite Center at 1555 South Meridian Road in Youngstown, Ohio.

Lisa and Scott’s color scheme was inspired by the springtime colors of French Impressionist painter Claude Monet‘s gardens at Giverny as featured in one of his many paintings of his Japanese footbridge (below), including rose, lavender, periwinkle, yellow, and green.

Japanese Footbridge by Claude Monet, 1899. Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Lotus Blossom Napkins -- Photo by DJ AJ9, Something New Entertainment

First Dance Under Green Uplighting -- Photo by DJ AJ9, Something New Entertainment

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Since the painting itself features lots of flowers, trees, plants, and other vegetation, and since Lisa and Scott had pink napkins (which Mr. Anthony’s had beautifully folded into the shape of lotus/waterlily blossoms), as well as pink, blue, lavender, and yellow flowers, we added green uplighting to transform the room from a simple ballroom to something simply spectacular.  One of the huge advantages of working with lighting — you may not be able to change the wallpaper in your hall to suit your color scheme, but you can certainly “paint” it with light!

We were fortunate to work with photographer John Popio of Robert Senn Studio of Photography, who has generously provided many of the images for this blog post, sparing you for the most part from the arduous task of trying to decipher meaning from looking at DJ AJ9’s dark, grainy photography.  Thank you, John and Ashley from Robert Senn Studio!

Custom Cake designed by the White Flower Cake Shoppe -- Photo by John Popio, Robert Senn Photography

Lisa's gown -- Photo by John Popio, Robert Senn Photography

Detail of Lisa's bodice -- Photo by John Popio, Robert Senn Photography

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Lisa had a gorgeous custom cake designed by Marianne Carroll and Missy Elsbury of the White Flower Cake Shoppe and inspired by her bridal gown (David’s Bridal V8820).  This magnificent confection featured delicate piping with pink floral appliqués just like Lisa’s dress.  The cake was topped and accented with the same pink roses used for bouquets, boutionneires, and corsages created by Janet at Bloomin’ Crazy Florist.  Don’t be fooled by its demure exterior, though; this cake was filled to the brim with excitement inside featuring chocolate cake with a variety of different fillings including raspberry and Oreo!  Yum!
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Scott and Lisa are big jazz-lovers and were so excited to be able to hear tunes by their favorite band, Flim and the BB’s, a very tech-savvy jazz/fusion group well-reviewed in the jazz world, but somewhat difficult to acquire at your local music store.  After the third time Lisa thanked us, I started teasing her — I said “when I tell you ‘we’ll play what you like’ what I mean is: we’ll play what you like!  We’ll make it happen.”
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Flim and the BBs is a great example of a common challenge that as wedding DJs, we face every day.  Often, a couple will have a special affinity for a certain artist or genre of music that for whatever reason they feel is not the best “dancing music,” and sometimes they’re quite right, but just because you can’t boogie down to a song does not mean that it doesn’t have a place at your wedding.  Your special songs are very important to us, and we have quite a bit of insight to offer regarding great “placement” of songs during the course of the evening or even over the course of the entire day, if you’ve contracted Something New to provide music or sound support for your wedding ceremony.  There is absolutely nothing that pleases us more than the look on a bride or groom’s face when they hear that perfect song — it makes the moment.

Maid of Honor, Nicole, and Best Man, Sam -- Photo by John Popio, Robert Senn Photography

Lisa, Scott, and Mother of the Bride, Lori -- Photo by John Popio, Robert Senn Photography

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Lisa and Scott chose a variety of classic and non-traditional music for their special events, including the ever-popular “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor for the cutting of the cake and Etta James’s “At Last” for the first dance.  Since Lisa loves Disney Movies, especially the fairytales, and chose the title track from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” as sung by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson for her dance with her father (fun fact: animator/Film and the BBs percussionist Bill Berg worked on this film!).  Then, Scott escorted his mother for a twirl on the dance floor to Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” before breaking into what was one of the best choices for a bridal party dance I have ever seen, “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats.  We had a very lively dance floor, making the lyrics ” ’cause your friends don’t dance, and if they don’t dance, then they’re no friends of mine!” particularly appropriate for this group!

Conga! -- Photo by John Popio, Robert Senn Photography

Conga! -- Photo by John Popio, Robert Senn Photography

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The evening also featured favorite songs by an eclectic mix of artists both new and old from Al Green and the Beatles to Prince, Beyonce, Z Z Top, Gloria Estefan (above), and Madonna.

DJ Justin, Lisa, Scott, and DJ AJ9 after a long night of dancing! -- Photo by Best Man, Sam

Client feedback: “We were highly impressed by Something New Entertainment’s broad knowledge base.  They were able to assist us with selections that we would not have thought of on our own.  We found them extremely accommodating to our vision for our event, making our wedding reception even more perfect.” — Lisa and Scott.

Lisa and Scott: you have touched our hearts with your kind regard for one another, and it was a pleasure to provide the official soundtrack to your fairytale.  Congratulations on your happily ever after!

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