Today, the team at Something New Entertainment pauses to honor the passing of Eric Reed.
I received the call in the early morning on March 27, 2013 that Eric Reed had passed, and — in the days since — I have found myself often reflecting on my brief but poignant interaction with this kind man and his family. Yesterday, April 2, 2013, friends and family celebrated his life in a service at Maher-Melbourne Funeral Home in Mayfield Heights.
This past winter, we worked with Heidi Baumgart of Heidzillas, Genevieve Nisly from Genevieve Nisly Photography, Doug Kereszturi of Attention to Detail Wedding Films, the Orchard Hills Center at Patterson Fruit Farm, Touch Supper Club, and L’Nique Linens to quickly pull together in short order a surprise renewal of vows for our industry colleague photographer Colleen Reed and her husband Eric Reed on Saturday, January 19, 2o13. Heidi contacted me seeking a Master of Ceremonies, DJ, and lighting design for the event.
I hope you will take a moment to pause, with us, and to honor the love of Colleen and Eric Reed by watching their vow renewal video by Attention to Detail Wedding Films and taking a look at some of their beautiful photos by Genevieve Nisly Photography. My hope is that the experience will enrich your life as it has enriched ours.
We chose a vibrant red uplighting design to compliment the natural, rustic colors in the wood-panelled room, as well as Eric and Colleen’s red, black, and white color scheme.
The vow renewal was officiated by Kevin Horak of The Church in Aurora.
GANGNAM STYLE — played twice at young Ethan’s request. I felt this was appropriate — after all, Twice is Nice!
Having the privilege to participate in this event as a Master of Ceremonies was a great and special challenge. Even in my brief acquaintance with Eric and Colleen, I became quickly effected by their deep love and affection for one another, as well as the tragedy that loomed over that love and their family. At times, this made it difficult to keep my composure, but — even still — being honored by the presence of an enduring love such as theirs gave me some perspective on my own life and my own marriage. I am so very grateful to have been granted this experience of being able to know them and to be with them to witness the renewal of their vows on this cold winter day.
Here’s to love!
Anna-Jeannine “DJ AJ9” Herman