Destination Wedding

Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue, WaterVue At Brooks Street | Keith & Jennifer

Wedding season is upon us again, and 2017 started off with a BANG for me (DJ Dan Davis) at WaterVue At Brooks St. for Keith & Jennifer Bivins’ wedding. Watervue is such a great Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue. The weather was absolutely perfect. We had met the bride and groom at a wedding showcase of ours over a year ago at this very location. This venue is one of our favorites in the Fort Walton Beach area and I got a chance to work with an amazing group of vendors (some for the very first time).

Watervue At Brooks Street Wedding

 

Venue: WaterVue at Brooks Street, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Coordination: Jeanie Scott, Swiss Luxeries
Florals/Design: The Bloomgirl Destin
Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Dan Davis, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Alexandria White Photography
Caterer: Culinary Catering 365

I had a career first happen at Jennifer and Keith’s wedding. Keith’s mother, unfortunately, had passed away recently so instead of a traditional Mother and Son formality dance, Keith and his step-daughter, Lydia, shared a dance together to…. “Everything is AWESOME!” from The Lego Movie!” Their crowd had great energy, and it wasn’t long before we were dancing the night away!”

Fort Walton Beach Wedding Venue

 

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance (Wedding Party): “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
    • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada
    • First Dance: “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “Unforgettable,” by Nat & Natalie King Cole
    • Step-Father/Step-Daughter: “Everything is Awesome” by Teagan & Sara and The Lonely Island
    • Cake Cut: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Bouquet Toss: “Sugar Sugar” by The Archies
    • Garter Removal: “You Can Leave Your Hat on” by Joe Cocker
    • Garter Toss: “Sexy And I Know It” by LMFAO

Fort Walton Beach Wedding

Meet DJ Jae Richie | The Party Starter

We are excited to introduce you to DJ Jae Richie, one of our Jr. Associate DJs. Jae is what we call a triple threat entertainer – he can sing, dance and mix! This guy can really do it all. Our staff loves being paired with Jae as the MC because he’s one of our most interactive DJs on staff. He’ll get out there and dance with the crowd and really take the party to another level without it coming across cheesy. MC’ing and crowd hype is really second nature to him.

Jae brought with him to B-Boy a plethora of event experience – he was in a traveling theatre group, danced professionally, and has been recently hosting karaoke at a local restaurant during the week. Having been trained in our system, he sees the value of structure and with our emphasis on this, he’s been able to thrive within that environment. One of the things about Jae is that he is very calm under pressure. He doesn’t seem to get rattled easily. There could be rain or a maybe a delay with pictures and Jae has the ultimate poker face. He’ll be sure to keep guests entertainment and none are the wiser.

If you want the ultimate party starter, Jae definitely fits the bill.

To read more about Jae and see his reviews, click here.

Based in the Fort Walton Beach area, Jae is booked there as well as all over the Emerald Coast for his events. To book him for your event, contact us today.

Eden Gardens Wedding | Keith and Kimberly

What’s not to love about an Eden Gardens Wedding?

If you’re looking for a place in the Florida panhandle that is magical, an Eden Gardens wedding is as close as you’re going to get to it. There are a big couple “ifs”…

  • If it’s not in the summer where there is no air to let the humidity out
  • If it’s not in the winter where you and your guests freeze to death
  • if it’s not raining (which happens 90% of the time in Florida) and you’re walking through a swamp
Eden Gardens State Park

Image courtesy of Clara Mellown Photography

While the weather forecast changed by the day for Keith and Kimberly (initial reports earlier in the week showed a complete downpour), by the time the wedding day hit, it was perfect. Towards the evening, the temperature dipped slightly but not enough to cause any issues. Wedding attendance for a destination wedding in the panhandle typically averages about 100-125 people. For this one, we had upwards of 180. The wedding venue, however, has plenty of acreage to fit just about any guest count.

All about the details

Kimberly contacted us with less than 2 months before her wedding day. With us (B-Boy Productions) and two of our three sister companies, B-Boy Rentals and Event Design (coordination) and B-Boy Photo Booths, we jumped right into it and helped make this wedding come to life. Kimberly is very much like myself (Brian) in being OCD and into the details. We immediately clicked and worked extremely close between our two insane travel schedules (Kimberly lives in Alaska and commutes weekly all over the country and myself, well, if you know me, then you know that airports are my second home as I perform events across the country). For this event, I put on my coordinator hat (which I love to do) and we made some magic happen.

Venue: Eden State Gardens
Coordination: Brian B, B-Boy Rentals & Event Design
Transportation: Beach Party Bus
Hair & Make-Up: Kristi Miller & Amanda Wells Lanier
Rentals: H&M Party and Tent Rentals
Florals: Ben Harris Designs
Officiant: David Pezzoli
Ceremony Sound Technician & Headliner DJ/MC: DJ Dan Davis, B-Boy Productions
Photography: Clara Mellown Photography
Catering: Jeff & Laquita Grimes
Cake: Tara McClung
Photo Booth: B-Boy Photo Booths

Eden Gardens Wedding

Image courtesy of Clara Mellown Photography

The guests had so much love for this couple and smiles like the one pictured above were flashed often at this wedding. What an amazing celebration! Thanks for having us Kimberly and Keith!

Reception Formality Music

    • Grand Entrance: “The time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas
    • First Dance: “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton
    • Father/Daughter Dance: “You’re Gonna Miss This” & My Little Girl” by Trace Adkins/Tim McGraw/li>
    • Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish” by The Rascal Flatts
    • Last Dance: “Circles Around Me” by Sam Bush

Sandestin Beach Club Wedding | Reagan & Robin

There’s a little gem on the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort called the Sandestin Beach Club, and A Sandestin Beach Club Wedding is one of the best ways to tie the knot on the Emerald Coast. It’s a members only club, however, in the Fall/Winter, it can be used for weddings and private events. This is now one of our favorite spots. It has an intimate feel despite the massive property size. For Reagan and Robin’s wedding this past weekend, they had a guest count of about 100 people. The ceremony took place on the beach and the cocktail hour and reception was held on the pool deck. Like clockwork, the weather turned from Summer to Fall the day prior to their wedding so the humidity was dialed back considerably from September’s heatwave.

Sandestin Beach Club Wedding

The Details on Reagan and Robin’s Sandestin Beach Club Wedding

Venue: The Beach Club, Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (of course)
Wedding Coordination & Floral Design: Brian B, B-Boy Rentals & Event Design
Ceremony Music & Reception DJ/MC: Josh B, B-Boy Productions
Make-Up: Robin Klag Make-Up Artist
Hair: Yvonne
Photography: Keegan & Robby with Admoni Photography
Cake: Holy Cakes

For this venue, it’s ideal to have two entertainers. Brian (himself a DJ) assisted Josh, allowing him to get out in the crowd for announcements and make the toasts flow a little easier instead of having to run back to the booth to add music. Once the dancing kicked off, the crowd was ready to party! Josh had them dancing to just about everything he played.

Reception Formality Music

  • Grand Entrance (Bridal Party): “I’ve Got This Feeling” (Instrumental) by Justin Timberlake
  • Grand Entrance (Bride & Groom): “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder
  • First Dance: “I Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis Presley
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl” by The Temptations
  • Mother/Son Dance: “Never Alive” by Jim Brickman feat. Lady Antebellum
  • Cake Cut: “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by The Supremes
  • Last Song: “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey
  • Grand Exit: “On My Way” by Rusted Root

Kelly Green Wedding in Alys Beach | Alexa & Anthony

Kelly Green Wedding: Alys Beach, FL

One of Alys Beach’s more popular spots, Kelly Green is a perfect venue for guest counts of over 100 people. It complements the town of Alys Beach so well. Its well-manicured lawns and semi-hidden location make for a luxurious and private wedding space. This wedding was that and more.

Kelly Green Wedding

Sweetheart table with a wall of candles as a backdrop.

The Details:

Venue: Kelly Green – Alys Beach, FL
Event Planning: The ladies from It’s A Shore Thing
Catering: Townsend Catering
Florals & Design: Florals By The Sea
Entertainment: DJ Brian B, B-Boy Productions, Inc.
Photography: Paul Johnson Photography
Videography: Josh Kidd Films

The groom, Anthony (wearing a blue tux and diamond studded shoes), and the bride, Alexa, were stylish themselves and into the details of every aspect of the wedding. From monogrammed everything to the food to the music list to a theatrical and choreographed grand entrance/first dance, their imprint on the event to was very evident for all to see and made it truly “them”. Music-wise, this crowd was into just about everything. The party, really took off, however, when we delved deep into the hip hop genre.

The most memorable part of the reception took place at the Grand Exit. The groom surprised his beautiful bride with her wedding gift – a murdered out Phantom Rolls Royce. I don’t think the bar can be set much higher gentlemen. Her reaction was priceless. She was so shocked, happy and blown away all at once! It was the perfect ending to an amazing night.

Alys Beach Wedding

Reception Formality Music

  • Grand Entrance: “I’m The Man (Remix)” by 50 Cent feat. Chris Brown
  • First Dance: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “Watching Over You” by Alter Bridge
  • Mother/Son Dance: “A Song For Mama” by Boyz II Men
  • Cake Cut: “Dreams” by Van Halen
  • Last Song: “This Is What You Came For” by Rihanna

A Destination Bud & Alley’s Wedding | Seaside, FL

Bud & Alley’s Wedding in Seaside Florida: Perfect For An Intimate Celebration

This weekend I had the pleasure of being a part of Anthony and Stephanie’s Bud & Alley’s wedding in Seaside, FL. It’s a surprisingly intimate venue, considering it is in the middle of shops on the south side of 30A, which fit the number of guests they had (40).

Bud & Alley's Wedding in Seaside Florida

Venue, Coordination and Catering: Bud & Alley’s
Entertainment: DJ Josh Weck, B-Boy Productions, Inc.

The staff was excellent and very easy to work with. Both Rachel and Kathryn (event coordinators at the restaurant) made sure everything was on point, which can relieve so much stress for not just the wedding couple but the vendors as well. Of course with us being in Florida, there was a threat of rain (what else is new?). However, the permanent tent structure covering the entire outside of the venue ensured that the wedding festivities would go off without a hitch. In my opinion, this is a huge selling point for the venue!

One of the memorable moments was when Stephanie’s brother, Dave, walked in during dinner with a glistening bottle of Moët. I knew then that the night was just getting started. Music ranged from Sinatra to Yelawolf to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. Upon the final note of “Home” and my farewell, the guests, along with the Bride and Groom in tow, ventured upstairs to the bar at Bud & Alley’s to continue their festivities. Yet, another selling point of this venue ~ easy walk (just upstairs) for the after-party. Just about any other outside venue requires you shut down at 10PM due to the noise ordinance. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your day Anthony and Stephanie.

 

Reception Formality Music

  • Grand Entrance: “Fight For Your Right (To Party)” by The Beastie Boys
  • First Dance: “Wicked Games” by Chris Isaac
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
  • Mother/Son Dance: “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack
  • Bouquet Toss: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper
  • Garter Removal/Toss: “Cherry Pie” by Warrant
  • Last Song: “Home”by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Fonville Press Alys Beach Wedding | Adam and Meagan

Fonville Press: Sure to Impress for an Alys Beach Wedding

If you are looking for an elegant spot on 30A to have your reception, consider this little gem, Fonville Press! Located in Alys Beach, this venue has a lot to offer including super easy access and a unique layout that makes tailoring to taste, a fun task. This particular venue is ideal for an Alys Beach wedding with under 100 guests. We got a chance to debut our new plush, vinyl all-white DJ Facade. This couldn’t have been more perfect to complement the all-white décor that is infamous in Alys Beach.

Venue: Fonville Press
Coordination: Elise Cranford, Alys Beach
Officiant: Irving Gil, B-Boy Productions
DJ/MC: DJ Shawn Frady, B-Boy Productions
Photo Booth: B-Boy Photo Booths
Lighting Design: B-Boy Rentals & Event Design
Florist & Event Design: Fisher’s Flowers and Events
Caterer: Cafe Thirty-A
Photography: Hello Miss Lovely

Fonville Press! Located in Alys Beach

The heat was out in spades and its ugly second cousin, humidity was presenting itself to be a formidable foe for the hairdos of the day. The sky was the clearest of blue and cloudless, making for a rain-less wedding, which was imperative considering the ceremony /reception area was outdoors with no tent. After a perfect ceremony, we seamlessly moved into an upbeat cocktail that set the tone for the rest of the evening. Great music paired with our romantic café style lights courtesy of B-Boy Rentals and Event Design was the perfect kick off to an intimate reception.

Reception Formality Music

  • Grand Entrance: (Bridal Party) “Everything” by Michael Bublé
  • Grand Entrance: (Bride and Groom) “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles
  • First Dance: “H.O.L.Y” by Florida Georgia Line
  • Cake Cut: “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
  • Last Song: “Cake By The Ocean” by DNCE

A Destin Emerald Grande Wedding with Erica and Richard

Destin’s Emerald Grande…a great venue for a wedding.

I had been looking forward to Erica and Rich’s Destin Emerald Grande wedding for a long time, and needless to say I was NOT disappointed! From the moment their guests entered the reception ballroom, they were singing and dancing to the music. And speaking of the ballroom, it was decorated gorgeously, according to Rich and Erica’s vision. Partnering with our rental company for up lighting, we were awash in a very gorgeous shade of purple.

Destin Emerald Grande Wedding

Emerald Grande Destination Wedding

Venue: Emerald Grande, Destin, FL
Coordination: Elegant Beginnings
Officiant: Kim Cannon, B-Boy Productions, Inc.
DJ/MC: DJ Dan Davis, B-Boy Productions, Inc.
Lighting Production: B-Boy Rentals & Event Design
Florals & Design: Florals By The Sea
Photography: Michael K Photography

We created a cool Snapchat filter for them to use throughout their event.

Emerald Grand, Destin Florida

Erica’s family requested Chaldean music, a kind of ethnic folk music with Arabic decent, which was a first for me. I had a blast mixing it in with more contemporary dance music. To top it off, Rich & Erica got one of our party packs which consisted of glow wands, beads, and glow glasses for their guests to play with on the dance floor! I was exhausted in the best way possible after all was said and done.

 

Ceremony Music

  • Bridal Party Processional: “Thinking Out Loud” (Violin and Piano Cover) by Daniel Jang
  • Bride Processional: “Beautiful In White” by Westlife
  • Recessional: “Best Thing” by Anthem Lights

Reception Formality Music

  • Grand Entrance (Bridal Party): “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar
  • Grand Entrance (Bride & Groom): “Cheeleader” by OMI
  • First Dance: “Yours” (Wedding Edition) by Russell Dickerson
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
  • Mother-In-Law/Son Dance: “Never Alone” by Jim Brickman feat. Lady Antebellum
  • Cake Cut: “Sugar” by Maroon 5
  • Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce
  • Last Dance: “Bye Bye Bye” by N’Sync

Destination Wedding DJ Heidi Jade at Hilton Sandestin

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DJ Heidi Jade

Today we are highlighting Destination Wedding DJ Heidi Jade who recently was our headlining entertainer at the destination wedding of Grace and Danyel. The ceremony and reception took place at the Hilton Sandestin in Destin, FL. When asked what their ideal DJ looked like, their reply was “carefree and fun.” We then had them describe their ultimate wedding reception to which they said “party of a lifetime”.

Assigning their wedding DJ was a no-brainer. We knew Heidi would fit the bill perfectly for this wedding. Her easy-going demeanor and impressive mixing skills would be sure to amaze not only the bride and groom but their 65 guests in attendance as well. We utilized one of our DJ assistants so it would be easy for Heidi to coordinate and get out from behind the decks and into the middle of the deck for the Grand Entrance announcements.

One of the best parts of a destination wedding is that you have your closest family and friends in attendance. This usually means they have no problem letting loose and having a good time. Grace rated her crowd as a 9 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being complete party animals). The love that these guests had for the bride and groom could be felt immediately and they lived up to the party rating.

From the moment the open dancing started, Grace set the tone and danced the entire evening. Her guests followed suit and the party was officially on! With some of their guests coming from New Orleans, Zydeco and Cajun music were on the request list as well as some of the popular line dances like “Cupid Shuffle” and “The Wobble”. These were the formality song choices:

  • Grand Entrance (Bridal Party): “I Gotta Feelin” by Black Eyed Peas
  • Grand Entrance (Bride/Groom): “Everything” by Michael Bublé
  • First Dance: “1000 Years” (Christina Perri Cover) by Boyce Avenue
  • Father/Daughter Dance: “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
  • Mother/Son Dance: “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  • Cake Cut: “How Sweet It is” by James Taylor

Check out this highlight reel of Heidi that we put together from the wedding below.

Destination Wedding Tips | Weather Contingency Plan

I’ve always loved the quote by Benjamin Franklin, “If you fail to plan, you plan to to fail.” There’s a ton of truth in that.  If you’re looking at having your wedding in the panhandle of Florida, this should be your battle cry.  Maybe you saw the beautiful beaches and are dreaming of having a picturesque ceremony take place on the white sand followed by an outdoor wedding reception on a lawn or deck.  Sounds amazing right?  I wish I could say that this perfect scenario plays out for all of our weddings but every now and then mother nature decides to throw some curve balls.  Although rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck, this can wreak havoc on all the hard work you’ve put into your wedding plans and add some unnecessary stress.  With over 9 years in the Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, 30-A, and Fort Walton Beach area, let us give your some helpful destination wedding tips.

Wedding Rain Plan DJ

#1: Choose your wedding venue carefully.
You’d think this was a no-brainer but not all event venues (especially in the panhandle) are equipped with a back-up indoor space.  So ask these venues the right questions.  Here’s a few:

  • If my event is outside, do you have indoor space in case of rain?  If so, is it available to us and what is the cost?
  • If there are multiple weddings at your venue, how do you decide who gets what room?
  • When do you make a rain call to move things inside?
  • If there are no indoor options, will the venue allow us to rent a tent?


#2: Speaking of tents, put down a deposit upon booking your venue!
A lot of our destination clients can wait for the rain to pass to get in their 20 minute ceremony but if there are having their reception outdoors at say a beach house or a venue that has no indoor space, there is a chance the rain may come back again.  You then find yourself in a pickle because so many of your reception elements have to be preset (tables, centerpieces, cutlery, cake, etc.).  The best thing to do is reserve a tent as soon as you lock in your date and venue.  While the deposit is generally non-refundable, you can’t afford NOT to do this.  Like having an insurance policy, it’s not until you need it that you wish you had it.  With so many weddings happening in the area, the last thing you want to do is wait until the “day of” and play Russian roulette with the tent companies.  If you can find one that is available, chances are the rates are going to be high due to supply and demand.


#3: Find out your vendor’s policies are regarding rain.
If your vendor is contracted for a certain amount of hours and there is a weather delay, do they charge extra for any time overage?  Will they even work out in the rain?  

As an entertainment company, rain is an obvious concern for us.  We strive to do all we can to accommodate our client’s wishes, but we can’t put the couple’s event, their guests’ safety, our employees’ safety or the gear in jeopardy.  Chances are that same gear is booked out the very next day for another client’s wedding.  For our live musicians, unless they are under a covered area, they can’t play in the rain with their personal instruments.  For our DJs and Photo Booth personnel, we have a 3 strike policy when it comes to rain. Assuming it’s dry, we will set-up as planned outside until the first few drops of rain.  Once that occurs, we will pull all gear until the rain stops so we can minimize any damage and hopefully continue on without any hiccups due to water damage.  The client has the option at that point to move our team inside (we’ll reset at no cost to the client) or wait until it stops and we’ll re-set outside again as fast as we can to reduce the time delay. If it rains a second time outside on the gear, we have to strike the gear until an indoor solution can be figured out.

In the last two years, we’ve had a ton of rain during wedding season on the Emerald Coast.  These tips, if followed, will allow this rain to slide right off as you move on to an even more fabulous Plan B.  We know this area like the back of our hand so if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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