Emerald Coast

Meet DJ Josh Woeckener | Emerald Coast Wedding DJ

Not your typical Emerald Coast Wedding DJ

Josh Woeckener’s path to being a DJ/MC for B-Boy Productions, Inc. was not your typical employment route. We met Josh as a client of B-Boy when he and his wife, Rhoda, got married a few years ago. DJ Irving G was their DJ/MC and in his post event report, he left a little note at the end that said, “Josh would be a great potential DJ/MC for our team.” For most companies, the best hires are typically those that are referred in from current employees. That certainly has been the case for us. We quickly followed up with him and within a few conversations, we had him in for training. One of the many advantages to having Josh as your Emerald Coast Wedding DJ or MC is that he’s been in the client shoes, specifically as a B-Boy Productions client. He easily relates to what they’re going through and in many cases can anticipate exactly what questions/issues clients will want answered, addressed, etc. This puts our clients at ease right away. Josh was in the Air Force for a few years and with that brings extreme attention to detail and fantastic follow-up skills.

Being from the local area and doubling as a sales associate for B-Boy, Josh is very familiar with just about every venue in the area. He networks throughout the week and can speak very confidently about the vendors we work with. So whether it’s something we can offer or not, Josh will be sure to guide you down the right path.

Over the last few years, he’s been working many events outside of weddings and corporates for us by doing some nightlife events as well as playing for fitness/gym workout sessions weekly. As it pertains to weddings, this make a huge difference. Becoming a well-rounded DJ and MC in all event types allows him to bridge the gap with just about any client he works with. The vast amount of sweat equity he put into his craft led to his recent promotion as an Associate level DJ earlier this year. The value of experience can’t be understated.

We hope you’ll strongly consider Josh as your wedding DJ/MC. He’ll not only approach your event as if you’re his only client but he’ll rock the party as well.

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

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

Meet DJ Irving Gil | 30A Bilingual DJ

If you’re having a private event in the panhandle of Florida, finding a 30A bilingual DJ is not easy. With Irving Gil on our team, we have you covered. But don’t let that fool you, being bilingual is not his only asset. Irving is one of the most hardworking and caring individuals you will meet (seems to be a common theme with our staff). Authenticity is the word we think of when we talk about Irving. He’s the real deal. What you see is what you get. He constantly tells our clients who have chosen him as their DJ that he will do everything in his power to make sure their event stand out and be the best it can be. If the event calls for standard announcements and great dance music, he can do that. If you want him to interact with the crowd and lead the latest line dances and make all of your guests feel comfortable, he’ll do that too.

Over the years, he’s found his most successful parties to be ones where he’s paired with clients that are looking for some type of interaction – not necessarily cheesy DJ stuff but just being warm, inviting and pulling out all the stops to make sure every guest (from 3 years to 95 years of age) walk away saying, “That was one of the best parties I’ve ever been to!” Being a father of three kids, if your event has kids in attendance and you want them to feel involved, Irving can make it happen. We have many repeat family friendly clients who ask for Irving specifically year after year due to this very fact.

Being from the Dominican Republic, we lean on Irving to keep our Latin music library up to date. As far as MC’ing goes, he’s done entire events in Spanish, gone back and forth throughout the night, switching between English and Spanish or kept all in English. He will work with you to make sure we get it just right!

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

Based out Crestview, we book Irving there as well as all over the panhandle of Florida. His event schedule has limited availability so to book him for your event, contact us today.

Giving Back Initiative | Fun at Shelter House’s Brunch and Bowl

As part of B-Boy Productions’ #bboygivesback initiative, we are partnering with Shelter House, a domestic and sexual violence center, for many events in 2017. Our first Giving Back Initiative event of the year with them was their inaugural “Brunch and Bowl” event held this past January. This particular event raised more than $6,000. DJ Shawn Frady spun music for this event as those who attended enjoyed a fabulous brunch, unlimited bowling, a silent auction and of course, amazing music! It was held at Uncle Buck’s Fish Bowl and Grill located at the Destin Commons in Destin, FL.

The bowling was a fun-filled competition featuring some of law enforcement’s finest from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the OCSO Sheriff’s office as well as Century 21 Blue Marlin, ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, Paul Hughes Family Foundation, Wine and Wenches, Vieno Investments Agency (VI-A), Wesley McGrail & Wesley and RLI.

DJ for the event and General Manager of B-Boy Florida’s Division, Shawn Frady, commented, “A hearty brunch, bowling, music and raising money for a fantastic non-profit organization. I’d say that’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning.”

Giving Back Initiative

Brunch and Bowl Shelter House

B-Boy Productions Private Wedding Showcase in Sandestin, January 24th

Nowadays, anyone or any company can tout and market themselves as the best.  Especially in the wedding industry.

You can create a website in a matter of minutes with “borrowed” Google images and SEO-friendly keywords.  Social Media can make you look amazing by buying “likes” or “friends”.  The simplicity of consumer video editing programs allows you to make a highlight reel and give the perception you were the entertainer of the year at every show.  Even industry websites like WeddingWire and The Knot hand out annual  awards like they are candy (yes, we, along with almost every wedding company in our area, won the Couple’s Choice Awards).   But as the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding.  As consumers, we all want to see and judge for ourselves whether a company can back up their claim.

Well, here’s your chance to see B-Boy Productions in all its glory. We’re putting it all out there at on our first ever Private Wedding Showcase in Sandestin Saturday, January 24th at Sandestin Beach & Golf Resort’s Bayview Room & Terrace from 10:30AM – 12:30PM.  How does our private showcase differ from your traditional bridal show you ask?  Great question.

We won’t just have pamphlets or marketing materials on display; we take you through an actual wedding – from the beginning of the ceremony all the way to the grand exit.  As an all-inclusive wedding brand, we will have not only all of our famous beat-mixing DJs and wedding Emcees showcasing their skills, but our live musicians, officiants, photo booths, photographers, videographers, day of planners, and rental items will be available for you to see in action as if you were guests that day at a wedding.  Throughout the showcase, bottomless mimosas and hors d’oeuvres will be served on us.

Afterwards, you can talk to our entertainers and staff about your wedding specifically; ask questions, share your vision for your day, etc.  We’ll be glad to give you all the ideas we have to make your wedding stand out.  By the time you leave, you can have your wedding services all booked and head to the beach for some R&R.  So what’s the catch you ask?  Only that you RSVP so we can reserve a spot for you as seating is limited.   That’s it.  So whether you need one service, some services, or ALL services, come hang and party with us for two hours.  You’ll get some tremendous show specials just for showing up and treated like the VIPs you are.

Wedding Bridal Show Destin

 

 

 

DJ Josh B Rocks Hilton Sandestin Weddings | Nikki & Donnie

Sandestin Weddings

As B-Boy Productions’ resident Hilton Sandestin DJ/Emcee, I had the privilege to perform for the wedding of Nikki Young to current University of Tennessee men’s basketball head coach, Donnie Tyndall. Their ceremony took place on the white sands of the beach.  The weather was gorgeous, the attire was casual, and the smiles were abundant!

Nikki and Donnie said their I-do’s, the crowd of loved ones and onlookers alike erupted in a cheer as they kissed, and within minutes the wedding guests were making their way up to the deck to enjoy some refreshments and the Florida evening air as the sun began to set and the newlywed couple tended to having their photos taken.

I have discovered in my time as a destination wedding DJ that the term “cocktail hour” is often a misnomer, considering one hardly ever actually lasts a full hour. But on this particular occasion, the bride and groom were in no hurry to rob themselves of one moment in the gorgeous outdoor surroundings offered by the Hilton’s beachside verandas. They joined their guests on the Sunrise Deck as the cafe lighting took over for the retired sun, and the merry crowd mingled and consorted for the entirety of the hour. I was happy to lurk a bit in the shadows, manning my laptop as the music offered a subtle soundtrack to the merriment around me, because it gave me a chance to observe the attendees and get a bit of an idea what sort of celebration they would be up for as the night progressed.

As cocktail hour came to a close, we moved indoors to the Coral Ballroom, for the reception.  Inside the long and majestically high-ceiled hall, a massive dance floor and plenty of spacious seating around ornately decorated tables awaited their guests. A long banquet table for the bride and groom to sit flanked by their bridesmaids and groomsmen ran along the main wall in plain view of every guest.

Nikki and Donnie, along with Donnie’s two young daughters, made their grand entrance into the ballroom to “Rocky Top,” the fight song of UT, as their friends and family cheered their arrival with as much gusto as any sports crowd. As I had instructed them, they made their way to the dance floor to share their first dance … but that’s when a surprise was sprung on the bride. Donnie appeared on the large screen in a prerecorded message, offering a poetic tribute of love — which he “rapped” — to his new bride. The mixture of humor and genuine emotion on display as the video version of Donnie cracked a bit in his delivery had Nikki, and plenty others, giggling through happy tears. At the video’s conclusion, I cued up “Whatever It Is” by the Zac Brown Band, and Donnie and Nikki were in each others’ arms sharing their first dance as husband and wife.

Hilton Sandestin Wedding DJs

Nikki remained on the dance floor as I invited her father to join her. Dad and daughter shared a few short minutes of closeness to the tune of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” — which then suddenly transitioned into “Happy” by Pharrell. All sappiness abandoned, Nikki and her dad let loose and cut a rug, much to the delight of all in attendance. At Donnie’s turn to dance with his mother, the classic “Wind Beneathe My Wings” by Bette Midler proved a perfect choice.

Upon the conclusion of dinner, the Best Man offered a toast to the happy couple as did the Maid of Honor. Then I introduced another video presentation featuring a photo slide show of both Donnie and Nikki as they grew up. From baby pictures to present day, the memories played upon the screen and in the end there was hardly a dry eye in the room. I offered the microphone to the groom, who managed to say a brief but very heartfelt thank you to everyone before we moved ahead with the cake cutting and other festivities. The bouquet toss mustered a sizable crowd of fairly competitive single ladies, but the catch ended up going to one of the youngest (and most petite) girls in the group. Donnie removed Nikki’s garter to the sultry vibes of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On”.  Once again, the catch — or more accurately, the scoop, was scored by a very young lad who clearly wasn’t quite sure what it was he had there (I’m sure it will occur to him sometime when he’s older).

The crowd proved eclectic in their musical tastes, shaking it down to everything from golden oldies and 70’s disco, to 90’s hip hop and today’s hottest country! One of Donnie’s young daughters entertained with an impromptu karaoke of “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea.

Being on vacation in Florida, everyone related well to “Toes” by Zac Brown Band. Figurative boots were scooted to “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. I took great pleasure in teaching the bride (and a few unwashed others) how to do the “Cupid Shuffle.” Great classic rock hits like “Shout” and “Do You Love Me?” rounded out the energy of the night, and the evening drew down with the dance floor covered in couples as Jason Mraz sang “I Won’t Give Up” and finally, the legendary Elton John mused “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues.”

Hilton Sandestin Wedding DJ

Destin Wedding DJ

For the multitude of memorable moments packed into this one single evening, I can’t help but consider Donnie and Nikki’s wedding to be one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to be a part of! When by the end of the night it genuinely feels like you’re not just DJ’ing another “gig,” but instead you’re celebrating with a room full of new friends — it makes it hard to stop. My hope for this happy couple is for all that same joy and exuberance to continue on beyond their wedding day and into the full length of their marriage. Because if so, their life together will be an absolute blast!

***UPDATE [This review just came in from Nikki on our Yelp page]***
“My husband and I just had the most amazing wedding on the beach in Sandestin, FL. Our DJ, Josh, was amazing! He was so professional and did a fantastic job. He called me a month before the wedding and went over the playlist with me. I felt assured he would do a great job and that is what ‘brides to be’ need! He did everything I asked and then some! The songs he picked were perfect for every occasion (grand entrance, dinner music, etc.). If you are a ‘bride to be’ looking for an experienced, friendly, professional DJ for your wedding…look no further than B-Boy and DJ Josh B.”
– Nikki Tyndall, Sandestin, FL (event date 8/2/2014)

Venue Spotlight: Rutherford’s 465 (Regatta Bay) – Destin, FL

We’re highlighting another venue today in Destin, FL called “Rutherford’s 465“. It is located inside the Regatta Bay community. This is a property owned and ran by Legendary  Inc.

This is a great venue for those that are not looking for a beach atmosphere but still want that serene and peaceful vibe. Guest count wise, you can comfortably accommodate up to 200 people here but you can also configure the room to feel full with 30-40 guests. The modular ability of this venue is limitless.

To start, there is plenty of parking. You would think this would be an obvious feature, but not in this tourist town. Parking is scarce at most venues but not here. This is a crucial feature that too many people with large guest counts overlook when they decide on a venue.

Ceremonies can be done here on the adjacent lawn to the left of the venue. This little nook has a very garden’esque look to it with the foliage and well-manicured lawns. It’s very quiet as well at this venue so you’re sure to have an uninterrupted ceremony.

Regatta Bay

The walk from the ceremony site to the reception location is only about 40-50 yards. There’s a back deck that is used for cocktail hour which boasts a 2 level deck. A live musician (which you can also book through us as this particular couple did) can set-up and serenade guests as hors’ d’oeuvres are passed and cocktail drinks are served.

Rutherfords 465 Wedding Musician

Dinner is usually inside. The room can be divided into 3 sections. If you have a small guest count, you can close off one of the sections. Another option is to use one of the 3 sections for a buffet spread. The wedding cake is almost always set-up inside so the elements don’t get to it.

Rutherfords 465 Wedding Cake B-Boy Productions

Most couples who book this venue for their wedding in the nice weather months (Spring and Fall) will then utilize the lowest level deck outside to bring guests down to dance once the dinner portion has concluded. The set-up looks amazing at night. The dance floor area is extremely large for dancing.

Rutherfords 465 Wedding Reception Deck DJ Set-up

Rutherfords 465 Wedding Reception DJ B-Boy Productions DJ

We’ve put together a video tour for you as well so you can get a simulated “walk thru” of the facility. The staff is amazing to work with. The food/catering is exquisite. This is one of the Emerald Coast’s premiere venues to consider for any type of private event function.

Weddings at the Emerald Grande in Destin | Wedding DJ Irving G mixes it up

The weather was just PERFECT on this day…especially for a wedding, and we love doing weddings at the Emerald Grande in Destin. The ceremony took place on the beach that you access via the resort’s private ferry. The cocktail hour and reception were all held outside on the Captain’s Deck.

We had one of our more elaborate packages booked for Marc Stepp and Jaclyn Crossno’s wedding. We provided our ceremony sound system rental, ceremony videography services, Cocktail Hour Live Musician services, photo booth and our signature DJ/Emcee Services. The flowers and event design were done courtesy of Blu Event Design & Couture Florals. The cake was provided by Say Cake Bakery.

Weddings at the Emerald Grande

Emerald Grande Wedding Cake

Guests were enjoying the refreshing breeze, noise of the wildlife and the boats sailing by as the bridal party arrived to the ceremony location via the ferry. Everything came together like clockwork. The bridal party walked down to “Marry Me” by Train while Jaclyn and her father were serenaded by a very modern violin cover of Christina Perri’s “1000 Years” by Rachel Pierce.

As guests arrived for cocktail hour on the Captains Deck, our cocktail hour guitarist/vocalist, Dan Austin, kept that laid back vibe going. The beverages were flowing, the Photo Booth was in full operation, and guests were enjoying one another’s company. It was the perfect segue to what was going to be an epic Grand Entrance.

Emerald Grande Cocktail Hour Guitarist Wedding Singer

The bridal party came down the spiral staircase to “Whoomp (There It Is)” by Tag Team. You could see the crowd brimming with excitement. It was a loud erumpent of cheers when Marc and Jaclyn were introduced as “Let’s Get it Started” by Black Eyed Peas blared through the speakers. All the pent up excitement was finally released and the reception had officially started!

Emerald Grande Wedding DJ Booth

As dinner was concluding, I was able to make a few of the kid’s night by playing “In Summer” from the Frozen soundtrack. The bride and groom then danced to an amazing Maroon 5 cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”. Their newlywed love was on full display during that dance as they were laughing and having a good time.

It was time for the open dance set. The song of the night was an oldie but a goodie – “Pour Some Sugar (On Me)” by Def Leppard. The crowd went wild. It took the party up another level. Once the party concluded, you could tell that everyone seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed themselvesThanks Marc and Jaclyn for letting us be a part of your day!

Emerald Grande Decor DJ

Click here for more information about the Emerald Grande in Destin

Venue Spotlight: Bayview Room at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort – Sandestin, FL

Every now and then, we like to take a moment and put the focus on a particular venue. This week we wanted to introduce you to the Bayview Room at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL. It’s located near the Linkside Conference Center within the Resort.

Bayview Room at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Wedding DJ Sunset

One of the first things about the Bayview Room that you will appreciate is the privacy aspect. It’s not located in the touristy Baytowne section of the resort. The Linkside section is very secluded. It will feel like you have the whole place to yourself which is nice when having a private wedding or corporate function.

It’s really important that when you and your guests enter the security gate at the resort that you ask them to direct you to the Linkside Conference Center rather than saying the Bayview Room. The security guards sometimes get that confused and will send you around to Baytowne and you’ll have a 10-15 minute detour until you get yourself back to where you need to be.

The room is perfect for a guest count of 60-75 people. You could technically squeeze in around 100 if it was dinning only and you didn’t use a dance floor.

Sandestin Wedding DJ Dance Crowd B-Boy Productions

To us, the biggest selling point is the ability to have the outside cocktail hour and ceremony location on the terrace adjacent to the reception room. The view of the Choctawhatchee bay is quite serene and peaceful. This is ideal for those that want a beautiful view but not necessarily be at the beach or in sand.  Speaking of the outside terrace, there is power available if you wanted to hire a musician to play for the wedding ceremony and/or cocktail hour.  Additionally, it’s partially covered so a cocktail hour could still occur even if there is rain present.  Speaking of rain, they have plenty of “plan B” rain options should it happen.  A lot of venue spaces can’t offer that!

Sandestin Ceremony Bubbles Wedding

Another advantage to booking the Bayview Room is you have access Sandestin Conference Services. They can do an excellent job of uplighting the room with any color to match the décor you’ve chosen for your event and they can even do a customized gobo/monogram light on the dance floor in addition to providing many other a/v services.

Sandestin Wedding Monogram Bayview Room

We put together a tour of the venue on video. With it being a smaller room, there aren’t that many configurations that can be done so this a great sampling to observe on a more visual level. It’s one of our favorite event venue spaces so we hope you’ll consider it for your event!

Wedding DJ Brian B at Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort – Amber & Mito

Sandestin Ceremony Bubbles Wedding

One thing I always ty to do as a wedding DJ is form a tight bond with my clients. By doing so, your chances of a successful event go way up. You’ll be in tune with what their tastes are musically as well as know exactly how they envision the night turning out. If you are able to catch that vision, it can be a magical and surreal experience the night of the event!

I find it pretty easy for me to make a connection with almost any client but there are those rare few where it goes beyond that…you feel like you’ve known them your whole life or better yet, they are one of those couples you’d have no problem hanging out with after the event is long over. That couldn’t be more the case with my most recent wedding client, Amber and Mito. Not only were they a stunning looking couple, but they were so easy going and laid back, that the planning process felt effortless.

The event took place at the Bayview Room and Terrace which is located inside the Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort.  It had been a while since I personally worked this room so I had forgotten how much I love it.  The location is perfect for intimate weddings.  The ceremony spot is on the back terrace overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay and is also great for cocktail hour.  The inside ballroom is very private and can really be customized via décor lighting to look quite stunning.

Wedding Ceremony Sandestin B-Boy Productions

Sandestin First Dance Wedding DJ

I got a chance to work with Lesley Isacks of Lesley Isacks Photography. Our last wedding together was one of my favorites of last year so I had a good feeling we could rekindle the same “event magic”. Amber and Mito were from South Florida so a few of their wedding vendor friends came up to provide wedding services to give it a more personalized touch. The cake maker was Betty from Cakes By Night out of Fort Myers, FL.  Handling the florals were Larry and Kathy Freeman out of Waleska, Georgia.

Sandestin Wedding Cake Wedding DJ

With DJ Dan Davis and myself working this event as a wedding DJ duo, we kicked off the reception with “Turn Down For What” by Lil Jon and DJ Snake as the Grand Entrance song. For the First Dance, they chose what is quickly becoming this season’s wedding song, “All of Me” by John Legend. We went into the meal and then our toasts took place. One  of Mito’s daughters, Breanna, gave one of the most heartfelt toasts I’ve ever heard. She honored her dad and Amber so well. Our Father/Daughter dance soundtrack was “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle. Mito, being Puerto Rican, selected “Armor de Madre” by Victor Manuella for him and his mother to dance too.

By the time we got to the open dancing, this crowd was primed and ready! It was on from the first track. Musically, we were all over the place.. We had some retro classics, current top 40 and a good amount of Latin tracks. Mito broke it down with some of the salsa music. I wish I had 1/10 of his rhythmic/dancing ability. Never once did the energy die. We just kept building and building the energy all evening long. There was even a “dance off’!

Sandestin Wedding DJ Bride and Groom B-Boy Productions

Sandestin Wedding DJ Brian B

Sandestin Wedding DJ Hands Up Dancing

Sandestin Wedding DJ Dance Crowd B-Boy Productions

Sandestin Wedding DJ Dance Battle

It was such a good wedding!  I hope we stay in touch for years to come. Thanks for having me as a part of your day Amber and Mito! Best of luck to both of you!!


UPDATE 4/30/14:
This review just came in from Amber and Mito and we are blown away!!
“DJ BRIAN BUONASSISSI WITH B-BOY PRODUCTIONS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING TO WORK WITH, EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL, SUPER HELPFUL, AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON WITH THE GREAT EXPERIENCE MY HUSBAND AND I HAD FOR OUR WEDDING!!! The reception and the FUN part of the wedding was VERY IMPORTANT to us because everyone knows the DJ can either make or break the party, and BRIAN EXCEEDED ALL OF OUR EXPECTATIONS!!! We had an intimate wedding of roughly 60 people in the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, at the Bayview Room and Terrace, and Brian had the dance floor packed from START to FINISH!!! There was NEVER an empty seat in the room…he even had Grandma dancing to Gangnam Style!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DJ BRIAN B TO ANYONE LOOKING TO HAVE NO WORRIES ON THEIR BIG, SPECIAL DAY!! My husband is Puerto Rican, so I was nervous to see who would dance to the Latin music on my side of the family…including myself…LOL…because that requires a certain kind of skill…BUT HE IS A GENIUS BECAUSE THE MUSIC JUST FLOWED BEAUTIFULLY AND IT SERIOUSLY DID NOT MATTER IF YOU WERE YOUNG, OLD, CAN DANCE AMAZING, TERRIBLE DANCER…LOL..THE POINT IS THAT EVERY SINGLE GUEST LEFT WITH A GREAT, AWESOME EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF BRIAN!! It was scary selecting vendors I have never met and planning a destination wedding is hard, but his reviews, which are why I called him first, were outstanding!!! You cannot teach personality, and understanding or reading a crowd…you can’t train for those things, it really is a gift, and he has that!!! If you are skimming financially on certain things when you are planning for your wedding, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT GO CHEAP ON CHOOSING DJ BRIAN BUONASSISSI!!! You may find cheaper but you seriously will MISS OUT on the quality and this is a ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!!! We hope to use DJ BRIAN B for other major events in our future!!!!!”
– Amber and Mito Domenech, Sandestin, FL (event date 4/4/2014)

Sandestn Sunset B-Boy Productions Wedding

Wedding Entertainment with DJ Charles: The Blacharski Wedding at Eglin: – March 29, 2014

The Spring wedding season kicked off for me a little sooner than expected as this event was added to my calendar 2 weeks before this wedding!  Surprises like this are exactly why I love being in the wedding entertainment business! As the Emcee assigned to the event, I got my first impression of our groom, Tony Blacharski, during our planning appointment. He was very laid back and was looking for a relaxed vibe the day of the event. That said, he didn’t want things too loose as he wanted everything to be perfect for his bride, Elaine Cherry, on their special day. Both the wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Officer’s Club Bayview Club on Eglin Air Force Base.

Working with us this day was Kim from Coastal Moments Photography. This was my first time working alongside her on an event and she was every bit as professional as everyone raved about! I hope to work with her again.

We started the event by providing Ceremony Sound inside the facility.  The groom and bride were both smitten with one another as our officiant, Eric Partin, presided over the ceremony.  They picked some instrumental acoustic guitar selections for the processional and the orchestral version of “Canon In D” as she made her way down the aisle.

Wedding Entertainment

For the cocktail hour, they had pre-selected an old school jazz vibe. Songs from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, etc. filled the air as my partner on the event, DJ Dan, mixed the tunes. After cocktail hour concluded, we went straight into the meal. We played a variety of great music.

Following dinner, we went into the cake cut and toasts so we could have a ton of time for open dancing. Tony and Elaine opened the dance floor by having their first dance to the tune of “At Last” by Etta James.  That song is a classic!

Destin Wedding Entertainment

DJ Dan then turned it up a notch as we invited everyone to the dance floor for open dancing.

Bayview Club Wedding Officer's Club Dance

Bayview Club Wedding Officer's Club Slow Dance

For the last song of the night, DJ Dan played a Muppets song called “Life’s A Happy Song” which was specifically requested by Tony. I had my doubts with the selection because songs by the Muppets aren’t usually what we in the wedding entertainment business have in our regular playlists… much less use to pack a dance floor. It was obvious that the song had special meaning because as soon as it started playing, it brought the biggest smile to Elaine’s face as well as filled the dance floor. The ending of this reception was definitely one of the most movie-like endings I’ve ever been a part of.

Bayview Club Wedding Officer's Club Last Dance

This intimate wedding really personified what most people dream of – elegant, great music, lots of dancing and love permeating throughout the day.  Thanks for allowing DJ Dan and myself to share the day with you.  Best of luck to both of you!

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