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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

Destin Wedding DJs Brian B & Josh B at Rutherford’s 465 | Lauren & Alex

When I first met Lauren and Alex at the Commons in Destin, FL before they booked us, I just knew that they would be a fun group.  Although laid back, they both had a “cool” factor and I was really looking forward to sharing their day with them and their guests.  They had a vision for what they wanted and being one the few Destin wedding DJs that has seen just about everything, I loved the fresh and creative spin that they were putting on their wedding!

I started following them both on Instagram and was stoked to see that Alex was totally into fly shoes like I am.  Sure enough, he and his groomsmen were sporting some dope kicks at the wedding.  But I digress…

The wedding was great on so many levels.  We worked with some talented professionals – Christine Walker from RSVP Destin, Michael from Michael K Photography, Sally from Florals By The Sea, Heidi from Bake My Day Destin and of course Jackie from the venue, Rutherford’s 465.  A few years back when I was living full-time in Destin, it seemed like I worked with this crew just about every weekend so it was exciting to be reunited with some of the best in that local market again.

As far as our staff goes, we had Eric Partin officiating, Cam Ray playing keys for the ceremony and cocktail hour, and then I got to work the reception with DJ Josh B as the wedding DJs.  The venue, itself, is such a modular space and the couple took full advantage of the multiple levels that it offers.  Sally and her crew did an awesome job with the décor throughout from lounge seating on the deck to sweeping linens from the inside ceiling, etc.

When it came to the dancing, this crowd was ready! The space is so well lit that everything just popped!  Each song seemed to go over perfect and the dance floor filled almost immediately.  In our venue review, we used a ton of photos from this wedding so to not be repetitive; we leave you with this highlight reel we put together.  We wish Alex and Lauren many happy years together!

Wedding Entertainment with DJ Irving G: Henderson Park Inn, Destin FL | Harris Wedding

With the sugar white sand on the beach, the perfectly clear sky and the turquoise water color on full display, it was another awesome spring day on the Emerald Coast of Florida. Our bride and groom, Justin and Hayley Harris, had assembled an all-star supporting cast of vendors to work with us at Henderson Park Inn in Destin, FL. We had Michael K Photography, Florals by the Sea, Cake Destination and Beach Walk Café. There was no doubt that we were primed for an amazing wedding.

As the guests filed down to the beach, you could just feel the excitement. When Justin saw Hayley walk down that aisle, his face lit up with a huge smile. It was such a beautiful ceremony.

Henderson Park Inn Wedding Ceremony

With the ceremony over, the guests transitioned to the lawn for cocktail hour. They enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while listening to the the smooth Caribbean sounds of our steel drummer extraordinaire, Rudy Applewhite. Drinks in hand and the great company of friends, many of whom had not seen one another for a long time, made for the perfect combo as we got ready for a fun-filled reception.

Henderson Park Inn Wedding Decor

Mr. and Mrs. Justin Harris walked into the reception and the crowd went wild. The first dance was a very appropriate choice with it being a beach wedding. They danced to “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys. The happy couple was just lost in the moment.

Henderson Park Inn Wedding First Dance

The music for the dinner hour was a mixture of laid back reggae, some retro throwbacks and a few current selections mixed in. Guests were singing and clapping along to many of the songs. As we got ready to transition into dancing, we picked up the tempo a bit.

Henderson Park Inn Table Decor

Henderson Park Inn Wedding Dinner

Once we segued into open dancing, it became very apparent that the crowd loved that old time rock and roll. Everything from The Beatles to Jerry Lee Lewis, guests couldn’t get enough. From the very first song, guests were out on the floor!

Henderson Park Inn DJ

When the crowd really got down, the white Wayfarer shades came out and the dance floor stayed packed almost the entire night.

Henderson Park Inn Wedding DJ

I even got on the dance floor and led a few dances with Justin, Hayley and their guests.

Henderson Park Inn Wedding DJ BBoy Productions

How did they end this perfect night? With a glow stick tunnel of course. All of their family and friends cheered them on as Justin and Hayley made their way through it. It was a great send-off and completed an awesome reception.

Want to see more? My DJ Assistant for the night, DJ Dan Davis, took some pictures and video and we put together this quick collage. Enjoy!

 

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.

Recommended Creative Vendors on the Emerald Coast

This week on the blog we wanted to highlight two of our favorite Emerald Coast, Florida companies – two vendors that specialize in capturing moments to last a lifetime!

Momentus Films is a wedding and event production company that has been serving the Florida Panhandle for over ten years. Founded by Celia Hilton, Momentus Films creates cinematic masterpieces that resonate with the spirit of a truly creative and passionate team. Their talent for creating sentimental, unique and artistically professional films is unmatched … but don’t just take our word for it, check out the film from Laura and Shannon’s wedding in Seaside, FL. We dare you not to tear up when you see the groom’s face the first moment he sees his bride walking down the aisle:

We dare you not to tear up

Look for next week’s blog post for more from Celia Hilton as she shares her insights and insider advice on hiring a professional wedding videographer. Visit Momentus Films online at momentusfilms.com and on Facebook.

Michael K Photography is a Destin, Florida wedding and portrait photography studio specializing in a fusion of contemporary and traditional photography, with a keen eye for seeing light and capturing moments. Check out a few recent images below … and visit the Michael K website for more! And don’t forget to stop by and “like” the Facebook page – the images posted there are jaw-droppingly good.

Michael K Photography

Michael K Photography

Michael K Photography

And to wrap it all together, check out this new DJ Brian B promo video that features the film work of Michael K Photography and the mad editing skills of Momentus Films:

DJ Brian B promo video