This is why I do what I do

I love to browse through photos from my past events. They make me smile. What makes me smile even more are the letters of gratitude I receive from my clients every year. I love my job. :)

“Dear Rich,

Two months have passed and we are still delighting in the memories of the day that Stephanie and Tom were married.

I want to thank you for the enormous part you played in making that day one of the greatest days of my life. I know that Gary, Stephanie, and Tom feel the same way. You made the reception so much fun. From your opening remarks, to sharing the significance of the cake top, to the final dance, you made it all so personal. Countless people have told us that they have never had so much fun at a wedding reception. You kept the dance floor full all evening and everyone, young and old, had a chance to enjoy their type of music.

You have a genuine gift for using music to spread joy. Thank you so much for sharing that gift with us.”

Edie Keck (Mother of the Bride)
Wedding Reception for Stephanie & Tom Little at Cinnabar Hills Country Club.

Take Me Home Tonight!

About thirty minutes before the end of the wedding reception, I had to make an announcement regarding the centerpiece giveaway. As the song faded out, I clicked on the microphone, getting ready to speak. But before I could even utter a word into the mic, a woman starting singing “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money at the top of her lungs!

It was the craziest thing. Where did she get her motivation from? A fond memory? Five shots of tequila? Whatever it was, it caught on like wildfire. All of a sudden, the entire room was singing the words to the song! In this situation, most DJ’s probably would have just stood there, or proceeded into the announcement about the centerpieces, as planned. This is just one of the many things I learned over the years: improvisation.

I knew I only had a few seconds to react to their madness or the moment would be lost. I quickly found that Eddie Money song in my library and had it playing in fifteen seconds (that’s the beauty of being all digital). EVERYONE WENT NUTS!! Just about every guest at the reception rushed the dance floor and danced and sang like they were at a concert! It was an awesome moment that took the energy level of the evening to an all-time high.

The Bride and Groom, Stephanie and Gary, rocked out with 225 of their closest friends and family at the Saratoga Country Club. To say it was an incredible reception would be an understatement. They are my favorite type of clients because of two big reasons: 1) They wanted to dance. 2) They wanted to party.

Did they dance? Yes!

Tim and Allie rocked the house at the Monterey Peninsula Country Club with their closest friends and family. Here is a shot of them during the last dance at the end the evening. Still going strong!Allie and Tim small

Happy Friday! Yahooooo!

awesome dj

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

I’m very fortunate to have an amazing business, wonderful family and friends, and a beautiful wife (imported from Spain!). To show my gratitude, I love to give back to the community. I was thrilled when Big Brothers, Big Sisters called me, looking for a DJ to donate their services for their fundraiser. I played a variety of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s—as well as current hits from the radio—as the guests ate tasty food, sampled wine, and participated in the silent auction to raise money. It was a wonderful night. My wife—my angel—wanted to help too so she volunteered to be my assistant. Isn’t that so sweet? I just need to kiss her now!

Wedding Receptions That Rock! The Book

Book coverI must say that it’s a pretty exciting day for me professionally. I’ve been a Wedding DJ for over twenty years, but now…I am officially an author.

People had been telling me for several years that I should write a book about planning wedding receptions, so that I could share my knowledge with brides and grooms. Well, I did it and I’m very proud of the final product.

Wedding Receptions That Rock! is for anyone planning a wedding reception, but can also be a great resource for DJ’s who are just getting into the business and want to learn some tricks of the trade. Get your copy of the book here:

Paperback
Kindle 

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Get it HERE!

The cool part is that those are actually my clients (Katie and Dave Orsburn) on the cover of the book. This amazing photo was taken by Jeff and Julie Photography and I love it because it captures the energy and excitement that I talk about in the book.

Katie and Dave at Coyote Creek Golf Club

Were Katie and Dave ready to party? You bet! I guess it’s pretty obvious by their expressions. This was a shot perfectly captured by Jeff and Julie Photography as I introduced the newlyweds to the guests waiting inside the banquet room for dinner. This is how you enter a room!

My clients featured in The Knot Magazine

I have the best clients in the world, so there! (I just stuck my tongue out at all of the other DJ’s in the Bay Area, many of them my friends)

Seriously, Mike and Alice are SO cool and they had THE BEST wedding day at Rosewood Sandhill in Menlo Park. You can read the original post I wrote about them HERE. Today, though, I am excited to say that they were featured in the The Knot. Here is a sneak-peek.  Photos by the incredible Vero Suh.

 

What is that man doing with his jacket?

I think this guy was pretending his jacket was a horse…or maybe he was trying to dry something that spilled on his pants. Either way, it was fun to watch and, as you can see, the guests enjoyed it too!

That’s what I love most about weddings and other events that I get to DJ: seeing the fun, the excitement, the wild party unfolding right before my eyes… Kate and Nate had a super-charged wedding reception at Rosewood Sandhill, in Menlo Park. They danced to a variety of music, including a few Irish songs and songs from her college days at the University of Arizona. Here are some of the other special requests:

First Dance: “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
Father-Daughter: “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” from Cats
Cake Song: “A Kiss To Build a Dream On” by Louis Armstrong

NACE Gives Back

What a great night! I’d been wanting to make this happen for while and we finally did it! I got together with a few generous people from the Silicon Valley Chapter of NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) and headed over to the Second Harvest Food Bank in San Jose for a night of volunteering. What did we do? We stuffed carrots into bags! It’s funny how something so simple can help the community so much.

 

I Heart You!

Congratulations to my video buddy Dave Ethridge (AVR Films) and his wife Meg! They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on the beach in Half Moon Bay. Dave surprised Meg by inviting family and a few friends (including me and Silvi) as they renewed their vows right there!We all formed a heart in the sand and waited for their arrival.It was such a beautiful ceremony and the weather was perfect. It’s so cool to see how much Dave loves his wife and how excited he was to celebrate this milestone in their marriage.After the ceremony, we all went to Moss Beach Distillery for a wonderful dinner. What a beautiful evening! Special thanks to the incredible Rhee Bevere for the amazing photos, including this one below of me and Silvi as we admired the happy couple.

Rain, Rain, Go Away.

Your Wedding day has arrived. You’ve been planning it for months (or years!) and it’s finally here. Then, unexpectedly, it rains. On you. On your guests. On everybody. During the outdoor ceremony! OMG! Don’t Freak out!! Mike and Alice did not freak out. And they were rewarded. So were their guests at beautiful Rosewood Sandhill in Menlo Park.

You may not want to hear this, but things can unexpectedly happen on your wedding day. How you react to those things will be a big indication of how your wedding day will actually turn out. Having the right attitude makes all the difference in the world. You can freak out about the rain, or get upset about the centerpieces that should have had 18 roses but only had 17, or about the kid who pulled the Bride and Groom Cake Topper off of the cake and ate it. Or, you can just blow it off (even laugh it off) as something very insignificant in comparison to the big picture. Mike and Alice decided to laugh it off. And smile it off! It was such a treat to watch. Beautiful Photos by Vero Suh Photography.The guests (me too!) could feel Alice and Mike’s positive energy and everyone fed off of that. It was amazing to watch (but not surprising). They did not let the external circumstances affect their moods. (Or maybe they were just incredible actors!) And because of that, it turned out to be one of the most incredible evenings.

Bottom line: You can obsess over the little things and let them ruin your wedding day. Or, you can just focus on what matters most (Love!) and have a blast. It’s your choice. As you can see, Mike and Alice were all smiles all the way to the end of the night. Here are a few of their special song requests for the reception:

Bridal Party Introductions: “Sirius” by Alan Parsons Project

First Dance: “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin

Father-Daughter Dance: “Moon River” by Henry Mancini

Farewell Dance: “Every Time I Close My Eyes” by Babyface

BTW, kudos to the incredible staff at Rosewood Sandhill and Wedding Planner, Jean Marks, and her staff. They Rock!

MS Walk

I was the Master of Ceremonies for the MS Walk in downtown San Jose last weekend. It was another great event and thousands showed up to walk and raise money. I knew a little about the disease but was surprised to learn that two out of three people who have it are women. There are 12,000 people with MS in the Bay Area. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to help. Click HERE if you would like to help.

Mix 106.5 Live

I am often asked what it’s like at the radio station when I’m on the air. I recorded this short video to give you a glimpse of what I do.

 

Project Runway Event at Macy’s

I had the pleasure of being a part of a very special event in the I-N-C Department at Macy’s. They presented the new collection from Irina Shabayeva, winner of Project Runway, Season 6. I played some fun music and was the MC as the women shopped until they dropped!