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.

Happy New Year!

2014cWishing you a year of love, health, peace, happiness, and laughter. :)

Happy Friday! Yahooooo!

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Thank you!

The wedding and special event industry is a pretty tight-knit community and I am fortunate to have many friends. I wanted to mention a few of them now, to say ‘thanks” for your support. If you are searching for professionals for your wedding or special event, I highly recommend them. Click on their names to visit their websites. They are some of the best in the business.

Photographers
Lucie XYZ Photography
Mike Danen Photography

Catering
Catered Too
Pangea Catering and Events

A New Year…A New Book!

2012 was an amazing year for me personally and professionally. I am so grateful for my incredible wife, family, friends, and clients. I’ve got some pretty cool things coming up in 2013 too, including my first book being published for brides. More on that in the coming weeks! I wish you a year filled with love, health, peace, happiness, silliness, adventure, fun, and quality time with your friends and family.  :)

Winner! Bride’s Choice 2012

Wow! This is amazing, four years in a row. I’m so grateful for this award and for the recognition because it is only given to the top 5% of wedding vendors in the country. Thank you very 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.

MS Walk 2011

I was the Master of Ceremonies for the MS Walk 2011 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.

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!

Bride’s Choice 2011

I’m honored that I received this award again. I’d like to thank my mother for making me possible. Seriously, Wedding Wire is a great website if you’re looking for reviews of wedding vendors in your area. Check it out.

The Top Songs From 2010

Happy New Year! This is a pretty cool resource to have if you are planning an event. It is jam-packed with the most popular songs from 2010 based on millions of requests across the country. There are 2 PDF’s that I would love to share with you. You can download them for free!

PDF #1 is for popular songs at weddings and parties and includes:

• Top 200 Most Requested Songs
• Top 200 Most Requested Pop Songs
• Top 100 Most Requested Songs of the 2010′s
• Top 100 Most Requested Songs of the 2000′s
• Top 100 Most Requested Songs of the 1990′s
• Top 100 Most Requested Songs of the 1980′s
• Top 100 Most Requested Songs of the 1970′s
• Top 100 Most Requested Songs of the 1960′s
• Top 100 Most Requested Songs of the 1950′s

Download it HERE

PDF #2 is specifically for the special songs needed during a wedding reception and includes :

• Top 50 Most Requested Bride & Groom First Dances
• Top 50 Most Requested Bride & Father Dances
• Top 50 Most Requested Groom & Mother Dances
• Top 50 Most Requested Bridal Party Dances
• Top 50 Most Requested Bouquet Toss Songs
• Top 50 Most Requested Garter Toss Songs
• Top 50 Most Requested Cake Cutting Songs
• Top 50 Most Requested Wedding Introduction Songs
• Top 50 Most Requested Last Dances
• Top 50 Most Requested Money Dance Songs

Download it HERE.

That’s it for now! I wish you a happy, positive, and fruitful 2011!

Far from Plain

Silvi and I enjoyed a great night of music at Mix 106.5′s Very Merry Mixer at the Campbell Heritage Theater. The invite-only, intimate concert for 800 people featured The Plain White T’s, and Lee Dewyze. We parked ourselves in the fourth row and had the camera ready!We were fortunate to meet the artists as well and take pictures with them. Here we are below with Lee, the American Idol champion. Silvi was proud to point out that she may have been taller than him, if you included her hair as part of the measurement. The Plain White T’s are a very talented bunch of guys and reminded us of the Beatles. I will post a video that I shot of them as they sang, “1,2,3,4,” a very popular song at weddings, and one that was featured in a Hallmark Cards commercial earlier this year around Valentines Day.

Of course, they sang their popular Grammy-nominated song, “Hey There Delilah,” and their latest hit, “The Rhythm of Love.” Here is a shot of us with the band at the end of the night before they headed back to their rooms at Hotel DeAnza. What a fun night and a great way to kick off the holiday season!

Just because

Okay, I know, I have been absent for a while on my blog since I have been so busy. So, to make myself feel better, I will post a picture of Silvi and me in the snow last week on Thanksgiving. There! My work is done…for now.

Halloween Bowling

The African King and his Ballroom Dancer wife went bowling the other night at 300 across from Oakridge Mall! It was all part of an event for Silicon Valley NACE (National Association of Catering Executives) We had so much fun and I got to network with other professionals in the Special Event/Wedding Industry. I also won a prize for high game!

A Roaring 20′s Wedding

Steve and Christine did not initially set out to do a Roaring 20′s themed wedding; it just happened! And judging by the response of their guests at the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park that evening, it was a huge hit.

They started with cool table names, which included Sinatra, Crosby, Clooney, and Hepburn. Then, they bought a 1925 Sonora Phonograph from Craigslist, along with a big box of 78 rpm records. They asked me if I wouldn’t mind changing the records on the phonograph during the dinner and, of course, I said yes. I had no idea, though, that I would have to change the needle after every record! I even had to wind up the phonograph every 5 minutes since it did not run on electricity. It sure is a lot easier to play music these days! It was a lot of fun, though, and the music was beautiful. Here were some of their special songs requested:

Bridal Party Introductions: “When The Saints Go Marching In” – Louis Armstrong
First Dance: “Cheek to Cheek” – Fred Astaire
Father-Daughter Dance: “As Time Goes By” – Rosemary Clooney

They also dedicated the song “Our Love Is Here to Stay” to Christine’s parents who were celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary.

Keeping with the theme, they arrived in a 1927 Stutz. What a cool car! I want one!