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 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.

Wedding DJ Interview

I was honored that Oren Arieli from AwesomeShot Studios asked to interview me about the DJ business. Here’s the video.

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!

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!

I STILL Gotta Feeling

It’s amazing the lasting power of the song “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. This song has been so popular over the last year and just doesn’t want to die. Here is short video clip of guests dancing to that song at a super-fun wedding I did for Patty and Adam last weekend at the beautiful Hotel Oceano in Half Moon Bay. Mazel tov!

OMG! Wedding Stories

One of the wild wedding stories that I submitted has been published in the new book “OMG! Wedding Stories: Hilarious, Outrageous, Embarrassing, Shocking, & Bizarre Wedding Stories“. Hint: It has something to do with all of the groomsmen jumping in the pool with their tuxedos on before the start of the reception. This book is now available in all major bookstores or on Amazon.com. How cool!

I’m Married!

I met a Spanish Princess at Starbucks. Next thing you know, we’re married! OMG! How did that happen? haha! It was a wonderful wedding day and I look forward to sharing some pictures soon. Here is a fun picture of me sticking my tongue out at my beautiful bride Silvi. I did it just as the reverend said it was important to have humor in a relationship. Our incredible photographers, Lucie XYZ, had impeccable timing to capture that since I did it so quickly. I love it!!

A Persian Wedding

Persians love to dance (Of course, I already knew that since I am Persian!) Here is a short clip of the action at Sheeva and Mark’s Wedding. at The Opera House in Los Gatos.