Friday, December 10, 2010

The Victorian House

I am excited to announce that I have joined an incredible group of wedding and event professionals and become a member of The Victorian House, at 216 Stewart Street in downtown Reno.

We have an amazing group of people whose professionalism, ability, and quality of character is unrivaled in the Reno/Tahoe area. 

Whatever your event needs, be it top-notch photographybreathtaking flowers, the latest formal wearamazing event coordination, the best in honeymoon planning, delicious catering, mouthwatering cakes, stunning bridal party makeup, reasonable invitations and banners, and of course music (lol), you'll find it at The Victorian House.

Look for us at the upcoming Reno Fantasy Wedding Faire at the Grand Sierra Resort on January 30th, and watch for our Grand Opening in February.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kyle & Torie at Edgewood, 11-5-10

  Torie & Kyle were married & had their reception at Edgewood this weekend.  It was a beautiful day, but windy so they elected to have the ceremony inside in the center of the building where the windows and columns remind one of a cathedral.  The flowers and expert touches by Chrissy from Quality Event Designs really helped make the ceremony & reception special and unique to Torie & Kyle.  Torie walked down the aisle with her dad Jerry to Canon in D, and she and Kyle departed to 'All I Want is You' from 'Juno'.
  The reception began with cocktails & hors d'eurves while the B&G were getting photographed on the Tahoe shore.  A couple of tips about Edgewood : in off-season apparently the basic wine, beer & bubbly are free (and their 'basics' are not junk; the beer was Fat Tire) and also the most amazing hors d'eurve I ever had was their slider: a mini-burger with fried onions that is the best slider I've ever eaten...  They were a hit even amongst their other amazing hors d'eurves.
  Then Kyle & Torie entered to their first dance 'Better Together' by Jack Johnson (above pic) and then led everone through the amazing food line (the stuffed pork loin & the pasta salad were the best I've ever eaten, and I'm part Italian!).  After some great toasts by Tyler & Megan and dad Jerry, the dancing started and never stopped except when the cake was cut.  What a crowd!  Photographer Emily Main helped me find a Panjabi MC song that rocked the house and everyone sang loudly to 'Sweet Caroline' and 'Don't Stop Believin'.  It was the kind of crowd every DJ dreams about: requests kept coming in and the dance-floor was always full and by the time the evening was over everyone was tired, hoarse, and happy.
  One more accolade about Edgewood.  Normally when you have a venue as gorgeous and situated on Lake Tahoe like it is, you pay for the view and atmosphere and the service is so-so.  Other venues with less inspiring views & architecture have to work harder at service to make up for their location.  Absolutely not so with the people at Edgewood.  Not only is it breathtaking, but the service there is top-notch.  I worked with Walter, Nancy, & Joanne amongst others that night, and each was very helpful, extremely professional and a real joy to work with while coordinating the reception.  Other venues I have had to remind the staff several times that the B&G are ready for this event, or ask when will they be ready for another.  But with Walter and staff, they were asking me if I was ready, or already on the case if I started to gauge their readiness for an upcoming event.  Efficient, friendly, and the kind of people that make the guests feel right at home.  Kudos Edgewood!

Monday, November 1, 2010

The Victorian House

Happy to announce that I am a part of the Victorian House, a group of exceptional wedding professionals located at 216 Stewart Street, in Reno Nevada.  Whether you need one vendor or several, let the Victorian House make your wedding reception or event that much more special.

Each of the professionals within the Victorian House has been invited to be a part of the group because of their professionalism, their dedication to the client, and their amazing work, be it wedding planning, photography, tuxedos, make-up, floral arrangements, catering, invitations, and of course deejaying (lol).

We also work very well together and genuinely like one another, which in the ego-filled wedding industry is a breath of fresh air.  We have you, the client's best interests in mind and we wouldn't recommend each other if we didn't think you'll be extremely satisfied with the services you recieve.  After all, my reputation is only as good as the people I endorse, so I want to recommend the best.  And they just so happen to be at the Victorian House....  :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Teacher and Educator discount added!

I recently added discounts for active military, firefighters and law enforcement officers to my website and got a few raised eyebrows from my family.  Not about these worthy public servants and patriots but instead they asked, "What about teachers?"

I come from an educator family- my grandfather, two grandmothers, aunt, and my father-in-law all taught classes from kindergarten on up to adults, and now my sister-in-law Kelli is continuing the noble profession.

So as of today, I have included a discount for those selfless, well-educated, but underpaid members of our community who go above and beyond every day.  Where would we be without those special people who opened our eyes to the world?  I know I am indebted to more than a few who helped shape me into the person I am today:  Mrs. Myers, Mr. Wray, Mr. King, Mrs. Lepore, Mr. Brooks, Mr. Stanner to name a few.  Thank you!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bridal & Beauty Expo Tomorrow!

Looking forward to the Expo tomorrow at the Reno Convention Center.  I have the same booth as the last show, and it is a great location.  Lots of great wedding professionals around as well.  Evan & Kinsey Zinser will be in the next booth over so come see us at 702 & 802 .

As a DJ, I like all kinds of different music genres- kind of a pre-requisite for the job you know.   Today I ran across Ray Wylie Hubbard.  I never heard any of his music before, but it hit a chord with me.  He is kind of a country-folk Warren Zevon with tones of Dylan.  I have to get more of his work

What is the DJ listening to of late?  What's in my playlist?  The new Tom Petty album "Mojo" is under-produced and bluesy.  The Roots "How I Got Over" disc is complex and addicting.  Just starting to listen to the new Zac Brown.  Old Earth Wind & Fire and The Specials have rounded out my recent listening.  Nothing like "On Your Face" followed by "Rudy- a Message to You" to get me feeling alive...

See you at the Expo!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Jarod & Amy's reception, 10-10-2010

Had a great time Sunday night!  After a ceremony offsite, Amy & Jarod arrived at the Hidden Valley Country Club in Reno NV for their reception.  After pics around the golf course and under the iconic willow tree, I announced the bridal party and they mingled and enjoyed a great dinner as the sun sank down through the windows.  Jonathan, the best man, gave the first of many memorable toasts and then the cake was cut to Weezer's "My Best Friend".  Amy & Jarod's first dance then followed: "Endless Love" by Luther & Mariah.  But the highlight for me was during the Anniversary Dance.  There were several couples in the thirty & forty year range, but the last couple on the dancefloor were Jarod's grandparents who had been married 61 years!  (and cut a decent rug, I must say)
The crowd stayed on the dancefloor all night- some of their favorites were "Cupid Shuffle", "In the Ayer" and "Rock Lobster", and Jarod's grandparents looked amazing dancing to Hank Sr's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."  I was happy to be a part in the celebration that everyone shared in that night- congrats Amy & Jarod (who are soaking in the sun in Maui right now...).