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I had the pleasure of Djing Liz and Roy Hemphill’s west coast wedding reception at the ever stunning Huron Sub Station. I was introduced to the happy couple by the owner of Huron Sub Station, Meike Kopp. I had previously spun at a few events there and Meike recommends me as one of her preferred wedding DJ’s.
I am truly honored because Meike’s venue is a very popular event space and she has worked with tons of wedding reception Dj’s over the years. I first met with Liz and Roy at a pizza place near their home in Echo Park. They are both big music fans and after meeting for just a few minutes, it was clear that we were a good match. Within a week, they sent me back their play list. Typically, most couples send me their play list a week prior to their wedding date. Liz and Roy sent me their preliminary list more than two months in advance.
Liz and Roy had a wedding reception on the East Coast prior to their celebratory party in Los Angeles, so their event on Saturday was much more casual. They still retained a few traditional elements such as a number of toasts and a first dance. Joe of Tact Events was the onsite coordinator for the evening. He helped maintain the flow of the event and was very quick to assist me and or answer any question that I had during the course of the evening.
Their photographer, Megan Welker, covered the room effortlessly and was a joy to work with. The catering was handled by the The Grilled Cheese Truck, and honestly the grilled cheese with mac and cheese, pulled pork, and caramelized onion sandwich was stupendous. I washed it down with one of Roy’s favorite drinks, Moxie Soda.
All of the toasts went well and when it came for their first dance, Liz had a surprise for her husband. One of Roy’s dearest friends, Carlos is an incredible singer and guitar player. Liz arranged to have him perform “We’ve Got Tonight” by Bob Seger. Bob Seger is one of Roy’s father’s favorite performers, so it was a nice tribute all the way around. I have to say that Liz and Roy’s friends and family really love to dance. Once the dancing portion began, the floor was packed until the end of the last song.
Their play list included everything from Michael Jackson, Elton John, Prince, and The Beastie Boys to some contemporary artists like LMFAO. They didn’t give me a “Do Not Play List” so when one of their guests asked me to play Journey; I asked Roy “…What is your Journey Policy?” He laughed and said it was fine to play them. There are certain bands or artists who can stir up strong feelings on the pro and con side of things. I find Journey to be one of these bands. Of course, when I put on “Don’t Stop Believing”, the crowd went nuts.
When it came to the last song, I picked “Somebody To Love” by Queen from their play list. Roy and Liz began dancing and all of their friends surrounded and circled them and Megan ran up the stairs to get an overhead shot, which I will add to the blog as soon as the pictures are published. This was the perfect song to cap a perfect night. It was a pleasure to be a part of their special day and I look forward to seeing Liz and Roy in the near future.
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Here are the links to everyone involved with this wonderful wedding: