Elisa & Bill's Wedding at Moss Vineyard, Dyke VA

- WRITTEN BY LEAD WEDDING DJ, DAVID VERDE

My team and I have been working weddings every weekend since April and often times when arriving to a venue we've never worked before we ask the question, "who puts a venue at the end of the really long gravel road that leads to nowhere?" Though I promise it's more of a running joke because these gravel roads lead to slices of paradise that you didn't even know could exist. Moss Vineyard is this in every single regard. Owned and operated by Barry and Ellen Moss, their vineyard shares the same property and views as their personal home (and crazy sweet sweet swimming pool I must add). Once getting settled It was not hard to understand why Elisa and Bill chose Moss at the location for the wedding day. Elisa and I have been communicating for well over a year now since they booked me at the start of 2016, so the build up to this day was pretty long, but oh was it worth it. 

I love all weddings, it's why I do what I do and never tire. However there is something sort of wonderful about very small weddings and getting this unadulterated invitation into their life for a day. In my world that is 50 people or less, and in Bill and Elisa's case, that was 38 of their dearest human beings. And oh were they all wonderful. Their ceremony took place at the end of the vines with honestly one of the sweetest ceremonies I've witnessed in my 15 years of working and DJing weddings. From the father of the bride Billy (who is my new favorite person I might add) who sang two songs, including Peter Gabrial's "Book of Love" with all the guests singing along, to their vows to each other to also help make their community better together, to even a little dancing, it was wonderful to watch. The dinner hand toasts from friends, siblings, and both sides parents, then dancing carried everyone into the night. The evening ended with everyone departing on a white school bus, and then all the vendors including the vineyard owners taking a break during breakdown and load out to watch the International Space Station fly over through the night sky. It was basiclly just a perfect day that I was so grateful to be apart of. 

With that, we provided DJ services, our super high output compact PA system and ceremony sound support as well as audio support for the father of the bride who sung and played guitar. 

To Elisa and Bill, their guests, family, and friends. Thank you for letting me be there for every joyous minute. Congrats to the bride and groom. 

PS, if you look at the photos below and see the chef setting up the tables? Yes that is a table measure making each napkin setting the same in every way. Can we can talk about attention to detail? That's the next level love for your clients we love to see from other vendors.

VENDOR INFO

VENUE: Moss Vineyard
CATERING/CUPCAKES: Red Hub Food Co.
DJ/ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTING: DV Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Dominic Chavez of We Said Yes
TRANSPORTATION: Easy Riders and Central Virginia Wine Tours
 

Jess & Drew's wedding at Bold Rock Cidery, Nellysford VA

- WRITTEN BY LEAD WEDDING DJ, DAVID VERDE

I always love it when I get to know my wedding couples beyond the landscape of emails. In the modern world you do get to know people pretty well in text form however I had the pleasure to chat with Jess and Drew on the phone a few times, video call as well as meet in person for a venue walk through. With that by the time I arrived to their wedding I wasn't there with just my clients but among friends. The evening started promptly at 6:45pm just as the sun dipped behind the trees casting the most perfectly timed curtain of shade on the ceremony site down by the creek in the field beyond the cidery. Once they said I-Do, everyone made their way up the hill and carried the evening into the night. 

We had another first at Drew and Jess' wedding. We provided our ceremony sound support, but we also provided a mobile generator that is not available for rent to give power at the ceremony site! It's no louder a running car so it was perfect. We also setup up our wireless battery powered LED uplights outside in the reception around adding some lovely light to the stairs of the cidery deck. It was a lovely view both in decor and watching everyone have an amazing time. 

VENDOR INFO

VENUE: Bold Rock Cidery
CATERING: Champagne Taste Catering
DJ/ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTINGDV Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Lori Douglas Photography
CAKE: Chandler’s Bakery
FLORIST: Flowers by Sally Rule-Gwinn
STATIONARY: Wedding Paper Divas
TRANSPORTATION: Camryn Limo
DRESS: House of Maya
TUXES: Men’s Wearhouse

Will & Hannah's Wedding at Beliveau Estate, Blacksburg VA

It was a chance of pace for our team to arrive for setup where the ceremony was taking place at the same location and not be providing sound, however what a joy was it to enjoy watching Will and Hannah get married stress free, more importantly, see the amazing custom made, yes, a 100% couture dress that Hannah was wearing. Once all the formalities were over our head wedding DJ David took over and got the party going in the lovely barn there at Beliveau Estate. It was a grand evening and we loved every second of it. 

Congrats to Will and Hannah once again! 

VENDOR INFO

VENUE/CATERING: Beliveau Estate
DJ/ENTERTAINMENTDV Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Eric Jones Photography
FLORIST: Best Wishes Flowers
CAKE: Our Daily Bread
DRESS: Farrell Doss
TUXES: Jos A Banks

Erin & Jonathan's Wedding, Mountain Lake, Pembroke VA

There is a certain kind of magic that Mountain Lake provides that offers couples and their guests the time of their lives, it's one of the reasons why our team would work a event at mountain lake every weekend if we could. Erin and Jonathan wasn't any difference when they choice the mountain resort at 4,000ft. 

We providing sound for the ceremony, a wireless speaker pumping sound onto the patio of Mary's Barn, dance lights and reception sound and DJ service. We also debut our string lighting services hanging curtain lights outside on the patio and bulb lighting in the center of the barn from the trusses. The string lights were so warm and cozy we were able to turn off all other room lights in the barn. It was wonderful. 

Here are a few photos from Erin and Jonathan's wedding, congrats again!   

VENDOR INFO

VENUE/CATERING: Mountain Lake Lodge
DJ/ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTINGDV Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Holly Cromer
PHOTOBOOTH: Boardwalk Photo Booth
FLORIST: Gloriosa
CAKE: Fresh Baked
 

Rebecca & Christophers Sinkland Farm Wedding, Christiansburg, VA

As a dark cloud loomed in the distance over the mountain ridge clearly in view from the bridal suite, we all knew that it would pass and lead to clear skies for Rebecca & Christopher's wedding day. The rain did just that and the couple, so followed by their "Bro-maids," everyone made their way to Sinkland's beautiful pond ceremony location to marry them off, then headed up to the barn to eat, drink, dance, and celebrate the newly weds well into the night! It was a smashing good time with BBQ, beer, corn hole, and a sparkler send off. We even ran into Jamie & Genevieve Ritter who's wedding we DJed and setup Boxy Booth for all the way back in 2012! It was fun to run into some familiar faces to celebrate new, mutual friends. Congrats again to Becca and Chris!

 
 

VENDOR INFO

VENUE: Sinkland Farm
DJ/ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTINGDV Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Chelsa Yoder Photography
FLORIST: Petals of Wytheville
DRESS: David's Bridal
TUXES: Joseph A. Banks

Micheal & Erin's Wedding at The Local in Charlottesville, VA

You couldn't ask for a more wonderfully intimate location than The Local in the Belmont neighborhood in Charlottesville for a small wedding full of your closest friends and family. That is what Michael and Erin chose to do for their beautiful May wedding ceremony and reception. With a white tent doubling as the ceremony location and dinning area, and wine room for dancing, this wedding felt anything but small. The grooms father officiated the ceremony, then later gifted the couple to a song (the man can sing!), it was a wonderful night. Thanks to Micheal and Erin for including us and letting us provide sound, lighting, and DJing for their wedding day, we couldn't have asked for a better way to spend such a beautiful spring day. 

VENDOR INFO

VENUE/CATERING: The Local Charlottesville
DJ/ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTINGDV Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Christy McKee Photography
FLORIST: Afloral.com
HAIR/MAKEUP: Chessy Hewitt of Blushing Brides
CAKE: Mad Batter Bakery
DRESS: David's Bridal
TUXES: House of Maya
STATIONARY: Vistaprints

Lauren & Jody's Wedding at Wintergreen Resort, Virginia

It's official! The 2017 wedding season has begun for team DV-E and our first wedding of the year took place nearly 3,500ft above sea level at the beautiful Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County, Virginia. It turns out that the groom Jody loves baseball, so when I was thrown a curve ball request (pun intended) to play bluegrass during the cocktail hour, a genre of music that goes far under played at weddings, and one our team listens too quite often when not at events, we knew we were going to have a great night. 

From homages to Texas, Virginia, Ohio, and the Washington Nationals, Jody and Lauren's wedding was full of fun, family, friendship, and love. 

That a look at a few images from their reception below. We hope to share some more images that the ever talented Jared Ladia of Jared Ladia Photography took as well. A few clips from their wedding will be featured in our monthly recap video for the month of May later this month.

Congratulations again! "Remember where you are so you remember where you were." 

VENDOR INFO

VENUE/CATERING: Wintergreen Resort
DJ/ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTINGDV Entertainment
CEREMONY A/V: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting
CORDINATOR: Karen of Pretty Southern Events
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jared Ladia Photography
VIDEO: White Flair Productions
FLORIST: The Moss & Rose
HAIR/MAKEUP: Wintergreen Salon
CATORINGPumpernickel Pickle Catering
CAKE: Smith Island Baking Company
DRESS: Blush by Hayley Paige from Love Couture Bridal
GROOMS SUIT: DC Custom Clothiers

NYE Wedding Night with the Burrow

Man, where to start. We don't like to play favorites, we spend hours communicating with all our wedding clients, endless emails, phone calls, in person meetings, video calls/faceTime. We get to know our brides and grooms pretty well however, some clients ask us to pull out every rabbit in our event production hat we have to help make their dream wedding come to fruition. This is also known as our "Bespoke Booking" option when our prebuilt packages just won't fit your true wants for your wedding day and you need a completely custom experience. This was the case for Elizabeth and Brandon Burrow and their amazing New Years Eve Wedding in Roanoke, VA. 

Elizabeth and Brandon knew what they wanted, and all I really had to do is let them know how I could fit into their ideas. I really think things clicked between us all when the then, bride to be said, "we want you to DJ on your turntables and after 10pm, we want the place to turn into a night club and you can just do your thing." I mean, Club Wed is one of my speciality and something exclusive to DV-E, but being given almost a green light to have complete creative freedom DJing in a night-club format at a wedding was one of the greatest gifts a client could give me/us. 

So what did we actually end off providing for Brandon and Elizabeths wedding? Basically everything we offer. I was DJing our Club Wed option, we provided a expanded Dance lights package with custom programed light show to change the mood throughout the night, we made custom video visuals and a custom countdown clock for the ball drop, room up lighting, Full range room sound, a custom DJ table. We brought EVERYTHING!

I have to be clear, we were just one piece of the puzzle and cannot take that much credit for how successful the night was. The team of vendors put together by the Burrows were top notch and I couldn't have asked for a better group of event professionals to work with and spend my New Years Eve with. I'll list them below, but here are a few photos from that night to show you the amazing design work in a already amazing venue that I just helped complement.

I could gush for days, but I'll just let the photos speak for themselves. We took a few pre-event photos, all the action photos can be credited to the ever talented Tracie Hoprich of Tracie Hoprich Photography. Special thanks to her and the bride and groom for letting me share those photos here on the DV-E blog. Before I share the photos below, thanks again to Elizabeth and Brandon for letting us be apart of such a amazing night!

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