Sydney & Adrian's Artful Wedding, Taubman Roanoke, Roanoke VA

Written by Lead Wedding DJ: David Verde

The Taubman, in my opinion, is one of the highlights to the Roanoke skyline. Yes, it hasn't been there as long as some of the other Roanoke staples, but it's glass walls and metal exterior is marvelous both from the outside, and particularly the inside. When you start thinking about what a wedding might look like in there, your imagination runs a free as likely many of the artists who work is collected and on display inside. With that, Sydney and Adrian's wedding was everything I imagined it could be and more once we started planning and then of course, came to set up for the day. 

The room was primed by Brad from Lighting Ninja's, Blue Ridge Catering, and florist Mark with Creative Occasions so we staged everything so we could quickly go from ceremony to reception. It's amazing how different the room looks between the two setups. 

Providing DJ services, Sydney and Adrian stepped things up by adding our Club Wed enhancement, so I was DJing on full-turntables all night. We also provided dance floor lighting, ceremony sound operation for the both the officiant and the live musician they had. Let's not forget the surprise guitar performance by Adrian singing to his new bride which we had planned a few weeks prior.  

It was a amazing evening! Thanks so much to Adrian and Sydney for allowing me to be apart of their wedding day and big thanks to everyone at the Taubman for their help making their venue accessible for setup and breakdown. Make sure you check out one of the amazing photos the talented Chris Jackson took during their wedding. 

VENDOR INFO

VENUE: Taubman Museum
CATERING: Blue Ridge Catering
DJ/ENTERTAINMENTDV Entertainment
LIGHTING: Lighting Ninja
PHOTOGRAPHER: Chris Jackson Photography
FLORIST: Creative Occasions

Matt & Jess' Daytime barn wedding, Mary's Barn - Mountain lake Lodge, Pembroke, VA

We had a tripleheader (3 back to back weddings), following our mid-summer break from events back in August. We started off the weekend at at Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg for Justin and Nicole's I-Do on Friday. Then we had Matt and Jess' afternoon wedding on Saturday at one of our favorite venues in the New River Valley, Mary's Barn at Mountain Lake Lodge in Pembroke. It was such a fun time with a family friendly cocktail hour, and Boxy Booth the Photo Booth providing superb photo fun.  We also installed our string lighting Matt and Jess really took the time to have several video calls with our team to make sure everything was perfect which is something we always love to do with our clients. It's that extra planning that makes everyone stress free walking into their wedding knowing everything will be as close to perfect as possible. 

Congrats to Matt and Jess! 

VENDOR INFO

VENUE: Mountain Lake Lodge
CATERING: Mountain Lake
DJ/ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTINGDV Entertainment
PHOTO BOOTH: Boxy Booth Photo Booth Co.

Cody & Mady's Wedding, King Family Vineyard, Crozet, VA

What a wonderful day was Cody and Mady's wedding day at King Family Vineyard in Crozet. Just a short drive from our home office, this was our first visit to King Family and hopefully not our last. The sky was full of wonderful white fluffy clouds and the bluest skies, and the sunset dropping below the valley in the distance. Picture perfect is a bit cliche but a accurate description. We ran sound for the ceremony as well as DJ'ed and setup lighting in The Carriage House and couldn't ask for a better setting for a evening of amazing food, donuts, wine, and dancing. 

We've have several amazing options and layouts for King Family Vineyard already and we put those recommendations to work for Cody and Mady. We set up our large 4 speaker PA system to spread sound throughout the room, a wireless speaker was set up in The North Gallery to feed sound for the cocktail hour as well as the rest of the night as ran sound for the ceremony outside in the back field. What we love about The Carriage House is with the dance floor placed near the center rear of the room, we were able to setup a 4-corner lighting setup which once dancing begun, really brought the party vibe to the room. 

Mady and Cody couldn't have asked for a better day and we're so happy to have been there to help them celebrate their wedding day. Congrats!  

VENDOR INFO

VENUE: King Family Vineyard
CATERING: Dinner at Home Catering
DJ/ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTING: DV Entertainment
PHOTOGRAPHER: Amanda Maglione Photography
CAKE: Chandler’s Bakery
HAIR & MAKEUP: Face Value Salon
DRESS: Amanda's Touch
TUXES: Joseph A. Banks

Zac & Laura's JMU Duke wedding, Festival Ballroom, JMU, Harrisonburg, VA

- WRITTEN BY LEAD WEDDING DJ, DAVID VERDE

I never pick favorites, honestly. Each couple I get to work with is amazing in their own way and makes looking forward to the weekend easy and exciting. It's when couples take the time to dig around to find out about me, my DJing style beyond your average wedding (like some of my DJ mixes and mashups floating around the internet somewhere) do things get really exciting. There are a lot of other DJs out there, but from my point of view, when people appreciate everything that is involved with this profession it makes me thankful for what I do for a living. 

At any rate, when I met with Zac & Laura at Festival Ballroom inside the Festival Conference & Student Center on the JMU campus in Harrisonburg, I think it was pretty clear we all clicked and DJing their wedding needed to happen. The then, soon to be bride mentioning she just finished working out listening to one of my mixes was just a bonus. What was great is they took advantage of my somewhat regular visits to Harrisonburg to meet several times in person, as well as Video calls to make sure all the details were ready to go come their wedding day. Not that phone calls and email can't do the same thing, but it's always nice to get to know the couple a little bit more that chatting in person offers. 

Zac and Laura, both grads of JMU couldn't have picked a more perfect location for their purple painted reception. Even Duke Dog showed up! We provided our largest PA system to fill the large ballroom with as much sound as possible, as well as our full turntable setup Club Wed package to really fill in the space well. What was amazing is the room never once felt too large as Zac and Laura' guests came ready to party and kept the dance floor full all night. It was a splendid evening for sure. 

Congrats again, Zac and Laura!!!!

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