Today on the blog, I’m happy to share the wedding of Lauren and Andrew at the Berkeley Ferry Boat (San Diego Maritime Museum). Lauren came to find my DJ services from well, having known me a long time! Lauren and I were High School friends dating back to freshman year, and thanks to social media have kept in contact. Somewhere in between then and now, Lauren had hired me to DJ for a soiree at her house and to host some Karaoke. It was awesome when I saw her name come up on my contact form through my website and we started talking about DJ’ing her wedding! I’m happy for these two, they seem like such a happy couple and that is always so great to see!
This was the first time I had ever worked on the Berkeley Ferry Boat. It’s docked right near the Star of India, and is usually open as a museum during the days. The load-in was interesting, using a small handicapped elevator to transport my things to the second story, but all in all, it wasn’t that bad compared to many downtown hotels I’ve DJ’d at. The more tricky part of the day, was the ceremony. It takes place on the back of the ship, which has a beautiful view. But the venue has a timeline particular here: RIGHT after the ceremony, they prefer having toasts on the very same deck which is a bit different than most venues. They have their own wireless microphone system for the back of the ship toast, as the DJ setup is inside the boat at this time and simply wouldn’t work. Another interesting issue, is that the only place for me to set up and do sound for the ceremony was on the ROOF of the boat, above the guests, kind of where this awesome group shot was taken.
Lauren was always really into music. I knew she would have a unique flavor when it came time to dance, and she definitely delivered. This wedding was for the most part, and 80’s dance party. Tons of great 80’s music from all genres was selected and mixed, and that was a lot of fun for me! The dance party was rather long too. Not too many traditional events, but plenty of time for open dancing and 80’s moves on the floor.
The back of the boat makes for a very scenic ceremony with views in nearly 360 degrees. The San Diego bay and skyline are just a gaze away.
And now back inside, where the reception took place, the bride & groom had their first dance as a married couple. The layout of the ballroom is pretty unique with guests seating at once were used for transportation on the ferry boat, but have been converted into a nice dining area with a dance floor and bar in the center.
And of course, the bouquet must be thrown. Lauren did a pretty good job arching this bouquet considering the low ceiling of the boat. I have seen this be a struggle in similar situations yielding in one to three attempts before the bouquet had appropriate trajectory to be caught by the suspecting single ladies.
And then of course some dancing happened. A lot of dancing too, since it was indeed a very customized mix with an abundance of classic songs and 80’s music. Everything from 80’s rock, hip-hop, electro and pop.
And then some more dancing happened. I really think the Berkeley Ferry Boat has a unique dancing atmosphere and this pic seems to capture it well. People having a good time on a boat turned museum. Definitely not typical, and I think that’s awesome.
And lastly, this is a picture of Lauren’s band. I haven’t had a chance to hear them, but something tells me they are eccentric and original as their personalities seem to hint at.
Thanks Lauren and Andrew for having me a part of your special day. It was great reconnecting with Lauren and getting to know Andrew. I hope you had as great of a time as I did and that you’ll cherish these memories for years to come. Many thanks to Chris Wojdak for the amazing photos and help with making sure the night went smooth and sound.