Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla: Dev and Aiko

Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla: Dev and Aiko

This was such a beautiful wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla.  With so many great aspects it’s hard to even know where to begin.  Dev and Aiko found my services via an internet search.  We met at a nice bistro in La Jolla and talked about many detailed aspects of what they were looking for, and my experiences at MOCA.  I have been fortunate to DJ a wedding there just about once a year or so for quite some time, and had a lot of ideas and photos to pull from. 

Dev and Aiko seemed to be very smart shoppers.  It took several weeks and I imagine other DJ meetings before making their decision and I was very delighted when they decided to book.  They really liked uplighting and opted to have 12 purple uplights at their wedding.  The photos looked amazing!  One great part about MOCA is the plain white walls, flooring and ceiling.  Which really renders itself well for any kind of enhancement or lighting you’d like to add.

The ceremony was on the back deck, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and was performed by the very skilled and popular wedding officiant, Bethel Nathan.  Bethel and I had just worked together two weeks prior at another amazing event in San Marcos, so it was great to get the opportunity to work with her again.  The ceremony was indeed flawless again and we moved forward to getting everything ready for the reception room.

Now I am not going to hide this fact:  setting up 12 uplights and two DJ systems in the time alloted at MOCA, La Jolla is not always an easy task.  In fact, next time I think I will hire my trusty assistant.  I was able to do it this time however, so all was well.  But it does present a challenge to do lighting and sound with only 90 minutes of prep time so if you are reading this prior to working there, keep it in mind.

One of the most memorable aspects of Dev and Aiko’s wedding for me, was that going into the wedding from the very beginning, Dev and Aiko were convinced that their guests were not going to dance at all.  We even had a complete game plan as what to play when the guests wouldn’t (hypothetically) dance.  As you can see, this is not what happened!  I was able to take some request and expand on their ideas and get them dancing, at least a small to mid sized group for quite some time!

To close, the wedding photographer, the wedding coordinator, the catering staff and even the florist, were all amazing choices.  I don’t think Dev and Aiko could have achieved a better job in planning their wedding.  This is definitely one of the stand-out events for me in 2011 and I am truly thankful for Dev and Aiko inviting me to be a part of it.  Here is what they had to say on after the wedding:

Matt did a wonderful job as the DJ for our wedding. He met with us multiple times before hand and he’s a really friendly and professional guy who we felt really confident in choosing. His thorough website and helpful suggestions made the music selection process and reception planning so much easier than we had anticipated. We really appreciated the extra effort he made to be sure our uplighting was just the right shade of purple too. And probably the most impressive, he got our family members out on the dance floor! Matt was great to work with, and we highly recommend him to anyone planning a wedding.

Special Event SongsIntroduction Music:  “All You Need Is Love” – by The Beatles

First Dance: “Love” by Nat King Cole

Cake Cutting:  “Better Together” by Jack Johnson

Groom / Mother Dance: “My Girl” by The Temptations

Last Dance:  “Come Away With Me” by Nora Jones

Goodbye Line:  “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes

Venue Information

Museum of Contemporary Art La Jolla – Axline Courtroom

700 Prospect Street La Jolla, CA 92037

858 454 3541 x166 or

Vendor Information

Entertainment: DJ Matt Phipps (Choice Entertainment Owner/Operator)

Services Provided:  Wedding Reception DJ, Ceremony DJ Services, Uplighting.

Number of Guests: 105

Photographer:  Emily Faulknor Photography

Wedding Coordinator:  Star from Weddings Made Splendid

Wedding Officiant:  Ceremonies by Bethel 


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