Today I am going back in time to 2012 to blog a wedding that I fully intended on blogging, I just never got to it! This was a particularly unique wedding for me. Being that I DJ a rather high volume of weddings, it feels almost rare to DJ for personal friends or family. Jon and I have been friends for about 8 years. We met when I was playing music with my college band “How’s My Driving?”. We wanted to audition at this showcase which would be for acceptance into a competition for San Diego’s “Battle of the Bands”. The person who ran the promotion company and of course, auditioning the band, was Jon and his business partner at the time. To make the rest of the story brief, we became good friends over the years which eventually even led to Jon doing some management for our band giving us a lot of advice and such. Jon had a lot more industry knowledge than our college band, and he gave us great guidance throughout our journey. It seemed only fitting that as our friendship evolved, that he would ask me to not only DJ his wedding, but perform at it as well.
Performing was actually a bit of a challenge for me. For a couple of years prior to Jon and Cristy’s wedding, I had been rather dormant as a live performer. Singing only to myself at home, or in jams and such. I was grieving a band breakup: not “How’s My Driving?” but “Riddle the Roar” a band I was in for a couple of years. It was hard to reset as I wasn’t the lead singer for this band, so I had really programmed myself to be musical without being in the spotlight. I have to say, it was kind of nice, even though it led to a long struggle of disconnect in the way of “lead singing”. So this performance forced me to come out of my shell, and get a bit of that rush from performing live music I used to experience so frequently. DJ’ing has always been quite a bit different for me. While I get a great rush of adrenaline while mixing music on my turntables, it’s really apples to oranges.
But enough about me, I’ll chat about this amazing wedding! Jon knew from the start that he wanted to have their wedding in San Diego, so he called me from the very beginning stages and we talked about venues, entertainment concepts, and a lot of other things. From there, Jon and Cristy did a ton of awesome planning together, and put together this truly unforgettable wedding. Form the rehearsal dinner, personalizing the toasts (more on that later) performing live music with my wife Angel and rocking the dance floor on the turntables, I can’t reminisce enough about how much I enjoyed Jon and Cristy’s wedding. Two amazing people who are so perfect for eachother, I could go on and on about these two and this event, so I’ll just get to some photos 🙂
For cocktail hour, Jon had some live performances. This is his long time friend Matt (left) and his bandmate Frank.
Myself and my wife Angel, singing during cocktail hour.
One of the great features of Pacifica Del Mar as a wedding venue, is the beautiful and FULL bar right in the venue. Personally, I find that only having beer & wine really seems to make people tire out faster 🙂
The dinner was a fully served, Restaurant style dinner. This was my first time at Pacifica Del Mar for food, but I have been back several times since Jon & Cristy’s wedding. It’s awesome!
Jon’s family LOVES to speak and toast it seemed. This is the father of the groom. We worked together and had some audio snippets of different songs throughout his speech. It was a lot of fun! The Best Man Matt, had a great elaborate toast to the newlyweds as well.
The first dance with this beautiful couple!
And then they all danced…
Pictured in the foreground, is Matt and Meghan. I was fortunate enough to DJ their wedding in 2013! The grooms brother and his lovely (now) wife.
This picture makes me laugh. One of my best friends in the world Mark, showing tons of enthusiasm while dancing with the bride. Go Mark!
Of course there has to be a chair dance or “Hora” at every Jewish Wedding. It’s a must, isn’t it?
And that’s me, DJ Matt Phipps. I have two turntables and several microphones…