Photographic Arts Museum in Balboa Wedding: Oleg and Thao

Photographic Arts Museum in Balboa Wedding: Oleg and Thao

I am very excited to blog this wedding and share it with the world and potential clients.  This is by far one of my favorite weddings of not only 2011, but as my entire career as a Wedding DJ.  Of course a bit of that has to do with the fact that Oleg and Thao wanted many of my lighting upgrades–this is not only fun for me because obviously I enjoy this stuff, but it also makes for some amazing photos and Jenny Thai did an absolutely amazing job at capturing some.

Oleg and Thao met with me to discuss what they were looking for.  DJ Services seem to get more and more competitive when you start adding uplights, Gobo & Monogram etc. so I was pleasantly surprised when they decided to book.  One thing about Oleg and Thao’s wedding was the puzzle like setup on the wedding day.  The musuem of Photographic Arts should have a documentary film made about how unique of a setup, but also how intense it is for the wedding vendors.  There is ONE elevator in and out, and it’s a large utility elevator.  The wedding vendors don’t actually have access to the inside of the venue until the museum itself closes, and they all have to use the same elevator and staging area before going in.

If this was a typical wedding, it might not have been a challenge.  But being that Oleg and Thao’s wedding was so incredibly elegant, with lots going in on the way of design, there was a lot to get done.  The ceremony and the cocktail hour, were in two different locations in Balboa Park that didn’t have power.  So rather than a noisy generator I used something I picked up from a friend of mine a few years back, and that is to use a deep cycle RV battery attached to a high end power inverter.  It’s quiet, clean sounding and best of all, verstaile.  We powered the ceremony and cocktail hour using my smaller ceremony system using the power inverter and RV battery.  It worked flawlessly and the best part is it allowed me to setup the lighting on the inside of the venue, and my turntables and main reception system, while my assistant Jon was playing music for the guests during cocktail hour.

On the inside Oleg and Thao had an Origami wall, with all sorts of hand made pieces of Origami hanging from behind them.  The Photographic Arts Museum is open the entire wedding to the guests, so Oleg and Thao were able to wander off and get some cool photos near the artwork as well.  We had 8 uplights, all in a nice bright red, which went really well with the overwhelming amount of “white” in the reception hall.  Thao had created this beautiful Monogram and found a font that really highlighted their names well.  I took her idea and expanded on it, and then of course the monogram company “bridged” the sections that we could use a metal Gobo rather than a glass gobo, but it seemed to give the monogram even a more unique and intricate look.  Oleg and Thao liked the idea of it being a dance floor Gobo so I placed it to be in the Bride and Groom’s view.  I wanted Oleg and Thao to sit at the head table and see their beautiful monogram in front of them, surrounded by a beautiful venue full of their closest friends and family.  Mission accomplished.

Many of the employees of MOPA were very helpful in assisting me with my uplights.  I was really pushed for time, and their kind and experienced employees really helped me out.  I could go on and on about how all of the vendors were not only having a blast together, but talking about how much fun it was to work with Oleg and Thao.  There is something special about them, as individuals and as a couple.  They were so appreciative and gracious to all of their vendors, friends and guests.  It’s always inspiring to me to meet people like Oleg and Thao.  I’ve said it already in so many ways, but it was truly an honor to DJ for you Oleg and Thao.  Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of your amazing wedding.  You did an outstanding job in planning it and making it one that was truly memorable for everyone involved.

Special Event SongsIntroduction Music:  “Baba O’Reilly” – DJ Matt Phipps Custom Edit by The Who

First Dance: “Marry Me” by Train

Cake Cutting:  “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by IZ

Groom / Mother Dance: “Aznavour, Charles – La Yiddishe Mama”

Bouquet Toss: “Only Girl in the World” By Rihanna

Garter Toss: “Sexbomb” by Tom Jones

Venue Information

Museum of Photographic Arts, Balboa

1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101
T: 619-238-7559 | F: 619-238-8777 |

Vendor Information

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

Services Provided:  Wedding Reception DJ, Ceremony DJ Services, Reception Coordinator, Uplighting, Gobo & Monogram.

Number of Guests: 120

Photographer: Jenny Thai Photography


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