Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of wedding venues in Orange, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and Riverside Counties I’ve DJed weddings, holiday or corporate event. That’s 100+ venues with 300+ weddings and 100s of corporate and private events! Check to see if yours is on here, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like to pick my brain about logistics, design or anything at all.
This is a video on a well produced Latino wedding reception I did at the Dove Canyon Country Club in Dove Canyon (adjacent to Coto de Caza / Rancho San Margarita) neighborhood in Orange County, CA
The couple had an awesome vision for the wedding, and I was honored to bring it all to life. They used Blended Uplighting, Monogram Lighting (often referred to as GoBO; Go Between Optical), Cake Spotlighting, Sweetheart Table Spotlighting & an Area Wash for the Dessert Table.
Once the sun went down, the room was perfect! Lighting is definitely recommended in this room, during the Fall & Winter months, when the sun goes down earlier in the day.
I find myself more often at Coto de Caza’s Country Club, but would love to be at this one more often. The couple was super sweet and grounded, and really appreciated my work. I’m looking forward to being back there soon!
Wanna see better photos from this wedding? Please visit Lin & Jirsa’s blog.
Very short video of a wedding I did at Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capo. It’s a very scenic and quiet courtyard nestled between buildings on the busy stretch of Camino Capistrano. It’s reminiscent of romantic court yards in Italy, like the one Nuovo Cinema Paradiso is in (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you really should see that movie!).
Spotlights and GoBO might be lighting options for this location, but to be totally frank, this place is so pretty by itself, you wouldn’t really need it.
I love doing weddings at this location because the setup is relatively simple, and so is the load in / out. Can’t wait to be there again soon!
Another Ceremony, Cocktail and Reception with active LED Up-lighting and GoBO at Bella Collina in San Clemente, Orange County, CA. This is one of my favorite venues to do lighting production because the structure is so pretty, and the walls are white. If you’re targeting the South Orange County area, and you’re going for a high fashioned look, this is the place to do it.
We’re using a blended static and active uplighting service here. A third of the fixtures (the ones around the dancefloor) start changing colors when the dancing starts, while the rest in the seating areas stay static. The colors are totally pre-programmable too. Personally, I like this effect better than hooking all of the uplights together, where the whole room spazzes out. If you’re just trying to mingle at the tables, you get exhausted by the stimulation (especially if you’re grandma). The tricky part is having a wireless trigger for this setup, but don’t worry, you’re in good hands with me!
Sorry, I only got footage of the Reception hall and buffet room (which is usually used as the greenroom, or vendor break room). We also had singer Lindsey Harper hooked in during Ceremony and Cocktails. I really wish I got some footage (though I did manage to get audio; might reup this with a clip; if I get clearance that is), she’s incredible! Check her out at her channel:
I also got to work with the High Society Wedding & Event Planning team for the first time. Kudos to them for pulling off such a well produced event! They were on top of communication throughout the consult process, and made sure all of the vendors were well prepped with each other during the final month of the wedding. As a DJ, this kind of help is absolutely PRICELESS.
Big thumbs up to my Crew / Staff Alex! I hadn’t worked with him since a gig at the Vibiana, and had forgotten how incredibly hardworking and reliable he is. The’s got a pioneering spirit and the work ethic of a farmer. Good help is hard to find, and I’m glad I’ve found a few this past year.
Last but not least, the bride and groom and their friends were awesome! I DJed one of her friends wedding, so she had a lot of faith in me from the get-go, and that always makes things so much easier. She super sweet and had such a strong vision with each aspect of the wedding also, which made the delivery of services even more gratifying.
I really hope to tap more into this market; I know I’m North county, but I LOVE this location, and the brides it produces.
PS – Realizing now that I need to do more stills, and stop moving the camera around so much. Will be mindful of this, next time I do video.
Oh and by the way. If you go to the Bella Collina website and look at their weddings page, you’ll see a photo of one of my up-lighting jobs (about 2010) there. Here’s footage from that event:
Wedding at the historic landmark Casa Romantica. This venue overlooks the San Clemente pier and ocean, and has a Spanish mission feel to it that’s hard to duplicate.
Ceremony takes place on the terrace, Cocktail hour inside the Salon, Dinner Reception in the Courtyard and Dancing back in the Salon. I’ve got the Salon sound system wirelessly chained to the Courtyard sound system, so I just have to have one playback device for music, and the people in the courtyard can hear what’s going on in the Salon, if they’re out there to take a smoke during the second half of reception.
Awesome couple, I met the bride and her mom for a pre-consultation, and they were so sweet, we totally hit it off. I couldn’t ask for a smoother booking process. I didn’t meet the groom until the wedding, but he turned out to be as awesome as his bride.
Always a pleasure at this location. Can’t wait to do another there!