Caitlin and Jordan's wedding, Readyville, TN

Meet Caitlin and Jordan. Two ultra-sweet individuals who recently exchanged vows at The Corners on the River, in Readyville, TN. We were fortunate enough to be able to provide photography and DJ for their event.

The house at this property is historic, and simply gorgeous inside. The photos were beautiful and we couldn't have asked for better subjects. We had the chance to do their engagement photos, several months back, and they were stunning. The wedding certainly proved to be more of the same.

DJ Ed provided the evening's entertainment and he's the consummate professional, when it comes to mixology. The special dances were beautiful and the weather was simply perfect. Be sure and check out the sunset shot below. It was stunning.

 

Nashville Wedding Photographers - Ryan Photography, DJ & Lighting  http://www.carolynryanphotography.com  http://www.rickryan.com  #NashvilleWeddingPhotographers  @RickRyanMusic

Nashville Wedding Photographers - Ryan Photography, DJ & Lighting

http://www.carolynryanphotography.com

http://www.rickryan.com

#NashvilleWeddingPhotographers

@RickRyanMusic

Oscar and Doris (1-18-2014) Wedding Reception, Opryland Hotel (Magnolia Ballroom)

Client: Doris and Oscar

Date: January 18th, 2014

Venue:Opryland Hotel - Nashville, TN

Services Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Monogram and Photobooth

Photo Album: Doris and Oscar

Meet one of the sweetest couples in the world, Doris and Oscar.

Image
Image

This lovely couple tied the knot at the world-famous, Opryland Hotel. We were honored to provide DJ/Emcee, Live-Pics/Texting and Photobooth for their event. For those who have been there, you know that Opryland is one of the most premium venues in the Nashville market and the Magnolia ballroom is simply stunning with its very ornate columns, mirrors and carved trim work.

After exchanging vows, our couple and their guests joined us in the atrium for cocktails. It didn't take long to start having some fun with the Photobooth.

Image
Image

After cocktails, our couple moved into the ballroom for dinner, then dancing. Here is their First Dance (notice the gorgeous decor in the room):

Image
Image

After the formalities were finished it was time for open-dance. Our lucky couple certainly managed to dance the night away.

Image
Image

We'd like to also extend a special shout-out to Courtney Hammons and her wonderful staff at A Magical Affair, who provided planning and direction for the event. We wish both Oscar and Doris all the very best in the world and especially in their next great adventures in Belgium!

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service

Posted by Rick Ryan

Making the most of your Uplighting

The best events are always well-lit events and uplighting has gotten to be one of the top "must have" items on every discerning Bride's list. In this blog, I'd like to take a moment to go over some lighting basics, and help you to understand how to strike the perfect balance on your lighting and to get the absolute most "bang for your buck" possible. Perimeter Uplighting Colors

Color choice is key to making any lighting work and it also displays your personality, perhaps more than any other decor decision. In choosing a lighting color (or colors), we often see one of the most common mistakes; using a color that is too sub-dued. When used correctly, uplighting should make your room "come alive" and we always tend to lean towards more vivid colors. First, a vivid color is more eye-catching to your guests and it can't be stressed enough how important it is to overwhelm your guests' senses. This first impression is absolutely key in setting the proper tone and ambiance for your event. Second, vivid colors work to increase the depth-of-field for your photography and videography.

In selecting a color(s), we generally recommend the following: Magenta (bright purple), Royal Blue, or Amber (yellow-white, with just a hint of orange), Pink (for the girly-girl in you) or Red (especially for the holiday season). Keep in mind, it's not a necessity to try and match your table colors exactly, especially when using something like Silver or Gray. Go for a lighting color that works WITH your table colors. It's also highly-advisable to stay away from darkness-based colors (maroon, dark-blue, hunter-green, etc.). These colors are based on an absence of light (darkness), which means your fixtures will be putting out less light, not more.

Ambient Ties it Together

Before we talk about how to properly handle ambient lighting, let me give you an example of what NOT to do. This is an example from a wedding where we provided DJ service. Another lighting company did the lighting (they shall remain name-less) and they made the classic mistake of too much color and almost zero ambient:

Image
Image

As you can see, the room was simply too dark and the colors were over-whelming. The overall effect was almost a blacklight kind of look and, in my humble opinion, it detracted from the event more than it helped. On the opposite, here's an example where there's a much better use of ambient, striking a much-improved balance between ambient and perimeter lights:

Image
Image

A great lighting job takes more than just colored, perimeter uplights. It also requires a good blend of ambient light, usually in the center of the room, as well. The absolute first rule of good ambient is "NO fluorescent lights, ever". These can be traditional, stick-type bulbs or CFL bulbs installed into recessed fixtures (a lot of hotels are doing this these days). If your venue has fluorescent lighting fixtures, you need to plan on installing your own incandescent lighting. This can be traditional par cans bounced against a celing (for diffusion), leko lights (these can do nice gobo patterns) also bounced against the ceiling,

Image
Image

(Here's an example leko install for a church concert)

or Italian String Lighting. On ISL, make sure you're using commercial-grade stringers with incandescent bulbs in them. These usually are 15-watt bulbs at either 18-24 inch spacing. Here's an example:

Image
Image

Christmas lights and little 7-watt (1-foot spacing) bulbs just don't give the same effect. It's also highly advisable to make sure that whatever ambient lighting you use, it can be dimmed. For our events, we generally have ambient at 50% brightness for the guests' arrival (to maximize uplighting effect), then push it to 75% for dinner (so they can see to eat), then finally we'll dim it down to 30% for the dance portion.

Installation Tips

If you're using perimeter uplighting at your event, make sure you discuss table placement with your venue or planner (whoever is responsible for the floor diagram) that you are doing perimeter lighting. The biggest problem we run into is when the venue doesn't know about uplighting and they push tables, right up against the wall. This often ends up with guest chairs that are bumping into lighting fixtures, which are sitting on the floor and shining up. End result, fixtures get bumped and the nice, uniform wall color patterns get broken up. We recommend at least 36" spacing between wall and table, to allow the fixtures to be placed without having them knocked over by guests.

In addition to guest table placement, also be aware of wall table placement. Many times, rectangular tables are placed against the wall for buffets, candy tables, gift tables, etc. If you stack these tables end-to-end, it can cause a break in the color patterns. For best results, we usually recommend no more than a single 8-foot table without having a spacer.

Summary

I trust that you'll find the above info helpful. If you have any questions regarding the info provided, please feel free to drop us a line (Contact Us). For other useful event photos and ideas, please also see our event photo page. We're always glad to help.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Servicehttp://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Jordan and Andree's Reception (9-14-2013) at Liberty Park, Clarksville

Client: Jordan & AndreeDate: September 14th, 2013 Venue:Liberty Park – Clarksville, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Uplighting, Monogram (Diamond Pkg) Photo Album: Jordan and Andree

Meet Jordan & Andree. Two of the nicest people you'd ever have the pleasure of meeting.

This was our first time to do an event at Liberty Park in Clarksville and what a gorgeous facility this is. Three of the walls are glass and overlook the rest of the park, complete with some of the nicest scenery you can imagine. With the reception beginning during the day, lighting was completely by sunlight.

Given this was our first time at this venue, we had a special challenge in that we had to "fly blind" on the lighting. The other challenge was that the walls were a fairly dark color, which makes it even harder to color match, much less to do it in full sunlight. However, Matthew was certainly up to the challenge and nailed a gorgeous color that we used around the building's perimeter.

For the dance floor, we used 2 Leko lights (theater lighting) to spray gobo patterns onto the dance floor. In the center, we placed the couple's monogram. The results were very good.

As the evening progressed, the dance floor heated up with our couple and guests dancing the night away to a lot of "old school" material. By the end of the evening we also had another special treat. As it turns out, we're also booked to do Lindsey's wedding in March, 2014. Both Lindsey and her fiance were in the bridal party for Jordan and Andree's wedding.

We'd like to say a huge "Thank You!" to both Jordan and Andree, for allowing us to be a part of your very special day. We wish you both many happy years together and wish you all the best.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Servicehttp://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Liz & Ryan's Wedding (8-10-2013) Cathedral of the Incarnation

Client: Liz & RyanDate: August 10th, 2013 Venue: Cathedral of the Incarnation – Nashville, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Uplighting, Monogram (Diamond Pkg) Photo Album: Liz & Ryan

What a wonderful couple! Meet Liz & Ryan as they get down with some of their friends.

They are an absolutely delightful couple and they certainly did a great job on putting together a stellar event. Their event was held at the Nashville Cathedral of the Incarnation, right down by Vanderbilt. This is a choice venue and we always love working there.

For lighting, Liz asked for a "peachy but not too pink". The Cathedral has these lovely old (and yellow) stained glass windows, which change the tint a bit while sunlight is still streaming. Over the head table, we placed a large monogram of their last name and date. It seemed to be a hit with a lot of folks.

The evening was filled with a lot of fun, dancing and elegance and finished off with one of the sweetest final dances I can remember.

Special props go out to the vendor team:

Lindsey Stamps (615-390-6450) - Coordinator (great job!)

Ambrosia Catering (www.AmbrosiaCateringTN.com)

B&B Portraits (www.bandbportraits.com)

Enchanted Florist (http://enchantedfloristtn.com/) Caprice, you're a monster, as always!

We wish the happy couple many, many wonderful years together! Thanks for letting us be a part!

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Meghan & Robert's Wedding (6-1-2013) Houston Station

Client: Meghan & RobertDate: June 1st, 2013 Venue: Houston Station – Nashville, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Uplighting, Monogram, Italian String Lighting Photo Album: Meghan & Robert

Meet Meghan & Robert as they enjoy their First Dance together.

Both of them are teachers and wow, do they know how to throw a great party! Their event was held at the el-chique, Houston Station, which is a lovely old converted warehouse space near downtown Nashville.

This event had a few special items on lighting so let me share a few of those. Over the dance floor, we installed Italian String Lighting, then hit the floor with an Amber, patterned leko light as well as the couple's monogram. Around the perimeter, we also installed LED uplights with a rich, Amber tone to it. Here are a few pictures.

Seeing that there's a nice, long entry hallway, we used a combination of another Amber Leko light (same gobo pattern), Amber LED uplights as well as some Blisslight star system lasers. It gave the entrance a magical feel to it, which the guests loved.

Now enough about the boring techie stuff, let's get to the party (and boy, what a party it was)!  From the minute we opened the dance floor, it was packed all night and these guys partied like rockstars!

What a fantastic evening and to top it all off, the guests were given Tennessee and Yale pom-poms for a drive-by send off. Thanks for letting us be a part of your very special evening, guys. We wish you all the very best in life.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Zena & David's Wedding Reception (5-25-2013)

Client: Zena & David
Date: May 25th, 2013
Venue: Loews Vanderbilt – Nashville, TN
Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Uplighting, Monogram, PhotoCenter
Photo Album: Zena & David

Meet Zena & David during their First Dance.

Their Wedding Reception was held at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. This was an ultra-elegant affair, complete with monogram, uplighting and a PhotoCenter. The pink uplighting blended perfectly with the elegance of the main ballroom. Check out the cake spotlighting.

Zena & David live in Atlanta, moving there from Nashville. During our planning meeting, we had the pleasure to meet David's mother, who is from Chile. Seeing that a portion of the guests were from her home country, we also incorporated latina music, so they would feel at ease as well.

The couple said their guests were going to be huge dancers and they certainly didn't fail to impress this DJ with some serious moves.

The guests also had some huge fun at our PhotoCenter (special thanks to Angela, our PB technician).

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your very special celebration.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service
http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: Italian String Lighting now available!

We're excited to announce that we now are offering Italian String Lighting for our clients' ultra-elegant events! For those who aren't familiar with it, let me share a photo from a recent event Houston Station in Nashville, TN.

I know, "Oh you mean Christmas lights?" No, there's a huge difference. These are commercial-grade stringers, complete with 15-watt (not 5 or 7-watters) globe bulbs and dimmer circuits. These are incandescent bulbs that give off a soft, romantic light. They give that ultra-chique to practically any event, not to mention the soft glow that will set a wonderful ambiance for your event.

To make things simple for our clients, we're packaging these at three different levels;

"Small" - 2, 54-foot stringers (25 lights), suggested for up to 100 guests

"Medium" - 4, 54-foot stringers (50 lights), suggested for up to 200 guests

"Large" - 6, 54-foot stringers (75 lights), suggested for up to 300 guests

Pricing may be found here. Given the logistics involved with this style of lighting, we require a site survey and venue permission, prior to booking. Please call us today to discuss how this great new product can benefit your very special day.

Photos

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

2013-05-04 Megan and Patrick's wedding (Tulip Grove Mansion at The Hermitage)

Client: Megan and PatrickDate: May 4th, 2013 Venue: The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson' home), Hermitage, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Uplighting, Monogram Photo Album: Megan and Patrick

This is Megan and Patrick's wedding that I DJed this past weekend at The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's home). The Ceremony was held in the Tulip Grove mansion followed by a cocktail hour. For the reception, the party of about 75 moved out to a 30'X60' tent. Our service was DJ, Dance Lighting, Uplighting (peach & mint), and monogram.

The day was very wet and cold (mid-40s) but I was able to back the van, right up to the doorway to unload. Got everything in place and strung cables and installed the uplighting fixtures (20). I have to admit, I wasn't very crazy about what I might run into on this setup. It was cold and wet (something you don't want to deal with when running lights on the ground) and I knew we were working off a generator. I was pleasantly surprised to find out the tent company had also supplied the generator and they did it right. Big, industrial inverter-style generator with the distro box dropped right behind my table. In addition, the sidewalls had been properly pegged down (attaboy Patrick) and they actually had proper heating in the tent. Have to hand it to the B&G, they did the setup right. Great job guys.

The Ceremony and cocktail hour were held in the Tulip Grove mansion. Nice place with lots of character to it. A bit later, the guests made their way out to the tent for the Wedding Reception. For the Father-Daughter dance, Megan asked us to do a mash-up. Start with a slow piece, then break into about 8 different songs and ending up with the full-length version of Quad City DJ's "Come On Ride The Train". This isn't what I'd normally use to transition into open dance but it worked perfectly. As the last song started, we invited the guests to "Get on board" and boy, did they ever!

This was the perfect start to a high-energy dance set.

A shot of the monogram, projected to the tent ceiling.

The evening ended with all-smiles by our happy couple. Congratulations Megan and Patrick. We wish you both all the happiness in the world. Special thanks go out to our great friends at B&B Portraits and Two Fat Men Catering (I need the recipe on that potato chip chicken, WOW!). Fantastic job, guys!

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

04-27-2013 (Daniel's Big Bar Mitzvah) Old Natchez Country Club

Client: The SaulsDate: April 27th, 2013 Venue: Old Natchez Country Club, Franklin, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Picx/Texting, Shadow-dancing, Uplighting, Monogram, PhotoCenter, Motivational Dancers Photo Album: Daniel's Bar Mitzvah

This is Daniel's Big Bar Mitzvah held this past weekend at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, TN. This was a huge event with energy that was absolutely off the charts! About 100 kids an 50-75 adults in attendance.

Our crew included a 7-person team; 2 DJ/Emcees, 2 professional dancers, 2 A/V techs and 1 PhotoCenter technician. The package included our huge, dual video screens (which barely fit in the room, btw); Live-Pics/Texting on the left and Shadow-dancing on the right.

DJ Russ started the evening off with a series of fun games and the kids quickly got into "party mode". Our dance team, Shay and Malik helped us with the kids as well as a new friend, Angela. Thanks guys, for such a great job! As the evening progressed and daylight subsided, the bright and bold uplighting colors really began showing. We used about 30 fixtures, which were strewn through several different rooms around the venue and we used a color scheme of Blue, Orange and Yellow, which matched up with Daniel's chosen theme and table center-pieces (Blue/Orange/Yellow Lacrosse balls). The PhotoCenter was also a huge hit and we look forward to seeing the PictureBook from it. Following are some pictures from the event.

The kids with their glow necklaces. Live-Pics/Texting on the left screen, shadow-dancing on the right

Monogram with blisslight background

Lotsa games (and Shay with a big ole smile)

Lots of dancing on this one

For dance lighting, 4 chauvet LED scanners and 1 Martin acrobat

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

04-20-2013 Lauren and Philip's Wedding (Old Natchez Country Club, Franklin, TN)

Client: Lauren and PhilipDate: April 20th, 2013 Venue: Old Natchez Country Club, Franklin, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Ceremony Photo Album: Lauren and Philip

Meet Lauren and Philip (as he gets her garter).

One of the absolute sweetest couples you'll ever hope to meet and they were an absolute joy to work with on their wedding. The event, both Ceremony and Reception, was held at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, TN.

This was my first time to work at Old Natchez. Very nice club and the staff there are superb and hosted a flawless event. There are separate areas for dance, dinner and cocktails, yet all three areas are adjoined together. The rear veranda opens up to some fantastic scenery, overlooking the golf course.

Once we began the dance segment, the energy went through the roof. Check out a few dance shots:

To finish off a perfect evening, our lucky couple departed to a sparkler exit.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

 

Amanda and Stephen's Wedding at Bluegrass Country Club

Client: Amanda and StephenDate: April 6th, 2013 Venue: Bluegrass Country Club, Hendersonville TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Uplighting, Cake Spotlight, Monogram, PhotoCenter Photo Album: Amanda and Stephen

This week finds us at the beautiful Bluegrass Country Club in Hendersonville for both the Ceremony and Reception of Amanda and Stephen. The Ceremony was held in the back "Glass Room", which overlooks the golf course, while the Reception was held in the Grand Ballroom.

Patti Corn is the Private Events Director at this venue and she always does a fabulous job on whatever kind of event she's producing and this one was no exception.

For those who have never been to Bluegrass, it is one of Nashville's premiere establishments, with one of the best kitchens in town. Their food is to die for and the surroundings are ultra-elegant.

Our lucky couple chose a two-color Uplighting theme and we ended up installing close to 40 LED fixtures; both along the wall space and behind the sheer curtains that face the front of the building.

For Monogram, Amanda chose a simple "B" in Brock Script, which we placed on the ceiling above the dance floor. We used the Blisslight Star System lasers to highlight the monogram.

Our guests had a great time with lots of dance floor action.

The PhotoCenter was a huge success with everything from singles to some rather huge group shots. The props went over huge!

"Thank You!" to Amanda and Stephen. We wish you both all the very best in life together.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Rachel's Mighty Monkey Mitzvah (3-23-2013)

Client: Rachel & AustinDate: March 23rd, 2013 Venue: Embassy Suite Hotel Cool Springs – Franklin, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Uplighting, Monogram, Professional Dancers, Shadow-Dancing Photo Album: Rachel's Bat Mitzvah

This week finds us at Embassy Suites Hotel in Coolsprings for Rachel's Bat Mitzvah.

The event was held at the Embassy Suite Hotel in Cool Springs and this is a gorgeous facility. Since Rachel just adores monkeys, this was our evening's theme complete with a Monkey Ice Sculpture and tons of monkey-themed prizes for the kids. Here's DJ Russ, striking a pose in front of the sculpture.

This is one of our largest setups, complete with two, 10-foot rear projection screens on either side of the DJ table. The left side was our patented Live-Pics (r) and Text-messaging system. The right screen was setup for some fun shadow-dancing.

While the adults enjoyed themselves at a Cocktail hour in the Atrium, DJ Russ and our dancers, Shay and Malik, kept the kids entertained with a series of great games.

As the night moved along, even the adults joined us on the packed dance floor for some great dancing.

And, as if that weren't enough, we also had a very special musical guest when Jordan Meredith (of American Idol fame) took the mic to belt out some serious Aretha Franklin stuff.

Congrats to miss Rachel!

 

Rachel & Austin's Wedding Reception (3-23-2013)

Client: Rachel & AustinDate: March 23rd, 2013 Venue: Stones River Country Club – Murfreesboro, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Uplighting, Monogram Photo Album: Rachel & Austin

Meet Rachel and Austin as they made their Grand Entrance.Photo

We always love working with members of our Armed Forces and Austin is a Second Lieutenant. They were given a full Sabre entrance. For those who haven't seen this type of entrance before, it's really unique. First, the soldiers use their sabres to form an archway for the Bride & Groom. As the couple reaches the last pair of soldiers, they lower their sabres in order to stop the happy couple and encourage them to kiss (as in the shot above). As soon as they kiss, the sabres are raised, allowing the lucky couple of pass through. As the bride passes the last pair of soldiers, one of them give her a little "swat"

DJ Ed and Shannon handled day-of duties on this event and it was a great party. Our service included Amber Uplighting and it set off the room beautifully.

As the night went on, the guests had themselves a very good time on the dance floor.

If you're looking for a great venue, try Stones River. Becca George is Special Events Manager and I highly, HIGHLY recommend her services. She always goes the extra mile to make certain that every detail is absolute perfection. We'd also like to give a shout-out to our good friends over at Myrick Studios. Myrick Cowart is one of the most talented and highly-rated photographers in the Nashville market. It's always a pleasure to get to work with such top-rated pros.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

 

Isaac's Giant Bar Mitzvah - Gordon Jewish Community Center - Nashville, TN

Client: IsaacDate: March 2nd, 2013 Venue: Gordon Jewish Community Center – Nashville, TN Service Provided: Sound, Dance Lighting, Perimeter Uplighting, 2-10 foot projection screens, Shadow-dancing, Live-Pics, Texting and PhotoCenter DJ/Emcee: MusicCityMitzvah Photo Album: Isaac's Bar Mitzvah

This week found us teaming up with our good friends over a Music City Mitzvah for Isaac's (pronounced "Itzak") Bar Mitzvah at the gorgeous Gordon Jewish Community Center. Here's young Isaac (center):

This was a rather large event, with somewhere around 125 very energetic kids and about 50-60 adults. This one required a team approach and included the following cast members:

DJ/Emcee - Russ and Jordan Lighting/Sound/AV - Rick Dancers - Shay & Malik PhotoCenter Technician - Shannon

Photo

This was one of our larger lighting setups, and included over 30 perimeter Uplighting fixtures (green & purple), 4 mirror scanners, 2 Martin acrobats, and followspot for the Grand Entrance. For visuals, we ran 2 ten foot screens on either side of the stage. On the left, we ran Live-Pics (our live picture slideshow) and Text messaging. On the right we ran another ten foot screen for shadow-dancing (projector in the back and we let the kids dance in front of the screen-very cool).

I have to brag on my friend Russ, at Music City Mitzvah. This guy is the absolute king of hosting Mitzvahs, having been a top name on the New York City scene for almost 18 years. With all the games, dancing and other activities, there wasn't a moment wasted the entire night. Check out Russ in action:

Our Motivational Dancers, Shay and Malik also had their hands full, engaging the kids (and adults) and even led a group dance-off during the night.

I have to give props to Shay. Earlier in the evening, she was on the floor and working with the kids when one young man got a bit excited, swinging his coat over his head. It just so happened that a button from his coat caught Shay right in the eye (major ouch) and it started swelling shut immediately! Instead of packing it in, Malik got a bag of ice and Shay used it to take the swelling down, then headed back out onto the floor for more action the rest of the evening.

The PhotoCenter was also a huge hit and Shannon stayed busy the entire night running over 185 sessions (560+ individual shots) for the night. This was probably the most shots we've ever squeezed into a single event and Shannon handled it like a pro. Props to her for doing such a great job.

The rest of the evening was spent with dancing and tons of prizes and cool glow-wear.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

 

Ruby & Henry's 50th Anniversary (Hermitage Golf Course)

Client: Ruby & HenryDate: December 29th, 2013 Venue: Hermitage Golf Course – Old Hickory, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, PhotoCenter Photo Album: Ruby & Henry

We recently had the pleasure of providing DJ and PhotoCenter for Ruby & Henry's 50 wedding anniversary celebration.  This was a rather intimate affair, held at the Hermitage Golf Course clubhouse and included about 50 guests, mostly family. Meet the lovely couple:

Ruby has several sisters, which showed us their wild-and-crazy side. Check out the fun at the PhotoCenter.

After a fantastic meal, provided by HGC (these guys have one of the best kept secrets with their chef, by the way), we kicked it up a notch and let our guests "cut a rug".

Toward the end of the night, both Ruby & Henry got up to exchange gifts. One of the gifts was a trip to Disney World, which they and several family members were leaving for the next morning. I just loved the Mouseketeer hats. Thanks guys, for letting us be a part of your celebration!

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Lindsay & Clint' - Rural Hills Church of Christ (Wedding)

Client: Lindsay & Clint
Date: January 5th, 2013
Venue: Rural Hills Church of Christ – Antioch, TN
Service Provided: DJ, Emcee
Photo Album: Lindsay & Clint

This week finds us in Antioch at Rural Hills Church of Christ for Lindsay and Clint's Wedding Reception. Here's Lindsay, dancing with her father.

The event was held in the fellowship hall of their home church. Given that it was a non-alcoholic event and being hosted in a church, Lindsay was concerned that there might not be any dancing (or very little). You tell me:

This was a basic DJ service and I decided to use the Bose. Everything sounded great and the event went off even better than expected. The guests loved The Shoe Game (as did the Bride & Groom). Now for the behind-the-scenes story.

Given that this was a basic DJ event, I decided to take the Bose and use my personal car (instead of the van). Matthew and I left in plenty of time but when we were about 5 miles away I got rear-ended by a Ford Expedition doing roughly 45 MPH. The Camry ended up being totaled and had the bumper hanging down with the trunk caved in about a foot.

Photo

To make matters worse, the other driver decided to leave before the police showed up. I called the client, to let them know what happened then waited. After the report was written up, I ripped the spoiler and bumper off and threw them on the side of the road then, drove the car to the church. We had to go in through the rear seat to get to the gear and, fortunately, the Bose wasn't destroyed in the accident. I popped several Ibuprofen, put on a big smile, then conducted the service we were contracted for.

Now I'm mentioning this because it's a prime example of why it's good to go with a multi-DJ service. We had another DJ, only 3 miles away, who was ready to go if needed. Regardless of the claim some DJs make that "I've never missed a gig." things can and do happen. It's always best to be prepared for ALL contingencies.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service
http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Callie & Matt at The Loveless Barn (Wedding)

Client: Callie & MattDate: January 19th, 2013 Venue: The Loveless Barn – Nashville, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Ceremony Photo Album: Callie & Matt

Let me introduce you to Callie & Matt.

Callie is an Actress, Model, Spokesperson and Singer from Los Angeles. Matt is an up and coming Country Music star from Nashville. They chose the uber-hip, The Loveless Barn for their nupitals. I have to add they both were an absolute pleasure to work with.

This was an interesting affair, as we got to share time with a live Bluegrass band, which played for the Ceremony and Dinner. This added a real "Nashville" flair to their event and set the ambiance perfectly for the evening.

The guest list was highly diverse, with 19 different states being represented. This obviously makes it challenging for the DJ, as different areas of the country have widely varied tastes in music but then again, we love a good challenge.

As the evening progressed, the energy level went through the roof. Lots of dancing and guest requests.

We wish Callie & Matt all the very best in life and much success in your entertainment careers. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Mollie & Ben's wedding at Carroll Knicely Center, Bowling Green, KY

Client: Mollie & BenDate: December 8, 2012 Venue: Carroll Knicely Center – Bowling Green, KY Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting, Uplighting, Monogram Photo Album: Mollie & Ben

Meet Mollie & Ben:

One of the sweetest couples you'll ever hope to meet. Mollie booked us in B&B Photography's all-inclusive package (photo + video + DJ + Uplighting). By the way, great crew (as always) with B&B. Love working with those guys.

Mollie called the week before, stressed out that they had too many guests and that the venue was going to have to move them to a room that she felt wasn't quite as pretty as their original selection. I assured her that we'd take care of it and she was nice enough to put her trust in our service.

The folks at Knicely are great to work with, as we've worked there before, and this time was no exception. Mollie wanted to go with a deep, rich purple so we went to work. Let me show you a couple of shots:

BEFORE

AFTER

It never ceases to amaze me at just how much difference good Uplighting can make to a room. It takes a good venue and turns it into gorgeous! Next up, Mollie told me she wanted her monogram, the couple's last name and wedding date, placed behind the head table. The venue had placed a small, black pipe & drape setup behind the head table, which we scrapped. It was a gamble, given the bride wouldn't see it until she arrived, but turns out it was a gamble worth taking. Mollie said she loved it.

The Knicely Center has a very nice programmable lighting system and was kind enough to let us tweak it out for this event. We setup a medium-lit program to be used for dinner and then another slightly darker look for dancing. This is a great feature (from a lighting perspective) for this room. Guest count was right at 200.

After dinner was over we used an Anniversary Dance to start things off. It was great and our winners had been married 62 years! By this time the guests were primed and ready for action and ate up everything we threw at them.

Lots of dancing, lots of memories and towards the end of the night I was able to capture the sweetest little "kissing shot" you could ask for:

Mollie was also kind enough to give us a wonderful review on WeddingWire.com:

"We hired Rick Ryan as our DJ after hearing great things about him from a friend. He was amazing. We had a last minute room switch at our venue and we were not at all happy with the new room. It was very drab and everything was just gray. We had been counting on the natural beauty of the original room. Rick made our reception look FLAWLESS with his uplighting. He washed the walls with purple light and had our new last name and wedding date on the back wall behind the head table. It looked fabulous. The pinspotting he used on the cake made it a major focal point of the room. He played music that everyone wanted to hear and the dance floor was constantly full of people. He didn't play anything cheesy at all. All of our guests said that they had a great time. I would definitely recommend him and would use him again if we had another event. Thanks so much, Rick!"

Thanks guys, for allowing us to be a part of your celebration. We wish you all the very best in life.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and PhotoCenter Service http://www.RickRyan.com – http://www.615dj.com –http://www.615lighting.com – http://www.615photobooth.com

Amy & Kyle's Wedding (11-24-2012) in Cedar Hill, TN

Client: Amy & KyleDate: November 24, 2012 Venue: Murph's Country Barn - Cedar Hill, TN Service Provided: DJ, Emcee, Live-Pics, Texting Photo Album: Amy & Kyle

This week finds us in Cedar Hill, TN at Murph's Country Barn, celebrating the Wedding Ceremony & Reception of Amy & Kyle Tabb. These guys are one of the absolute sweetest couples and it was a real pleasure getting to work with them on their special day.

When I first met with the couple, Amy had said she wanted to have the Ceremony outdoors. The weather just wouldn't cooperate (too cold) so they did the next best thing by moving the Ceremony inside the reception hall while opening the huge bay doors as a back-drop for the Ceremony. It reminded me of that wonderful last scene from the movie "White Christmas". What a great touch.

Our friends over at Our Place Cafe in Hendersonville catered the meal, providing a delicious roast beef and potatoes. These guys always do a fantastic job and are highly recommended. Photography and Planning service was provided by our new friends at Byrd's Photography.  This is a husband & wife team and were very easy to work with. Definitely going on our recommended list.

After the meal, it was time for our couple's First Dance.

The rest of the evening was spent dancing the night away as our lucky couple and their guests "cut a rug". The Live-Pics and texting also went over great.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your very special day. We wish you both all the very best.

Nashville Wedding DJ, Lighting and Photobooth http://www.rickryan.com - http://www.615dj.com - http://www.615lighting.com - http://www.615photobooth.com