Sharkey/McArdle Wedding

When I think about prepping for the McArdle wedding, and there is more then 50 classmates, high school teammates, and kids from the neighborhood in the crowd, its always a little more pressure. But, I honestly love it, and it keeps me on my toes! I love getting to do weddings for kids I grew up with. Not only did I go to high school with them both, but I knew there was multiple guests that have been to weddings that In The Mix has done before, and knew without a doubt, they would be on the dance floor to help us get things started!

The venue took place at the new FOP hall right down the street from where we all grew up! Now don’t get me wrong, I never mind driving down the shore for weddings in the summer time, but its definitely a treat to work a Saturday night 5 minutes away from your house!

As I started lining up the bridal party, I saw some of them dressed in old Archbishop Ryan gear and even had the schools flag as one of the props! It’s always fun to see people really get pumped up for the introductions. I kinda wish I had my old football jersey on underneath my shirt and tie and ripped it off during the intros! Now that would have been a fun prop! Ha Ha

 

The wedding was exactly how I predicted it would be…. AWESOME! We had a bunch of guests dancing before early on before we officially opened up the dance floor. DJ Saint James put on Frankie Valli’s “ Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and the instantly the dance floor was jumping. At that exact moment I knew that we were in for a great night! Jim played a great mix and had the dance floor packed as always! There was a special moment during the night when Jim played “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by The Intruders, it was dedicated to Melissa’s mom and all the moms in the room! That’s such a great song and always reminds me of my grandmom who passed away. So I loved that she wanted that song to be a special moment during the wedding. As the night came to an end, Frank the groom asked if one of the guests could sing the last song. She was a recording artist who has done the National Anthem at Eagles games before. My response was “of course, its your wedding, whatever you want!” As I hand her the mic and “Don’t Stop Believing” started, everyone in the room sang along with her. Toward the end of the song DJ Saint James, slowly cut the song and let her and the whole crowd sing the rest of the song by themselves! It was a pretty amazing sight to see!

I just want to thank Frank and Melissa for being such a treat to work with and for letting In The Mix be a part of their special day! Congrats again, Jim and I wish you nothing but happiness!

 

Marchione/Kashow Wedding 7/9/16

kashow 2When Chris and Kira first walked into our office I feel like we immediately clicked with the concept of what they wanted at their wedding. Then when I heard that they wanted to do a “Flash Mob” at their wedding, I was instantly excited to hear more! Like every couple on their wedding day, they wanted a big party! Who doesn’t right? I remember thinking back to the thought of opening up the dance floor while the bridal party breaks out into a full blown choreographed skit, it made me want the wedding to be the following weekend! Sadly, it was only early 2015 at this point!

So as the big day anxiously arrived, DJ Los and I were pumped for the party! The weather was looking like it was going to rain off and on all day. As we arrived at the beautiful Manor House at Commonwealth, the ceremony was all set up to be inside because of the rain. The bride really had her heart set on having her ceremony outside. The staff at the Manor House checked the weather forecast one more time and they gave the green light for everything to be outside. The couple were thrilled because that’s how they envisioned everything would take place. It winded up being such a beautiful ceremony after all with no rain in sight.

As everyone was sat in the reception room, the bridal party was anxiously practicing their moves in the cocktail room as we were lining up for the formal introductions.  After the crowd screamed as the brkaskow 5ide and groom entered the room and dinner was served, it was time for the big show! The show I have been so hyped to see happen was finally about to go down! As the song started you hear “Ladies and Gentleman, Lets Get Ready To Rumble”  and like a fire alarm going off, the whole bridal party including the bride and groom ran to the dance floor for their skit! Not only was this an unforgettable moment, but they pulled it off flawlessly! The best part was, halfway through the song they all grabbed guests from the dance floor and it might have been the quickest we’ve seen 120 people on a dance floor to start a party! From that moment  on, DJ Los put on an incredible mix that had the crowd going til the very last song! The electricity in the room was insane! As the kids today would say “This wedding was Lit”

I just want to send a special shout out to Chris and Kira for not only trusting us on their big day, but for an unforgettable evening! Thanks again, and we can’t wait to be part of your family’s next big event in the future! Plus, Im looking forward to getting to see some great pictures from the wedding! Always a pleasure to get to work with Krista and Mike from Michaels Photography! Can’t wait to see Flash Mob pictures!

 

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Summer 2016 Entertainment Spotlight Award

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The Entertainment Spotlight award for the summer of 2016 is awarded to James Epright. Heres a little more info about one of In The Mix’s shining stars!

James grew up in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia and now resides in New Jersey with his wife Amy DSC_5177-Editand two daughters Chloe and Rory. Jame’s has been DJing well over 10 years and has been with In The Mix for almost 4 years now. He has worked at many venues, some of his favorites over the years were Transit, Silk City, Shampoo, Valanni, Tracadero and Xfinity Live.

Since joining In The Mix, he has done hundreds of private parties, corporate events and his personal favorite weddings. I can’t tell you how many compliments we receive about his services and how many referrals we get about him after the events take place. His style and knowledge of music helps keep dance floors packed for hours! If your looking for a professional entertainer who has done it all, make sure you check out DJ Saint James for your next event!

 

Ludin/Hauser Wedding 3/12/16

IMG_1979Many couples have similar goals for their wedding day with the Entertainment, like keeping everyone on the dance floor, or interacting with the crowd. With that being said, I’m still a firm believer that each and every wedding is completely different in so many ways. So when I sat down with Jennifer and Matt the game plan was “We Want a Party!”  Of course that’s exactly what everyone wants, but we at In The Mix try to dig deep into each couples likes and dislikes on music tastes. We set the couple up with a check list to fill out and after reviewing everything, they wanted a good combination of country, a little bit of Mo-Town, 80s-90s hits and top 40. Which is always great to see on our music sheet having a variety of music!

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So as the big day came, and the bridal party was announced, the room was electric and everyone was on their feet as the Rocky Theme Song starting pumping. I was happy to officially introduce the new Mr. and Mrs. Hauser!

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Something that will really stick out to me about the Hauser wedding was when it was time to do the parent dances. Jennifer dances with her father and then, without them knowing, I asked two of Matt’s aunts to join him on the dance floor. Unfortunately, Matt’s mom is no longer with us, but I think we still made it extremely special for him. It’s not every day I get choked up at weddings, but this specific moment really touched me.

 

As far as the rest of the night went, Crystal (DJ SKITLZ) really worked her magic to keep the crowd going strong! As I preach to every couple, the entertainment makes or breaks each and every wedding, and with that being said, I think we did our part to make a lasting impression on the couple.  Plus a fun bridal party always makes my job that much easier to get the crowd going, and this bridal party was on point from the very beginning.  From fun introductions, to battling it out during the Perculator, they were definitely a big part of the success on the dance floor!

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I just want to personally thank Jennifer, Matt and of course little Cole for having In The Mix be part of such a special day! It was such an honor and we can’t wait to be able to host the next milestone in your lives! This will definitely be a wedding I’ll never forget!

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Barbaro Wedding 2/27/16

IMG_1829When Andrew and Jessica came in to my office as a referral from old friends who talked us up pretty big, I knew that we have to deliver an unforgettable experience! When they told me they were getting married at Bear Creek Mountain my excitement began to rise! Not only do I love the venue, but we just happen to always have AMAZING experiences ever time we do a wedding there!  This so happened to be the first time we have done a wedding there during ski season too, which was pretty cool. Best part was that it was also close to 60 degrees out in late February! I never got to see people ski on the mountain, let alone on such a beautiful day!

As the newlyweds walked into the room for the first time, you could tell that they were ecstatic that they decided to go with it with up lighting! It set a mood for the room that would later bring the energy up and I always tell people it also sets the tone for the dance floor to be packed all night, and that’s exactly what happened!

As soon as the introductions were finished it was time for me to witness one of the most memorable first dances I’ve ever witnessed! Now I have seen a lot of first dances in my career but this is one I’ll never forget! The song was “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, and if you ever seen the video, there is a choreographed dance throughout the song that Jessica and Andrew absolutely nailed! Credit to them both, you could tell they put work into performing it and I don’t think it could have turned out better!

When it was all said and done I think we continued the streak of awesome weddings at Bear Creek and I think it was safe to say everyone had a great time! I’d like to thank the Barbaro’s for trusting us for such an important day in their lives and also want to thank the amazing crowd that kept the energy going throughout the night!  We can’t wait to work at Bear Creek again!

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Masciocchi Wedding 2/13/16

Written by: Harry McCloskey

Entertainment- In The Mix Event Group

Photography- Lisa Varley Photography

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The Masciocchi Wedding was our first wedding of the 2016 season, the reception took place about 1 and a half miles from our office at the Pen Ryn Mansion. We don’t mind traveling for weddings, but when it’s this close to our office, it’s definitely an exciting start! I’ve known the bride Deena since we were in 4th grade! I often post about how much it means to me to have childhood friends contact me for one of the biggest days of their lives! Plus, its always great to see so many people I grew up with in one room, it was almost like a mini grade school reunion!

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Deena and Ray came in my office and said the same thing a lot of couples say, “They want a party!” Which is always something I want future clients to tell me! There’s nothing more I want then a party with everyone on the dance floor all night long.  The bridal party was hyped up from the very beginning and that’s always a good sign to know the reception is going to be a blast!

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With that being said, the dance floor was packed all night, the bridal party held set a tone from the beginning and it didn’t slow down once throughout the night! One of my favorite moments of the night was watching the bride take the microphone and singing the entire “Mo Money Mo Problems” song! There was a huge crowd around her doing it and the energy in the room was amazing!

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In conclusion, I think the wedding was a total success! Deena and Ray seemed to have the time of their lives, and their guests seemed to be warn out by the end of the night! In this business, we call that a “win win!”  We would just like to thank Deena and Ray for having us be a part of their wedding day and a big shout out to their bridal party and guests for making our jobs that much easier for being on the dance floor all night long!

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Sherlock Wedding 11/20/15

Written by: Harry McCloskey

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I feel like there’s so much I could write about in this blog.  For starters, I’ve been blessed to be part of so many amazing weddings in 2015, and with this being the last one of the year, I knew we had to go out with a bang! I don’t think I can go on any further without mentioning in the 10 years I’ve been doing weddings, I have NEVER felt more energy during the introductions like I did that night! Normally I try to get the crowd pumped up before I start announcing the bridal party. There was absolutely no need for that at the Sherlock wedding! Every single guest was yelling and screaming before I even asked them to! It’s the greatest feeling in the world for an emcee to feel the immediate energy! I knew we were in for an amazing night!

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When I sat down with Heather and Rob in our office, they stressed to me that they wanted a PARTY! They were such a joy to work with! They kept it simple for us! Play good music and keep everyone dancing! That’s exactly what we did! I know I say this a lot but its honestly the truth, there were people dancing from the first song to the last! DJ Grean, myself and assistant Emcee Austin met before the wedding and went over a game plan to really make this wedding one for the ages! I personally knew a good amount of people at this wedding and it only made it that much easier to get me excited for what was about to go down!

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The location was at The Knowlton Mansion in Northeast Philadelphia. The venue was amazing! The layout of the room was beautiful, the food and desserts were delicious, and the staff was so pleasant to work with! As we were setting up the custom gobo and up lights, I knew Heather and Rob would be excited to see their picture perfect wedding come to life!

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We were also lucky enough to work side by side with a great photographer! Gina from Artistic Imagery is a true professional and always does amazing work!  I know I’ll get some amazing shots for us to hang up around the office!

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I can’t thank the Sherlock’s enough for having us be part of such an important day in their lives, it was truly an honor! Special shout out to all the guests as well, you were all a big part of making this such a memorable night!  It was one of the best weddings I’ve ever been a part of!

 

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Wedding Programs made by our Creative Director Gregg Wood.

Bahr Wedding 7/18/15

Written by: Harry McCloskey

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Where do I begin with this blog? There’s so much to say about this couple and the group of friends that attended their wedding. As excited as I was for this wedding to happen, it was also a sad day for me as well. See this is the last wedding from one circle of friends to get married. In The Mix has had the liberty to DJ three of their closest friends weddings before theirs, and over the past couple years we’ve gotten to know them all so well! With that being said, DJ Grean and myself knew this was going to be an awesome wedding, with a lot of energy on the dance floor!

 

The wedding took place at the beautiful Normandy Farms in Blue Bell Pa. We set up lighting around the room in a pretty amber color for a fun rustic look! As we finished setting up, we ran into the photographers from Azzolina Photography. Beth the owner and I went to not only high school but college together as well. We’ve worked on different events over the years and I know her and her assistant would be class acts to work with! Plus, I knew we would have great pictures to share for you on this blog!

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As soon as the cocktail hour was over and everyone piled into the reception room, the stage was set for a fun filed night! Without fail, you could feel the energy in the room as I began making announcements for the bridal party! By the time I was ready to announce the bride and groom, “SCAR, SCAR, SCAR!!” started being chanted throughout the room, which I later found out in the best man speech was the grooms nickname/alter ego. The best man speech was probably thought out long ago by Jeff Warnick, I personally watched the groom have some fun things to say about Jeff as his best man at his wedding, and Jeff couldn’t wait to return the favor on this day! I have to say it was one of my favorite speeches at a wedding ever!

 

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As the night went on and we turned up the tempo, DJ Grean hit them with everything he had and we had a PACKED dance floor from start to finish! I love when I see the bride and groom dancing for a good amount of the wedding. Stephanie and Greg did just that! Plus I really enjoyed seeing they’re parents dancing a lot as well. There was a fun moment when both dad’s had a dance off, it was definitely a sight to see! I went to grab Beth the photographer to catch it and she was already snapping away!

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There were a couple different moments throughout the night where the bride and groom grabbed the mic and sang along to their favorite songs!

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All and all it was a great night and DJ Grean and I both said it was a A+ wedding! We both enjoyed working with this amazing couple and knew from the moment they walked into our office that we were planning for a huge party, and that’s exactly what it was!

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DiRubbo Wedding 7/18/15

Written By: Gregg Wood

Wedding1Over this past weekend I had the pleasure of taking part in the wedding ceremony of my dear friends Livio DiRubbo III and Justine Nicholson. The wedding was held in Northern New Jersey at the beautiful Keyport Yacht Club. The club lies along the Raritan Bay. The Verrazano Bridge, Staten Island, and the New York City skyline can be seen in the distance. Although it was one of the hottest and most humid days of the year thus far, the weather did not stop the bride and groom or their wedding guests from having a great time.

Justine and Livio began by asking me to officiate their wedding, and I couldn’t have been more excited to accept. I have done many weddings, however this was my first for a couple that I consider dear friends. Being able to mark the formal start of their relationship as man and wife was an honor I couldn’t pass up.
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To help their wedding run smoothly Justine and Livio utilized our Day-Of-Planning Service for their wedding. Jaime was a great help to the couple in preparing the yacht club for their celebration. Justine is a craft master and she used her artistic skills to design many of her own pieces including beautiful calla lily floral arrangements. Although Justine did her own planning and designs (and did an excellent job at it) she still needed the help bringing her vision to fruition. Jaime was able to do that for her, and the venue looked spectacular. From the flowers, to the dessert table, to the outdoor patio, Jamie was able to distribute the pieces given to here in a beautiful way that brought the couples elegant black and white theme to life inside their venue.

Outside, in front of the long dock, we held the ceremony. The sun was brutal, but the scene with sailboats floating on the bay in the background was a beautiful. We held a short and sweet ceremony for the couple to exchange their vows and rings. Livio and Justine chose to take both of their grandmother’s wedding rings and had a jeweler recreate them into one dazzling piece for the new bride.

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The rest of our In The Mix Event Group team were ready to help continue the celebration after the ceremony. As guests made their way into the bar (and air-conditioning) for cocktail hour they started with a signature drink that I introduced to the couple. It is a light and refreshing mix of pink lemonade, moscato wine, vodka, and mixed berries. The drink is perfect for a hot summer day and complimented their wedding perfectly.

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Crystal aka DJ Skitlz kept the music flowing as I emceed the party. Livio asked for my help with asurprise for his bride. During their early days of dating the couple watched the Wes Anderson movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. That movie features the Zombie’s song “The Way I Feel Inside.” Livio explained to his new wife, and the on looking guests, how that song summed up the way he was feeling on that night so many years before, and he knew then that he was looking at his future bride. The surprise was well thought out, and a touching way to share a memory with his bride and guests. Thankfully Genava and Will of Reiner Photography caught all the great moments on film throughout the night. I have always been impressed. I personally can’t wait to see the proofs! I highly suggest the creative West Chester photographers to anyone looking for great wedding photo services.

As the night came to a close guests grabbed some sweets from the candy bar area before heading out the door. It was obvious that the newlyweds and their guests had a great time. It was truly a pleasure to be such an integral part of Justine and Livio’s wedding day. I wish my friends many years of laughs and love together.

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Fabrizio Wedding 7/11/15

Written By: Harry McCloskey

IMG_2330I was so happy when Dante contacted me about having In The Mix DJ his wedding! He saw us in action at his sister Maria’s wedding back in 2012. When talking with Dante and Cristen about their wedding, it may have been the easiest planning I’ve ever dealt with. They were so nice and easy to work with! I told his sister at the wedding that Dante is probably the nicest guy I’ve ever met in my life! He’s one of them people I just can’t picture getting mad. Then when I met Cristen it all made sense to me, because she seems like she’s the same exact way! I see a lot of happy brides and grooms over the years, but this particular couple really seemed like they found their one true match. I couldn’t be more happy for the two of them!

 

When we arrived at the Blue Mountain Resort , we could already tell why the couple chose this location for their wedding, THE VIEW!! It was AMAZING! The venue was seriously breathtaking. Everything from the set up for the ceremony, to the exquisite room for the reception, plus the outside balcony overseeing all the mountains was such a delight!

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As the reception started, I was really impressed with DJ Saint James dinner music selection. He played a great mix of Motown and alternative rock along with some Dave Matthews as both the bride and groom are big DMB fans! When we finally got ready to open the dance floor, the guests were more then ready to bust a move! Within 20 minutdante 4es or so, one of the groomsman handed me a bottle and tried to explain to me his idea. Little did he know that “Spin the Bottle” on the dance floor is one of my favorite things to get the guests going. This night however I don’t think I was expecting what I saw. Not only were people of all ages out of their seats in a huge circle on the dance floor, but some older ladies out there had my mouth dropped to the floor with their moves, and just when I made an announcement that we were going to end the game, the last person it landed on was ayounger guy in his 20s who jumped out doing backflips and crazy dance moves! It was an exciting sight to see! Another cool moment of the night was when we played “Goodman Brown” a song that was recorded by one of the groomsman Mike Maguire.

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The entire day was just a total success! It makes my job so much easier when I get to work with other true professionals who love their job. As soon as we got there, we met with Meg de Jesus who the Wedding Coordinator at Blue Mountain. She’s new to Blue Mountain, but I would never know it if she didn’t tell me! She not only showed us around the large resort, but she was very helpful with things throughout the night! We look forward to working together more as I happy to say that ITMEG is now part of their preferred vendor list! We also got to work with Kevin and Megan from Kevin Kramer Photography. They both had great personalities and sense of humors and we all hit it off immediately. We definitely had a blast working side by side with them all night! I only got to see a couple shots so far but excited to see the rest of their work! I would definitely recommend using Kevin Kramer Photography for any upcoming weddings!

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At the end of the night, we felt we created exactly what the bride and groom pictured their wedding night to be: A fun, unforgettable experience with their closest family and friends dancing the night away. I want to give a special Thank You to Dante and Cristen. It means so much to have us be a part of your special day and it was seriously an honor to work with you two! Congratulations again, and we can’t wait to book your next event!