DJ:Plus! Entertainment Winner At LUXlife Magazine Global Wedding Awards

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DJ:Plus! Entertainment claimed the prestigious title of “Best Wedding DJ MC – Australia” in the recent 2019 LUXlife Global Wedding Awards!

The wedding industry is a vibrant and eclectic space filled with dedicated and passionate individuals who work tirelessly to create memorable celebrations for all their couples. DJ:Plus! Entertainment is very honoured to have been profiled as an industry leader.

I am so humbled and honoured. Thank you to all of my beautiful couples who place their trust in me. I am truly grateful and love having you as part of the DJ:Plus! Entertainment family!

This award win follows DJ:Plus! Entertainment’s 2018 success, receiving the title of “Best Wedding DJ & Best Wedding MC – Australia” at the 2018 LUXlife Global Wedding Awards.

About The Awards

The LUXlife Global Wedding Awards present a series of awards to businesses around the world who have demonstrated exemplary work plus there must be evidence of extensive expertise within their given field or discipline, dedication to customer service and client satisfaction with an ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation. The LUXlife Global Wedding Awards showcases the brightest and best from across the global wedding industry.

DJ:Plus! Entertainment Awarded Best Wedding MC & Best Wedding DJ Australia

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Wedding Reception | 1 June 2019 | Deana & Matthew | Le Montage, Lilyfield, Sydney

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Just a very short post this time round on Deana and Matthew’s amazing wedding. There were so many elements that made Deana and Matthew’s wedding as amazing as it was – this needed my complete attention throughout the reception to ensure everything flowed as seamlessly as possible and unfortunately, there was very little time that I could spare to take more photographs, but please enjoy those that I managed to capture. I have also included a few photographs taken by the talented Phao Photography (these images are appropriately watermarked and should not be confused with my images which contain no watermark).

Deana and Matthew are a beautiful couple who are perfect together. They are caring, gentle, hilarious and fiercely loyal to their family and friends. They celebrated the first hours of their marriage at Le Montage, located in the Sydney suburb of Lilyfield which was lavishly adorned with stunning florals by John Emmanuel Floral Design.

Right from the start of the reception, everybody was there to celebrate and help them have the time of their lives, and what a time we had!!!

The guests cheered, clapped, laughed, sang, danced, enjoyed a beautiful meal, danced some more and kept on dancing right through to the end of the reception!

Deana and Matthew, THANK YOU for trusting me to be a part of your truly amazing day, it was a privilege to see the beautiful beginning of your forever after .. You are both awesome! May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment except any watermarked which are by kind courtesy of Phao Photography


Songs Selected by Bride & Groom;

Wedding Party Entry: “Sara Perche Ti Amo” by Damichi, ” Luna Mezzo Mare” by Patrizio Buanne, “Volare” by Gipsy Kings, “Beautiful Day” by U2, “Burning Love” by Elvis Presley, “Can’t Stop This Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, “Forever” by Chris Brown, “In My Feels” by Drake, “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira, “Levels” by Avicii, “Danza Kaduro” by Dom Omar, “We Like To Party” by Vengaboys.

Bride & Groom Entry: “Pompeii” by Bastille

Cake Cutting: “Cool” by Alesso

First Dance: “You & Me” by Lifehouse

Father Daughter / Mother Son Dance: “One” by U2 & Mary J Blige

Bouquet Toss: “Love On Top” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Hot In Herre” by Nelly

Final Farewell Song: “Seek Bromance” by Avicii


Other Wedding Professionals

Photographer: Phao Photography

Videographer: NYC Films

Floral Design: John Emmanuel Floral Design

Cake Design: Something Blue Cakes


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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 29 March 2019 | James & Jerome | Ecco Ristorante, Drummoyne, Sydney

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James and Jerome met just over thirty years ago. They share a love for ballet, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, travel and Kylie Minogue and today, they were making it all official, exchanging vows and becoming husbands.

It was a beautiful Sydney afternoon as family and friends gathered on the deck at Ecco Ristorante in Drummoyne with a stunning view of Sydney Harbour as a backdrop. Shortly afterwards, to the sounds to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, exquisitely played by Jasmine Strings, James, Jerome and their Wedding Party proceeded to walk down the aisle. What followed was a beautiful ceremony, which was wonderfully officiated by Kathyrn Breusch. The ceremony included heartfelt vows from both James and Jerome. Before we knew it they were married and pronounced husband and husband!

This was followed by drinks and canapes whilst guests congratulated James and Jerome, chatted, caught up and enjoyed the spectacular view. Not long after, everyone was seated, the wedding party were introduced and welcomed with great applause, with the biggest applause for James and Jerome. Guests were then served a delicious entree.

Next was the cake cutting, a presentation of a gift to James and Jerome and a dance off where one of the guests whom was celebrating a birthday was inconspicuously made the target of a fun prank, in a nice way of course. Lots of fun for the participants, guests and Ian our birthday boy!!

Guests then enjoyed a delectable main meal before we proceeded with the speeches. James, Jerome and Jerome’s sister Lesley all made lovely speeches, but the highlight was a little surprise that Jerome had planned for James. Jerome is a huge ABBA fan and he approached me about doing his speech which included sound drops of particular ABBA songs. We discussed a number of ways to execute this, but ultimately went for the option which would flow better and eliminate any potential hiccups. This was a HUGE hit with all the guests and of course James.

Below is Jerome’s speech with the red text being where the drop from the ABBA song occurred:

My dearest James,

Mamma Mia! Here we are, on our wedding day proving that when it comes to love – The Winner Takes It All. It was fate that brought us together thirty years ago when you said, “Take A Chance On Me“. You really did Rock Me. In no time at all we began Knowing Me, Knowing You and once we worked out The Name Of The Game, we had fallen well and truly Head Over Heels. I feel like a Dancing Queen whenever you Lay All Your Love On Me. You make my heart go Ring Ring and all I have to do is send out an SOS and you’re always there to Gimme!, Gimme!, Gimme! support, advice or a shoulder to cry on. Today I have truly met my Waterloo and I could not wait to say I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do. All that’s left is to ask – “Voulez-Vous?”

You can hear Jerome’s speech here:


Guests then gathered around the dance floor as James and Jerome danced their first dance together as husbands. It was a choreographed dance to “Give Me Your Love” by Fame – once again enjoyed by all the guests. With no formalities left, all there was to do was dance the night away….and dance they did!!

Before we knew it, it was time to farewell James and Jerome and the celebration came to an end. James and Jerome’s wedding represented them totally, there was no pretense, just authenticity. It was a lot of FUN and from the comments I received as guests were leaving, everyone had such a wonderful time. James and Jerome, thank you for the trust you placed in me – it was a privilege to play a part in your wedding day which was thirty years in the making. May love, laughter and music fill your lives forever!!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs Selected by Grooms;

Wedding Party Processional: “Pachelbel’s Canon in D” performed by Jasmine Strings

Register Signing: “Bach’s Air on a G String” & “Flower Duet” performed by Jasmine Strings

Recessional: “Wedding March” performed by Jasmine Strings

Wedding Party Entry: “I Feel The Earth Move” by Martika

Bride & Groom Entry: “I Feel The Earth Move” by Martika

Cake Cutting: “I Think I Love You” by Partridge Family

First Dance: “Give Me Your Love” by Fame

Farewell Dance: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston

Final Farewell Song: “On A Night Like This” by Kylie Minogue


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Kathryn Breusch Marriage Celebrant

Photographer: David Currington

Balloons: Balloon Elegance


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Australian Bridal Industry Awards, 11 December 2018

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On Tuesday the 11th of December 2018, DJ:Plus! Entertainment was very proud to once again be a finalist in the 22nd New South Wales’ Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) Awards for the eighteenth consecutive year.

ABIA congratulated DJ:Plus! Entertainment on its achievement as one of New South Wales’ Best Wedding Businesses! DJ:Plus! Entertainment has won the NSW Award six times & also achieved runner-up and third on multiple other occasions.

Leading a successful business in the demanding wedding marketplace can prove to be a difficult challenge. ABIA went on to say that it is wedding-brands like DJ:Plus! Entertainment that continually strives to improve and deliver the best service possible which can give couples confidence when planning their wedding day.

As always, attending the Awards Dinner was an absolutely joyful, positive experience, full of support, kindness & encouragement, which is the essence of the wonderful industry I have the greatest pleasure of being able to work in.

A huge thanks to all the beautiful couples who invest their trust in me, this trust is never taken for granted and valued far more than you will ever know! Thank you! Thank you! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!! ~ Serge

Best Wedding MC Sydney NSW - 3rd Place

Best Wedding DJ Sydney NSW - Finalist

Best Wedding Ceremony Music Sydney NSW - Finalist

 

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Wedding Ceremony & Reception | 24 November 2018 | Shana & Erick Stafanik | Chapel Hill Retreat, Berambing, Blue Mountains

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What an awesome day! Perfect weather, gorgeous couple, great venue and amazing details! I had sore cheeks from smiling all day and had to choke back tears several times too. I was so honoured that Shana and Erick invited me to play a part in their wedding celebration at Chapel Hill Retreat in the Blue Mountains. They are a genuinely lovely and thoughtful people and it was so wonderful to witness them celebrating their marriage surrounded by their close family and friends. So much attention to detail and love had gone into making it the amazing day it was.

Shana and Erick’s journey leading up to their wedding day has spanned just over two decades. Some of that time has for reasons outside their control, has been challenging, but together they have made it through and their love is stronger than ever. They first met during High School in 1997 and not long after meeting, realised they were in love. Circumstances caused them to be separated and whilst their lives took on very different paths, their love for each other never diminished.

It was not until 2010 that they reconnected through the marvel of social media and before long, they were building a life together. Whilst they are very different as individuals, with Erick being hot headed & impulsive and Shana passive, calm & organised, they complement each other perfectly. As life progressed, they worked through the complexities of the past, settled and added to their beautiful family. In late 2017 Erick was ready to make Shana’s dream from when she was fifteen come true. In early 2018, he secretly organised an engagement ring, booked a trip to Uluru for his birthday. On the second day at sunset on 26 February 2018, Erick proposed to Shana. Shana doesn’t remember saying yes (she did!) as it is all a bit of a blur to her now, a result of being caught up in the emotion and the surprise element of the moment.

Fast forward to 24 November 2018 and here we were in the small Chapel at Chapel Hill Retreat. Erick along with Best Man, Csaba and Groomsman, Nicolas and gathered guests were waiting with Celebrant, Philip Timbrell for Shana to arrive. As the first notes of Luke Bryant’s “To The Moon & Back” commenced and filled the air, flower girls, Taliyah and Zara, followed by bridesmaid, Hannah and Maid of Honour, Jenni made their way to the front of the Chapel. A short pause for a very special emotional tribute to honour the memory of Shana’s Dad before Shana, who was about to marry the love of her life, took those final few steps down the aisle. It was a beautiful ceremony with lots of love, emotion and that represented them. Shana’s vows included the following words;

“I’m so happy this moment that I have always dreamt of has finally arrived. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you as my husband.”

and Erick’s vows commenced with;

“Shana, ever since we first met at high school, you have always been the one that I have wanted to share my life with. I cannot explain why – as you have said, we are as different as the sun and the moon, yet like two pieces of a jigsaw, we were made for each other.”

Both vowed that “From this day forward, let us along with our children, build our family together – a family filled with love and laughter.”

Finally after 21 years their dream had become a reality! They were now husband and wife!!!

After the ceremony, Shana, Erick and their guests had a group photograph taken and then headed off with their wedding party around the Chapel Hill grounds with photographer Ben of Ben Newnam Photography and videographer, Tony of Blaycam Video Production to capture some amazing wedding feels.

Shana and Erick’s celebration was full of LOVE. It was everywhere!! – You could feel it, it was in the air, it was in everybody’s hearts, and in the very unlikely event that you needed to be reminded in any way, the word was featured in subtle ways throughout the entire reception room. We greeted the newlyweds and their wedding party with great applause, followed by the cutting of the wedding cake and then a very special first dance filled with more love. Guests were then invited to join Shana and Erick on the dance floor for a short dance set.

Following the Entree, there were beautiful heartfelt speeches from Maid of Honour, Jenni and Groomsman, Nicolas, some fun, the Main Meal, more fun, Dessert and then our second set of lovely speeches from Best Man, Csaba and our groom, Erick. Erick concluded his speech by requesting a Daddy Daughter dance with his three beautiful girls, Hannah, Taliyah and Zara.

At this point unbeknownst to Shana, who’s birthday fell during the past week, Erick had organised a birthday cake for her and then asked her to join him for a birthday dance – another beautiful moment. They were soon joined by the wedding party and guests and it was then party time! With a mix of current, classic and traditional music, guests enjoyed dancing the night away.

All too soon it was time for the bouquet and garter toss, farewell circle/circle of love, a farewell dance and Shana and Erick departed to honour their lifelong vow to continue building a family filled with love and laughter.

Knowing their story, and to see Shana and Erick’s childhood dream become a reality made my heart was so very happy. For me, weddings are just so beautiful, amazing and dynamic. Personally, I just relish in seeing how much love and joy can flow between two people, then watching how much emotion this love generates amongst the people around them. It is incredible to witness and such a privilege to be a part of. Shana and Erick I cannot thank you enough. It was a total pleasure and I hope that I was able to add some special touches to the memories that you will always treasure. I know your love will continue to grow, it has withstood so much and has never faltered. May love, laughter and music continue to fill your lives forever!!!

Photography by DJ:Plus! Entertainment


Songs selected by Bride & Groom;

Bridesmaids Processional: “To The Moon and Back” by Luke Bryan

Bride Processional: “To The Moon and Back” by Luke Bryan (DJ:Plus! Custom Edit)

Register Signing: “At The Beginning” by Richard Marx & Donna Lewis, “Endless Love” by Luther Vandross & Mariah Carey

Recessional: “The Deeper The Love” by Whitesnake

Wedding Party Entry: “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas

Bride & Groom Entry: “Highway To Hell / I’m All Yours” by AC/DC / Jay Sean Feat. Pitbull

Cake Cutting: “I’m All Yours” by Jay Sean Feat. Pitbull

First Dance: “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran (DJ:Plus! Custom Edit)

Father Daughter Dance: “Disney Medley” by Ashley Hess

Bouquet Toss: “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)” by Beyonce

Garter Toss: “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen

Farewell Circle/Circle Of Love: “Forever Country” by Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Making Memories Of Us” by Keith Urban

Farewell Dance: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Housten

Final Farewell Song: “Ever, Ever After” by Carrie Underwood


Other Wedding Professionals

Celebrant: Phillip Timbrell

Photographer: Ben Newnam Photography

Videographer: Blaycam Video Productions


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