After many updates to this page over the years, I decided it was time to do something fresh and new. This page was originally called "Gary's News," but I wanted to transform it into a blogging page to keep everyone up-to-date on the recent weddings where I was the DJ and also share some of my thoughts on weddings, planning, music, pictures etc. You'll notice much less older content and much more new pictures and information. This being said, I present to you Gary's Blog...
The Bluffs Bridal Show!!! (January 27th, 2018)
This past Saturday was an amazing day at the Weborg 21 Centre in Gering. Being on the BB Bridal Show committee, I've been a part of and been able to see how the show has grown over the past 3 years. What started out as an idea (back in 2015) to bring back the bridal shows of the past, runway and all, our committee has spent countless hours with planning, meeting, preparing, setting up, and the list goes on, but it has turned into an annual event that future brides absolutely love! Lisa Weborg and Dan D Party Corner did a phenomenal job in decorating the Weborg 21 Centre and this was truly our best show yet!!
There were everything from photographers, DJs, cake decorators, salons, bridal shops and so much more. I heard from many of the attendees that they were a bit overwhelmed (in a GOOD way!) with what is all available for weddings, right here in western Nebraska. From services to products, we have a great variety of businesses that are here to make your wedding day extra special.
Once again, the DJ service out of Sidney, NE, known as Projekt 3D (seen in the middle picture above) was there to help with the music and to talk with couples about their DJ service. I've been friends with them (Don and Lucy) for the past couple of years and as a professional DJ myself, I recommend clients to Projekt 3D whenever I'm already booked and they do the same for me. The DJ Music System booth was right next to theirs, which was right next to the stage. I was asked last year and again this year, "Gary, do you want to play music for the runway show?" While I have before and love playing music for events, I recommended that Projekt 3D do the music, since I'm the emcee for the event. This way they could play the music, I could do the talking and watch for cues during the show for when songs need to go from one to the next and then let Projekt 3D work their music magic.
The runway show was flawless and beautiful. A Bridal Affair teamed up with Indulgence Salon and Angela's Bridal and Boutique teamed up with Bianco & Co. for the runway show. Breathtaking dresses and stylish tuxedos paired up very nicely with the hair and makeup. It's always excited when the models show off the latest in styles and the crowd cheers for them. I did get some pictures (seen on this page) and videos (posted on my Facebook page) that captured a few amazing moments of the runway show.
We did a "Smash The Cake" contest with prizes hidden inside the cakes, including a $1000.00 gift card to Riddles Jewelry and the contestant that won that prize had a totally priceless look on her face when she found out what she had won! The even more crazy part of the contest is that the contestants could only use their elbows or mouth to find the prizes.
The 3rd Annual Bluffs Bridal Show was a true success and a huge thank you to Lisa Weborg and her staff, Dan D Party corner and their staff, all the extra people who helped put the show together and of course the entire Bluffs Bridal Show Team.
Jessica and Caden's Wedding - January 13th, 2018
Weborg 21 Centre, Gering, NE
Congratulations to this amazing couple!! Jessica contacted me last year as they were planning their big day and after talking with me about their wedding, they were excited to reserve The DJ Music System. Last July I was at the Weborg 21 Centre for another wedding where I was providing music for another couple's ceremony. Well, Jessica was one of the guests and we officially got to meet each other in person there and she said to me "Gary, I didn't know you did music for ceremonies, too. Can you play music at my ceremony?" Absolutely! I've been playing music more and more for ceremonies and enjoy it because I also get to be a part of the rehearsal and hang out with the wedding party.
Fast forward to January, 2018 and we all had a blast celebrating their wedding. A beautifully decorated venue, with a special ceremony, a gorgeous cake and cupcakes, dinner, toasts and dancing were many of the highlights of their day. Alex from Shangri-la Studio was there capturing pictures and I was taking pictures, too (seen on this page) and it was an honor to be a part of their wedding. Thank you again Jessica and Caden! I wish you two the very best!!
Picture this! A DJ who also takes professional looking pictures?
Occasionally I'll have people ask me "who does the pictures for your website (or on Facebook)?" While I consider myself a "DJ" first, I have taken an interest in photography, too. I have taken thousands of pictures over the years and captured some amazing moments that otherwise wouldn't exist.
About 10 years or so ago, I started taking pics with an old school digital camera. This may be one of the first times someone has used the words "old school" and "digital" in the same sentence and they were talking about the same thing. Well, after uploading the pictures, putting them through some editing software and seeing grainy images, I decided to upgrade. I now use a Canon camera that takes much sharper pictures, without the grain. I also upgraded my software to take these sharp pictures and bring out the best in color and effects.
I have worked with so many amazing photographers at weddings and have learned not only how to get those sentimental moments, but to also catch those "action" shots, as well. A photographer's day for a wedding generally starts early in the morning and usually wraps up about half way into the reception. I figure since I'm there for the entire reception, I'll continue to take pictures and share them. Sometimes my wife will stop by a wedding and take some pictures for me while I continue to play music, put on a great light show and do some emcee work. I don't charge extra for the pictures, it's simply my way of going the extra mile for my customers.
Hannah and Chad's Wedding:
Congratulations to Hannah and Chad! A beautiful ceremony and fun reception were held at the Weborg 21 Centre in Gering on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. The newlyweds were excited to exchange vows and celebrate their wedding and it was an honor being a part of their big day. Hannah and Chad were so nice and great to work with...and their family and friends were, as well. While we communicated mostly through email, I officially met them and their families at the rehearsal the night before the wedding. Pastor Giles did a fantastic job walking them through the rehearsal and also made their ceremony very meaningful. After an exchange of vows, rings placed on each other's hands and the announcement of the newlyweds, it was time to celebrate! Thank you again Hannah and Chad for choosing The DJ Music System for your ceremony and reception. I wish you two the very best!
Here is an email we received from Hannah after their wedding:
Thank you for everything that you did for our wedding! It was truly a pleasure to work with you, and we were very pleased with how everything turned out. I so appreciated how much you communicated with us prior to the wedding to get everything lined out as much as possible. It saved us from we trying to track you down the day of the wedding so that we could fully enjoy our day. It was greatly appreciated how much you communicated with everyone else as well (the pastor, the photographer, our families, etc.). You were TRULY a lifesaver in providing sound for our ceremony. My flower girl took a little longer than we expected, so we almost ran out of music, but you were able to continue the music in a smooth transition and made it all work out! And thank you, thank you for providing sound for the vocals. It was such a stress relief to know that you had it taken care of, and it sounded awesome! You were so amazing to work with us on our budget. And another huge plus to having you was the photographs you took. It was great to have one more person to get candid shots of the reception and dance. We loved all of those pictures. We really cannot thank you enough for everything that you did!
-Hannah and Chad
Looking back on the past few months, I am continually thankful for all the couples who chose The DJ Music System for their weddings. Being a part of these celebrations and seeing all happy faces is such an amazing opportunity and I appreciate every bride and groom who placed their trust in me to help make their wedding memorable.