Tuesday, April 7, 2015

DJ Joe Woolsey

  DJ Pat & DJ Joe

 (Joe stepped into the roll of Bartender when the guy they hired did a no show! Joe was my back up DJ that day and was delighted to help) 

I would like to introduce you to DJ Joe Woolsey. I met Joe a a few years ago while I was at a venue contracted to do lighting and Joe was the DJ. I actually met his equipment t before I met him. Took one look and thought to myself that this guy has his equipment on lock! He really had a professional set up and I was very impressed. He return to the room from changing into his suit. 

Once he entered I didn't recognize him as someone I knew. I didn't say anything right away I just wanted to see what he was going to do once he returned. While waiting for Joe I noticed the events coordinator was a bit under the gun getting centerpieces done. After Joe had returned he said to her, "do you need any help?" She said "um.... I think I do" Joe jumped right in and said "ok, what do you need me to do" and thats was it! I know I wanted to talk to him. 

After helping the coordinator I spoke to Joe briefly and asked him if he would call me after the weekend. Joe did call on like a Wednesday and I too;d him that I was interested in having a second in command at my office and I would like to meet him in person and talk to him. Even though he did impress me for just 15 minutes at the venue I still needed to know more about him. 

After that first interview I was hooked. Joe not only has the same philosophy for out business and has the education to back up what he says and does but he also, like me LOVES to do the job! After that meeting I hired him and started him working as soon as I could. Sand the rest is history. Since then Joe has not only become my most trusted partner but one of my best friends. 

I have attached a post on FB from a bride that said some amazing things. I also attached a link to read some reviews posted on wedding wire. You will see mine and Joe's all mixed to together so you will have to do some looking. 

Happy reading! DJ Pat


Monday, February 16, 2015

Disneyland Wedding By Sound Prodigy

And now another Disney wedding.....
Nestled between frontier and adventure towers at Disneyland is Rose Court Garden, the perfect place for a secluded Disneyland wedding. It’s so private that if you aren’t looking for it you may just miss it. This Rose Court Garden wedding was one of my favorites to DJ with my company Sound Prodigy because Disneyland weddings always have that extra element of magic and romance that you just can’t get anywhere else. I like the music I provide to fill the space with whatever atmosphere my bride and groom imagine on their big day. 
As usual I ended up working with Cynthia from Disney fairytale wedding and I also got to with with a fabulous photographer names Candice Benjamin. A truly wonderful photographer that was easy to work with and does amazing pictures. 
Robert and Melissa’s ceremony was like no other in this secret garden but that is not the only thing that Disneyland has to offer to make your wedding day special. The cocktail time was on a grass area called the Adventure Lawn which made the perfect backdrop and setting for the bride and groom to take pictures. The reception was in the Disneyland hotel’s sleeping beauty pavilion. 
For the reception the bride and groom wanting pink uplighting to really set an ambiance. The bride and groom also used Disney fast passes as place cards for the guests. They also had a pretty awesome UP theme to the wedding with an amazing assortment of props for the theming. Goofy even showed up to help cut the cake! After that it was party time where the clients danced the night away. 
DJ and Uplighting: http://soundprodigy.com
Photographer: http://www.candicebenjamin.com/
Cynthia Autry, Disney Weddings: https://www.disneyweddings.com/california/

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Once of the most AMAZING reviews I have ever had someone write for me. Thank you Lorrina & Aaron! 

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I used DJ Pat from Sound Prodigy for my wedding on 11/10 and could not have been happier!!!  Because of an uncontrollable mishap, I was left  DJ-less ONE WEEK before my wedding and frantic to find a replacement.  There I was emailing multiple Dj's requesting quotes and availability at 9'o clock at night..... I came across Sound Prodigy on wedding wire, I quickly looked up his website and YouTube videos and was very impressed. Like all my other inquiries I sent an email not expecting a response till the next day, but less then 10 minutes later I received a phone call from Dj Pat! He quickly apologized for calling so late, but since my wedding was less then 1 week away, he felt an immediate response was necessary. I told him the services I was requesting with lighting, some song editing, music for both ceremony and reception etc... I told him what I was originally going to pay for everything, understanding that all other quotes I had obtained were double if not more then what I had budgeted for. Dj Pat acknowledged that the price was on the lower side but sympathizing with the unfortunate predicament I was in, to my surprise he agreed to do more then what I was asking for at the same price I had planned on paying!!! He was so reassuring and comforting I could not help but cry with relief. He offered to meet me the very next day if I wanted, he set me up with an account that same night so I could easily give him all the songs I wanted played for my cocktail hour, dinner, ceremony etc. That week everything he promised was done at the time he promised it by. We talked, text, emailed everyday to make sure everything was planned to my liking. On the day of my wedding he was amazing!! The reception lighting was beautiful!! My ceremony music was perfect with the song editing and timing. He was so professional and well spoken. He had a very energetic and engaging voice, and kept to our time line flawlessly. My guests danced the entire time, I Cannot say enough great things about Dj Pat. Throughout the wedding I received compliments, and even after, everyone was very impressed by him!! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants a true professional wedding Dj. I will forever be grateful to Dj Pat!!!! Thank you!!!!!

9 Reasons Why Hiring an Amateur Wedding DJ Is a Huge Mistake

"If you think its expensive to hire a professional Wedding DJ, wait till you hire an amature"

What most couples who are planning a wedding don’t know is that saving money by hiring an amateur DJ for your wedding comes with a high price tag.  Before you make a decision you regret, here are some things you need to know.
1. There’s a high probability that a cheap (or free) DJ won’t be in business by the time your wedding arrives.
Many low-priced DJs aren’t charging enough to support their own businesses for the long term; you’re just financing their hobby.  Meanwhile, your wedding is 6-12 months away or more.
We’ve received those calls from desperate couples who had a “friend of a friend” DJ cancel on them last minute.  It’s not pretty.
Do you want to risk the possibility that the cheapie DJ is bankrupt and out of business before your big day?
2.  Amateurs are less invested in their performance than a wedding professional.
The amateur DJ is doing it “for fun,” and if something goes wrong, it’s not a big deal.  A wedding professional, on the other hand, risks his entire reputation and livelihood with every performance.  One bad review can destroy his business and he knows it.
At one wedding, the DJ brought along his wife and newborn.  Their table was littered with MacDonald’s bags and his wife decided to breastfeed the baby during dinner.
Would you rather have an entertainer who is 100% invested in his business and performance on your wedding day or someone who does it as a hobby?
3.  A wedding is a unique event that require the skills and experience of a wedding specialist for a smooth, flawless ceremony and reception.
It’s about more than just playing music.  Your wedding DJ is responsible for coordinating the timeline, orchestrating the introduction and flow of events, working with your other vendors, managing the guests, reading the crowd and making sure the right song is played at just the right time.
Even a DJ who is quite experienced in the club setting will be at a loss because she simply isn’t familiar with the flow of events and how to prevent disasters when something goes awry.
One inexperienced DJ mistakenly announced a special dance with the bride and her grandfather because he forgot to update his notes.  The entire family started crying because Grandpa had passed away two weeks earlier.
Are you willing to place the outcome of your wedding in the hands of someone who doesn’t “do” weddings for a living?
4.  Your guests won’t dance without an experienced entertainer who can read the crowd and keep the momentum going.
You have to play the right songs at the right time and in the right order to maintain dancing.  Oftentimes, the mood changes and your entertainer needs to change the program to maximize the dancing along the way.  
If she can’t mix from one song to another, you’ll have gaps of “dead air” or awkward rhythms that will frustrate your guests and clear the floor.
Many couples think that providing an amateur with a set list of songs they love will be enough to make a fun wedding.  It’s not.  You need someone with experience to work with your requests and what your guests are responding to in order to avoid an empty dance floor.
One bride regrets hiring her DJ because he played “Unforgettable” five times during the wedding because he didn’t know any other slow songs.
Are you willing to sacrifice the fun at your wedding to save money on a cheaper DJ?
5.  The MC (the guy or girl on the microphone) has a huge impact on the mood and outcome of your party, for better or worse.
An obnoxious DJ with an abrasive voice will irritate your guests and dampen the mood of the entire party.  Professional DJs invest in vocal training and practice to optimize their performance.
I personally witnessed one DJ and embarrass everyone by making suggestive comments to the bride over the microphone.
Do you want just anyone acting as your wedding host or do you want a professional speaker you can trust?
6.  Your special events may not happen if you don’t hire a specialist who’s experienced in channeling the flow of events.
Who will direct your bridal party and guests at the ceremony?  Who’s going to line them up for introductions?  Who’s in charge of making sure the toasts, special dances and dedications go without a hitch?
Just having the equipment and knowing how to push play doesn’t guarantee the people wrangling skills you need for a fun, smooth reception.  In most cases, your entertainer is the one who makes sure your special events are executed as you’ve requested.
One inexperienced DJ forgot to bring the couple’s First Dance song; they were forced to dance to Barbra Streisand, who they can’t stand.
Will you risk leaving your special events to chance or do you want to ensure that everything is done according to plan?
7.  An amateur doesn’t have the experience to include your unique requests in a way that truly expresses your personality AND keeps people dancing.
You can’t make your guests dance to the songs you like if they don’t feel the same way.  Your DJ needs to read the crowd and have the experience to build sets of music around your preferences.
An amateur DJ can play the songs you request, but lacks the experience necessary to make it work.
One bride told us her DJ played the unedited version of Sexxy Back during dinner and had five minutes of dead air while he queued up the next song.
Do you want your guests on the dance floor all night or is it acceptable to have large chunks of time with no dancing?
8. An amateur DJ has inadequate or non-existent backup equipment, which means that if something fails you have no music at your wedding.
A fully functional backup system on the premises is essential to making sure you have music at your wedding no matter what.  Most amateur DJs won’t have a backup plan if a speaker blows or a laptop crashes.
We were approached at the end of one wedding by a DJ in the next room who asked if he could “borrow our speakers” because his were broken.
Are you willing to takes your chances without a backup on your wedding day?
9.  DJs who charge less invest less into their equipment, which means you have inferior sound and performance at your wedding.
A stereo system that sounds great in your living room doesn’t sound good in a spacious wedding venue.  Professional speakers and equipment are necessary for clear sound that has impact at low volumes, so your guests can speak at the tables even while the dance floor is thumping.
If you want your guests to actually hear your exchange of vows at the ceremony, you’ll need professional equipment and an onsite tech to make sure that happens.
One DJ showed up at a venue for the first time without ANY speakers or mixer because he’s been told that he could, “use the venue’s sound system” and he didn’t call ahead to verify.
Are sound issues like blasting music or impossible to understand audio acceptable on your wedding day?
If you’re not planning to have any formal events at your wedding, and you’d like a cocktail party more than a dance party, it may make sense to save money by hiring a non-professional.  But if you’re investing thousands of dollars on creating the perfect day, please don’t jeopardize it by hiring someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing.

Your wedding day only happens once; make sure you hire a DJ who gets it right.
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About Stephanie Padovani
Stephanie is a Hudson Valley wedding insider, blogger, writer, and wedding business coach. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

For the last five years I have won consecutive back to back award "Best Of Weddings" from The Knot. With has now brought me to make this amazing announcement. I have have been selected as a recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings Hall Of Fame! The Knot Wedding Network is inducting wedding professionals who have won four or more Best of Weddings awards into a VIP group known as The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. Words do not express how thrilled and happy I am to be honored in this way. For me its like winning a Grammy, or an Oscar and even an Academy Award! I not only that my family and friends for the love and support I have received from them to presume my dream of being the BEST DJ I can but I also thank the many wedding professionals and my clients past and present for believing in me and what I can do. I feel like dancing!

Love DJ Pat

Couple Choice Award Winner For 2014 Sound Prodigy

So thrilled to be have been noticed AGAIN by my wonderful clients and recognized with the couples choice award from Wedding Wire for 2014! Yes people, this is what hard work looks like. Tonight's a celebration! 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ben & Mandy's Disney Wedding 2013


 In May of 2013 I did a wedding at Disneyland for Ben and Mandy. Their wedding was a morning to afternoon ceremony and reception. I was up early, had an awesome breakfast at Steakhouse 55 (yes they serve breakfast too) I had a sunrise burrito and some OJ and I was ready to go! After setting up my equipment and getting my suit on I started walking the area around the ceremony site waiting for things to get going. Little did I know that the maid of honor was also the sister to Mandy and her identical twin. This girl (who I thought was the bride) came up to me and said hello and started talking to me about a dance request she wanted a little later. And ( with a puzzled look on my face) I am like... Mandy don't you think you should be getting dressed into your gown? She laughed and said who she was and we both had a nice laugh! I have a picture of her in this blog as well with Mandy so you can see what I am talking about!
They had their ceremony at the Rose Court Garden. The cocktail time was at the Adventure land Lawn and the reception was in the Sleeping Beauty Pavilion. I have done many wedding here in the past and its one of my favorite locations to perform in at Disneyland. Ben and Mandy were an amazing couple. The Disney staff was perfect as always and we sure did have one amazing afternoon! I have to point out that this cake was like nothing I had seen before! It incorporated Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto all in one amazing towered confection of awesomeness! Speaking of Awesomeness I also ended up working with Jenna from White Rabbit Photo Boutique. One of my personal favorites to work with when I am at Disneyland. Jenna is always on time, always prepared and keep good communication with me during the event to make sure that we are working together. She also has a love for Disney like I do and I think it shows in her work and makes her a more valuable assets as a result. If you have a look at her work you will know what I am talking about. Another Disney Fairytale wedding come true and I am so happy that I was able to help! Thanks for reading!  DJ Pat

Disney Fairytale Weddings - https://www.disneyweddings.com/weddings/locations/
DJ Pat - Sound Prodigy - http://www.soundprodigy.com/ 
Jenna -  http://whiterabbitphotoboutique.com/

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