Ann Arbor Wedding, The Valley | Brooke + Nathan

Brooke and Nathan could not have had a more perfect wedding. Hosted at The Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan, their wedding was spectacular from beginning to end.

Brooke and her ladies started their morning in their own little cabin located right on The Valley property for hair and makeup. The boys had their own cabin, located on the other side of the large property- tucked away as to not see the bride before the big reveal. The ceremony was located in a beautiful open area surrounded by large trees and rustic wooden benches filled with loved ones. Cake cutting, speeches, and dinner was served under a giant tent perfectly decorated with sparkling lights and beautiful lanterns. The reception was moved into the gorgeous barn with tall ceilings and elegant chandeliers.

When we say that every single detail was ON POINT, from the personalized candy bars to the custom made drinks, we mean it! Even the weather knew it had to cooperate that day 🙂

We wish Brooke and Nathan nothing but amazing memories and eternal love. Congrats to The Broomes!

Vendors:

  • Venue- The Valley, Ann Arbor
  • Photographer- DJDC Productions | Becky Steffens
  • DJ- DJDC Productions | Bryce and Danny
  • Caterer- Wesley’s Catering
  • Dress- Mimi’s Bridal
  • Suits- Men’s Warehouse
  • Cake- Sweet Heather Anne
  • Florals- Saline Flowerland

Home Wedding in Saline, Michigan/ Cheryl + Brian

Like many weddings in 2020, Cheryl and Brian’s wedding was impacted by Covid-19. Initially set to take place in Dexter, MI- the couple had to change their plans from a larger wedding to an intimate wedding. The venue: their home in Saline, MI.

While their plans did change, that did not damper their big day. Together with their family (and extended family/friends via Facebook Live), Cheryl and Brian said their vows standing in their beautifully decorated living room with rows of chairs creating an aisle. As soon as the “I Do’s” were said, the Nerf guns came out and the room erupted in a fiery blaze of blue spongy bullets.

After the ceremony, heartfelt speeches were given and delicious food was consumed. If you haven’t tried Hotel Hickman BBQ, I suggest you do!
https://www.hotelhickman.com/about-us.html.  

…And of course, more Nerf wars…

The couple ended their night with cake cutting, dancing, and laughter. The perfect ending to the perfect day, with the perfect couple.

Oh… and in case you were wondering… another Nerf war broke out 🙂

Congratulations Cheryl & Brian! Your wedding was beautiful and so were you!

DJDC Productions Partners with Becky Steffens Photography; Offers Complete Event Day Services

Ann Arbor, MI – [February 25, 2019] – DJDC Productions, LLC will begin a partnership with Becky Steffens Photography, LLC to offer its clients a more robust selection of event services. 

Starting August 1st, 2019, the two companies will partner to enhance DJDC Productions’ already impressive list of event day amenities. These features include DJ services, photography packages, dancefloor lighting, up-lighting, ceremony/cocktail hour audio, photobooth, and a Ring Roamer.  

Becky Steffens Photography is an established wedding and portrait photography company based in the Metro Detroit area and offers multiple photographers to capture a wide variety of styles and genres.  Focusing on a photojournalistic approach, Becky Steffens Photography veers away from static, posed photography and centers around capturing the event in a natural, but directed, approach.

By combining forces, DJDC Productions allows its clients to bundle services and save.  Customers will have the ability to save $250 on packages when booking DJ services and Photography together within DJDC Productions. 

When asked why DJDC Productions decided to partner with Becky Steffens Photography, Derrick Castenholz, owner of DJDC Productions replied, “It just makes sense.  Many people are hiring both DJ and photography services for an event- so why not make the process easy, and allow them to save money at the same time.” 

Becky Steffens, owner of Becky Steffens Photography, continued by saying “The relationship between photographer and DJ is so important during events.  As a photographer, you depend on the DJ to communicate with you throughout the day and work with you in terms of lighting- but that doesn’t always happen. By teaming up with this amazing company- I know that I don’t have to worry about that any longer- and my clients will see the benefits in the photographs.”

To view DJDC Production’s photography information, including packages and gallery, please visit: http://eliixm12.sg-host.com/photography/

For more information about the partnership, or to inquire about everything that DJDC Productions has to offer, contact Derrick Castenholz at (734) 707-1712 or email to dc@eliixm12.sg-host.com.

“DJs Against Domestic Violence” Fundraiser for SafeHouse Center Recap | LIVE Nightclub

On February 16, 2019, DJDC Production’s hosted a “Safe & Sound” fundraiser for SafeHouse Center, held at LIVE Nightclub in Ann Arbor. 

Seven DJs and two MCs from DJDC Productions entertained the dynamic crowd at LIVE with the help from the nightclub’s amazing sound tech. Between the club’s remarkable sound system and incredible lighting- DJDC Productions was able to raise $521 in donations for SafeHouse Center- an organization that provides support for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

“We do this event because we love the organization, and we love entertaining,” says Derrick Castenholz, owner of DJDC Productions.  “Quan, one of our MCs, jumped down into the crowd and started teaching everyone how to line dance. And when a 25 person bachelorette party came in- our DJs switched up their style to accommodate the group,” he says.

This is the second time that DJDC Productions has hosted the “DJs Against Domestic Violence” charity event, and they look forward to their continued partnership with the organization. “This is just a tiny part of the support that they need and deserve,” Derrick says, “And we are honored to be able to help in the only way we know how- through the use of music.”

Take a look at the photos from the amazing night, and to make a donation directly to SafeHouse Center, visit: https://www.safehousecenter.org/donate/.

  Photo Credit: Mike Williams, DJDC Productions Photography

DJ DC to Team up with Ann Arbor’s SafeHouse Center for Charity Event


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: [February 12, 2019]

FOR QUESTIONS CONTACT:        

DJDC Productions, LLC

Derrick Castenholz | Owner

734-707-1712, dc@eliixm12.sg-host.com

Ann Arbor, MI – [February 12, 2019] – DJDC Productions will be hosting a “DJs Against Domestic Violence” charity event for the SafeHouse Center Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 6PM to 9:30PM.  The event will take place at LIVE Nightclub located at 102 S 1st St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. 

The SafeHouse Center provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault, and offers free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County.

DJDC Productions and the SafeHouse Center are asking for $10 donations of gift cards to Meijer or Walmart, or $10 in cash, check or card to benefit survivors in the community. Those who attend can expect a fun night of dancing to the creative styles of DJDC Productions.

Derrick Castenholz, owner of DJDC Productions, explains why this is such an important event to his company. “Deborah Kern, the Development Director at SafeHouse Center, is a very special person who is passionate about helping the over 5,000 survivors and their children each year,” Derrick says,  “She was kind enough to give us a tour of the facility and provide us with the information on their services and support- and we wanted to help.”

This is the second time DJDC Productions has hosted the “DJs Against Domestic Violence” charity event, and is excited about what the fundraiser will develop into. “This is just a tiny part of the support that they need and deserve,” Derrick says, “And we are honored to be able to help in the only way we know how- through the use of music.” 

Donations can be made directly to SafeHouse Center by visiting https://www.safehousecenter.org/donate/.

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About DJDC Productions, LLC

With a diverse and experienced staff, DJDC Productions, LLC provides event support including DJ service, photography packages, dance floor lighting, uplighting, ceremony/cocktail hour audio, and photo booth services.  DJDC Production’s entertainers come from many different backgrounds, and their photography department offers a range of styles from photojournalistic to dramatic- and everything in between. DJDC Productions is your home for all of your events needs. 

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www.djdcproductions.com | 734-707-1712

James Blacks Top 40 Country Cocktail List


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Our secret weapon when it comes to country music is James Black.  This playlist has a bit of old and new! It will make you want to sing along during cocktail hour instead of fall asleep.  These songs can also be used during any country dinner or rustic barn setting.  James is a true representation of the diverse personalities and skill sets that separate us from the competition.  Please enjoy this list below:

 

Song Artist
HoneybeeBlake Shelton
It’s Your Love Tim McGraw
Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full HouseGarth Brooks
I like it, I love itTim McGraw
Live like you Were DyingTim McGraw
No One Needs To KnowShania Twain
Chicken FriedZac Brown Band
American Saturday NightBrad Paisley
Old Alabama (Feat. Alabama)Brad Paisley
The WeekendBradley Gilbert
UnforgettableThomas Rhett
Crash and Burn Thomas Rhett
Drink a Little Beer (Feat. Rhett Akins)Thomas Rhett
Give it all We got TonightGeorge Straight
Check Yes or NOGeorge Straight
Carrying your love with me George Straight
Papa Loved Mama Garth Brooks
American Honky-Tonk Bar AssociationGarth Brooks
This One’s for the GirlsMartina McBride
Two Pina ColadasGarth Brooks
A Broken WingMartina McBride
Wide Open SpacesDixie Chicks
Goodbye EarlDixie Chicks
Blown AwayCarrie Underwood
Good Girl Carrie Underwood
Last NameCarrie Underwood
All- American GirlCarrie Underwood
Wagon WheelDarius Rucker
Yeah BoyKelsea Ballerini
Love Me Like you Mean itKelsea Ballerini
Girl In a Country SongMaddie & Tae
Shut Up and FishMaddie & Tae
All my Friends SayLuke Bryan
Home Alone TonightLuke Bryan
Country ManLuke Bryan
Any old Bar Stool Jason Aldean
Don’t you Want to StayJason Aldean
I like the Sound of thatRascal Flatts
Fast Cars and Freedom Rascal Flatts
Mayberry Rascal Flatts

 

Top 30 Edgy Singer Songwriter Songs for Dinner


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Please enjoy DJ Just Bs totally original, super edgy list that’s guaranteed to set your apart from everyone else’s.

1 White Wedding – Billy Idol Virgin Magnetic Material Remix
2 Hey Ho – Lumineers
3 Fool For Love – Lord Huron
4 You and Me – Penny and The Three Quarters
5 The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
6 Wild Horses – Rolling Stones
7 Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan
8 Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine
9 The Other Side – Alessia Cara
10 Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
11 You Are My Best Friend – Queen
12 Hold On – Alabama Shakes
13 The Boys Are Back In – Phil Retrospects Heaven Thin Lizzy remix
14 I Always Love You – Dolly Parton
15 Look At How Far We’ve Come – Hot Chip
16 Fidelity – Regina Spektor
17 By Your Side – Sade
18 Feels – Kiiara
19 Night by Night – Chromeo scream remix
20 Love Saves the Day Kathy Diamond
21 Fantasy – Alina Baraz
22 One and Only – Adele
23 Just the Two of Us – Bill Withers
24 Bittersweet Waiting Game – Yes king remix
25 Until The End – Norah Jones
26 My World Is Empty Without You – Diana Ross drop out Orchestra remix
27 Across the Universe – Fiona Apple
28 Starman – David Bowie
29 Hazy – Rosie Gosselin
30 You and I – Stevie Wonder

25 Irie Reggae Wedding Songs Mon

DJ Adrenalin came to us all the way from Trinidad and he oozes Island Vibes.  He’s graced us with 25 Reggae songs for your wedding in alphabetical order.  Enjoy these Cool Runnings!

Always On My Mind (Remix)Daville Ft Sean Paul
AngelShaggy Ft Rayvon
Boombastic (Sting Remix)Shaggy
Close To YouMaxi Priest
Could You Be LovedBob Marley
Hold YuhGyptian
I’m Still In Love With YouSean Paul Ft Sasha
Just A Lil Bit LongerMaxi Priest
Knocking On Heavens DoorEd Robinson
Let Me Love You DownSanchez
Loving YouKES The Band Ft. Tessanne Chin
Mr. LovermanShabba Ranks
Red Red WineUB40
She’s RoyalTarrus Riley
Soul ProviderRomain Virgo
Stay With MeRomain Virgo
Sweat (A la la la Long)Inner Circle
Telephone LoveJC Lodge
Tempted To TouchBeres Hammond
They Gonna TalkBeres Hammond
Too ExperienceBarrington Levy
Turn Your Lights Down LowLauryn Hill & Bob Marley
Waiting In VainBob Marley
WinnerFreddie McGregor
Your Love Is My LoveTerry Linen

Top 25 Soul Cocktail Hour Songs


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Once again one of our DJ’s has knocked it out of the park with a totally original list to set your reception apart from all others.  DJ Just B poured his soul into this list.  Preparation and song selection is everything, we are so lucky to have him sharing his secret set list with the world!

 

1. Have You Seen Her – Chi Lites

2. People Make the World Go Round – Stylistics
3. Rather Be With You – Bootsy Collins
4. Supernatural Love- Ben E King
5. Love and Happiness – Al Green
6. Let’s Do It Again – Staple Singers
7. Moments of Love – Art of Noise
8. Cherish the Day – Sade
9. This is a Man’s World – James Brown
10. California Soul – Marlena Shaw
11. Tonight is the Night – Betty Wright
12. Be Thankful – William Devaughn
13. That’s Where It’s At – Sam Cooke
14. Let the Dollar Circulate – Billy Paul
15. Could It Be I’m Falling in Love – Detroit Spinners
16. You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman –  Aretha Franklin
17. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
18. Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers
18. Baby I’m For Real – The Originals
20. I Believe – Stevie Wonder
21. Crazy About You  – Adele
22. Didn’t I – Delphonics
23. You Are My Heaven – Donnie Hathaway
24. I’ll Take You There  – Staple Singers
25. Easy – The Commodores
Bonus Track: The Floaters – Float On
Bonus Track: I’m Falling in Love With You – Little Anthony and The Imperials

Top 25 African Wedding Songs

Our very own DJ Maxx Makau has developed one of the most original wedding lists you will ever find.  His musical knowledge spans continents!  Originally from Kenya, Maxx finds unique rhythms and music that most DJ’s in the United States can’t.  If you want a unique African style setting at your wedding, then look no further, this is the list for you!

 

1.     Mc Galaxy – Iyaya Eh (Nigeria)

2.     Brenda Fassie – Wedding Day (South Africa)

3.     Flavour ft. Chidinma – Ololufe (Nigeria)

4.     Malaika – Mmatswale (South Africa)

5.     Flavour – Golibe (Nigeria)

6.     Dan Aceda – Safari (Kenya)

7.     Meddy – Nasara (Rwanda)

8.     King James – Yantuye (Rwanda)

9.     Rich Mavoko – Marry Me (Tanzania)

10. Tiwa Savage – My Darlin’ (Nigeria)

11. Soweto Gospel Choir – Sikulandile (South Africa)

12. 2Face – African Queen (Nigeria)

13. Sauti Sol – Sura Yako (Kenya)

14. Tom Close – Byararangiye (Rwanda)

15. Big Nuz ft. Mthethwa – Incwadi Yohando (South Africa)

16. Wizboyy Ofuasia ft. Teeyah – Lovinjitis (Nigeria)

17. Solid Star ft. Flavour – Oluchi (Nigeria)

18. Mafikizolo ft. May D – Happiness (S. Africa / Nigeria)

19. Wizkid – On Top Your Matter (Nigeria)

20. Brenda Fassie – Vulindlela (South Africa)

21. Bisa Kdei – Odo Carpenter (Ghana)

22. Miriam Makeba – The Click Song (South Africa)

23. Theo – Ukhona (South Africa)

24. Theo – Usi sthandwa sam (South Africa)

25. M.O.G – Wedding Day (Kenya)