New Member! Masterful Musicians – Colorado Wedding Musicians

Happy Thursday everyone!

I hope that your Independence Day holiday was an amazing one. We watched the fireworks in NYC last night, shot off of four barges in the river and it was AMAZING! I know that fire and fireworks have been a hot button topic in Colorado because of the recent fires, we want to make sure that everyone is safe. Please know that we are keeping all of you in our prayers, and if you have a need that we might be able to help with, please don’t hesitate to contact The Wedding Connectors.

We have several new members that I would love to introduce to you over the next few weeks! The first is a group of amazing musicians that are available to play in weddings and other events. I have listened to the classical guitarists and *swoon* – I could seriously just sit with a glass of wine and listen to them for hours. They are AMAZING!

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Masterful Musicians is a network of highly trained musicians. Their registered Musicians have studied at prestigious universities and have obtained their Masters degree or higher. Why is having an advanced degree important? It simply means that the quality of music you receive is guaranteed by six years of professional training. Whether you are looking for a jazz combo, classical guitar, a chamber ensemble, string quartet, wind ensemble, harp, flute or vocals, Masterful Musicians has the music you need. Many of the musicians in our network combine teaching at the university level with providing private performances. This network doesn’t just “play” music, we live it.

Masterful Musicians has a huge variety of musicians, from violinists to horn players, to vocalists! They have performed all over the world in some of the most notable venues, including Carnegie Hall. They would be an amazing addition to your special day, and we are SO happy to have them as a part of our group!

Welcome Suzanne and Masterful Musicians!

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Glowing Reviews: Julie Kemerling of A Fine Photographer, Red Rocks Wedding, Colorado Wedding Photographer

Happy Thursday everyone!

We had an amazing On Tour event on Monday, the photos will be up soon! In the meantime, we have another glowing review from one of our group of professionals. Julie Kemerling is the owner and photographer for A Fine Photographer, she specializes in weddings. Digital photography has allowed people to get into photography like never before, and that is super exciting! But when it comes to your wedding day, do you really want to trust those photos that you will NEVER GET BACK to a friend who has never done it before? Yes, I’m sure they take great pictures of their kids. But this is your big day. You’ve worked so hard on the details, trust them to someone who is professional and will capture them correctly and beautifully.

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Julie is just an amazing photographer! My husband and I were so happy that we chose her to photograph our wedding. Our initial decision to go with Julie was based on her professionalism, great resume and impressive portfolio.

Needless to say what we found out after working with Julie is that we got a whole lot more than what we initially thought. We got peace of mind. Julie is experienced and is very familiar with the flow of weddings and the planning involved. She was already a step ahead of us and helped guide us through how to plan out the day. Julie was always prompt, well prepared, and reachable. And she creates this wonderful DVD of your images set to music that captures the entire day beautifully! The DVD is so well done – we just love it.

When we chose Julie we got a professional. She takes the time necessary to ensure your images come out perfect. She even pays attention to the packaging she uses to deliver your images to you. The other thing that we noticed after reviewing our wedding photos is how she was able to get some of the more intimate shots….like the father/bride walking down the aisle or us saying our vows/exchanging rings…where was she standing?! All we know is she is stealth…there was never a moment when she was in the way or disrupted the ceremony or reception.

We got a fun and friendly personality. Julie has a very easy-going personality which is truly refreshing and calming on a very hectic and chaotic day! Julie would do extra little things for us (like giving us a 5 x 7 copy of one of the prints that she liked of us or staying 10 – 15 minutes later at the reception) that she didn’t itemize us for later which was a really nice touch and meant a lot. She includes most everything in her packages already, so you don’t have to worry about it later. Julie is just a gem and we’ll use her for all of our photography going forward. Her photography is a work of art, simply beautiful and unique. – Jessica & Korey Married at Red Rocks

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Glowing Reviews: Linda Malone of Floral Design by Linda, Colorado Wedding Florist & Design

The beautiful Mrs. Linda Malone received a wonderful review from a recent bride for her floral design! With the gorgeous weather, I thought the yellow flowers were QUITE appropriate! Who doesn’t love a little springtime color?

Flowers can add SO much to a wedding, and as someone who is flower challenged, I can promise you that putting them together is not as easy as it may look! Linda does a wonderful job of putting together colors that work well, with flowers that are fresh and complimentary to the overall day. And it’s interesting that the review says “You met my vision perfectly!” Brides, have you ever had someone completely ignore what you want and blow you off? Mmmhmm… no fun. It’s important to work with wedding professionals that listen to you and work with your vision to plan and execute your perfect day! Never accept less than awesome when it comes to your wedding!

The flowers were exactly what I wanted. You met my vision perfectly! I absolutely loved my bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets. I loved the corsages and boutonnieres too. I always felt at ease as we discussed all the details and the confirmation of the flowers. I loved the thank you cards you sent, very personalized. Linda, thank you so much for everything. You did a great job and I will refer you to anyone I know who is getting married!
– Ashley Tomlin

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Photo Credit: Jennifer Elaine Photography

Congratulations on the awesome review Linda!! It’s always good to hear from real brides with real information about their weddings.

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A TWC Member Has Been Published! The Papery Willow, Wedding Stationery, Denver, CO

Happy Friday!!

Wow, another publication. For anyone not in the wedding industry, when you work together with another set of professionals and a publication decides to show off your work, it’s an honor and pretty awesome. 🙂 This can happen one of two ways – an actual wedding, or a stylized shoot. Either way, a lot of vendors work hard to make the day perfect, so when a publication or blog thinks the work is beautiful, it’s a little bit of validation that you did a good job. A way to know that your work was appreciated by someone other than the vendors you worked with!

The Papery Willow is an invitation and stationery company headed up by our own Babette Canacari. She was recently published on one of Colorado’s top wedding blogs, Couture Colorado. Babette makes invitations and other pieces for weddings by hand, and they always turn out beautifully!

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Photographer: Jensen Sutta

Congratulations Babette, you are so talented and artistic! You can read the full post on Couture Colorado, here!

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Glowing Reviews: Reverend Chris Mohr, Colorado Wedding Officiant

Happy Wednesday to everyone! WEDDING Wednesday even! What an appropriate day for another glowing reviews post about one of our members!

Right now is one of the busiest booking seasons for newly engaged couples to find their wedding professionals. The Wedding Connectors has a hand selected group of professionals that have been proven to be responsible, ethical, and most of all – will make sure that your day is amazing. The reviews keep coming in!

Chris Mohr is an officiant in Colorado, traveling all over the state to perform weddings. He is thoughtful and sincere, and his genuine concern for his couples shows in his work!

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“I always thought that on my wedding day I would be a wreck because my father wasn’t alive to give me away. You read a poem that he wrote, and somehow I felt he was really there with us. It really meant a lot. You have such a calming voice, and it helped me get through the ceremony.” – Kathleen

“Philip and I want to thank you again for the beautiful ceremony, especially thank you for your overwhelmingly kind words and sincere expression of love. You made the beginning of our lives together so special and so beautiful.” –Philip and Loretta

An officiant is something that a lot of couples don’t think about when it comes to their wedding. There are so many details to attend to that are visible and stay front of mind – flowers, food, music… but the officiant can set the tone for your day! You don’t want someone that will drag the ceremony out, so that your guests are sitting uncomfortably for too long. Someone with experience, that is mindful of what you and your fiance want in your ceremony is SO important! Don’t skip over the officiant too quickly, choose someone that will be a good match for you, your fiance, and your guests!

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A TWC Member Has Been Published!

Hello friends!

I first would like to say that our networking event last night was fan-flippin’-tastic! The Clock Tower was an amazing venue, and there were a lot of awesome wedding professionals there! But more on that later, with photos. Coming soon, I promise!

Today we would love to share a recent accomplishment of one of our members, Mrs. Sarah Roshan, of Sarah Roshan Photography. (Formerly TruLife Photography)

Sarah specializes in mountain weddings, and has recently been published on WeddingWire’s blog! Colorado has some pretty amazing venues, particularly in the mountains. Winter Park may be a drive up a super windy road, but when you arrive the scenery is breathtaking!

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Congratulations Sarah, on being published with WeddingWire! View the full blog post on WeddingWire here.

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Glowing Reviews: DJ West, Colorado Wedding DJ

I’ve wondered how to write this post, since I was the original author of the review – ha! However, since the review was written, so much has changed, and West Shirley is now a member of The Wedding Connectors! So because I wrote the review, I can’t very well speak in the third person, right? For this week’s installment of Glowing Reviews, he asked that I share the review with all of you.

A reminder about this series: Glowing Reviews was created for various members of The Wedding Connectors is to share information from REAL brides. These reviews are all from brides that have hired our members, and the reviews are also posted in various places online. To get a real feel for how someone will respond on your wedding day, we feel that it’s important to share this information. Anyone can tell you how great they are on their own website, but what do their clients say? How do their clients feel after the fact, when the last drink has been poured, and the professional impression is imprinted and done? The Wedding Connectors is committed to high standards of service, and these reviews are representative of the service that you can expect when you decide to trust one of our professionals with your day.

So! That being said, without further adieu, I would love to share with you a glowing review for DJ West Shirley and his entertainment company.

It’s kind of funny how we met. At the end of 2010, after getting engaged that summer, I went to a bridal show with my cousin. This wasn’t one of the huge bridal expos, it was a small, intimate setting at Maggiano’s. It was my first one and we were just kind of browsing. At the time I wasn’t shooting weddings so I didn’t have a lot of information about vendors and what to choose, so we were checking things out. We talked with vendors, had some awesome cookies and met West. No, not the direction, I’m not confused – that is his name – West Shirley. He was the DJ for the event, and when we met him I was instantly hooked. He has a type of energy about him that is addicting. West is such a positive person with an amazing vibe, he’s the kind of person that you just want to be around! I told him that my fiance is a musician and we would be very picky about the music, and he was totally fine with that (whew!). He told us that his wife came to all of the weddings with him to help out, which sounded pretty cool as well. So voila, we had a DJ. Seems to good to be true, right? We liked what he had to offer, the price was within our budget, and he just seemed to be a pretty awesome person in general.

There are a few places where brides try to save money, and DJ is one of them. After all, you can just hook up your iPod and press play, right? Wrong. A DJ keeps the night moving. They are the ones that can help if someone has had too much to drink. They can decide that maybe we need a slow song because things are getting out of control. They can handle the song requests that are completely inappropriate, and do so with professionalism and a sense of humor. In our case, they had to work with a script that was a little goofy too.

Before I continue, there’s something to understand about wedding vendors. Things happen on wedding days, things go crazy, people can act a little looney, and sometimes things just don’t work the way we plan for them to. It’s life, it’s just the way it is. I’ve found that vendors can fit into one of two categories – 1. They go with the flow and help wherever necessary, or 2. They say that it’s not their job and try to avoid the situation. Umm… you can imagine which one is more enjoyable to work with, and better for the bride and groom!

Fast forward to June 2011, I had the opportunity to actually WORK with West at Lorynne and Chuck’s wedding. West is most definitely a type 1 wedding vendor. He and I communicated throughout the day to make sure that the wedding was awesome. Not only that, but I got the chance to meet his wife, Chris. WOW what an unbelievable help she is! How is it possible that two such amazing people fell into my lap because of a bridal show at Maggiano’s? Example of awesomeness: at this wedding, I wasn’t the bride. I wasn’t the mother of the bride, or anyone that was to be impressed that evening. Let’s face it, at weddings, the bride is pampered and catered to, provided she hired the right vendors. I was just the photographer. And when I was on the golf course (not even CLOSE to the reception site) and miserable because of my allergies, Chris brought me allergy medicine and water. Oh I was shooting, grinning and bearing it, and I kept saying I was okay – we’ve all been there right? I had a mission (awesome photos of the bride and groom) and nothing was going to get in the way. But she looked at my swollen eyes and knew that I needed help. She made sure that not only were the bride and groom taken care of, but I was too. AH-MAZING.

When our wedding day rolled around in September, I had not only worked with West at a wedding beforehand, but had gotten to know both he and Chris a little better. We went to dinner to discuss details, and just ended up having a good time over some Sangria and pizza! (Can’t go wrong with that, right?) We finalized the song details, and talked about our introductions – which were definitely different! We asked West and Chris to do things that were a little different and fun, that were a little beyond just playing music. Instead of complaining or saying “that’s not my job” they embraced it and were excited to do it!

For any of you that have seen sneak peeks of our wedding photos on Facebook, remember the fun uplighting behind us? West provided all of the lighting for our reception. Lighting can make or break a party, I promise. As a photographer, I’m even MORE aware of this. West and Chris attended our walk-through (not a usual DJ effort) to make sure that they knew the layout so that he could set up the lighting to look wonderful! They were both with us every step of the way – going out of their way to make sure that we were taken care of. When I forgot to take the flash drive of music to the right location, Chris was there to pick it up from me so I didn’t have to worry about it. When we arrived at the ceremony and reception location, setup was already in progress, and they handled the sound for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. After all, we were in a garden and wanted to make sure that our guests could hear everything! Chris made sure that she knew each vendor, and they all worked together wonderfully. While we were taking family photos, Chris helped to round people up, while West was finishing the setup for both locations. And just to understand here… the locations weren’t close. We had pedicabs for guests that were unable to walk that distance. West was hauling stuff back and forth, to make sure that the sound setup was perfect. Every time Chris walked by me, she stopped me and asked if I needed anything. EVERY time. West was taking care of the music, Chris was taking care of us and our guests.

Another LOVE for Mr. West – he has a bit of a different style when it comes to being a wedding DJ. One factor in our decision was that we didn’t want the obnoxious DJ that is singing along to the music, vying for attention. We’ve all seen that horrendous video where the DJ is using some poor chick’s bosom for drums, right? That’s exactly what we DIDN’T want. We wanted someone more laid back, someone that would play what we wanted but was able to look at our playlist and know what we wanted, even if we didn’t add it. Someone that would be a master of ceremonies and control the flow of the evening, without completely taking over everything and being THAT guy.

West and Chris are an amazing team. He keeps everything going, moves the party through the night, and oversees everything, while Chris engages with the guests and makes sure that everyone is taken care of and having a great time. And not just the bride and groom. She talks to everyone, and makes sure that everything is going smoothly! I swear, by the end of the night, I think she danced with everyone at our wedding! She’s the gorgeous chick that’s asking everyone to dance, and the guys just can’t turn her down. And what mother of the bride will turn down a dance when the father of the bride is busy with another duty?

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Between Chris and Julie (our day-of coordinator), my every need was taken care of. And West made the reception look and sound amazing. A wedding really takes a big team of people to make it happen and make it awesome, and I’m so, SO glad that DJ West and Chris were a part of that team. They are so much more than just a DJ, and I HIGHLY recommend talking with West if you’re planning your wedding. You can find his website here – contact him, they are definitely two people you want on your day! They do other events as well, so if you have a party coming up and need some help, check them out.

West and Chris – wow. I am humbled by your attitude of service, and sincerity. Thank you so much for the countless things that you did for us on our big day. We had so much fun getting to know you, and instead of just another vendor, we feel like we have become friends.

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I can’t say enough about DJ West and his wife, Chris. I have worked with them professionally, and I was a bride that hired them. They are simply amazing! If you would like more information about The Wedding Connectors or DJ West and Chris, please click on one of the links below!

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