We love DJ Leslie and Seattle Parties!! They have been great and generous supporters of GHGH in the past, and this year was no exception. At last year’s auction, Leslie met Trae and Kym, an engaged couple facing a diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer. Moved by their story, Leslie offered to donate her services to their June 2011 wedding, which they very gratefully accepted. Also at the event, photographer Rick Takagi offered to donate his services, and here are a few photos from their big day!
For this year, Seattle Parties not only donated a fabulous $2,500 DJ and lighting package to our auction, they also provided their services to our Preview Party in August. Thank you so much!!
We asked Leslie what she loves about her work…
“When I meet with my clients I really like to get a feel for them musically. If they are like me, music has dotted my “lifeline” and I want to implement memory songs into the course of the evening, thus enhancing the happiness of the bride and groom on their wedding day. I have a play list of about 10 thousand songs for them to look through, with about 30 thousand songs in my total laptop library. For cocktail hour and dinner I like to play Mood Music–Jazz, Swing, Bossa Nova, World Music, Love Songs, Down tempo, mellow stuff from bands they both like. Then I can play anything their heart [or crowd] desires for dancing! I have an extensive collection from the turn of the last century to the present [ Scott Joplin to Lady Gaga!] I like to meet the couple over coffee to fine tune the musical selections and to get a sense of “who they are” so I can better custom tailor the event musically. There we go over [or create] the time line and special musical selections [first dance, bouquet toss, cake cutting--anything else they'd like to implement] – as well as discuss their definite “No’s” for the evening [ i.e.: bands/ songs they dislike] I’m also a pro at making announcements and working with the photographer and catering staff to make sure the time-line is running smoothly it. [i.e.: Well, folks--get those cameras ready because we will be cutting the cake in about 5 minutes" sort of thing] I’ve been doing this for so long I’m not ego-driven when it comes to weddings, I’m here for the client to play what they like and wonderful at reading a crowd and working the room. I am gracious when it comes to taking requests from the crowd as well. Every client is different, and that’s what keeps it interesting for me! It’s like I walk in with a blank canvas and leave with a picture that has been painted by the client and their guests. It really is an art!“
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