Madeline & Josh Ayers Wedding

A little about today’s wedding. A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of entertaining Amanda (Panholzer) & Stephen Hammocks wedding. So today was just as special to play at Amanda’s sister, Madeline and her new husband Josh Ayers’ wedding.

Rain didn’t stop the celebration at The Yorktown Freight Shed on Sunday, October 29, 2017.  We provided Ceremony Coverage under the tent, then moved inside The Freight Shed for Dinner and Dancing.  After their introduction Madeline and Josh had their first dance to “From The Ground Up” by Dan & Shay.  Madeline and her dad danced to “Cinderella” from Steven Curtis Chapman and Josh’s Mother/Son Dance was to “Humble And Kind” from Tim McGraw.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Congrats to Josh and Madeline and best wishes from #CDJNation. And congrats to Amanda and Stephen who have a beautiful baby girl (she was sleeping). #LoveMyJob

Ceremony Music:
Catering:  The Cooking Lady
Photography:  House of Amsel

Upcoming Bridal Shows for 2017

Here’s a quick list of upcoming Bridal Show where you can meet some of the staff at Colonial DJs.  We hope to see you there!

January 3rd-8th is Virginia Wedding Week, go to their website and get info and scheduled events.

January 8th, Coastal Virginia Magazine Bridal Show at The Founders Inn, Noon -4pm

January 15th  Uniquely Yours Bridal Showcase at the Norfolk Scope Exhibition Hall 11a- 4p.

January 22nd VOW Bridal Event at the Hampton Convention Center.  We are the featured DJs so definitely be there.  11a-4p

January 29th  ShowBride at the Newport News Marriott 2p-5p

February 19th  Inspired Bride Bridal Show at the DoubleTree in Williamsburg  1p-5p

February 26th  VOW Bridal Event at the VB Convention Center  11a-4p

New Preferred Vendors

We have added new vendors to our Preferred Vendor page.  If you are in need of event services, we recommend you call any of these vendors.  We feel you will receive the best professional service.  Make sure you tell them you were referred by Colonial DJs.

2015 Events

Part of my New Years Resolution (again) is to blog more about what’s going on a Colonial DJs.  So, to start things off I wanted to post a list of Events where you can visit and meet the Colonial DJs Staff.

Saturday/Sunday, January 17th & 18th Coastal Virginia Magazine Wine Festival Noon-7pm at the Virginia Beach Convention Center

Sunday, January 18th William & Mary Alumni House Bridal Show 1:00pm-3:30pm, William & Mary Alumni House

Saturday, January 24th, MyTime Womens Show presented by the Daily Press 10a-4:30p at the Hampton Roads Convention Center

Sunday, January 25th ShowBride Bridal Show, 2pm-5pm at the Newport News Marriott at City Center

Saturday, January 31st, National Fashion Designers Competition presented by Achi Magazine 6p-10p at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Sunday, February 8th, Modern Bridal Showcase, Noon-4pm at the Chesapeake Conference Center. We have tickets if you want to attend (while they last)

Sunday, February 15th, Be Inspired Bridal Show, Doubletree in Williamsburg

Sunday, February 22nd, Vow Bridal Show, Noon-4p at the Virginia Beach Convention Center

Sunday March 8th, Vow Bridal Show, Noon-4p at the Hampton Roads Convention Center


VOW Bridal Event Recap

Colonial DJs was the featured entertainment at the 2014 VOW Bridal Event.  Special Thanks to Barbara Anderson of Style Events and Katherine Byrd of VOW Magazine for allowing us to be a part of the show.  The double booth space allowed us ample room for the dual monitor setup, uplights and music.  We had Howard’s Colonial DJs van parked out front with music to greet the guests as they arrived at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  Colonial DJs Owner, Jeff Bristow was Co-Emcee with Luke Barton and handled announcements and prize giveaways as well as handled music throughout the entire show.  We had a great flow of traffic to the booth (pictured below) and we look forward to meeting new clients in the coming weeks.  We also want to thanks Kim Wadsworth, Vow Bride Magazine; Chris Lawson, Aviva Media Presentation; Dave Bell, Stage Right Lighting.

Vow Booth

Peninsula Wedding Professionals Meeting Recap

Nearly 50 guests attended the Peninsula Wedding Professionals Meeting at the CDJ office on Tuesday, February 18th.  We had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new members.  Special thanks to David Kiedinger and his staff at Big Top Entertainment for helping with the decor, and also my wonderful wife Debbie for helping put everthing together.  If you are a wedding professional based on the Peninsula or Williamsburg, join us at the next PWP Meeting at the Newport News Marriott at City Center.  Meeting Date is tentatively set for Thursday, March 13th.  Check the PWP Facebook page for updates and meet the members.

PWP photo 1 PWP photo 2

Upcoming Bridal Events

You are invited to join Colonial DJs at these upcoming Bridal Events:

  • Cedar Point Country Club located at 8056 Clubhouse Drive, Suffolk is hosting a Wedding Open House on Saturday, March 1st from 1p-4p.  Tour our event spaces, Taste our delicious food, Visit with our preferred vendors, Imagine Your Perfect Day at our Beautiful Waterfront Setting!  Visit for more information.
  • ShowBride is hosting the Spring Love Wedding Show on Sunday, March 30th from 2p-5p at the beautiful Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach.  Brides & Guests are $5 tickets online or $10 at the door. Grooms are FREE.  Visit for more info.
  • The Blossoms & Blooms Wedding show will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Norfolk Airport1500 North Military Highway Norfolk, VA 23502 on Sunday, April 27th from 2p-5p.  Brides & Guests are $5 tickets online or $10 at the door. Grooms are FREE  Visit for information on this and other exciting Bridal Events in the area.

In the Vineyard

On the evening of July 6th, 2013, Amanda Peters and Trey Phaup joined in matrimony in the tranquil setting of the Williamsburg Winery. Trey and Amanda’s story begins with a wonderful night with their mutual friends, who ended up becoming a bridesmaid and groomsman, so it was fitting that when they took their next step in their relationship, they were surrounded by their close family and friends. Their love radiates as they bring out the best in each other. The night was M.C.’d by our President, Jeff Bristow, which featured the Love Story package. To call this night fun would be an understatement, this night was a blast for all parties. The night started with Sung by Sam Hayes and they dancing never ceased.  As always at Colonial DJs, we are proud to provide you with a proud history of entertainment.




Major Events in July

Hello Future Brides and Grooms,

Here at Colonial DJs, we like to highlight some of the events each month on our blog as a token of appreciation to our customers. Over the next month, we will give you a glimpse inside the life of the party, as well as the beauty of marriage. The major events that we are highlighting  for July will be the Phaup Wedding, Corporate Event for  Massimo Zanetti, the Franz Wedding, The Vanderbusche Wedding and the Young Wedding. Also, we will highlight a specific DJ and Preferred Vendor each month and show why we only work with the absolute best in Virginia.