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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.

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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.


Michelle Beatley & Nick Johansen

I had the pleasure of spending July 28th with Michelle Beatley and Nick Johansen.  We provided sound support for their wedding ceremony at the Living Museum Amphitheater.  Then the group moved on for a great night at the Point Plaza Suites Hotel for Michell Beatley and Nick Johansen’s Signature Love Story wedding reception.  We welcomed the bridal party with “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida and had some interesting info about each of them.  After Chapter 1 of Nick and Michelle’s Love Story, we cranked up “Welcome To The Jungle” by Guns N’ Roses and brought the newlyweds into the ballroom for their first dance, a special voice-over remix of Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing”.  After a delicious dinner, Michelle and her dad danced to Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be”, followed by a special live performance by one of Nick and Michelle’s friends of “Forever Young”.   We led off a night of dancing with the Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling” and it was on from there.  The night concluded with a special Love Story Dance to “Marry Me” by Train which everyone came out and shared a special dance with Michelle and Nick.  The last dance of the evening was “Grow Old With You” by Adam Sandler.  Thanks to Nick and Michelle for a wonderful evening with you and your friends and family.

Melissa Ross & Michael Brock

Kingsmill Resort was the venue for Melissa Ross and Michael Brock’s very special day.  The rainy day didn’t dampen the spirits of this fun crowd who hit the dancefloor and didn’t stop dancing until The Wanted ended the night with “Glad You Came”.  Melissa and Mike started the night with their first dance “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton.  Melissa and her dad danced to “Unforgettable” while Mike and his mom shared a special mother son dance to “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.  Elgin Morris of Williamsburg Floral provided the beautiful Hydrangea and Sunflower Center peices while Wendy from Kingsmill Photographic services snapped the photos.  Mike and his fellow service members serenaded Melissa to “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, what a nice touch.  Congratulations and please stay in touch!!  Check out my photos of the night’s fun.

Burt Miller & Kimberly Rubiolo – July 21st, 2012

 Congratulations to Burt & Kimberly Miller who celebrated their Wedding on July 21st, 2012 at the Marriott City Center.  Allison and her staff provided amazing service and hospitality to all the family and friends throughout the evening.  The dancing kicked off with the Newlywed Dance and provided some great photos for Chrissy our photographer for the evening.  Thank you Burt & Kimberly for allowing me to share in this special day.  I hope that we created memories that will last you for the rest of your lives.  DJ Howie

Valia Wisniewski & Drew Maloney

Valia Wisniewski and Drew Maloney were married on July 14, 2012 and I had the honor of entertaining everyone at the reception.  The venue was the Bayview Club, formerly the Langley NCO Club, and it was beautifully decorated in a beach decor complete with Adirondack chairs and a jon boat that was used as the gift “table”.  Valia and Drew’s selection of  our Signature Love Story Package allowed me to share some really cool history about each of them and their relationship.  We also added uplighting around the room and a custom Monogram Gobo for the dancefloor.

The evening started with introductions of the wedding party to “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins.  After presenting chapter 1 of their love story, which is a brief bio of each of them, they made their grand entrance to “Honey Bee” by Blake Shelton.  Their first dance was a special voice-over remix of “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton which included various sound clips of the bride and groom captured during an interview session we had a couple of months ago.  Several guests and bridal party members teared up as Valia and Drew shared this special moment.  Valia and her dad danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw followed by Drew and his mom dancing to “Simple Man” by Shinedown.  Prior to the cake and toast, I presented Chapter 2 of their Love Story which tells of how Drew and Valia met, a little about their dating years and concludes with a little about the proposal.  I incorporate the third and final chapter as part of the “Love Story” Dance which includes all of the remaining guests joining Drew and Valia on the floor for this special dance.  As you can see in the pictures below, NO ONE was in their seats for this dance…besides, isn’t that why you hired us?

I was joined along side by Colonial DJs VP of Sales, Howard Alexander who was a big help with the lighting setup, photography was done by Heather Hughes and videography by Gary Randall.

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Tim & Kelly Kucala

Congratulations to the Lanata & Kucala families who came together to celebrate Tim & Kelly’s Wedding July 7th, 2012 at the Founders Inn, Virginia Beach.  What a great group of people who were ready to enjoy dinner and dancing throughout the night.  Decorations were provided by Danah from My Wedding Bag and the room looked amazing.  Lisa and her staff from the Founders Inn provided amazing service as always.  Thomas Sanderson was the photographer for the night and was able to get some great pictures from a packed dance floor.  Tim & Kelly I just want to thank you for allowing me to join in your celebration.  Hopefully we created some memories that you will cherish for the rest of your lives.