Happy Tuesday Everyone! Recently, Brandon and I had the privilege of being interviewed for a guest blog piece on Twin Oaks Farm Wedding’s Blog (see the original post here). Laura Lyn did a great job drawing us out with the questions she chose to ask, and we thought all of you might like to know us a little more intimately as well. So here you go!
Will you share your love story with us? How did you guys meet?
Brandon and I met while I was visiting a friend of mine in Albany, GA for the weekend. I lived in Florida at the time, and Brandon was down in Albany visiting the same couple on the same weekend. I found out later that he had heard I was coming and wanted to meet me. I, on the other hand, had absolutely no idea who he was until I met him that weekend. I didn’t even pay him much attention until Saturday night when everyone decided to begin singing karaoke. He went up to sing, and to my surprise, he was very good! It peaked my interest in him, and the rest is really history. We’ve been together ever since.
What was your wedding like?
Our wedding?! Well, let’s start by saying this. From the time we got engaged to the time we got married was 7 weeks!! Yes, we planned our wedding in 7 weeks, and no, we weren’t pregnant. lol Our schedules were just very busy at the time and spring wedding season was quickly approaching and is one of our busiest times from a business standpoint so we decided why not just go ahead and get it done. Thanks to the fact that we had so many great friends in the wedding industry we were able to pull together an amazing winter wonderland themed wedding in just weeks. We had a small intimate garden ceremony with only 30 guests and then followed up with a large 250 guest wedding reception in Downtown Macon. It was truly a blast and we wouldn’t change a thing!
Alright, tell me a little about your DJ business. When did you open? What do you specialize in?
Brandon created the business in August 2011 under its original name Macon Nite Life. When he initially started, his focus was on small events and evening karaoke gigs because at the time he was still employed full time as an electrician. We met in February 2012, and I still remember asking him what he did for a living, and he said, “I’ve been an electrician for 12 years, and that’s what I do full time, but I’ve also recently started a DJ company.” When he mentioned the “DJ company part” I literally laughed and moved on to something else because it didn’t sound like a “real job” to me. Well fast forward a few more months, and I went with him to a wedding he was DJing. As I was there, I started to see that being a Wedding DJ is so much more than the random party DJs that I had seen in the past. As a wedding DJ, you truly have to command your audience. You have a lot on your shoulders and so many things to coordinate. There are no second chances once you pick up that mic, it’s on you to make sure that your couples special day is exactly the way that they wanted it. To my surprise, Brandon did this very well, and I thought to myself I think we should do this DJ company thing and if we are going to do it, we need to do all that we can to be the very best. So…..six years have now past since that wedding, and many changes have been made. Brandon said goodbye to electrical work. We now are known as Legacy Events 119, and through much personal sacrifice and hard work we managed to create an award-winning luxury entertainment company specializing in DJ/MC services, lighting design, and photo booth rentals that spans two states. What a ride it has been!
For any other couples that may decide they not only want to do “life” together but also want to WORK together…like you guys, do you have any worthy advice for them?? 🙂
It’s important to set boundaries and know each other strengths. In running our business Brandon and I each have our owns roles and assignments. Brandon obviously handles the events and is the face of the brand. He handles wedding flow, wedding vendor relations the day of, and of course all of the entertainment needs of the day. I, on the other hand, am in charge of branding decisions, marketing, social media, and networking. By capitalizing on each of our strengths and remaining “in each other’s lane” has allowed us to truly work together successfully. Now when it comes to our home life and who is in charge of what chores…..well we still haven’t really figured that one out yet! lol It’s a work in progress.
Let’s talk about brides and grooms for a minute. What is your biggest piece of advice for brides and grooms when hiring not only their DJ but all of their vendors?
To be blunt….you get what you pay for! This applies to every vendor category, but specifically when it comes to hiring a DJ it cannot be stressed enough. When you begin researching DJs while planning your big day you will quickly find that there is a very wide price range. In short, there is a reason for this. There are amateur DJ’s and professional DJ’s out there and unfortunately unless you do your research on this before your wedding day (which we beg you to do) you will not realize the key difference between the two until after your big day has already happened and it didn’t go the way that you had hoped. To summarize, a professional wedding DJ/MC handles far more than just playing music at your wedding. Simply put, playing the music is the smallest part of what a wedding DJ does. The key to a awesome wedding DJ at the end of the day is how well they can handle the flow of your event and do they do it with class?! You must always keep in mind that the DJ you chose is standing in front of your guests representing you and is responsible for creating a welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests throughout the entire event. In summary, you have worked so hard planning your wedding day. You have the most beautiful flowers, the most awesome venue, you have found a dress unlike any other bride that came before you, and your photographer is fire….. don’t leave the “experience of your wedding day” to chance. Studies have shown that guests remember two things at the end of the night, Was the food good? and Did they have a good time? The experience matters so make sure to give it lots of thought when planning your very special day.
I may be a bit presumptuous, but I think that almost all couples want a FUN wedding. What’re the keys to success for a fun wedding?
Interactive couples! Through the planning process, we need as much input from the couple as possible. What makes them happy? What is fun to them? Over the years what genres of music have they enjoyed with their friends? What music did they listen to with their friends in college? These are all important things to share. When wedding day arrives though there is one thing that truly effects how “fun” a wedding is…. Brides and Grooms must join their guests on the dance floor! Guests feed off of their couple, and if the couple insists on hugging the side wall all night often times their guests will be more inclined to as well. Everyone loves to see the happy couple on the dance floor enjoying themselves. They came to celebrate with you, so make sure you celebrate with them!
We are just getting into 2018 wedding season. Do you foresee any big trends when it comes to receptions for this year?
Hands down the biggest wedding trend of the year is having a fireworks show! We have already had the pleasure of celebrating with two couples this year that included a fireworks show at their reception, and have another upcoming couple planning to do the same. It makes for lots of fun, and the guests truly enjoy it.
What do you feel like you guys provide to your couples that sets you apart from others in the industry? Like, what do you “hope” that your couples say after working with you?
Well here is where we could go on and on and bore you by saying that we have the most state of the art equipment, lighting that can transform any room, and an awesome online planner that couples love to use. And, all of those things would be true, but one of our recent brides wrote a review about us after her wedding and said one of the best things we had ever had written about us. Caitlyn said, “They are just all around genuine and cool people that you want to be your friends long after the wedding is over!” That one sentence summarizes what we hope all of our couples feel after working with us.
You guys have worked at venues all across the Southeast. What kinds of things make your job easier when working at a venue?
Good communication! We like to know in advance where we are to set up when we arrive, where power is located and if their are locations on the property where power isn’t available, is there shelter for our equipment at all times, where are we permitted to load in our equipment, and one of the most important things for us to know is where can we park during the event. Parking can be a real challenge, especially at inner-city venues.
Fun Facts About Us Rapid Fire Style!
What do you listen to in your car?
Lindsay: Depends on my mood! But, its usually between country music or hip-hop and every once in a while I throw in some old school Sam Cooke or 90’s artist such as Jewel or Alanis Morissette. Brandon: My XM pre-sets in my truck are- Pop2K, 90s On 9, The Highway, The Heat, SiriusXMFly, and The Blend
Your favorite song to play for ceremonies?
Lindsay: Hands down “My Last Name”-Dierks Bentley Brandon: “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”- Stevie Wonder as the ceremony recessional
Current favorite song to play at receptions?
Lindsay: “Finesse” Bruno Mars & Cardi B Brandon: “I Want To Dance With Somebody” Whitney Houston
Most cringe-worthy song request?
Lindsay: Honestly I am so over brides walking down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I can say this because I even used it to walk down the aisle at my own wedding, but it is now truly the most overused wedding ceremony song to me. Brandon: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce for the garter bouquet, Saying that this song is overplayed and overused would be an understatement.
What’s your prediction for hit First Dance songs for 2018?
Lindsay: “You Make It Look So Easy” Jason Aldean Brandon: “Millionaire” Chris Stapleton
First Dance song that you consider tired and overused?
Brandon & Lindsay: “Thinking Out Loud”-Ed Sheeran
Favorite wedding food you’ve ever eaten?
Lindsay: Any wedding with a mashed potato bar. Mashed potatoes bars are my jam! Brandon: Always mac + cheese