Dolce Basking Ridge Hosts Perfect Summer Wedding

Nestled within the Basking Ridge countryside, Dolce Basking Ridge in Basking Ridge, NJ is the ideal location for picture-perfect weddings. From the walk down the aisle to the final farewell, Dolce’s staff ensures that every detail of your wedding reflects your individual style. Recite your wedding vows in the natural splendor of Dolce’s courtyard and treat your guests to exquisite cuisine within their elegant ballroom. Combine Dolce Basking Ridge’s hospitality with Hurricane Productions‘ entertainment and photography services, and you’re guaranteed an unforgettable experience at your wedding from start to finish. 

Lani and John planned with the best for their summer wedding.  They optimized the use spaces at Dolce Basking Ridge by utilizing the outdoor courtyard area for their ceremony and cocktail hour and heading indoors for the reception. Outlined in a gorgeously manicured garden, the courtyard area is the perfect space for a spring or summertime wedding.

When the sun went down it was time to bring the party inside. Dolce Basking Ridge’s stunning indoor space held dinner and dancing for John and Lani’s family and friends.  Hurricane Productions’ music and hosting by DJ Brian Buonassissi allowed friends and family to celebrate well into the night.  To capture all the highlights and best moments from their wedding, Lani and John chose photography from Hurricane Productions with professionals Nick Nittoli and Mike Slagter.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for weddings and Sweet 16s in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To have Hurricane Productions at your event, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

 

 

 

Rutgers Entertainment: DJs, MCs, photography, videography, innovation

A majority of the employees and clients of Hurricane Productions are Rutgers University alumni. They understand the needs of the staff and the desires of students when it comes to providing entertainment for special events. If you’ve been to a Rutgers University event in the last decade, odds are that you’ve seen what Hurricane Productions brings to the table: quality, commitment, and fun.

From fundraisers and concerts, to Greek life and Athletic events; Hurricane Productions has a hand on the pulse of the Rutgers student body. Hurricane doesn’t only provide talent and equipment for these events, they innovate. They will often create custom made graphics and unique features for almost every occasion, they treat each event with the utmost care and consideration.

The next time you’re at a Rutgers event, make special note of the entertainment, photography and videography, and ambiance. You might just recognize some familiar faces!

 

Here are just a handful of events Rutgers has produced with the help of Hurricane Productions:

 

Hot Dog Day

This annual Rutgers tradition marks the middle of the spring semester. Students are invited to the Rutgers Student Center to enjoy free hot dogs and other treats, entertainment by Hurricane Productions and others, and all sorts of goodies and giveaways courtesy of the Rutgers University Planning Association (RUPA). Hurricane Productions has provided DJ entertainment for the wildly successful event since 2012.

 

#RB1GParty (Rutgers inducted into Big Ten)

In 2014, Rutgers celebrated its induction into the Big Ten conference with a monumental party held in High Point Solutions Stadium. Tons of Rutgers dignitaries and figures from the Rutgers community were present, including Athletic Director Julie Hermann and Football Coach Kyle Flood. Hurricane Productions was there to capture all the day’s festivities.

Alumni Weekend

Rutgers Alumni weekend is one of the busiest times of the year. Not only for RAA (Rutgers Alumni Association) and its affiliates, but for Hurricane Productions as well. They provide full-service entertainment for numerous events over the weekend, including the annual Alumni BBQ, Alumni Dinner at the Audi Club, and the Rutgers Senior Days Luau.

 

Dance Marathon

A tradition for both Hurricane Productions and Rutgers students and alumni alike; Rutgers Dance Marathon is the most involved event of the year. New Jersey’s largest student-run philanthropic event, RUDM and Hurricane Productions have grown together. Each year brings more production, more students volunteering and raising money, and more awareness for all that Embrace Kids Foundation does. Since 1999, Rutgers Dance Marathon has raised over $4.2 million for Embrace Kids Foundation

Recruitment

One part of what makes Hurricane Productions’ relationship with Rutgers so special is that they recruit within. Talent is recruited, often from Dance Marathon, to be a part of the Hurricane team. This allows young DJ’s, emcees, photographers, and videographers the opportunity to work alongside professionals on common ground.

 

ImposteRave

An idea of one of Hurricane’s own DJ staff, ImposteRave was the first ever student life event to take place inside the Rutgers Football practice bubble. As part of the 2013 Senior Days series of events, students were talking about the successful event months after graduation.

Greek Life

Hurricane Productions and Rutgers Greek Life go hand-in-hand. Since Hurricane’s inception in 2005, they have been a part of the great events the Greek community creates.  From Sigma Chi’s wildly successful Derby Days to the annual Greek awards; if there’s a Greek life event at Rutgers, you can bet Hurricane is there behind the scenes.

 

And let’s not forget Hurricane’s bread and butter: Weddings

Hurricane’s involvement with Rutgers University and its affiliates continues beyond graduation. After witnessing firsthand the quality of work Hurricane brings to the table, numerous graduates had only one vendor in mind for their weddings: Hurricane Productions. Alyssa and Ryan are both alumni who were involved with RUDM. You can read all about Alyssa and Ryan’s unforgettable wedding here.

Picturesque Clarks Landing Wedding features Stunning Photography

Stunning sunsets, beautifully manicured gardens and a picturesque waterfront view come to life at Clarks Landing Yacht Club in Delran, NJ.  A premier wedding venue minutes from Philadelphia, Clarks Landing sits on the Delaware River offering gorgeous sunsets through their floor-length windows. Clarks Landing is the perfect place to hold your wedding. They host only one wedding at a time, giving you the attention you and your spouse deserve on your special day. The perfect venue along with entertainment from Hurricane Productions makes for a winning combo on your wedding day.

Adriano and Christina chose Clarks Landing for their wedding for its charm and professional staff; the same reasons they chose Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment, design and photography. The couple booked Hurricane 2 months out from their Clarks Landing wedding. Other companies would scramble in their preparations, as their wedding is right in the middle of ‘wedding season’. But with the utmost care and consideration, Adriano and Christina booked Hurricane and some of their best talent for their Clarks Landing wedding.

The room was bathed in light thanks to specially designed twin totem lights accented by full-room uplighting that matched the energy of the night as it progressed. Leading the party was Hurricane’s dynamic duo and co-founders, DJ Strato Doumanis and MC Vincent Velasquez. And capturing all the evening’s festivities and awesome moments was photographer Kara Battistoni.

We’re particularly proud of how these photos came out. Take a minute to look at the skills Kara (and all of Hurricane’s other wildly talented staff) can bring to your next event!

 

 

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for weddings and Sweet 16s in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

6 Ways to Revamp Your Traditional Wedding Photography

Think of all the wedding photography you’ve seen. It all seems to kind of meld together in one big characterless album. Shouldn’t you and your spouse’s personality shine through on your happiest day? We’ll admit, there’s a reason certain classic wedding shots have persisted through the years. They can be beautiful, traditional, and especially sentimental. At Hurricane Productions, we believe you can have the best of both worlds! Let your uniqueness shine through your traditional photos. We have highly talented photography staff that can help you achieve your dream, to let you look back at your wedding day and smile for years to come.

Newlyweds Natalia and Chris Kent took their wedding photography to the next level with the help of Hurricane‘s professional photography staff. For their wedding, Natalia and Chris hired Hurricane photographers Nick Nittoli and Mike Slagter.  Nick and Mike are masters of their craft, capturing all the best moments from the couple’s beautiful day. Setting your wedding apart from the average is important for a lot of couples.

Here’s 6 ways that Natalia and Chris took traditional photos but made them all their own.

 

1. The Bride gifting her Bridesmaids

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2.  Proud Father and Bride

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3. The Traditional Kiss with a little extra

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4. The Bride and Groom’s Ride, Reimagined

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5. Something Old and Something New

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6. The multi-generational celebration

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Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

Eve Ultra Lounge Sweet 16 features Club Photography

Eve Ultra Lounge in Staten Island is a modern and chic club turned catering hall. It’s a high end option for anyone looking to bring their event to the next level of class. It features high ceilings, state of the art lighting, and top notch sound equipment for a true club experience. Eve also sports an outdoor oasis with includes a Tiki Bar, Grand Deck, and Lounge Furniture, perfect for spring, summer and fall. Check out how Brooke made a club event out of her Eve Ultra Lounge Sweet 16.

Brooke and her family decided on Eve Ultra Lounge for her Sweet 16 because of the venue’s opulence and dance club vibes. Brooke specifically requested to dance with her friends all night and with Eve’s full service entertainment, including DJ and lighting, Brooke’s Sweet 16 was transformed into a night club experience.

Hurricane Productions’ Hawaiian import, Mike Slagter, was at the Eve Ultra Lounge Sweet 16 to capture all the best moments from Brooke’s party. Everything from Brooke’s entrance, to the candle ceremony and Brooke’s friends sweet moves were photographed in stunning fashion.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

 

5 Ways to One-Up Your Friends’ Sweet 16

When Julia came to Hurricane Productions for her Sweet 16, she already knew what to expect as far as quality and attention to detail. That’s because her sister used Hurricane several years ago for her own Sweet 16. But Julia wanted to do one better than her sister and her friends. Here’s 5 ways Julia’s Sweet 16 one-upped her friends’ (and maybe even her sister’s!)

1. A classic but unique theme – Julia chose a pink rose theme, something she can identify with and that’s easy to plan a party around

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2. The perfect venue; convenient and classic. The Courtyard on Main in Freehold, NJ served as the perfect setting for Julia’s Sweet 16.

 

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3. Awesome design elements. Custom animations made in-house, name-in-lights GOBO, Hurricane Pulse; an Instagram feed, and screens to show it all off.

 

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4.  3 words: Bayshawn, Ahmed, Robbie

For such a lively Sweet 16, Julia needed to have Hurricane’s most energetic and in-tune staff. DJ Bayshawn Wells is a new addition to the Hurriacne DJ roster. That doesn’t mean inexperience, rather, Bayshawn has a hand on the pulse of what’s hot in music. Coupled with veterans Ahmed Emara and superstar MC Robert “Maserobbiee” Padovano, Julia’s Sweet 16 was better than anyone could have imagined.

5. Memories that’ll last a lifetime

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Julia wanted to remember her Sweet 16 for years to come. She provided Hurricane with a photo montage that was shown throughout her party. Hurricane provided veteran photographer Nick Nittoli to capture all the best moments at Julia’s awesome party.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

4 Tips to Simplify Planning Your Sweet 16

Planning an awesomely unforgettable Sweet 16 doesn’t need to be hard. In fact, it can be easy and exciting with the right tools, a little creativity and the help of Hurricane Productions. Maura started planning her summery beach-themed Sweet 16 in January, giving her plenty of time to get every detail right. Check out these 4 tips that’ll make planning your Sweet 16 a breeze.

1. First, start with the perfect venue to comfortably fit all your friends and family. Maura chose Bridgewater Elks Lodge for their ease of planning and versatility. It’s the perfect size to accommodate a wide range of guests; friends and family alike.

 

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2. Choose the entertainment package that’s right for the job. Whether you’re looking for traditional Sweet 16 music, culturally specific music, or something a little more club oriented, Hurricane Productions has you covered. If your party needs proper motivation and a dynamic playlist like Maura had, look no further than DJ Strato and MC Dan Toth. Hurricane also provides custom designed name-in-lights effects and dynamic uplighting to give your Sweet 16 the unique feel it deserves.

 

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3. Decide what kind of media you want for your party. From professional photography to the social media streaming Hurricane Pulse and videography, you choose the style of memories you want to take away. Take your time in deciding, you’ll want to remember your Sweet 16 for years to come. You especially don’t want to forget the sweet moves your friends bust out!

 

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4. Utilize the tools at your disposal. Use Pinterest and Instagram to inspire your themes and details. When you’re ready to take the next step in planning your Sweet 16, use Hurricane’s Online Planner to choose every little element like timing, candle songs, introductions, special music requests and anything else you can think of! Give yourself plenty of time with this one. If you want your Sweet 16 to be just how you imagine it, you’ll want plenty of time to work out the little details.

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Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

 

Wanted: Part-time Wedding blogger

Hurricane Productions Seeks Actors for Commercial in NJ

Job Description:

Hurricane Productions is seeking a savvy wordsmith to join our blogging team. Candidates must have a knack and love for writing and a comprehensive understanding of weddings and other private events like Sweet 16s and proms. This is a part-time position with expectations that blogger can devote 5-10 hours per week to content creation. The blogger will be expected to sustain and develop the company’s voice across all blog content. Candidate will be willing to blog 1-2 times per week. This position allows flexibility for candidates to work from home. Candidate will be able to work with all original photo/video content created by Hurricane staff members on a weekly basis. Blogger is expected to pitch ideas as well as execute existing needs for the blog site.

The ideal candidate will have …

  • A passion and strong understanding of wedding content and our business’ mission.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, as well as the ability to adopt the style, tone, and voice of our business’ various types of content.
  • Understanding of WordPress and/or other blogging platforms that provide content management systems.
  • Excellent organizational skills to work independently and manage projects with many moving parts.
  • At least 1-2 years of content creation experience.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Writing various types of articles on a wide range of topics for Hurricane Productions’ blog.
  • Providing feedback to other contributors, and editing other writers’ content.
  • Optimizing content for search engines and lead generation.
  • Contributing to long-form content projects such as a weekly blog series with an appointment viewing audience.

Please email résumé to [email protected]

6 Ways to Turn Up at Your Sweet 16


First and foremost, Sweet 16′s are a party. It’s most likely the biggest and most extravagant party of your life (up to this point!), so why not party hard and turn up?

If you want to turn up at your Sweet 16 like Sophie did with the help of Hurricane Productions, here are some surefire ways to get it (and keep it) going.

1Make an unforgettable entrance

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2. Bust your best Bernie

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3. Take a legit selfie

 

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4. Dance Circles

 

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5. MORE Dance Circles

 

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6. No party is complete without a good old crowd surf

 

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Sophie really just wanted to dance with her friends at her party. That’s exactly what she requested when she was planning her party, and with Hurricane Productions‘ entertainment expertise, that’s exactly what she got.  Co-founder and DJ Strato Doumanis provided high-energy club music for the party while superstar MC Robbie “Maserobbiee” Padovano brought his special brand of party motivation.

Sophie’s Sweet 16 was held at the Spring Lake Manor, a perfect venue for your next event. From Weddings to Sweet 16′s, Spring Lake Manor is an elegant and versatile venue well-suited for any event.

Coupled with special features by Hurricane Productions, including screens with custom graphics, a unique name-in-lights gobo, full ballroom uplightingphotography and videography services; Sophie turned Spring Lake Manor into a serious party venue. By maximizing her time spent dancing and utilizing Hurricane’s lighting design, Sophie was able to turn her Sweet 16 into a legitimate club event. MC Robbie Padovano’s experience as a club MC completed the theme and fully transformed Spring Lake Manor.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.

The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson Sweet 16

Sweet 16′s are a celebration of coming into your own, growing up, becoming the person you ought to be. This Sweet 16 was something special both for birthday girl, Kelly, and Hurricane’s own lighting-tech-turned-emcee Dan Toth.

Hennessy Hall, also known as The Mansion at Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison, NJ is an old-fashioned 100-room Georgian style building. During the school year, The Mansion contains classrooms and administrative buildings. Within The Mansion lies Lenfell Hall, a gorgeous and opulent banquet hall that’s perfect for any kind of event. Entertainment services from Hurricane Productions ensures an unforgettable event.

Kelly’s parents wanted the best for their daughter’s celebration and that’s exactly what they got with Hurricane Productions. With music by DJ Bayshawn Wells and party motivation by Hurricane’s own multi-talented Dan Toth, Kelly and her friends were in for one of the best parties of their lives. Additionally, The Mansion was decked out with intelligent uplighting, dynamic lighting fixtures, and glowstick favors that lit the whole room up. Photographer Mike Slagter captured all best moments from beginning to end so Kelly, her friends, and her family could relive the party for years to come. Just as Kelly came into her own, Hurricane’s own lighting-tech-turned-MC, Dan Toth, started solely behind the scenes. A talented musician, Dan watched as other Hurricane talent took the spotlight. For Kelly’s Sweet 16, Dan really came into his own as a master of ceremonies.  Just ask anyone who was at the party, Dan was the man.

Hurricane Productions provides entertainment for Sweet 16s and weddings in New Jersey and the Tri-State Area. To learn more, visit HurricaneProductions.com or call 888-393-7066.