Tolu and Tosin - The Palace at Somerset Park

Tolu and Tosin Akinmade were married at The Palace at Somerset Park, a neo-Palladian style venue in Somerset, New Jersey.

The 30-acre property boasts countless features for a picture-perfect wedding day, from its sweeping staircases to its beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds.

Hurricane Productions helped the Akinmades celebrate their day with entertainment and full-day videography services. After providing the sound system for the couple's ceremony, DJ Strato Doumanis and emcee Robert Padovano set up at the reception to keep guests dancing throughout the night. Meanwhile, Corynn Egreczky and Tyler Ajamian filmed the wedding events from beginning to end.

As part of their package, Tolu and Tosin received a feature-length cinematic edit of their wedding day footage, along with a three to five-minute highlight video to share on social media.

Let Hurricane Productions help you celebrate your special day. Visit our pricing page to learn more about our all-inclusive wedding entertainment and media packages.

Ally & Jonny, Neshanic Valley

Ally and Jonny Lay celebrated their wedding at Neshanic Valley Golf Course, a sprawling 420-acre property in Neshanic Station, New Jersey with gorgeous views of the Neshanic Valley and the nearby Sourland Mountains.

As part of their all-inclusive wedding day package with Hurricane Productions, the newlyweds enjoyed a full suite of entertainment services, including ceremony sound, a DJ (Alvin Gay) and emcee (Robert Padovano) team for their reception, ballroom lighting design by Nick Nittoli, a photo montage played on LED TV screens, and a photo booth for their guests to use.

We also created a custom Name in Lights display, personalized animation, and a unique Snapchat geofilter for Ally and Jonny.

Photographer Mike Slagter and videographer Corynn Egreczky spent the entire day with the couple, capturing every special moment of their wedding events. In addition to a 60 to 90-minute feature-length edit, the couple received a three to five-minute highlight video to share with friends and family on social media.

Learn more about our wedding entertainment and media packages on our pricing page.

Beyond the Basics: 5 Wedding Entertainment Upgrades to Make Your Day Unforgettable

Wedding entertainment is more than having a DJ booth in the corner of your reception venue. It's about creating an ambiance, engaging your guests, and crafting an experience they'll never forget.

All of Hurricane Productions' DJs and MCs are well-versed in the art of entertainment, and no matter which package you book, you'll get our top-notch talent for your wedding day. But maybe you want to go beyond the music and enhance your reception with lighting, visuals, and activities to really wow your guests.

If you're considering one of our wedding entertainment packages for your big day, check out some of our service upgrades that will make your wedding even more magical.

Photo Booth

Photo booths offer guests a fun, interactive experience at your wedding, as well as a unique souvenir to take home with them. Hurricane Productions can set up a photo booth in the style of your choice at your venue. You can select an open-air booth using your venue as the backdrop, or an enclosed booth with a white draped curtain. Our photo booth package comes with a prop box, unlimited double-strip prints with a custom logo on them, a USB drive and download link of all photos, and a scrapbook of prints. This add-on is also available with any of our photo and video packages.

Ceremony Sound System

Indoor ceremony sites typically have their own audio setup, but if you're getting married outdoors, you'll need a speaker and mic to make sure guests can hear your officiant, your vows, and any other readings or performances at your wedding. Our wireless auxiliary sound system is battery-operated and cable-free, so we'll help you get crystal-clear ceremony sound anywhere, no matter how remote your ceremony location is.

Full Venue Uplighting Design

The right lighting can completely change the atmosphere of a room. To set the mood for your wedding reception, our professional lighting designer will set up and control a series of battery-operated, wireless uplighting throughout your venue in the color and style of your choice.

Photo Montage + Social Streaming

In the social media age, sharing memories from your big day is all about your #weddinghashtag. With this upgrade, we'll provide two 42" LED TV screens that continuously stream posts with your hashtag from Instagram and other platforms, so your friends and family can see what other guests are sharing throughout the event. We'll also create a custom monogram animation and a photo montage to play during your reception.

Name-in-Lights Design

Want a monogram that's a little more personalized? Choose this add-on to receive a fully customizable, highly detailed design displayed on glass at your reception. We can match your colors, theme, personal style, and more to give you a wedding visual that's uniquely you.

We understand that wedding budgets can change throughout the planning process, so Hurricane Productions will work with you to create the perfect package for your needs and price point. Contact us today for a customized quote on media and entertainment services for your wedding.

Hurricane promotes Chelsea Rutkowski to General Manager

Hurricane Productions announces the promotion of Chelsea Rutkowski to General Manager.

Chelsea's new title increases her portfolio.

She assumes the lead role for client relations and marketing. Chelsea manages 30 independent contractors and 100+ annual events.

Chelsea started at Hurricane two years ago as the company's administrative assistant. She balanced two additional jobs when she accepted her first full-time position.

Chelsea worked game day operations for the New York Jets and served at Grandma's Meatball Restaurant in Manasquan, NJ.

Her experiences accelerated the learning curve.

"Our company constantly measures performance and we continue to see our current team create new opportunities," company CEO Vincent Velasquez said. "Chelsea leads a team-based culture that surpasses goals and produces results."

Hurricane will actively seek a new hire for its admin assistant position in the coming weeks.

About Hurricane Productions:
Hurricane Productions® is an integrated media organization and a recognized leader in DJ entertainment and event production. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content to live and online audiences. DJ entertainment, multimedia, and event production are Hurricane’s principal creative content and production activities. The company is headquartered in Red Bank, NJ.

Catherine and Mike - Eagle Oaks

Catherine and Mike Cassarino said "I do" at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club.

This Farmingdale, New Jersey venue features an exquisite golf course, picturesque landscaping, and an elegant clubhouse, all of which created the perfect backdrop for the newlyweds' special day.

The couple used Hurricane Productions for all their entertainment needs, including a ceremony sound system, a DJ (Strato Doumanis) and emcee (Robert Padovano) for the reception. Hurricane's director of operations, Nick Nittoli, designed custom lighting to complement the couple's venue and color scheme.

Catherine and Mike also hired two full-day videographers to ensure that every moment of their wedding was well-documented. Hurricane used the footage captured by Corynn Egreczky and Markus Robinson to create a 60 to 90-minute feature-length edit of the Cassarinos' day, as well as a three to five-minute social media-friendly highlight video.

Interested in one of our wedding entertainment or media packages? Check out our
pricing page for details or contact us for date availability.

When Should I Book My Wedding Vendors?

As soon as you and your fiancé decide on a wedding date, it's time to start finding your vendors and booking them. Many venues, photographers, videographers, DJs, and other service providers have their calendars set months – sometimes even a year or more – in advance so you don't want to wait and risk losing the vendor you want.

Based on our couples' experiences and a variety of wedding planning resources, here's an approximate timeline of when you should start conversations with your various potential vendors.

Essential Wedding Vendors

Ceremony and Reception Venue(s): 12+ months before

Your wedding date is not official until you secure the ceremony and reception location. This should be the very first contract you sign, because every other vendor you hire will need to know when and where to be on your wedding day. Start looking at venues as soon as you and your fiancé have an idea of when you want to get married – you don't want to fall in love with a reception hall only to find out that your date isn't available.

Some couples choose to hold their ceremony and reception in the same place, but if you want your ceremony in your house of worship or another off-site location, you should book that before the reception venue.

You should also confirm that your chosen reception venue offers an on-site catering package. While many do, some do not, so this may be an additional vendor for you to research and book. If you're hiring an outside caterer, this should be done within a few months of booking your venue.

Photographer: 10 to 12 months before

Most couples hire a professional photographer to document their wedding day. During your research, go through the photographer's online portfolio and take a look at past weddings they've shot to get a sense of their overall style. When you find someone whose work you love, reach out for a quote as soon as possible – local wedding photographers with a great reputation never have a shortage of clients

Videographer: 10 to 12 months before

Like your photographer, a high-quality wedding videographer in your area will book up quickly. Some photographers also offer videography services, so you may be able to secure both at once. Be sure to ask about their videography style and look at samples to make sure their creative vision aligns with yours.

DJ/Entertainment: 8 to 10 months before

Whether you're hiring a DJ or a live band, your wedding entertainment provider sets the mood and atmosphere for your wedding reception. You'll want to get to know the person or people who will be interacting with your guests throughout the event; it's important that you find someone you feel comfortable with. A great wedding entertainer will listen to you and work with you to plan your playlist and timeline based on your preferences.

This is also a good time to think about ceremony music.  Will your reception DJ provide a ceremony sound system, or would you prefer to hire a separate musician to play while you walk down the aisle? Either way, it's a good idea to get your entertainment lined up early.

Officiant: 6 to 8 months before

Choosing a wedding officiant is often a very personal decision for an engaged couple. You want someone who is not only comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, but also knows you individually and as a couple so they can personalize the ceremony.

Churches and synagogues typically provide an officiant for you, but if you're getting married elsewhere, you will need to select and book the person who will perform the ceremony.

Other Wedding Vendors to Consider

The following wedding vendors can typically be booked within six months of your wedding date:

  • Cake baker (if your venue doesn't include this in their catering package)
  • Florist (centerpieces, bridal bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, etc.)
  • Transportation (limos, party buses, trolleys, Rolls Royce, etc.)
  • Hair stylist and makeup artist
  • Formalwear rentals

Is Your Wedding Date Flexible?

Some couples want to get married on a particular date because it holds significance for them, like a special anniversary or holiday. If you and your fiancé are set on having your wedding on a certain day, you should book your major vendors as early as possible to ensure that your preferred providers are available. You may have to compromise on certain vendors if your wedding date is a popular one.

If you're more flexible about your specific wedding date and have a backup weekend in the same month or season, you may have a better chance of getting the venue, photographer, or entertainer you want. Regardless, it's wise not to announce your official date to friends and family until you've secured your major wedding vendors, just in case something falls through during the booking process.

Ready to book your wedding DJ, photographer, or videographer? Get in touch with Hurricane Productions to check our availability for your date, or visit our pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages.

Joe and Jamie, Clarks Landing

When you’re getting married in a coastal state, why not hold your wedding at a place that overlooks a beautiful body of water?

That’s exactly what Joe and Jamie Forsyth did for their summer waterfront wedding.

The Forsyths held their ceremony and reception at Clarks Landing Yacht Club, one of our favorite Jersey Shore wedding venues. This Point Pleasant establishment sits just off the docks of the Manasquan River.

The couple took advantage of the gorgeous backdrop at Clarks Landing for some of their portraits, captured by Hurricane Productions photographer Mike Slagter.

Mike stayed with the couple throughout the day, from their pre-ceremony preparations with the wedding party to the last dance at the reception. He worked alongside videographer Corynn Egreczky, who also provided full-day coverage for the newlyweds.

After they exchanged their “I dos” in front of the marina, Joe, Jamie, and their guests headed inside to Clarks Landing’s Grand Ballroom for the reception. Their all-white tablecloths and floral centerpieces were perfect for a summertime Jersey Shore wedding.

When guests weren’t out on the unique circular dance floor, they could enjoy an exquisite view of the water from the second-story ballroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows.   

With their package, the Forsyths received 10 to 15 “sneak peek” photos the day after their wedding, a three to five-minute highlight video, and a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute edit of their entire event.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Check our pricing page for package details and upgrades, or contact us for a quote.

Kate Spade Inspired Sweet 16, The Imperia

The playful yet sophisticated designs of the late Kate Spade are beloved by women across the world.

Many American girls even considered buying a Kate Spade handbag as a “coming-of-age ritual,” a “status symbol,” and a “token of adulthood.”

In keeping with this idea, Brianna chose to make Spade’s designs the center of her themed Sweet 16 celebration. Her friends and family gathered at The Imperia in Somerset, New Jersey for an evening of food, fun, dancing, and the inspiring ethos of Kate Spade.

Before her reception, Brianna posed for formal portraits taken by Hurricane Productions photographer Corynn Egreczky. The birthday girl wore a pastel pink embroidered ballgown, while much of her family and Court donned formal black and gray attire.

Later in the evening, Brianna changed into a gold embroidered mermaid-style dress to finish out her celebration.

Brianna and her family decked out The Imperia’s Cristal Ballroom in Spade’s classic design colors: black, white, and gold with splashes of pink. Hurricane Productions created a custom Snapchat geofilter, LED TV-displayed animations, and a Name in Lights projection – complete with a spade icon – as part of Brianna’s Photo & Entertainment package. The Name in Lights design was also used on custom t-shirts worn by Brianna’s Court.

Brianna’s Sweet 16 entertainment team included DJ Nate Hawley and emcee Robert Padovano. When guests weren’t dancing under the intelligent spotlighting, uplighting, and club-like dry ice cannon, they were using the attended open air photo booth to create memories of their own.

Want Hurricane Productions to help you celebrate your next special event?

Visit our Sweet 16 pricing page or contact us for a custom quote. Or, if you’re looking for more Sweet 16 theme ideas, check out what some of our past clients have done.

Raissa's Sweet 16 - The Gran Centurions - Clark, NJ

It was a night to remember for Raissa, her friends, and her family, some of whom traveled all the way from the Philippines to celebrate her 16th birthday.

The Colonnade Room of The Gran Centurions, an elegant Union County event venue in Clark, New Jersey, was transformed into a pastel paradise for this Sweet 16.

Raissa included her mint green and pink floral theme in all the details and decor of her celebration. Pink rose string lights and flower pom-poms adorned the tables. The birthday girl, her family, and her Court dressed to match the color scheme. There was even a tree with teardrop tea light ornaments, which Raissa later used in her unique candle lighting ceremony.

In Filipino families, young women traditionally celebrate their “debut” into adulthood at age 18.

The birthday girl performs a choreographed dance with her hand-selected Court. Then she waltzes with 18 special males in her life, each of whom gives her a single rose. Raissa and her family adapted this tradition with a rose ceremony, which included her father and grandfather.

Hurricane Productions helped set the mood for this special event with intelligent spotlighting, colored uplighting, a photo montage and custom animations displayed on LED TV screens, and a Name in Lights design projected on the wall.

Raissa also had an attended open air photo booth and custom Snapchat geofilter.

As part of our Media & Entertainment Package, Raissa’s Sweet 16 was captured in photos and video by Corynn Egreczky and Markus Robinson. DJ Nate Hawley kept the music playing while emcee Robert Padovano engaged guests on the dance floor and even posed for selfies with the crowd.

To learn more about the media and entertainment services Hurricane Productions offers for special occasions, visit our Sweet 16 pricing page or contact us for a custom quote.

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