Our Staff at Work: Get to Know the Hurricane Productions Team!

New Jersey couples have a lot of options when they're choosing their wedding vendors, especially when it comes to media and entertainment. There are countless independent photographers, videographers, and DJs out there, all with great reputations and comparable pricing. But when you hire the Hurricane Productions team, you get just that: a team of dedicated people all committed to making your wedding day the most memorable event of your life.

If you're not familiar with Hurricane Productions, here's an inside look at how we work (and play) together as a team.

1. We've got strength in numbers.

During our 15-plus years in business, we've developed a strong talent network that allows us to provide several essential event production services under one roof. With five full-time staff members and more than a dozen contractors, the Hurricane Productions team has greater availability than most other vendors in our space. This means we can work multiple events on the same date, and can often accommodate last-minute booking requests.

2. We all work together regularly.

Many Hurricane couples choose to bundle entertainment, photography, videography, lighting, photo booths, and other add-ons for their wedding day. Aside from the obvious benefit of streamlining payment for these services (and the bundled discount we offer), the biggest advantage of bundling services is getting a team of wedding professionals who already know each other well. Whether we're behind the DJ booth, the camera, or the lighting equipment, there's a good chance your wedding team has worked an event together before (or at least hung out together off the clock!). No need to worry about the photographer and videographer stepping on each other's toes, or missing your favorite song on the dance floor because you were outside taking pictures: Our team knows how to communicate and coordinate with each other to ensure a smooth event.

3. We have a wide range of specialties.

We are constantly seeking the best and most diverse talent in the industry to join our team. This means there's a greater range of personalities, specialties, and work styles for our clients to choose from when booking our services. Any married couple can tell you how important it is to feel comfortable with the people working your wedding, and we can make sure you're matched up with the ideal DJ/MC team, photographer, and videographer for your day.

4. The Hurricane Productions team is like a family.

What sets us apart from other companies is the fact that we're like a family. Despite our individual differences, we work, grow, and learn together with every single event we produce, from weddings and Sweet 16s, to sporting events and award shows, to the annual Rutgers Dance Marathon.

Our ultimate goal is to serve our clients by creating beautiful memories of their celebrations. Like a family, we welcome each of our clients into the fold, treating their special day like it was our own.

Want to learn more about our all-inclusive wedding packages? Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Alexandra and Vincent Celebrate Wedding at Bride's Family Home

Vincent and Alexandra Velasquez celebrated their wedding at the bride's family home in Williamstown, New Jersey.

Engaged in 2016, the couple skipped a venue search and asked the bride’s parents if they could celebrate at their home. 

Without hesitation, Mom and Dad accepted. But work needed to be done.

The entire family pitched in with installing a new fence, re-siding the house and more - finishing a home renovation that had been started by the bride's dad.

The family referred to the Victorian-style home as 'The Venue,' leading up to the occasion.

Alexandra and Vincent created a spectacular backyard wedding reception to rival any event venue.

It was truly a D.I.Y wedding - the couple worked with a number of vendors to bring everything from flatware, catering, tent, restrooms and entertainment to the backyard. 

Alexandra and Vincent relied on an entire cast of family and friends to help make their vision come to life.

The newlyweds are forever thankful to their Wedding Planner, Carey Loch, for her friendship and guidance throughout the days, weeks and months leading up to their special day.

They also turned to a longtime friend - Sandra Golis Strang - to officiate their wedding.

If you find yourself lost on the Hurricane's site, you may recognize Vincent as a co-owner and co-founder of the company. And the Best Man, Strato Doumanis? He's the other half.

Vincent and Alexandra chose the best of the best when it came to Hurricane's staff to provide DJ entertainment, Lighting, Videography and Photography services for the wedding.

Here is a list of partners, vendors, and collaborators:

  • Wedding Planner: Carey Loch
  • Officiant: Sandra Golis Strang
  • Emcee/DJ: Robert Padovano/Alvin Gay
  • Videographers: Markus Robinson, Tyler Ajamian
  • Photographers: Corynn Egreczky, David Costantini
  • Lighting: Thomas Bishop/Nomadic Productions
  • Video Editors: Markus Robinson, Jordan Goldstein
  • Photo Editors: Nick Nittoli, David Costantini, Corynn Egreczky
  • Hair: Melissa Coverly Aletich
  • Makeup: I DO Hair & Makeup
  • Caterers: Henri's Hotts BBQ
  • Drinks: NYS Inc. (Olive Branch)
  • Event Rentals (Tent, Tables, Chairs, Linens): Karcher Events
  • Flatware: Preferred Party Place
  • Cake: Stella Baking Company
  • Ice Cream Truck: MJ Mister Softee
  • Restrooms: Mr. Bobs
  • Transportation: McGough Bus Company
  • Additional Photo Location: Autumn Lake Winery

How to Work With Your Wedding Photographer

Your wedding photographer is one of the most important vendors you'll choose.

While your photographer has tons experience shooting weddings, it's important to coordinate and plan with them in the weeks and months leading up to your event. Communicating with them and scheduling a final consultation before your day is essential.

Alexandra and Trevor - Hamilton Manor

Alexandra and Trevor exchanged vows and danced the night away at their Hamilton Manor wedding.

This stately, old world-style venue in Hamilton, New Jersey prides itself on hosting one wedding at a time. Within its 25 acres of protected woods, you’ll find an ornate gazebo surrounded by whimsical greenery, perfect for intimate ceremonies and gorgeous wedding photos. Hamilton Manor also offers multiple elegant spaces to host indoor and outdoor ceremonies, cocktail hours, receptions, afterparties, and other private events.

Alexandra and Trevor hired Hurricane’s Markus Robinson to film their special day. As part of our Short Movie Package, Markus captured the couple’s ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. The couple added two hours to our standard package for a total of eight hours of wedding day video coverage.

Afterwards, Alexandra and Trevor received a three-to-five minute highlight reel featuring all the best moments of their Hamilton Manor wedding, as well as the raw footage from their day.

Hurricane Productions offers media and entertainment services for your special day. Visit our pricing page to view our wedding packages or request a quote to learn more.

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What Song Should We Choose for Our Wedding Highlight Video?

Modern wedding videography is all about the highlight video -- a three to five-minute clip featuring the most important moments of a couple's day. While your feature-length formal edit (typically 60 to 90 minutes) is an incredible keepsake for you and your new spouse, your wedding highlight video is perfect for sharing on social media or sending to family and friend s who couldn't attend your celebration.

While your videographer will review, select, and edit footage for your highlight reel, you'll have to choose the song that plays in the background. This is where many couples get stuck: How can you narrow down just one piece of music to capture the essence of your wedding day?

Hurricane Productions includes a wedding highlight video in all of our videography packages, so our couples often ask us for guidance on what song to choose as their soundtrack. There really is no wrong answer, but as a general guideline, the song you choose should be personal and meaningful to both of you, and reflect the tone and mood of your celebration. Here are a few simple ways to narrow down your song options.

How to choose your wedding highlight video song

We recommend choosing a song you associate with a special or memorable moment from your wedding day. The music you select should also reflect the overall mood of your event. Depending on what your ceremony and reception were like, you may feel it's most appropriate to choose a slow and romantic song, a happy and upbeat song, or an eclectic song that really lets your unique personalities shine through.

Some great options for your video soundtrack include:

Your first dance song

You chose your first dance song because it means something to you. Why not use it as the soundtrack for your highlight reel? When you watch your video, you'll instantly recall the happy memory of your first dance as newlyweds, while enjoying some of the other wonderful moments from your wedding.

Your ceremony processional or recessional song

Many modern couples think beyond the traditional Wedding March for their ceremony and choose a more unique song to play as they walk down the aisle. If you used a special song for your ceremony, it might be a great choice for your highlight video.

Your grand introduction song

One of the most exciting moments of your wedding reception is when your DJ introduces you to your guests as a newly married couple. Relive that excitement over and over again by choosing this song as the soundtrack for your video.

A special request song you asked your DJ to play

Couples who choose Hurricane Productions for their entertainment use our online planning portal to request certain songs for the DJ to play at their reception. After your wedding, review your request list and see if any of those songs stand out as one that you want to play as you watch your wedding memories.

A song you loved dancing to at your reception

Maybe your DJ played a song that you didn't specifically request, but absolutely loved dancing to with your new spouse. Songs like this are great candidates for your highlight reel soundtrack.

'Your song'

Nearly every couple has a song (or multiple songs!) that they feel defines their relationship. If you didn't get a chance to incorporate one of "your" songs into your wedding day, consider using it for your video.

Popular songs for wedding highlight videos

If you're still not sure which way to go for your highlight reel soundtrack, here's a list of some popular song choices, as well as a few unique songs from recent Hurricane highlight videos.

  • "At Last" by Etta James
  • "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley
  • "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)" by Marvin Gaye
  • "Marry You" by Bruno Mars
  • "Lucky" by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
  • "Everything" by Michael Buble
  • "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri
  • "Make You Feel My Love" by Adele
  • "All of Me" by John Legend
  • "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran

Real wedding highlight videos by Hurricane Productions

Brittany and Shawn - "You & Me" by Dave Matthews Band

Christina and Jesse - "Heaven" by Avicii

Corrine and Jovi - "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers

Shannon and Greg - "Came Here For Love" by Sigala and Ella Eyre

Monica and Michael - "(Nothing But) Flowers" by Talking Heads

Can't decide between two? Ask Hurricane Productions to help you edit them together seamlessly for a one-of-a-kind wedding highlight video. No matter which song(s) you choose, you're sure to end up with a sentimental, visual keepsake of your wedding day.

Need wedding day entertainment, photography, or videography services? Check out Hurricane Productions' all-inclusive wedding packages or request a quote to confirm our availability for your day.

Brittany and Shawn - Surprise Wedding at Rutgers Gardens

Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick is a popular location for hosting outdoor events like bridal showers, engagement parties, and wedding ceremonies. Brittany and Shawn chose it as the location for their "engagement party," and shocked their guests (in the best way!) when the event turned out to be a surprise wedding.

Family and friends gathered at the Rutgers Garden Pavilion on a sunny afternoon to celebrate Brittany and Shawn's engagement. The bride's father then announced that everyone would be heading to the Sun and Shade Garden to witness the couple's wedding vows! Hurricane Productions was in on the secret and provided a wireless sound system for the impromptu ceremony, which took place under the Garden's picturesque gazebo.

Brittany and Shawn also booked our Turntable entertainment package, full-day photography, and videography services for their surprise wedding. DJ and MC Brian Buonassissi kept guests entertained throughout the reception, while photographer Corynn Egreczky and videographer Tyler Ajamian captured every special moment of the celebration.

As part of their Short Movie package, Brittany and Shawn received six hours of video coverage. Tyler's raw footage was edited into a three to five-minute highlight video for the couple to share with family and friends from their day at Rutgers Gardens.

The newlyweds were thrilled with their celebration and said that Hurricane Productions provided a fantastic staff for the event. Brittany noted that their wedding team had "great personalities and were great to work with." We were so happy to be a part of Brittany and Shawn's special day!

Looking for entertainment, photography, and videography services for your wedding? Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive packages for your big day. Check out our wedding pricing page or request a custom quote for more details.

Christina and Jesse - Spring Lake Bath & Tennis Club

Christina and Jesse's Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club Wedding

There's nothing like summertime at the Jersey Shore, so it's no surprise that many local couples, like Christina and Jesse, choose to get married there. The newlyweds celebrated the start of their life together surrounded by loved ones at their Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club wedding.

This award-winning event facility is perfect for any occasion, including elegant beachfront weddings. Located in the historic seaside town of Spring Lake, New Jersey, "The B&T" offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and private beach access for guests. These spectacular backdrops, along with the venue's majestic ballroom, allow for some truly gorgeous wedding photos and videos.

Christina and Jesse hired Hurricane Productions to provide full-day videography coverage for their wedding events at Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club. Our videographers, Corynn Egreczky and Tyler Ajamian, captured every special moment of the day, including wedding party preparations, the ceremony, the cocktail hour, and the reception. Later, the couple's raw footage was edited into a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic wedding film, along with a three to five-minute highlight video to share with family and friends.

Looking for wedding entertainment, photography, videography, lighting, and more? Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive packages for your wedding day. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Corrine and Jovi – Molly Pitcher Inn

The Molly Pitcher Inn is a popular choice for Monmouth County couples who want an elegant waterfront wedding. Located in Red Bank, New Jersey, this hotel and event venue offers stunning views of the Navesink River. Corinne and Jovi took advantage of the Inn's gorgeous backdrop for photos and videos at their spring wedding.

Hurricane Productions provided entertainment, photography, and videography services for the couple's celebration. Corrine and Jovi chose our Request Entertainment Package and intelligent spotlighting upgrade, with entertainment provided by DJ and MC Alvin Gay.

As a package upgrade, Hurricane set up a wireless sound system for Corrine and Jovi's ceremony. The newlyweds also added an open-air photobooth for their guests to enjoy, complete with props and unlimited prints.

To capture the special moments of their day at The Molly Pitcher Inn, the couple chose our full-day photography package with photographer Corynn Egreczky, as well as our short movie package with videographer Markus Robinson. Markus's six hours of raw footage was then edited into a three to five-minute highlight video for the Corrine and Jovi to share with their friends and family.

Need media and entertainment services for your big day? Hurricane Productions can help. Visit our pricing page or request a quote to learn more about our all-inclusive wedding packages.

Amanda and Ryan - The Bridgewater Manor

Amanda and Ryan hired Hurricane Productions to film their spring wedding at The Bridgewater Manor. This elegant venue in Bridgewater, New Jersey boasts five ballrooms, gorgeous landscaping, and a top-notch event staff with nearly 25 combined years of hospitality experience.

Videographers Phil Shvartsman and Ashley Szymczyk spent the entire day with the couple, documenting each moment of their wedding events. Our video team arrived early to capture Amanda and Ryan getting ready with their wedding party. Then, they headed to Immaculate Conception Church in Somerville for a beautiful Catholic ceremony. Once Amanda and Ryan said their "I do's," they and their guests went to The Bridgewater Manor for the cocktail hour and reception.

As part of their full-day video package, the newlyweds received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic edit of their wedding events, plus all their raw footage from the day. They also received a three to five-minute highlight video to share with family and friends on social media.

Looking for wedding videography, photography, or entertainment services? Hurricane Productions can help. Check out our pricing page to learn about our packages, or request a quote for more details and availability.

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Tara and Gary - The Olde Mill Inn

Tara and Gary's Olde Mill Inn wedding was a day filled with love and happiness. The couple held their ceremony and reception at this historical Basking Ridge venue, which dates back to the 18th century. With its elegant ballroom, stone architecture, and gorgeous grounds, The Olde Mill Inn provided the perfect backdrop for the newlyweds' wedding photos.

Hurricane Productions photographer Corynn Egreczky documented every moment of Tara and Gary's wedding events. She provided full-day coverage and captured the wedding party preparations, the ceremony, the reception, and portraits of the couple and their loved ones.

The new Mr. and Mrs. also booked Hurricane's Spotlight Entertainment Package for their reception. DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano kept guests on the dance floor throughout the evening. Tara and Gary upgraded their package with a ceremony sound system, full ballroom uplighting, and LED screens with a photo montage and custom animation.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details on our all-inclusive packages.

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Renting The RAC at Rutgers? We Can Help

Events at
The RAC

The Rutgers Athletic Center, better known as The RAC, has been the home of Rutgers basketball since it opened more than 40 years ago.

Today, the space is being use for more than just athletics events.

The 8,000-seat arena has hosted a variety of other university events, including wrestling matches, gymnastics meets, and the annual Rutgers University Dance Marathon.

But you don't have to be organizing a Rutgers event to host at The RAC.

This facility is available for public rental throughout the year. With its drop-down video board, LED boards and signs, and full air-conditioning system, the RAC is ideal for trade shows, speaking events, concerts, and other special events that require a large space.

If you're looking to rent The RAC for an upcoming concert, trade show, or other event, you'll likely need some help from outside vendors. The Hurricane Productions team are experts in this space, and we'd love to help you bring your vision to life.

What can Hurricane do
for your Event at The Rac?

We provide a full range of individual audio visual (AV) solutions, as well as full event production through our sister brands MediaCutlet and CaneAV.

Sound System Rental and Production

Professional Audio Systems

AV Support for Events at The Rac

Audio Mixing and Control

IMAG Display Screens Projector Rental AV

IMAG, Displays, and Screens

Event Video Services

Professional Event Video

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Event Live Streaming

Professional Stage Lighting Design

Event Lighting Design

Professional Stage Design Services

Staging and Stage Design

3D Rendering Floor Plan for Events

Layouts & 3D Floor Plans

Hosts and MCs for Events at The RAC

Event Hosts and Emcees

DJ Entertainment for Events at The RAC

DJs & Music Programming

Content Creation for Event Marketing

Custom Content Creation

Event Registration Website Design

Registration & Ticketing

Why hire Hurricane to produce your event at The RAC?

  • We've produced more than 25 events at the RAC since 2013, including Dance Marathon.
  • We're familiar with the space and understand the ins and outs of its video and LED technology.
  • We're deeply embedded in the Rutgers community – our founders and many of our staff are RU alumni!
  • If your event requires tables and chairs, tents, staging, or other rental items, we have a strong working relationship with trusted vendors like Miller's Rentals.
  • You'll have direct communication access to our staff before, during, and after your event, as well as 24/7 access to our online planning and payment tools.

Our work at Rutgers Athletic Center

Here are just a few of the events we've worked on at The RAC over the last six years:

  • Rutgers University Dance Marathon – A Hurricane staff favorite, Dance Marathon is a 30-plus hour fundraiser for the Embrace Kids Foundation. Each year, we provide professional support and consultation for this event, including social media, video production, entertainment, marketing, and advancement.
  • Athletic Events – We've provided DJ entertainment, MC announcements, lighting, and other event production services for RU sporting events. Most recently, we helped introduce wrestlers at the USA Wrestling Final X Series at The RAC.
  • Awards Programs – Hurricane has helped Rutgers Athletics produce numerous awards banquets and programs with AV setup, stage design, projection mapping, and more.
  • Convocation – We've provided AV services at annual convocation ceremonies for some of Rutgers' individual schools.

Need AV or event production services for your next event at Rutgers Athletic Center? Fill out the form below with your upcoming event information to learn more about how Hurricane Productions can help.

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Long Engagement? 4 Reasons to Take Your Time With Wedding Plans

One of the first decisions you'll have to make as a newly engaged couple is your wedding date. You can't start booking vendors without it, so you and your spouse-to-be have a big question to answer: Do you fast-track your wedding plans or go for a long engagement?

According to Brides.com, the average American couple is engaged for 12 to 18 months before they tie the knot. Some couples only wait a few months to get married, while others extend their engagement to two years or longer. There's no right or wrong answer; it all depends on what you and your fiance want for your big day.

The case for a long engagement

That being said, there are a few distinct advantages to a long engagement. After all, there's no need to rush the wedding -- you two will have the rest of your lives together! Even if you want to get legally married right away, you can still take your time planning the perfect reception for your family and friends. Here are some good reasons to consider stretching out your wedding plans.

1. You can take your time on the big, important decisions.

When you're on a time crunch, you may end up rushing big decisions and settling for a location, vendor, or dress you're not completely in love with. With a long engagement, you'll have plenty of time to research and visit venues, and interview vendors for your big day.

2. You can book your vendors early.

Popular wedding vendors, including venues, photographers, videographers, and DJs, often book up over a year in advance. If you have your heart set on a particular place or service provider, setting a date far in advance means there's a better chance your dream vendor is available for your wedding.

It's also important to note that wedding vendors and banquet halls may raise their prices year after year. Booking early means you'll lock in their current rates and get the best deal possible.

3. You'll have more control over your wedding budget.

Another financial advantage of a long engagement? You can better manage your wedding budget. All the little expenses, like decorations, wedding party gifts, and hotel gift bags, can add up quickly. The further in advance you set your wedding date, the more time you'll have to save up for the things you really want.

When you're able to spread out your payments, you may also find that you have room in the budget for those "nice to have" elements you weren't sure you could afford when you first got engaged. You can set aside money each month so that as your wedding gets closer, you can go back to your vendors and request that fancy dessert station, photo booth, or lighting upgrade.

4. You can take the time to truly enjoy your engagement.

There are so many exciting events that happen during a couple's engagement. Instead of trying to cram an engagement party, a bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette weekends, and the wedding day into a single year, you can spread them out and make the wedding excitement last all the way up to your big day. Perhaps more importantly, a long engagement means you and your fiance will have plenty of time to appreciate each other, strengthen your relationship, and figure out your plans for married life.

We're here to support you throughout your entire wedding planning process, no matter what your timeline is.

Couples have booked Hurricane Productions anywhere from a few weeks to a few years before their wedding day. Whether you choose a short or long engagement, we are here to make your wedding planning process as smooth as possible.

When you book one of our all-inclusive wedding packages, our full-time support staff can help you create the wedding you've always envisioned. You'll also receive access to our convenient online planning portal, where you can fill in your wedding details, plan your timeline, request music, and make payments on your own schedule.

Ready to book your wedding entertainment, photography, and videography? Fill out this short form or contact us directly to get a quote and confirm our availability for your date.

Top Greek Wedding Dance Songs

HASAPIKO

(TRADITIONAL)

Afti e nyhta menei
Agape mou, pios sou’pe tetia pragmata Armanaki
Dari, Dari
E Trata mas e kourelou
Eimai sta “high” mou
Fiye, fiye
Kapatan Andrea Zeppo
Komotries
Ksekina mia Psaropoula Maria me ta Kitrina
Matia mou, matia mou
Matia san kai ta dika sou Melahrinaki
Modistres kai komotries
Mpikan ta gidia sto mandri Ntiri-ntak-ntak, ntiri ntiri ntak-ntak
Pali ego tha erhoume
Pali Portes Ktipas
Pare to Trainaki
Pios moro mou, pios
Romios, Agapise Romia
Sala, sala, mes sti sala
Se psili rahoula
Siko horepse koukli mou
Siko pano, katse kato
Ta ‘ho hamena
Tha paro mia psaropoula
To louloudaki tou vounou
To moro, to moro, to moro
To Santonak

 

TSAMIKA

Aginara me ta ngathia Enas Aetos
Ilio
Itia

Itia (sta chondra, instrumental) Kano Petra tin kardia
Kovo Mia Klara
Na ‘san ta neiata dio fores Papalambrena

Poulaki xeno, xenihtemeno Poulia mou diavatari
Ton Amaranto

 

TSIFTETELIA

Belly dance in Dmi
Saleas tsifteteli
Stratos’ tsifteteli
To bouzouki mou ehei kaifi To santonaki

 

ZEMBEKIKA

Aliti M’eipes mia vradia Den Pao Pouthena
Enas Mangas sto Votaniko Evdokias

Kai Pao, pao, pao Mia Molivia Nyhta Kselogiastra O Aetos

Pare oti thelis, Paliatzi Stin Alana
Stin Elefsina
Ta angela ftera

Ti eimouna yia senane To Ayalma
To Vouno

SYRTO

(FAST HASAPICO)

Vasilis Karras - Astin na leei
Dakrizmeni zitas tin ayapi mou Eksonterthia
Leye oti thes, leye
Me lene Yioryo
Me xehnas
Moro mou
Mou ‘heis kanei Mayia Paranomia agape mou Phenomenon
Pitsirika
Pou Girnas
Pros kremos
Se youstaro poli
Tha tis Perasi
Then me katalaves pote
Ti sou Ftaiei
Tilefonise mou
Yia ta lefta ta kanies ola
Zilevo, zilevo

 

KALAMATIANA

Mantili Kalamatiano
Mou paringile t' aidoni
Ola ta poulakia
Kori pou pas ston potamo
Tin agapi mou tin apothimissa
Thalassaki mou
Dio Kardies
E manna mou me dernei Gerakina
I Thiva ehei omorfes Manousakia
Mantili Kalamatiano Mavra Matia sto potiri Mou Parigele Taidoni
Na Haris ta Matia Sou Orai pou einai I Nifi mas Palamakia, palamakia Samiotissa
Skali kale mou skali
To diko mou paplouma Tria Pedia Voliotika Vangelitsa Mou

Shannon and Greg - The Bridgewater Manor

The Bridgewater Manor is known for its elegance and sophistication. With five ballrooms, and a perfectly manicured outdoor patio for ceremonies, this Bridgewater, NJ event venue offers a romantic and traditional setting for beautiful weddings like Shannon and Greg's.

The couple hired Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment and videography services for their spring Bridgewater Manor wedding. As part of their Spotlight Entertainment package, Shannon and Greg received cocktail hour sound and reception entertainment by company founders Vincent Velasquez (MC) and Strato Doumanis (DJ), plus intelligent spotlighting for the dance floor.

The newlyweds added several package upgrades, including full ballroom uplighting and a custom Name in Lights monogram. They also had a custom Snapchat geofilter designed by our team so guests could show off their Snaps of the wedding in style.

Hurricane videographer Corynn Egreczky provided full-day video coverage for the couple's Bridgewater Manor wedding. She captured all of Shannon and Greg's special moments throughout the day, from morning preparations through the final dance of the evening. Corynn's footage was edited into a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic wedding film, and a three to five-minute highlight video.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

Your Next Sporting Event DJ

Why hire Hurricane to staff your athletics DJ roster?

  • Nearly two decades of college sports event experience
  • Professional, stadium-level music programming and event coordination
  • Deep understanding of sporting event chronology and timelines
  • DJs are comfortable working in fast-pace, broadcast environments
  • Direct communication access to DJs before, during, and after events
  • Up-to-date music libraries from professional record pools

Full Time Support Staff

Your athletics event DJs and hosts are always on time. Should you have any questions, you'll always have a direct line day-of-event contact at Hurricane HQ. Our dedicated team is in constant contact with our staff when they are fulfilling event services.

Communication Through Technology

Let us run the show and feel confident putting years of musical programming and college sporting event management to use. Or have as much control as you'd like. We offer direct communication as well as online account access for uploading custom music, online payments, and more.

Need sound or AV support? No problem.

We provide audiovisual solutions for events including staging, outdoor sound systems, lighting, DJ gear, microphones and more.

Case Study: Rutgers University, DJ Nate Hawley

Want to take your sporting event entertainment to the next level? Don't hire just any DJ -- get the official DJ of Rutgers Football!

Meet Hurricane Productions' Nate Hawley, the go-to DJ for Rutgers Athletics. Whenever there's a football game, wrestling match, or gymnastics meet at RU, you're almost certain to find Nate behind the DJ booth.

University Football DJ

Nate first connected with Hurricane Productions after attending a Rutgers event the company had produced. His lifelong passion for music and DJing propelled him to reach out and ask how he could get involved. With a strong interest in being a college sports event DJ, Hurricane gave then-sophomore Nate his first Rutgers DJ opportunity in 2014. Within a couple of years, Nate became known as the “Official DJ of Rutgers Football.”

Since then, his skills as a professional DJ and MC have only improved.

"My music library and knowledge has grown and my mixing is no longer tied to a specific genre," he says. "I’m comfortable with any crowd and I can now use the mic without stumbling through announcements

While Nate is best known for entertaining crowds on game day, he's so much more than the Rutgers Football DJ. He's also one of our most popular private event entertainers. Whether he's working solo or as part of a DJ-MC team, Nate will curate the perfect playlist for you and your guests while delivering the professionalism you expect.

Interested in having Nate entertain your next event? Get in touch with us and let us know you want DJ Nate!

Monica and Michael - Waterloo Village - Stanhope, NJ

New Jersey couples who want a rustic wedding often choose Waterloo Village, a 19th century canal town in Stanhope, NJ. This gorgeous venue is brimming with both history and charm, and provides the perfect backdrop for romantic photos and videos.

Monica and Michael experienced the magic of Waterloo Village firsthand during their spring wedding. The newlyweds hired Hurricane Productions to provide entertainment and videography services for their big day. They chose our Spotlight Entertainment Package, which included entertainment by DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano, and customized intelligent spotlighting. As an add-on to their package, Hurricane also set up a wireless sound system for the ceremony.

To create their Waterloo Village wedding video, Monica and Michael hired Hurricane's Phil Shvartsman and Tyler Ajamian for full-day videography coverage. Phil and Tyler worked together to capture all the couple's special moments, from pre-ceremony prep through the end of their reception. Their package included a 60 to 90-minute wedding film and a three to five-minute highlight video, plus the videographers' raw footage from their day.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page to view our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote to learn more.

NJCU Athletic Awards 2019: How We Transformed a Gym for an Awards Gala

Lots of universities hold their student award ceremonies on campus in a theater or gymnasium. Event organizers will often dress up these on-campus spaces with a few balloons, banners, and plastic tablecloths in the university colors. At NJCU, they fully transformed their gym into a sophisticated event venue worthy of any awards gala.

On May 6, 2019, New Jersey City University held its annual Athletic Awards Banquet. This "feel good" event celebrates a growing community of student athletes, administrators, and families, and highlights the athletic achievements of NJCU's Gothic Knights.

The banquet was held in the John J. Moore Athletics and Fitness Center (JMAC) -- but you'd never have known it. This 2,000-seat sports arena is normally set up for NJCU basketball and volleyball games. On the night of the Awards Banquet, though, it was nearly unrecognizable as a gymnasium.

Hurricane Productions and its sister brands MediaCutlet and CaneAV worked with NJCU's Athletic Administration to transform the facility into a fully functional ceremony space, complete with a custom-designed stage, lighting, and audio services.

Stage design

We set up a temporary stage in the JMAC arena as the focal point of the banquet. Black pipe-and-drape panels extended across most of the gymnasium floor to create the back of the stage. We also carefully arranged white cardboard boxes along the back "wall" for a unique visual element, as well as to pick up the stage lighting.

Lighting and effects

Every stage setup needs lighting, so we lined the front and back of the stage with uplighting to make sure everything and everyone on stage looked great. The green lighting matched NJCU's primary school color, and our synced lighting created an exciting atmosphere for the presenters and attendees.

Audio equipment

Hurricane provided a full audio system for the banquet, including speakers and microphones for the presenters.

With our extensive experience designing athletic events for Rutgers University, we felt confident in our ability to bring NJCU's vision for the Awards Banquet to life. Check out the finished product, including "before" shots, in our video from the event:

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Create a Unique Branded Experience with a Pop Up Instagram Museum by Hurricane Productions

Instagrammable experiences are all the rage right now. In the last year alone, made for Instagram exhibits like the Museum of Ice Cream, The Color Factory, and the Museum of Selfies have launched in cities around the world.

With more than 110 million Instagram users in the U.S. alone, it's no surprise that there's been a surge in "Instagrammable events" – unique, ephemeral, pop up Instagram experiences where art and technology merge. But what are they, and how do you make one happen? Here's what you need to know about this growing – and highly effective – branding strategy.

What are Instagram museums?

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Pop up Instagram museums aren't museums in the traditional sense. They're temporary exhibits, usually constructed in a multi-purpose event space, that provide a cool experience with amazing photo opportunities for attendees. For the organizations that host these Instagrammable events, there's huge potential for increased brand awareness and exposure on social media.

The concept of a temporary art exhibit isn't necessarily new. Established galleries have always had limited-run artist exhibits, and the first true pop up exhibitions appeared in New York City in the late 2000s. These events are designed to create a sense of exclusivity and urgency; they encourage people to come visit while it's there, because after the exhibit's short run, they won't get the chance to see it again – at least not in its current form.

However, the difference between regular pop up events and Instagrammable pop ups is that the latter is specifically designed to be shared on social media. Every detail of a pop-up Instagram museum is created to be photographed, from the room layout to the color scheme to the lighting. Attendees can then snap and share their selfie experiences using the event's branded hashtag.

What's the point of a pop up Instagram event, anyway?

If you've ever heard the phrase, "do it for the 'gram," then you might understand the draw of an Instagrammable event. As The Daily Beast puts it, these exhibits "promise an experience you can share online, which is increasingly the only experience that matters." No matter what your feelings about modern social media culture, there's no denying that Instagram-worthy backdrops combined with a catchy hashtag can produce a whole lot of shareable user generated content for a brand.

If you're not familiar with the concept of user generated content (UGC), think about how often you see a brand share photos, tagged posts, and positive feedback from real-life satisfied customers. These posts have become a mainstay of branded social media content, as they provide authentic "social proof" of a brand's popularity and performance. A few good reasons to pay attention to UGC, according to AdWeek:

  • People want to feel a "real human connection" to your brand before buying from you, and UGC accomplishes that by highlighting actual customers.
  • Customers who share good experiences with your brand often encourage referrals from their network, which helps you expand your customer base.
  • It cheaply and effectively boosts your brand's credibility.
  • It gives you tons of unique content to use in future ad campaigns.
  • It enhances your brand experience.

It often takes time and effort to curate UGC organically, but by hosting an entire event dedicated to Instagramming, you'll get a wealth of photos in just a few hours, all branded with your unique hashtag and shared with your attendees' followers.

Pop up Instagram museum success story: Scarlet Mansion at Rutgers University

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Hurricane Productions recently had the opportunity to help Rutgers University create a pop up museum called Scarlet Mansion, in honor of the school's official color (red) and its Scarlet Knight mascot. RU wanted to give its students a cool place to take Instagrams, and they enlisted Hurricane to make it happen.

Hosted by the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA), Scarlet Mansion was open for a single weekend at The Rutgers Club house on College Avenue. Each of the five rooms was decked out in red and offered different themed experiences for attendees.

"There was a ball pit room, a 'senses room' with walls that you could touch, a light up dance floor, a snack room with strawberries hanging from the ceiling, and a 'secret garden' room, which made students feel like they were in a garden," explained Hurricane's general manager, Chelsea Rutkowski.

To bring RUPA's Scarlet Mansion room ideas to life, Hurricane provided an LED dance floor, lighting, and DJ services. We also designed a custom Scarlet Mansion gobo to project on the walls. By the end of the weekend, there were 115 posts associated with the hashtag #ScarletMansion.

How do I create an Instagrammable event?

Whether you're trying to raise awareness for a cause, promote your business, or create a fun "selfie factory" at a conference or event, an Instagram museum can be a great way to generate a lot of brand engagement in a short period of time.

It's important to find an event venue that's relatively customizable. Look for somewhere with a lot of open space and blank walls that will allow you to use projection technology and lighting to truly transform the area. You'll also want to come up with unique interactive room concepts, like Scarlet Mansion's ball pit room and senses room. A cool backdrop and atmosphere is essential, but your attendees will also want something fun to do besides take photos!

Finally, come up with a unique event hashtag that suits your brand. Promote it on social media ahead of time so people know when and where your event is – and be sure to let them know they'll get an opportunity to snap selfies they can't take anywhere else.

With the right resources and a great partner to help you execute your ideas, the only limit to your pop up Instagram exhibit is your imagination.

Interested in creating your own pop up Instagram event? Get in touch with Hurricane Productions and let's chat about your vision.

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4 Historic Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding Venues

Forget winter -- Wedding Season is coming.

New Jersey is home to some impressive historic castles and mansions, so why not host your wedding at a venue that looks like it's straight out of Westeros?

Millions of Game of Thrones fans are currently following the eighth and final season of the popular HBO series.

If you and your fiance are among them, you might be thinking about how to incorporate elements of the show into your big day.

While you can certainly add other GoT details to your invitations, attire, and decor, the right location can create an atmosphere that truly brings the Seven Kingdoms to life. Check out a few of our favorite New Jersey Game of Thrones inspired venues perfect for any wedding.

 

Waterloo Village

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New Jersey state park or the Westeros countryside? Waterloo Village, a restored 19th century canal town in Stanhope, is a perennially popular wedding venue. This little slice of history is nestled in Allamuchy Mountain State Park along the Musconetong River.

Its gorgeous natural backdrops are reminiscent of some of GoT's filming locations in Iceland and Croatia. Waterloo also offers tons of amazing photo opps in front of its quaint historical mansions, stone buildings, and bridges.

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The Legacy Castle

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The Legacy Castle has a lot in common with Riverrun, the ancestral castle of House Tully. Surrounded by two lakes and the Pompton River, this Pompton Plains venue boasts beautiful water views and decor fit for royalty.

Beyond the castle's impressive entrance way and white stone exterior, you'll find exquisite details from a bygone era: wrought iron railings with gold leaf detailing, chandeliers with cascading crystals, multiple indoor and outdoor fountains, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard.

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Lambert's Castle

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The aptly named Red Keep in King's Landing is built of red stones and sits atop a hill, just like Lambert's Castle. This museum and library is located on Garret Mountain and overlooks the city of Paterson. Owned and maintained by the Passaic County Historical Society, the castle dates back to the 1890s, when it served as the residence of silk industry mogul Catholina Lambert.

Unfortunately, Lambert's Castle recently stopped renting out its facilities for private parties. However, if you're getting married nearby, you can still get a permit to take wedding photos and video inside the castle and on its gorgeous historical grounds.

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Pleasantdale Chateau

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Like House Martell's Dorne region, Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange was, in part, inspired by the architecture of Seville, Spain. The entrance hall of the venue's magnificent Fountain Room is lined with colorful,17th-century Portuguese tiles imported directly from Seville.

The exterior of the Chateau was modeled after Norman architecture, a popular style of many 11th and 12th century European castles and cathedrals. Pleasantdale Chateau also features lush greenery and landscaping, not unlike the Water Gardens of Dorne.

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Already found your wedding venue? Give Hurricane Productions a call to book your wedding entertainment and media services. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details on our all-inclusive packages.

Celebrate Your Sweet 16 in Style at the Island Chateau

Staten Island is an ideal location for any event with guests coming from both New Jersey and New York. If you're looking for an easily accessible Sweet 16 venue with elegance, charm, and sophistication, the Island Chateau is an excellent choice.

Located just off the Staten Island Expressway, the Island Chateau sits in the quiet community of Grasmere. This venue only hosts one event at a time, so the Island Chateau's staff will be entirely dedicated to your daughter's celebration.

When guests walk through the arched French doors, they'll be greeted by an impressive mosaic tile design. The carpeted grand staircase leads up to a second-floor balcony that's perfect for photo opportunities.

The Island Chateau's Banquet Room can be configured to accommodate small, intimate parties of 50, large celebrations of up to 220, and everything in between. It features large, draped windows and crystal sconces all along the walls, and exquisite chandeliers overhead. The room's pale walls are perfect for uplighting and Name in Lights designs to match her color scheme.

The oversized white tile dance floor is the focal point of the room, so all eyes will be on your daughter as she does her candle ceremony or special dances. The Island Chateau can also provide a throne-style white chair trimmed with gold, so your guest of honor can truly feel like a princess.

Planning a Sweet 16? Hurricane Productions offers several all-inclusive media and entertainment packages to suit your needs. Let us help you and your daughter plan the perfect birthday celebration. Request a quote or check out our pricing page for more details.

Book Last Minute, Raw Footage and Edit Later

There's no way around it: Weddings can get very expensive, very quickly. After you've booked your venue, officiant, photographer, DJ, florist, and countless other vendors, you might not have a lot of money left over to spend on video. You might not even be sure you want a wedding videographer at all.

But Hurricane Productions isn't your average wedding videographer. We offer videography services and options you won't find at most other companies. Here are three things that make us a great choice for couples on the fence about video:

You can book us at the last minute.

Couples who know they want video typically book their wedding videographer early on in the planning process. But some couples aren't sure if they want to invest in video until a few months before the big day -- and they're often disappointed to learn that most local videographers have already been booked for their date.

Because Hurricane Productions works with nearly a dozen photo and video professionals, you can come to us 30 to 60 days before your wedding date, and we'll have someone available to shoot your event. Rachel and Steve Chassen hired Hurricane just three weeks before their wedding, and we were able to provide them with a videographer to capture raw footage of their day.

We offer raw footage packages for couples on a budget.

Our affordable wedding video editing packages start at just $1,295 for six hours of coverage and a three to five-minute highlight video. But if that's still outside your budget, you don't have to pay for edits at all.

We offer couples the option to just hire a wedding videographer to shoot and deliver raw footage of your day. This means you'll get the unedited clips of your wedding events -- ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception -- directly from the videographer's camera, delivered via our secure cloud server. From there, you can choose to keep the clips as they are or edit them together to make your own wedding video.

Not sure what raw footage entails? Learn more about it here.

We store your footage for up to a year (in case you change your mind).

A highlight edit of you raw footage can make a great holiday gift, or one year anniversary gift to each other!

Picture this : Your own private Dropbox folder. Access anytime for up to one year.

What happens if you get our raw footage from your wedding and now wish you'd gotten an edit package? It's not too late -- Hurricane Productions has worked with plenty of couples to incorporate video edits after their wedding day. We store your footage on our secure cloud server for up to one year after your event. That means you have a full 365 days to decide whether you want us to turn your clips into a beautiful, feature-length cinematic film, a short highlight video to share on social media, or both.

Jessica and Joe came back to us after their wedding to request both a highlight video and a feature-length edit:

Lisa and Jaime ordered their highlight video after their wedding day (and were absolutely thrilled with it!):

If you've already booked us to edit a highlight video for you, you can upgrade to a full cinematic edit up to year after after your wedding day, too.

So, it's OK if you want to just get raw footage. It's OK if you decide you want professional edits six months after your wedding. It's OK if you're not even sure you're ready to book a wedding videographer yet. With Hurricane's flexible options, we can accommodate any couple's needs, timeline, and budget. Get in touch and let's talk about your vision for your wedding video.

Visit our pricing page to view all of our wedding videography packages, or request a quote to discuss a custom package.

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Rylee's Sweet 16 - Razberry's Banquet Center

Rylee celebrated her Sweet 16 at Razberry's Banquet Center, an elegant Hunterdon County event venue located in Frenchtown. The ballroom was decked out in royal blue for Rylee's special night, from the table settings to the birthday girl's gorgeous gown.

Hurricane Productions provided entertainment and photography services for the evening. Our photographer, Corynn Egreczky took portraits of Rylee, her family, and her court on the grounds at Razberry's Banquet Center. The venue's gazebo and water fountain provided a beautiful backdrop for outdoor shots, while the lobby served as the perfect spot for indoor photos.

During Rylee's celebration, MC Robbie Padovano entertained the crowd with giant glow sticks and a dry ice cannon. Hurricane set up intelligent spotlighting and royal blue uplighting to match the event color scheme. We also designed a personalized graphic for Rylee and displayed it on two LED TV screens on the dance floor. As an add-on service, Rylee and her guests enjoyed the use of an attended photo booth throughout the evening.

Hurricane Productions offers all-inclusive media and entertainment packages for Sweet 16s, Quinceañeras, and Mitzvahs. Check out our pricing page for more details, or contact us to request a quote.

Picturesque Spring Wedding Venues in New Jersey

It's not hard to see why springtime marks the beginning of wedding season. When you're surrounded by blooming flowers and lush greenery around every corner, spring wedding photos can be exceptionally gorgeous. Plus, outdoor photo shoots are much more pleasant before New Jersey's humid summer heat kicks in!

If you're planning a spring wedding in the Garden State, you've got a lot of options for gorgeous venues. No matter where in New Jersey you live, there's a nearby location with the perfect backdrop for your big day. Here are five of our favorite NJ spring wedding venues.

Rutgers Gardens (New Brunswick)

 

Many Hurricane staffers are Rutgers University alumni. As a result, we work with a lot of couples who met during their time at RU. If you and your sweetheart are Scarlet Knights, what better place to get married than the place you fell in love? Located on the Rutgers-New Brunswick Campus, Rutgers Gardens hosts wedding outdoor ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. Whether you choose the Roy DeBoer Evergreen Garden or the Art Rudolph Sun and Shade Garden, your wedding photos will be filled with stunning florals and greenery.

Shadowbrook (Shrewsbury, NJ)

 

Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury is an incredible venue for any time of year, but a spring wedding at this historical Monmouth County estate lets you take full advantage of its 18-plus acres of natural beauty. After you travel up the maple tree-lined drive to the property, you'll find an elegant, historical mansion, an outdoor ceremony space with rows of gorgeous flowers, and countless opportunities for photos and videos in front of the venue's flawless landscaping.

The Spring Lake Manor (Spring Lake, NJ)

This beautiful wedding venue dates back to 1901 and was recently renovated to "preserve its unique character." In addition to its elegant exterior, Spring Lake Manor features a private outdoor courtyard with a fountain and a brick waterfall out front. Want beach photos, too? The Manor is just a few short blocks from the shore.

Clarks Landing (Point Pleasant)

Clarks Landing is one of our favorite Jersey Shore wedding venues. You can have your outdoor ceremony overlooking the Manasquan River, and then head out to the docks for a romantic photo shoot. Even if the weather isn't ideal for outdoor photos, Clarks Landing offers some amazing indoor shots:. Its Grand Ballroom has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the water.

The Water Witch Club (Highlands)

If you want the best of New Jersey's outdoor views in one location, look no further than the exclusive Water Witch Club. Situated on one of the highest points of the eastern seaboard, this one-of-a-kind venue is surrounded by the Sandy Hook bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the New York City skyline. The Water Witch Club's official event season runs from April through October, so if you want to book one of its limited spring wedding weekends, you won't want to delay.

Planning a New Jersey wedding? Let Hurricane Productions provide your entertainment, photography, and videography services. Check out our pricing page to view our packages, or request a quote for more details.

 

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