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.

Sam and Eric - Clarks Landing

They say there are plenty of fish in the sea, but as Samantha Garcia and Eric Fusco discovered, it only takes two of them to begin a lifetime of happiness. The couple, who met on the dating website Plenty of Fish, are now #ofishallyFuscos after their Clarks Landing wedding at the Jersey Shore.

Sarah and Kevin - Temple Emanu-El

For northern New Jersey couples who want a traditional Jewish ceremony and a modern reception all in one convenient location, a Temple Emanu-El wedding is an obvious choice. Operated by Northern Valley Affairs, this elegant Closter, NJ synagogue and event venue was the perfect location for Sarah Wexler and Kevin Kahn's big day.

Our Favorite Monmouth County Wedding Venues

As a wedding vendor located in downtown Red Bank, New Jersey, Hurricane Productions has had the pleasure of DJing, photographing, and filming tons at some of the top Monmouth County wedding venues.

Because we're so close to the coast, waterfront venues are popular among our couples, but not every New Jersey couple wants a beach wedding. Whether you're looking for an upscale restaurant, a beautiful banquet hall or a sprawling country club, this part of the state offers a wide selection of picturesque places for engaged couples to celebrate their marriage.

In alphabetical order, here are nine Monmouth County wedding venues we love.

Crystal Ballroom (Freehold)

Located in the Radisson of Freehold, New Jersey, the Crystal Ballroom is an elegant and convenient venue for your Monmouth County wedding. Hold a romantic outdoor ceremony with the hotel's beautiful fountain in the background, then bring up to 300 guests right inside for cocktail hour and your reception.

Jumping Brook Country Club (Neptune City)

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This private golf course and club in Neptune can accommodate up to 400 guests in its three gorgeous ballrooms, all of which offer breathtaking views of the course. Jumping Brook Country Club only hosts one wedding at a time, so you and your fiancé will truly feel like the day is yours. This venue advertises a kosher wedding menu option, as well as accommodations for traditional Indian weddings, including spacious dressing suites and locations for Barat and Mandap ceremonies.

Molly Pitcher Inn (Red Bank)

This Red Bank landmark is right in our own backyard, a short walk from Hurricane Productions headquarters. The Molly Pitcher Inn overlooks the Navesink River, which can be viewed from the Ballroom. Take your ceremony and reception outdoors on the Inn's tented promenade to fully appreciate this stunning wedding day backdrop. Molly Pitcher Inn offers discounted room blocks for your wedding guests, as well as packages for rehearsal dinners and post-wedding breakfasts.

Oyster Point Hotel (Red Bank)

Another Red Bank waterfront favorite, the Oyster Point Hotel is the sister property of Molly Pitcher Inn. This recently renovated boutique hotel offers the option for an indoor ceremony, as well as two beautiful event spaces for up to 220 guests. You may also choose to get married outdoors on the Navesink River bank before heading inside for cocktail hour and reception.

Shadowbrook (Shrewsbury)

Although it's located right off the busy Route 35, Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury is truly a hidden gem, tucked away behind tall, shady maple trees and beautifully landscaped grounds. You will feel like you've been transported to another era when you celebrate your special day in this historic mansion, which dates back to 1910. Shadowbrook makes the venue exclusively available for couples celebrating their wedding, so you and your guests can privately enjoy its scenic outdoor ceremony location and elegantly decorated ballrooms.

Spring Lake Manor (Spring Lake)

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At the Spring Lake Manor, you'll find a private outdoor courtyard complete with a fountain, intimate spaces for your cocktail hour, and a newly renovated ballroom that fits up to 350 guests. At the end of your reception, you can reserve The Grille Room – a bar with music and a flat-screen TV – for a fun and relaxed afterparty. Spring Lake Manor also offers catering services if you'd prefer to have your wedding offsite.

Sterling Ballroom (Tinton Falls)

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Inside the DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls, you'll find the Sterling Ballroom, a modern venue that offers everything you need for your wedding day. You can hold your outdoor ceremony under the property's beautiful white pergola, surrounded by lush trees and flowers. Then, enjoy cocktail hour, dance the night away at the reception, host an afterparty, and wake up the next morning for brunch – all in the same location. Sterling Ballroom accommodates up to 225 guests and hosts one wedding at a time.

The Mill Lakeside Manor (Spring Lake)

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The Mill Lakeside Manor, part of the Clarks Landing family of venues, offers a serene and picturesque location for your big day. The rustic, natural backdrop of Old Mill Pond is ideal for wedding portraits, but inside the property's stately 18,000-square-foot venue, you'll get the "sophisticated feel of an elegant estate manor." The Mill Lakeside Manor hosts one wedding at a time to give you and your guests exclusive use of the grounds. Choose from the Waterview Room, an atrium-covered deck with plenty of natural lighting and lake views, or the tranquil Garden Area for an intimate, outdoor summer wedding reception.

The Water Witch Club (Highlands)

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Looking for a unique wedding location with historical charm and an air of exclusivity? The Water Witch Club, a preferred venue of Falco's Catering, sits on Monmouth Hills, one of the highest points of the eastern seaboard. You and up to 150 guests can celebrate in the Clubhouse while you enjoy a variety of beautiful views, including the Sandy Hook bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the New York City skyline. The Water Witch Club only hosts 12 weddings per season (April through October), so you'll need to act fast if you want to book this one-of-a-kind venue.

Getting married in Monmouth County? Let Hurricane Productions be a part of your special day. Visit our pricing page or request a quote to learn more about our wedding entertainment and media services.

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You're Engaged – Now What?

You got the ring. You got the yes. Where do you go from here?

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For many couples, getting engaged is an exciting, ultra-romantic whirlwind of happy calls and texts to family members, and recounting the proposal story to everyone you know.

Once you've both floated down from Cloud Nine, the reality sets in: You have a wedding to plan.

Even if you and your fiancé have already discussed the kind of celebration you want, there are a lot of details you need to iron out, including your wedding vendors. Your venue, caterer, entertainment, photographer, videographer, florist, and others are the people who will keep your big day on track and running smoothly, so it's important to do your research and choose companies you trust.

To help you in finding your perfect wedding vendors, here's a simple step-by-step guide you can follow once you're engaged.

1. Set your date and budget

Before you can start approaching vendors, you'll need to decide on your wedding date.

Most wedding service providers are booked months, or sometimes even a year or more in advance, so they're going to need something firmer than "next spring" to get you on their calendar.

It's also critical to have at least a ballpark idea of how much you want to spend on your wedding, including contributions from your families, if applicable. You might be able to adjust as you go, but you don't want to get to the contract phase with a couple of vendors, only to discover you'll have to skimp on everything else to afford them.

Once you've chosen your date and set an approximate budget, you can begin the process of finding your perfect wedding vendors.

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2. Conduct an online search for local wedding vendors

The web is your best resource.

Some couples already have wedding vendors in mind before they get engaged, but if you're starting from scratch, Google is the best place to begin. Use location-specific search terms like "Jersey Shore wedding venues," "Monmouth County wedding photographer," or "wedding DJ near me" to help you find the highest-rated local vendors.

When you find a few that sound promising, visit their websites and social media accounts. You should be able to find service package options on their website, and their social presence will give you an idea of the types of events they work. While some vendors require you to contact them for a quote, others make their pricing transparent and easy to find, which means you'll know up front exactly what kind of value you'll get.

3. Ask your married friends for recommendations

Friends and relatives who have gotten married recently are a great resource.

If you loved your cousin's wedding photos or thought the DJ at your best friend's wedding played great music, ask for the company's name and contact information. Because many wedding vendors earn most of their business through word-of-mouth referrals, they may offer a pricing incentive if you mention who sent you to them.

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4. Read customer reviews

Reviews are typically accurate, but trust your sources.

Another great way to research a wedding vendor is to check out what other couples say about them online. Sites like The Knot and Wedding Wire are huge repositories for wedding vendors across the country, but they don't necessarily offer a complete list – you should also check testimonials and social media reviews on an individual vendor's page, especially if they're a smaller business. A handful of detailed, positive Google or Facebook reviews from satisfied local couples is just as valuable as dozens of star ratings on The Knot.

5. Speak with vendors directly

Communication is key.

Your final step is to reach out to your top choice vendors and have conversation with them – ideally, in person. Schedule a tour of the venue. Stop in to the florist's shop. Make an appointment to meet with your photographer or entertainment provider. If geographical distance doesn't permit an in-person meeting, see if the vendor is willing to do a video call for your initial consultation. There's nothing like a face-to-face interaction with someone to help you determine their character and trustworthiness, both of which are essential in a good wedding vendor.

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Once you've thoroughly vetted each potential vendor and understand what's included in their service contract, you can decide which ones meet your needs while staying within your budget. When researching and finding your perfect wedding vendors, choose the ones who make you feel confident that they can deliver your dream wedding.

Hurricane Productions provides a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page or get in touch with us today to learn how we can make your celebration unforgettable.

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How to Choose the Best DJ for Your Wedding Day

Engaged couples have a lot of decisions to make when planning their wedding. After the big choices like the date, venue, and the guest list are made, your next step is choosing your wedding DJ – the person or team who will set the tone for your wedding day and make sure your guests are having a great time.

It's easy to treat wedding entertainment as a throwaway decision, but the quality of your DJ can make or break your reception. A good DJ and MC team keeps the event flowing seamlessly with a great playlist and an upbeat atmosphere; guests can't help but get up and dance. A mediocre team can barely keep people on the dance floor, and when wedding guests are more interested in their conversations than the music, the MC's announcements feel like an annoying interruption. That's why it's crucial to hire a reputable company that can deliver the wedding experience you want for yourselves and your guests.

5 questions to ask when choosing your wedding DJ

Whether you're just beginning your DJ search or trying to decide between vendors, be sure to consider the following factors before signing a contract:

1. How responsive, communicative and focused are they?

Some DJs provide entertainment services as a side gig, while others make it their full-time job. It's best to go with a vendor whose time is devoted to their business, so you can be sure that they'll respond to you in a timely manner when you have questions.

How long did it take them to get back to you when you requested a quote? If they left you waiting for more than a few days, they may show the same level of communication throughout the process, which doesn't bode well for any last-minute plan changes that may arise. Look for a company that makes its clients a priority and responds to emails and phone calls within one or two business days.

2. What is their planning process like?

If you've hired a DJ for a past event, you know how much granular detail goes into planning your music and announcements. Every DJ will ask you for a list of preferred genres, special requests and "do not play" songs to make sure they're playing what you want to hear, but consider their process for collecting that information. Do they scribble notes on a piece of paper during your consultation? Ask you for an emailed list before your wedding date? Provide a centralized online platform to track everything as you plan?

Organization is key, and should be your DJ's top priority when helping you select your music. The vendor you choose should also provide guidance in terms of announcements, wedding traditions (parent dances, bouquet toss, etc.) and overall event timeline.

3. Do they understand our wedding details and timeline?

No two weddings are exactly alike, and it's important to find a vendor that understands every detail of your wedding day, from your ceremony and reception entrance, to your last dance of the night. The more experience your wedding DJ company has, the more likely it is that they'll be able to stick to your plan and keep things on schedule throughout the event.

Your MC should also go over the people involved in your wedding, including their role (mother of the bride, maid of honor, best man, etc.), name pronunciations, and any special music you want played for each person.

4. What types of payment plans and methods do they offer?

In terms of cost, wedding entertainment is right up there with photography and videography, so it's important to understand the payment structure your wedding DJ offers. The best companies allow you to pay in installments after your initial deposit, and accept a variety of payment methods, including credit cards and PayPal.

5. How confident do we feel that this company will make our wedding day special?

Whenever you meet or speak with your wedding DJ, you should feel like you're receiving white-glove service. Do they know who you are when you call, or do you have to remind them of your name and wedding date? Are they making helpful suggestions to you and your fiancé when you're stuck on a decision? Do you feel like they're trying to shoehorn you into another cookie-cutter wedding, or do they approach your big day like it's the only one they're focused on? If your DJ makes you feel special and unique during the planning process, it's a safe bet that they'll bring that same energy to your wedding.

With more than a decade of providing wedding sound and entertainment services to tri-state area couples, Hurricane Productions takes its role as a professional wedding entertainment company very seriously. We understand that choosing your wedding DJ can be a very personal decision based on your tastes and preferences, so we'll work with you on a customized plan to create an unforgettable event. Our secure online planning and payment portal allow you to build and pay for your dream wedding entertainment experience at your convenience, and our full-time dedicated support staff is there to help you every step of the way.

To learn more about our wedding packages, including photography and videography services, request a quote or visit our pricing page.

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5 Waterfront Jersey Shore Wedding Venues We Love

Hurricane Productions provides photography, videography and entertainment services for events all over the tri-state area, but we absolutely love working at local Jersey Shore wedding venues close to our Monmouth County offices.

Over the years, we've had the opportunity to shoot countless weddings at many of the gorgeous waterfront venues at the nearby Jersey Shore. If your idea of a perfect wedding day includes a sunset beach ceremony, a photoshoot on the pier, or simply a beautiful ocean view as your backdrop, you'll fall in love with these event spaces and restaurants just like we did.

In alphabetical order, here are some of our favorite Jersey Shore wedding venues located on the water.

Clarks Landing (Point Pleasant)

Clarks Landing overlooks the Manasquan River, offering a stunning backdrop for both your outdoor ceremony and your reception in the second-story Grand Ballroom. The docks are accessible for photo sessions, which make for particularly gorgeous sunset portraits. This venue only hosts one wedding at a time, giving you exclusive access to the estate and grounds during your special day. Clarks Landing also offers a personal attendant for each of the newlyweds.

Crystal Point Yacht Club (Point Pleasant) 

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Also located along the Manasquan River, the Crystal Point Yacht Club offers "sweeping views" of the water from every one of its rooms. Between the docks and the picturesque landscaped grounds, which include an outdoor ceremony space and a gazebo, you're sure to get magazine-worthy photos. Should you and your guests need overnight accommodations, a block of rooms can be reserved at the adjacent Crystal Point Inn.

McLoone's Pier House (Long Branch)

If you've dreamed of getting married on the beach, consider McLoone's Pier House, a popular restaurant and event space nestled in the heart of Pier Village in Long Branch. Your oceanfront ceremony will be set up just outside the building, and when you and your guests come inside for the reception, you'll enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean through McLoone's floor-to-ceiling windows. All wedding packages include a dedicated maître d' for your reception, votive candles on each table, and a custom-made wedding cake.

The Sunset Ballroom at Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty (Point Pleasant)

Renowned seafood restaurant Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty extends out onto a pier on the Manasquan River, giving you an unparalleled on-the-water experience. Weddings are held at The Sunset Ballroom, a recently remodeled five-room venue that accommodates up to 220 guests. The exquisite décor and beautiful river views provide a picture-perfect background for your wedding day.

Windows on the Water at Surfrider Beach Club (Sea Bright)

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Situated between the Shrewsbury River and the Atlantic Ocean, water views are everywhere at Windows on the Water at Surfrider Beach Club. This 7,000-square-foot venue boasts a beachfront terrace and a gazebo on the beach for elegant photos before, during and after your ceremony. During inclement weather and the off season, Windows' open air Atlantic Deck can be enclosed in glass and temperature controlled, so you can have the beach view ceremony and reception you've always wanted.

Honorable Mention: The Columns (Avon by the Sea)

Looking for a more unique wedding venue? The Columns, located on Ocean Avenue just off the Avon Boardwalk, is a seasonal restaurant and club located inside a Victorian mansion. This 135-year-old establishment offers an eclectic menu, as well as an elevated wrap-around porch for a 360-degree view of its surroundings. When you book a wedding package at The Columns, you'll enjoy beautiful views of the Atlantic and use of its private oceanfront suite.

Whether you need photography, videography or both, Hurricane Productions can help you capture every moment of your Jersey Shore wedding. Visit our pricing page or request a quote to learn more about our media and entertainment wedding packages.

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Kimberley and Eric - Beauty and the Beast Wedding at Maritime Parc

Kimberley and Eric's Maritime Parc Wedding

It was a tale as old as time: Kimberley and Eric fell in love, got engaged, and then tied the knot.

The couple held their Beauty and the Beast-themed wedding at Jersey City's Maritime Parc, a contemporary waterfront venue nestled in Liberty State Park, with a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline. It was the perfect setting for these newlyweds to begin life as Mr. and Mrs. Tengi.

Hurricane Productions' MC Robert Padovano and DJ Alvin Gay provided the evening's entertainment, while Nick Nittoli set up Twin Totem lighting to complement the royal blue color scheme and enhance the atmosphere. The couple's guests also enjoyed using an open-air photo booth set up by Hurricane.

Kimberley and Eric's Maritime Parc wedding package also included six hours of videography services. Corynn Egreczky and Tyler Ajamian captured every detail of the couple's ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, which was edited into a three to five-minute social highlight reel for the newlyweds to share. They also received all the raw footage Corynn and Tyler shot during their event.  Photography services were provided by Limelight Entertainment.

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

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Amylin and Phil - New Year's Eve Wedding at Bear Brook Valley

Amylin and Phil's Bear Brook Valley Wedding

People all over the world were popping champagne bottles on New Year's Eve, but Phil Karnicki and Amylin Ader had an extra reason to toast: They had just become husband and wife.

On the afternoon of December 31, friends and family of the couple gathered at St. Rose of Lima Church in East Hanover, New Jersey, for a beautiful Catholic mass and wedding ceremony. Later that evening, the new Mr. and Mrs. Karnicki and their guests headed to Bear Brook Valley in Fredon, NJ for a fun-filled cocktail hour, reception, and New Year's Eve celebration.

When Phil and Amylin began planning their Bear Brook Valley wedding, they knew they wanted Hurricane Productions to be a part of their special day. The groom – a longtime friend of Hurricane founders Vincent Velasquez and Strato Doumanis – and his bride-to-be opted for an all-inclusive package with entertainment, Twin Totem lighting, and full-day photography.

Photographers Mike Slagter and Corynn Egreczky were there to capture every moment of the Karnicki-Ader wedding, from pre-ceremony to the post-midnight reception, and everything in between. MC Robert Padovano and DJ Alvin Gay provided the evening's entertainment, and helped the newlyweds and their guests ring in 2018 together.

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

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Lara and Dustin - Waterloo Village

Lara and Dustin's Wedding at Waterloo Village

Lara and Dustin Plutzer celebrated the start of their future together with a little slice of the past. The couple and their guests gathered for their fall wedding at Waterloo Village, a restored 19th-century canal town that provided a romantic and historical backdrop.

The soon-to-be newlyweds got ready with their respective wedding parties and shared a toast with them to kick off the day's events. Lara and her bridesmaids convened in Waterloo's charming bridal cottage before the bride met her groom on the gorgeous Village grounds for their first look.

The couple said their "I do's" in a beautiful outdoor Jewish ceremony, and then headed to the recently-renovated Waterloo Village Meeting House for a fun-filled reception.

The Plutzers hired Hurricane Productions videographers Brandon Perera and Tyler Ajamian to capture their wedding day on film. As part of their package, the couple received a 60 to 90-minute edit of their full-day coverage, as well as a 3 to 4-minute highlight video.

Hurricane also provided entertainment for the evening by MC and DJ Brian Buonassissi, along with Twin Totem lighting and a photo booth set up by lighting director Nick Nittoli.

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.

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Rachel and Stephen - Perona Farms

Rachel and Stephen's Perona Farms Wedding

Rachel Goodgal and Stephen Budinsky tied the knot at scenic Perona Farms in Andover, New Jersey. The beautifully landscaped grounds, which overlook Perona Lake, provided the perfect backdrop for the couple's day.

After getting ready with their respective wedding parties, Rachel and Stephen shared a first look. Stephen waited for his bride in one of Perona Farms' sunny atriums, and Rachel walked up behind him. The couple enjoyed a few private moments together before the day's events began.

In the Jewish tradition, the spouses-to-be signed the Ketubah in an intimate gathering of close family and friends. They then exchanged vows in a romantic outdoor ceremony.

Hurricane Productions videographers Corynn Egreczky and Tyler Ajamian captured every special moment of the couple's Perona Farms wedding, from the pre-ceremony preparations to the last dance. After their big day, Rachel and Stephen received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute edit of the full-day footage, including the ceremony, toasts, special dances, and a beautiful rendition of "Can't Help Falling in Love," performed by the bride for her new husband. The couple's video package also came with a 3 to 4-minute highlight video, which is perfect to share with friends and family on social media.

If you're on the fence about a second videographer for your wedding, consider this: With two professionals documenting your day, you'll get two different perspectives, highlighting the experiences of both you and your fiancé. The resulting wedding footage will truly reflect both of you as individuals and as a couple beginning the journey of marriage together.

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

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Megan and Tyler - Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Inn

Megan and Tyler's Versailles Ballroom Wedding

On a gorgeous late summer day, Megan Doorly and Tyler Ruperto were married in the quiet New Jersey beach town of Lavallette.

The couple and their respective wedding parties celebrated and exchanged gifts as they prepared for the big day. Megan and her bridesmaids walked from their rental house down to the shore. Meanwhile, Tyler and his groomsmen departed from their rooms at the Ramada Inn in Toms River – where the new Mr. and Mrs. Ruperto would later hold their Versailles Ballroom wedding reception – and shared a toast on the bus ride to the beach.

The First Look

Megan and Tyler planned a first look that was captured by Hurricane Productions media professionals. The wedding party lined up along the entrance to the beach, creating an aisle for the bride to walk through. The groom waited for her near the water, with his back turned.

She tapped his shoulder and the two shared a private, emotional moment together before their ocean-side photo shoot.

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The ceremony and the Versailles Ballroom wedding reception

That afternoon, family and friends gathered at the Lavallette Gazebo for Megan and Tyler's ceremony, for which Hurricane Productions provided a wireless sound system.

After the couple exchanged vows, guests headed over to the Versailles Ballroom at the Ramada Inn for the cocktail hour and reception. DJ and MC Alvin Gay kept the party going, from the grand introductions through the final dance of the evening.

As part of their package, Megan and Tyler received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute edit of the full-day footage taken by our videographers. This included the first look, ceremony, special dances, toasts, and even a special Delta Gamma Song performed for Megan by her sorority sisters.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. To learn more about our wedding packages, visit our wedding pricing page or request a quote.

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Patty and Dan - Sunset Ballroom at Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty

Patty and Dan's Sunset Ballroom Wedding at Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty

Labor Day weekend at the Jersey Shore is always full of parties, but this year, Patty Rivas and Dan Kaiserman had another event to celebrate: their wedding day.

On a beautiful September afternoon, the couple was married at St. Peter's Church in Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Following a beautiful Roman Catholic ceremony, the newlyweds and their wedding party enjoyed a champagne toast outside the church before heading to the beach for a photo and video shoot. Meanwhile, friends and family traveled to the nearby Jack Baker's Lobster Shanty for a fun-filled reception.

For the couple's gorgeous Sunset Ballroom wedding, Hurricane Productions set up intelligent lighting to set the mood. DJ Alvin and MC Vincent Velasquez kept guests on the dance floor all night as they celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs.

Hurricane's video team was with Patty and Dan throughout the day to capture every special moment. From the pre-ceremony preparations to the final dance of the evening, it all was captured in stunning detail.

As part of their package, the couple received a 3 to 4-minute wedding highlight video, as well as a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute edit of their entire wedding, including the ceremony, the beach photoshoot, special dances, toasts and the bride and groom's thank you message.

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

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Christina and Joseph - The Imperia - Somerset, New Jersey Wedding

Christina and Joseph Sapikowski were married on a beautiful autumn afternoon at The Imperia in Somerset, New Jersey.

From the entertainment to capturing memories, Hurricane Productions was there every step of the way to help. Hurricane co-founder Vincent Velasquez (MC) and Alvin (DJ) provided sound coverage throughout the couple's ceremony and reception, while hurricane lighting designers programmed lighting to set the ambiance for the reception.

The newlyweds also enlisted Hurricane to capture every moment with photography and video services.

Christina and Joseph wrote a heartfelt thank-you letter to Hurricane Productions, specifically expressing gratitude for the efforts put in by the entire team for their wedding.

"We will be forever grateful to have worked with you," wrote the Sapikowskis.

Hurricane's media team highlighted the note in this video, which features clips from the couple's day:

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Learn more about our wedding packages or request a quote to check date availability.

Melissa and Justin - Clarks Landing Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Wedding

Melissa and Justin Lippolis said "I do" at Clarks Landing in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.

Melissa and Justin hired Hurricane Productions for full-day video coverage. Hurricane's media team were there to capture every moment of the couple's day, from preparations through the reception.

Hurricane videographers took advantage of the beautiful Jersey Shore scenery and shot footage of Melissa and Justin on the water. The finished product was a gorgeous, bespoke video of the Lippolis' wedding day set to music.

Mr. and Mrs. Lippolis expressed their gratitude in a beautiful thank-you letter to Hurricane Productions, noting how pleased they were with the video team's professionalism.

"We didn't even know you were there," wrote the newlyweds.

The video below includes the thank-you note as well as clips from the couple's special day:

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Learn more about our videography offerings and all-inclusive packages on our pricing page.

Grooms Look Good, Too-Why You Should Consider a Second Photographer/Videographer

Traditionally, wedding photos and videos are all about the bride. "Prep" photos almost always focus on the bride and her bridesmaids – her dress, her shoes, her hair, her makeup, her jewelry, etc. And of course, during the ceremony, everyone stands up, turns around, and pulls out their phones and cameras when they hear the bridal march start to play – all eyes are on her.

But what about the groom? It takes two people to get married, and you and your spouse-to-be deserve an equal number of photos and videos of both of you. If your budget allows for a second photographer and videographer, you'll have lasting mementos from each of your perspectives on your wedding day, from both parties' preparations to your first look. The groom and his guys won't simply be an afterthought; they'll be just as important as the bride and her girls. This is a key consideration for same-sex couples as well: With two photographers and videographers, neither newlywed will get more attention than the other, and both of your pre-wedding memories will be equally captured.

Hurricane Productions offers full-day coverage of your wedding by two photographers and two videographers in our most robust all-inclusive package. On top of a full suite entertainment services, you'll receive up to 12 hours of photography and videography, access to our extensive online planning tools, a video/phone consultation with your photographers and videographers, and full rights to your photos and videos – all of which are securely stored on our cloud server for easy access.

On the fence about videography? The above package includes a highlight trailer, plus a 60 to 90-minute, high-definition, formal "cinematic" edit of your wedding, complete with sequences set to music and professionally-recorded audio from your ceremony and reception. With two videographers capturing both you and your fiancé, your wedding film will truly reflect the two of you as individuals and as a couple beginning the journey of marriage together.

Learn more this package, or view pricing information for our other all-inclusive wedding packages here.

Sparkler Send-Off: The Perfect Way to End Your Wedding

There's nothing quite like a sparkler send-off to bookend a fantastic wedding reception.

Think about the typical end of a wedding reception. The music stops, the lights come on, and in an instant, the mood and the magic of the evening comes to a screeching halt. Guests slowly shuffle off the dance floor, gather their things, and mill around the venue saying goodbyes and having last-minute conversations. It's a pretty anticlimactic way to finish one of the most exciting events in a couple's life.

One way to end your wedding on a high note is to incorporate a sparkler send-off.

Before you and your new spouse leave your reception, have your friends and family line up outside your venue with sparklers. Once the sparklers are lit, your guests can raise them above their heads to create a pathway to your first night as newlyweds. This allows you to keep up the energy and excitement of the evening, and give your guests something big to talk about on their way out.

So what does a sparkler send-off look like? Check out the send-off guests gave this couple, who were married at HollyHedge Estate in New Hope, PA. In addition to providing DJ entertainment, Hurricane Productions was there to capture this special moment on video:

Whether you choose to close out your wedding with sparklers or a different way, you'll want to have your videographer there to document it. What better way to end your wedding video than with the special send-off? Hurricane Productions captures and edits wedding moments, including sparkler send-offs, into a beautiful, artistic compilations.

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The First Look Captured by Wedding Videography

Ask any married couple about their wedding day, and they'll likely tell you it felt like a blur.

They'll tell you to savor each moment, because it all happens so quickly. That's why it's so important to hire a great videographer as your eyes and ears for the day. This talented team preserves each beautiful memory for you and your fiancé to look back on and relive for years to come.

One such memory that many couples consider absolutely essential to capture is the First Look. This moment when the soon-to-be-newlyweds see each other in their wedding attire for the first time is special and intimate.

After the hustle and bustle of preparing for the ceremony and pictures, planning a First Look allows you to take a minute to breathe, relax, and remember what's important — each other.

Here are just a few examples of First Look videos that Hurricane Productions has created for our couples:

Whether you want your First Look to be a private moment between you and your spouse-to-be, or you want your family and friends there to witness it, it's important to speak with your videographer about capturing this beautiful and often emotional meeting. You and your new spouse will each have your own memories of that moment, but having a video means that every detail of your First Look will be documented on film.

Being able to go back and watch it unfold together in real time is an experience you won't want to miss out on. Plus, you'll be able to share your video with guests via social media, so they can witness your love and relive a joyous memory from your wedding day, too.

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Wedding Ceremony - Wireless Sound System

You and your fiance have likely given a lot of thought to the audio needs for your wedding reception – music, toasts, announcements, etc. But one often overlooked detail of the big day is sound for your ceremony.

Traditional church weddings may take care of music and audio, but if you're getting married at your reception venue or somewhere off-site like a beach, you'll likely be on your own in terms of setting up a sound system.

That's where Hurricane Productions can help: We offer complete ceremony sound packages as part of our services to make your wedding day as stress-free and enjoyable as possible.

Whether you and your spouse-to-be are exchanging vows indoors or outdoors, we'll be able to accommodate you with an auxiliary sound system for the duration of the ceremony. When you book Hurricane Productions for your wedding entertainment, we'll work with you to plan out the timing for ceremony – everything from the processional and recessional music to any special songs you want to play during the event.

You, your officiant and anyone speaking at your ceremony will be heard by all your guests over our crystal-clear system, which includes speakers, a microphone and a mic stand. Because our setup is completely wireless, no one has to worry about tripping over cords as they walk down the aisle. It's also ideal for remote locations like lakefront or garden weddings, since we can run everything on battery power.

If you're interested in having Hurricane Productions provide the sound for your wedding ceremony, please check your date availability or check out our pricing.

Stephanie and Chuck - The Shadowbrook

Stephanie and Chuck Santo were married at The Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.

Hurricane Productions was there throughout the entire event — from pre-ceremony to the afterparty — to help the couple celebrate their wedding.

Hurricane's photography team captured portraits and candid shots for the newlyweds, while the video team documented the day in motion picture. After the ceremony, the new Mr. and Mrs. Santo took advantage of the beautiful, sunny weather and had a photo shoot at Deep Cut Gardens in nearby Middletown, NJ.

Hurricane co-founders Vincent Velasquez and Strato Doumanis welcomed guests to Stephanie and Chuck's reception as the MC and DJ, respectively. Lighting tech Thomas Bishop set the ambiance with twin totem uplighting and pinspot lighting in the ballroom. The couple's friends and family danced the night away, and when the reception officially ended, DJ Nate Hawley took over to play some tunes for an afterparty.

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Samantha and Michael's Winter Wedding at The Graycliff, Moonachie

December may be a notoriously cold month in New Jersey, but friends and family of Samantha and Michael Quinn felt the warmth of the couple's love on their winter wedding day.

After their ceremony at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Hoboken, the newlyweds and their guests headed over to The Graycliff in Moonachie, NJ. Hurricane Productions ensured a spectacular evening by providing lighting, entertainment, photography and videography throughout the wedding.

To set the ambiance for their elegant affair, Samantha and Michael opted for blue full ballroom uplighting, twin totem lighting, and a custom Name in Lights display. A photo montage of the couple played on the TV screen as their friends and family enjoyed dinner. The open-air photo booth allowed guests to create their own memories as they celebrated with the new Mr. and Mrs.

Samantha and Michael's guests were on the dance floor all night thanks to entertainment led by Hurricane co-founders, DJ Strato Doumanis and MC Vincent Velasquez (who grew up on the same street as the bride). Media director Austin King and videographer Corynn Egreczky documented the wedding on video – from the bridal party preparations and the ceremony to the fun-filled reception – and created a beautiful highlight reel of the day. Later in the evening, Corynn switched over to photographer and captured even more special moments shared by the happy couple and their loved ones.

Need media and entertainment services for your wedding? To have Hurricane Productions at your event, get in touch with us or fill out a quote request form for more details.

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