Hurricane Productions: Top 20 Live Events of 2011
There is no doubt that 2011 will go down as a groundbreaking year for Hurricane Productions.
From moving into a new office right in the heart of downtown Red Bank to helping celebrate the wedding of one of the company's first Sweet 16 clients, 2011 can be defined as a year when the Hurricane Productions brand started to 'grow up' with its clients.
Take a look at our top live events from 2011:
20.'The Prom(s) You Wish You Had'
Proms change from a year-to-year basis.
Trends are different, styles are different, and the music is different as well.
But each year, Hurricane Productions continues to adapt and make each prom a little different to suit each outgoing senior class.
From lighting design to music selection, the nightclub atmosphere that Hurricane Productions creates gives the guests a product that is more mature and sophisticated than a Sweet 16 but not quite a wedding.
The video above documents two senior proms - one from Bishop Ahr and the other from Brick Memorial.
When: November 26, 2011
Where: Maritime Parc - Jersey City, NJ
When it comes to Bar/Bat Mitzvah entertainment, there are few companies that can compare to the up and coming AJH Entertainment.
The same can be said about Hurricane's product when it comes to media and production.
AJH Entertainment and Hurricane collaborated to create a memorable event worthy of its setting that overlooked the New York City skyline.
The night started by 'wowing' guests as they walked into the room and ended with a firework show in Liberty State Park.
Ben's Bar Mitzvah Photo Album
18. Danielle's Sweet 16
When: October 28, 2011
Where: The Bethwood - Totowa, NJ
The Melillo family fell in love with the Hurricane Productions Sweet 16 product at an event they attended about a year before they started planning Danielle's celebration.
Even though they are from North Jersey, Danielle and her family made multiple trips to the Hurricane Productions office in Monmouth County to plan her event.
Danielle's friends and family danced to both Spanish and American music while celebrating the event with class and elegance.
Danielle's Sweet 16 Photo Album
17. Behind the Scenes look at Rutgers University Senior Formal
When: May 12, 2011
Where: Livingston Hall - Piscataway, NJ
Mobile entertainment evolves about every six months. It's almost like 'Moore's Law" in a sense.
What's cool about this Rutgers event is that the set-up build took nearly eight hours and Hurricane Productions captured every minute of it.
Aside from a fun evening for nearly 500 guests, this event gives an inside look on the productions side of the business.
Behind the Scenes of the Hurricane Productions Set-up
Rutgers Senior Formal Photo Album
16. Traditional Filipino Sweet 16
When: December 4, 2011
Where: Forsgate Country Club - Monroe, NJ
An absolutely beautiful Sweet 16 celebration with Camille and her family featured four choreographed dances as well as candle and rose ceremonies.
This event tops the list as one of the most visually stunning Sweet 16s of 2011 especially with the dances, the dresses, the suits and the production work that went into transforming Forsgate Country Club.
Camille's Sweet 16 Photo Album
15. South Carolina couple marries in New Jersey
When: October 16, 2011
Where: The Addison Park - Aberdeen, NJ
Facebook and Twitter are making the world smaller and smaller every day.
What makes this wedding unique is that Susan and Thomas live in South Carolina but decided to get married in their home state of NJ.
Remember Amanda and Brendan? They were Hurricane's No. 1 event of 2010.
Susan and Thomas are a referral from that wedding celebration.
They heard about Hurricane Productions through photos, video and feedback from Amanda and Brendan’s wedding.
Even with the distance, Susan and Thomas trusted Vincent and the Hurricane team. Aside from one in-person consultation, Susan and Thomas planned their entire wedding with Vincent via video conferencing, e-mail and telephone.
14. Sigma Chi at Rutgers University breaks organization's fundraising record
When: November 2011
Where: Rutgers University
Derby Days is an international fundraising event organized by the Sigma Chi fraternity. The Iota Psi Chapter of Sigma Chi at Rutgers University raises the most money out of any chapter.
The organization broke its own record and raised nearly $170,000 in the span of one week.
Hurricane Productions entertains the annual 'Brotherhood Date Auction' and assists in producing the event's marquee evening called 'Lip Sync.'
The Brotherhood Date Auction raised $40,000 in just one evening.
Derby Days raises money and awareness for the Children's Miracle Network and seven other campus-related philanthropies.
13. Sydney Flick's Sweet 16
When: November 18, 2011
Where: Battleground Country Club - Manalapan, NJ
The Flick family is one-of-a-kind. Surrounded by a great combination of friends from school, summer camp and family, Sydney rocked her Sweet 16 in a cool dress and a pair of Converse sneakers.
With help from her mom and dad, Sydney planned the most unique-style of Sweet 16 that Hurricane entertained in 2011. From a funky graphic to a multi-colored dress, the whole focus of the evening never shifted away from Sydney.
Sydney Flick' Sweet 16 Photo Album
12. Jessica's Sweet 16
When: February 25, 2011
Where: Sterling Gardens - Matawan, NJ
The Bucchere family celebrated their older daughter's Sweet 16 with Hurricane Productions nearly four years ago and came back for round two with Jessica.
Jessica wanted a unique Sweet 16 - something different than the rest of her friends.
The above ‘point of view’ video shows a Sweet 16 at Sterling Gardens that put new twists on the traditional Sweet 16 in terms of music and design.
Hurricane Productions provided uplighting, music videos, its trademark ‘Name in Lights’ graphic and LED dance stages at the event. Hurricane also provided video and photography services and created a custom photo montage for the family.
Jessica's Sweet 16 Photo Album
11. 'Backyard' Graduation party turns into a nightclub
When: June 2011
Where: - Marlboro, NJ
The Story: Yep, you read it right. This party happened in a backyard.
The Barbuto family - long-time client of Hurricane Productions - sent their youngest daughter Francesca off to San Diego State University in style.
Hurricane Productions installed uplighting around the pool, plasma screens on the patio, and club-style lighting throughout the entire backyard.
Hurricane Productions entertained Francesca's Sweet 16 back in 2008 and celebrated older sister Brianna's graduation party earlier in Summer 2011.
When: October 9, 2011
Where: Belle Voir Manor - Bensalem, PA
The biggest compliment in the wedding industry is being hired to entertain a wedding for someone else in the same business.
Dan is a lighting and sound director for a production company.
He works with Vincent and Strato almost every single weekend.
Laura and Dan chose to celebrate their special day with simple and elegant features such as lightscaping to accent particular areas of the venue.
9. Sarah's Quinceanera
When: September 30, 2011
Where: Grand Marquis - Old Bridge, NJ
When it comes to entertaining a traditional family event, Hurricane Productions is second to none.
A Quinceanera is more than just a mix of Spanish and popular American music.
From choreographed dances, speeches, and special ceremonies, it takes a DJ and a host who can guide a family through the entire evening.
Strato and Vincent kept family and friends dancing throughout the night but also made sure that all of the special moments of the night were executed without a hitch.
Sarah's Quinceanera Photo Album
8. Jodi and Ken's Wedding
When: September 17, 2011
Where: Neshanic Valley Golf Club - Branchburg, NJ
Jodi met Vincent while she worked as a special events coordinator at the Rutgers University Alumni Association.
Jodi worked alongside Hurricane Productions on numerous events including Homecoming and Reunion weekends.
When it came time for Jodi to choose entertainment for her wedding, she immediately called Vincent and started planning her special day.
Jodi and Ken celebrated their wedding in early Fall with a packed dance floor filled with family and friends.
7. Hurricane presents new media seminar, wins 'Best Dance' and finishes runner-up for 'DJ of The Year' at DJ Expo
When: August 8-11, 2011
Where: Atlantic City, NJ
What a year for Hurricane Productions. If it could be summed up in one event, the DJ Expo defines it all.
Strato and Vincent presented "Controlling Your Message," a seminar on new media and the entertainment business. The seminar acted as a launch of its new brand - Hurricane Innovation. The 'Innovation' brand focuses on social media and original content for small businesses.
Vincent competed in the 'DJ of the Year' competition with a family-friendly routine of 'Shake Senora' by Pitbull. The dance won accolades as 'Best Dance' and Vincent finished as runner-up for the 'DJ of the Year' title.
Hurricane Productions delivers presentation and wins award at DJ Expo
DJ Expo 2011 Highlights
6. Ben and Ashley's Wedding
When: September 2, 2011
Where: Berkeley Plaza - Berkeley Heights, NJ
Ashley is a familiar face on HurricaneProductions.com
Ashley worked at Hurricane as a party motivator and event planner.
She danced at events, helped at Dance Marathon, and watched the company grow during her two years with Vincent and Strato.
When it came time for her wedding, there was no question as to who she would choose for entertainment.
Benjamin’s family-owned company - Scalzo Maintenance - is also a client of Hurricane Innovation - the company’s multimedia division.
5. Briana Sweet 16
When: October 15, 2011
Where: The Robert B. Meyner Reception Center at PNC Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
This event goes down as the largest Hurricane Productions private party of 2011. Briana and her family are one of the best families to ever walk through the Hurricane office doors.
From the production of this entire event to the dancing and the Sweet 16 candle ceremony, it was just a special event from start to finish.
Briana and her family also hired Pennylane Productions - a cinematography company out of Long Island, NY - to shoot a same-day edit of the Sweet 16.
When: October 1, 2011
Where: Knob Hill Golf Club - Manalapan, NJ
Nicole's family shopped around for DJ entertainment at almost every Monmouth County company...that is, until they met Strato.
Strato guided Nicole and her family through the entire Sweet 16 process. The event featured lighting design, music videos, montage creation, and Next-Day Facebook photo.
Strato met with Nicole and her family multiple times to help them plan the entire event. That work paid off. Just watch the video to see what they had to say about Strato and Hurricane Productions.
Nicole's Sweet 16 Album
3. Rob and Lisa's Wedding
When: August 12, 2011
Where: The Stone House at Stirling Ridge - Warren, NJ
Robert and Lisa met at Rutgers while they worked together on the Board of Directors for Dance Marathon.
That special connection translated to their choice of wedding entertainment.
Hurricane Productions helps the University plan the non-stop 32-hour event for the Embrace Kids Foundation.
The annual commitment that Hurricane Productions dedicates to Dance Marathon showed Robert and Lisa that their wedding was in good hands.
Robert and Lisa’s celebration included an endless cocktail-style dinner, cigar and cordial bar, and a fire pit for guests to roast smores at the end of the evening.
Robert and Lisa's Wedding Album
Wedding Portfolio for 2012
2. Dance Marathon 2011
When: April 2011
Where: Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University Dance Marathon continues to evolve. As the event grows, so does the role Hurricane Productions plays in helping students execute their goals.
This past year Hurricane upgraded the video system used at DM and also enhanced the overall lighting production of the event.
DM broke its fundraising record once again in 2011 with over 380K raised 'For the Kids.'
Dance Marathon is a 32-hour non-stop event that raises money and awareness for the Embrace Kids Foundation located in New Brunswick, NJ.
2011 DM Line Dance Video
1. Shawn and Nicole's Wedding
When: November 13, 2011
Where: The Gramercy at Lakeside Manor - Hazlet, NJ
This is without a doubt the best story of year and one of the best stories in Hurricane Productions' history. Nicole is one of the company's first-ever Sweet 16 girls.
Eight years later she reconnected with Hurricane when she got engaged to Shawn.
Even with the gap in time and the evolution of the entertainment product, Nicole stayed connected with Vincent and Strato through Facebook. She watched the company grow and knew that they could handle her wedding and make it a memorable event.