Year In Review

Hello all!  Now that we are at the end of the first official week of 2019, I’m getting the chance to sit down and discuss Kalifornia Entertainment’s Year In Review for 2018.  My final Rochester wedding was only a couple of weeks ago at the end of December and I’ve already had my first one for 2019.  I am confident in saying that this year is going to be an incredible one.  And going by how fascinating the first one was, that has set a very high bar and the precedent of how this year will go.  Many businesses slow down during the winter months and don’t have too much going on between December and March but I’m thankful and blessed to remain busy all 12 months long and to be that high in-demand by clients.

Before I really dive into the Year In Review, I first and foremost want to express a deep and soulful thank you to all my 2018 Rochester Brides, Grooms, Clients, Friends, Colleagues, and most important…my wife!  So, let’s get into it!


Year In Review

2018 had it’s share of fun, happiness, firsts and challenges when it comes to Rochester Weddings.  It’s been nothing but 5 stars and positive reviews between January to December and every single client that has booked Kalifornia Entertainment expressed nothing but contentment, delight and jubilation.  I maintain my mission of going above and beyond for every client and assuring that I over-deliver on my promises to them.

It’s also been a year of challenges, both personal and professional.  From the professional side, there has been times where I had to sit back and think carefully how I was going to execute or perform something for a client, whether it was lighting, music, MCing, set up or other aspects of doing what I do for people. I welcome challenges because it keeps things exclusive, unique and fresh.  It also allows me to think outside of the box and do something that isn’t done often, which I welcome whole heartily. One of the many things that sets Kalifornia Entertainment apart from other businesses and Rochester DJ’s is that I am continuously searching for ways to stand out and offer certain services and action items that no one else does.  No one wants their wedding or event to be exactly like the next one.  So thinking through and coming up with new ways to do things or make events and reception stand out from the rest is what K.E. excels in.  That shows from not only positive reviews from clients but from all of the immaculate and talented vendors I work alongside of each and every weekend.

I mentioned that there has been challenges in 2018 from a professional and personal level. The personal side, which I won’t get too much in depth with, involves my loving and beautiful wife.  This May will be our 2-year wedding anniversary and nothing could have prepared us for the situation that came into our lives a few months back. We weren’t planning but my wife ended up pregnant and we lost the baby due to an ectopic pregnancy where she had to have emergency surgery to remove it and prevent a very bad scenario that could have occurred. In short, I came very close to losing my wife.

When situations like that happen in your life and you realize how close you are to losing someone you love and care about, it makes you step back and re-evaluate a lot of things.  When I do all of these weddings and events each weekend, I see so much love that is flooded into the rooms and with the way our world and society is going, it’s nice to see all of that love even if it’s for a short moment. I’ve learned to never take people for granted and to really live in the moment because you never know when things will go south and your life will change in a heartbeat.  I share advice similar to this with many of my clients and I think it means a lot to them.

 

Year In Review – Shout Outs

Ok, enough with the sappy stuff.  2018 brought me to a lot of venues that I previously worked at and even a couple of new ones. The year was definitely the year of country clubs as I worked at many familiar ones multiple times over the past 12 months and have become friends with a lot of awesome venue coordinators. Certain venues, I worked at 6, 7 and 8 times each last year.  It also brought me into other cities, such as Buffalo and it allowed me to do some pretty cool themed weddings. Some venues I want to give a special shout out (in no particular order) are:

Rochester Wedding Venues
  • NY Wine & Culinary Center
  • Webster Golf Country Club
  • Cobblestone Creek Country Club
  • Ridgemont Country Club
  • Kings Catering Party House
  • Shadow Lake Country Club
  • Avanti Mansion
  • Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Double Tree Hotel
  • Penfield Country Club
  • Woodcliff Hotel
  • Harro East Ballroom
  • Glendoveers
  • Casa Larga Winery
  • Burgundy Basin Inn
  • La Luna
  • Deerfield Country Club
  • The Inn on Broadway

 

2018 also allowed me to work with some outstanding vendors as well (some are on my preferred vendor list).  All of these people and businesses share the dream of making sure that every client that books them, is satisfied and happy.  Again, in no particular order, I want to give a special shout out to all of these people who I had the distinct honor and pleasure of working side by side with. Without you, we couldn’t have made so many sensational and divine memories with clients.

Rochester Wedding Vendors
  • Colburn Creative
  • First Look Photography
  • Productions By Tim
  • Bred For Beauty
  • Yeoman Photography
  • Jacksons Bakery
  • Siren Photography
  • Magic Moments Photography
  • The One Recordings
  • Stacie Mogavero Photography
  • Savoia Pastry Shoppe
  • C R Photos
  • Fruit Tree Studios
  • Bokeh Film Studios
  • Justice Flowers
  • Megan Brask Photography
  • Gruttadauria Bakery
  • Iggy McDonald Photography
  • Jennifer Costello Officiants
  • Premier Pastry
  • Flower City Nuptials
  • Shell’s Sweets
  • The Cake Place
  • Momentology Photography
  • Geek Chic Floral Boutique
  • Simply Events
  • Jamie Lyne Photography
  • O’Livella Studios
  • Cake Poppin’ Around
  • Marshall Arts Studio
  • ColemanFilms
  • Mad Hatter Bakery
  • Cheesy Eddies Bakery
  • John Larkin Photography
  • Sinful Sweets Bakery
  • Moved By You Videography

 

Year In Review – Recognition

It’s been a year full of awards and recognition too.  I’m honored to have won the The Knot’s Best of Weddings and Weddingwire’s Couples Choice award once again.  It was also my 10th year in a row being a finalist in the annual Best of Rochester readers poll by City Newspaper.  There’s a lot of trash talk in the industry by people who win these types of awards but I don’t fall into the negativity and still feel honored to have won. It just shows the type of business I run and it’s a testament to how happy I’m able to make my clients with each and every event I do. This is proved over and over again by holding strong with over 300+ five-star reviews, and by being the preferred DJ on 49 lists (vendors and venues).

 

What does 2019 hold and what are my predictions?  Well, I see a lot of smiles, a lot of laughter, a lot of fun, some tears (of happiness), more challenges, and many marvelous memories that will last a lifetime. I forecast many many more five-star reviews, recommendations, referrals and making friends (both clients and vendors) that will last for a long time!  I also see some time off. Not a lot, but enough to be able to spend time with my wife, go on adventures/trips and make even more amazing memories that will last us both a lifetime of being married.

In conclusion, I again want to say thank you to so many magnificent clients who booked me in 2018, who have booked me this year and beyond. Being one of the most in-demand DJ’s in Rochester, it has allowed me to book 2+ years out. That means 2019 is filled, 2020 is close to being filled and I am now taking bookings for 2021.  Clients have also gotten to the point where they are scheduling their receptions and events around my schedule, which I never in a million years would have thought I would get to that point in my business when I started.  Had that local multi-op DJ business not ignored me or snubbed me years ago when I had an interest in working for them, and forced me to do things on my own, it would have never got me to this point where I am now with Kalifornia Entertainment.  I’m sure my clients are pretty happy I went out on my own as well (laughter).

I also want to say thank you to the brilliant vendors and venues I had the opportunity to work side by side with.  2018 brought many new people into my life and I not only look forward to working with many of you again this year, but many new ones as well.  So cheers and let’s have a superb 2019!