July 04 • 2015
July 03 • 2015
July 02 • 2015
L&L: Tell us a little bit about you & your business.
I got into doing weddings back in 2004 when couples would approach me at live music gigs and ask if I’d perform at their weddings. After doing a few ceremonies and cocktail hours I decided to add DJing and I’ve never looked back. Couples that are on the fence about hiring a band versus a DJ often book my services because I’m able to provide a balance of the two and at a lower cost compared to a full band. I typically play live for ceremonies, cocktail and dinner hours before switching over to DJ mode for the dance portion the evening. Being trained in both classical and popular styles of music and by playing both piano and guitar, I can offer a pretty wide variety of music to choose from for my clients. I even learn songs for couples upon request.
L&L: Describe the range of services you offer.
Full DJ/EmCee Services
Live Ceremony & Cocktail/Dinner Hour Music (Singing, Piano, Guitar)
2 complete sound systems
Basic Dance Floor Lighting
L&L: What is one thing you would say makes your business unique in the industry?
Being able to offer live music as a DJ. My clients appreciate having one person in charge of all their music needs. I’m very organized and punctual too. Over the years I’ve put together a wedding planner packet that all my clients fill out after securing my services. It walks them through everything they need to know and provides me with the details I need to plan for their special day. I know planning a wedding gets stressful and time consuming for couples, so I try to make the music part as easy and straightforward as I can for them.
L&L: What are some of your favorite venues and vendors you enjoy working with in the area?
New England has so many wonderful venues. I really enjoy the old farm houses turned wedding venues we have to offer. The acoustics in those rooms are amazing for playing live.
L&L: How far in advance do couples usually book you for their wedding day?
2 to 24 months. It’s all over the place. For Saturday availability, the sooner the better as far as securing my services.
L&L: How do most clients find you?
Word of mouth for sure. I grew up in the Portland area and have had tons of exposure as a musician before even getting into the wedding business. I advertise online and do the occasional bridal show, but it’s usually word of mouth from old clients or from vendors I’ve worked with that drives traffic to my website.
L&L: What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked at and why?
I’ve worked so many fun and beautiful weddings over the years. I don’t know where to begin. Do you want the romantic stuff or the dirt?! haha. I love being a part of a couple’s special day and take it very seriously. It’s great and satisfying when everything just falls into place. It’s nice to be a part of something memorable and meaningful to a young couple’s life. For the fun answer, I did work a Jewish wedding once where guests kept buying the rabbi shots. He was cutting the rug on the dance floor all night!
L&L: How can couples get in touch with you?
email or phone
via the website: www.joefarren.com
Thank you Joe Farren for sharing with us a little bit about your business and what makes you so unique in the wedding industry!
July 01 • 2015
This couple was blessed with a beautiful, picture perfect June day to celebrate their nuptials in Camden, Maine. Dave and Laura love spending time enjoying every season Maine has to offer, from skiing the beautiful mountains in the winter to camping, boating and hikes in the summer. Their year-round infatuation with Maine attracted the couple to get married there, and they ended up deciding on Camden, an adorable seaside town on the scenic Route 1. They were surrounded on their bid day by their closest friends and family, many of whow traveled many many miles to celebrate their love. Laura and Dave were married at the newly renovated Whitehall Inn in Camden Maine. From the gorgeous floral arrangements to the baby buoys in the lobster trap – every detail of this romantic New England wedding is perfection.
And of course, a big thank you to the talented Darling Photography, who did a wonderful job capturing this gorgeous day.
Photographers: Jenn + Mike of Darling Photography
Wedding Venue: Whitehall, Camden Maine
Florist: Jasmine the Florist
DJ: Independent DJs, Laurie and Ken
Hair+Makeup: Jessica Candage
Bridal Gown: Spoil Me
Bridal Party: Andrea’s Bridal
Justice of the Peace: Laura St. John
June 29 • 2015
Tammy and Dan were married on a beautiful June day in Cape Elizabeth, ME. This coastal Maine wedding was a beautiful mix of seaside chic and vintage charm set off beautifully by the spectacular grounds and views of the Inn By The Sea. The ceremony on the back lawn overlooking the Atlantic Ocean included sweet blessings of sea glass pieces by each guest, which Dan and Tammy collected as a keepsake. The reception was a great time of dancing and lovely toasts, laughter and hugs, and the happiness that everyone felt for Dan and Tammy was so very evident. We hope you enjoy this beautiful New England wedding captured by Windy Hill Photography.
Photographer: Windy Hill Photography
Venue, Caterer & Cake: Inn By the Sea
Tent: Marshall Tents
DJ: Dan Dubias
Makeup: Bei Capelli
Hair: Tranquility Hair & Spa
Bride’s Gown: Andrea’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Dresses: Andrea’s Bridal