Randy and Todd Wright – September 7th, 2008; The Adamson House

So by now you’ve seen some photo credits to James Hickey Photography on my website and blog.  Well, now you get to see a few more!


See?  Photo Credit:  James Hickey

James and his wife Monika are great friends with Randy and Todd, so that made their Wedding Entertainment Director search a “little” easier.

We connected, began emailing back and forth, and it was fun to learn about her dog, and also Todd!  Both of them have a great sense of humor, and Todd gave me a run for my money with his extensive musical knowledge (he used to live in San Diego, so you know he’s cool!).

During our planning, I confirmed that I understood that they were looking for great music and a non-cheesy Master of Ceremonies, and they also had some personal touches that they wanted to include in their wedding program.

In fact, a quote from Randy, “Thank you for all the HOMEWORK!  Actually, I was very impressed to see the planning that you go through to produce a personal and meaningful evening. I guess that just shows how inferior all the other entertainment hosts (sorry for lack of a more poetic term) have been at other weddings. Very exciting and we will of course love the sentimental aspect it adds!”

Don’t worry, I didn’t leave them hanging and trying to figure out everything by themselves…

After increasing the value of Apple’s iTunes stock, our playlists were set and ready (Randy and Todd, sorry that you had to do some “minor” cutting down from your original list!), and it was time to get married!

The Adamson House is a historic location right on the beach in Malibu, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect.  At exactly 333PM, their ceremony began, performed by none other than their “Von Wright Family Singers.”


Another:  James Hickey Photography

I was able to accommodate these 3 professionally trained singers with my ceremony system (in addition to mic’ing their officiant, Todd, and playing their music tracks), and they did not disappoint.

Afterwards, guests were entertained by Todd’s special cocktail mix (of music), including selections by The Beatles, The Moody Blues, and Al Green, and then they went down below to the dinner area.


Grand entrance song for the family members?  “Gratitude” by Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Their entrance song?  “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” by Blood, Sweat, and Tears.  All of Todd and Randy’s attention to their special songs was paying off!

It was quite the festive and social dinner party with stellar food and wine.  I didn’t expect anything less.  (I mean, I didn’t drink any wine or anything, but it looked stellar!)…

The toasts really brought their family and guests together, as did the personalized introduction (Todd’s proposal is one for the ages!) we did for Randy and Todd…


(I wonder who took this photo?)

…before their first dance to “Colour My World” by Chicago.  They chose this song because of Randy’s creative, artistic background, and because Todd loves the group Chicago.  See how smart they are?

For the dancing, everyone filled the floor and had a great time without the Chicken Dance or the Macarena…not that I would play those songs out of the blue, and anyway, Randy would have killed me.  Twice.

Their group danced the night away, and I took all of the credit (sorry, Todd!) as each song seemed to be a huge hit, and people who were at the bar would scream and run out to the dance floor.


Last One!  James Hickey Photography

To be fair, though, a lot of a DJ’s art and talent comes down to reading the crowd, and knowing which song to play at exactly the right time.

As it came time to say “farewell,” Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” ended Mr. And Mrs. Randy and Todd Wright’s celebration the way they wanted.  Perfectly.

Randy and Todd, Anne and I just got a new puppy, and I think we should get together sometime soon with James and Monika.

Slideshow, anyone?

I’ve got the perfect soundtrack.

2 Responses to “Randy and Todd Wright – September 7th, 2008; The Adamson House”

  1. Matt,

    This blog is another example of your classiness. Todd and Randy are still raving about you. As you know, to refer someone requires great trust they will provide service equal or greater than what I myself would provide. You didn’t disappoint! Your special romantic interlude was the biggest hit and it made for great photo reactions.

    Keep up the good, uhm, Great Service.

    James (full disclosure, the same as the photographer mentioned)

  2. mattgraumann Says:

    Thanks, my friend.

    Wonderful pictures, and it’s always great to work with you!

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