Eric & Emily

Eric & Emily were married on January 4 at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas. Their gorgeous wedding was recently featured in the “Vows that Wow” section of the Brides of North Texas because, well, scroll down and you’ll see...


Photos by the ever-so-talented Sara & Rocky Photography. Other vendors that helped make this beautiful day happen include Sweet Pea Events, Bows & Arrows, Blue Eye Brown Eye and Gil’s Elegant Catering.

Melissa & Cody

Melissa and Cody were so much fun to work with! They were married in downtown Dallas at the Main Street Garden, which was followed by a beautiful reception at the Room on Main. (Photos courtesy of DTX Weddings)

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Melissa and Cody are die-hard Raider fans and this photo of them with the groom’s cake shows their love for Texas Tech perfectly.

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How awesome is this picture of Melissa and her bridesmaids singing and dancing like nobody is watching? We told you they were fun!


They ended the night with a special private dance to “She’s Like Texas” by Josh Abbott Band and drove off on the bed of Cody’s truck.


Why Lighting Is Necessary for Your Reception

Everything from uplighting to gobos, we truly think lighting can completely change the look of your reception. Of course, adding a lighting package depends on your style, budget and venue, but with Uptown Sound, the pricing is affordable and the possibilities are endless.

Uplighting is a great way to add color to your reception area. You can turn a plain ballroom into a pink paradise or even make it the color of a soft sunset.


Another way to make your reception stand out is to add pinspots to your centerpieces and your cake. This is a wonderful way to make your centerpieces pop and allow your guests to enjoy them even when the lights are dimmed.


One easy way to add a fun, personal touch to your reception is by creating a custom gobo to reflect on a wall at your venue or the dance floor. There are many different styles and options to choose from, so creating one that really fits your personality is a piece of cake.


Be sure to consider adding a lighting package for your big day. As you can see, it can change the look of your reception and add a lot of character to such a special day. If you’d like more information or a custom quote, shoot us an email or give us a call!

Uptown Sound now offers photo booth services

One of the hot trends at wedding receptions is using a photo booth and memory book in place of your guest book. It's fun for your guests, and you get to leave with some great pictures and messages.

Uptown Sound now offers an open concept photo booth--a unique, modern approach to the traditional booths that you often see. Instead of squeezing a few people into a tight space, allow as many as 10 people into the picture to pose in front of a solid gray or customized backdrop. Our booth includes props and an online gallery within 48 hours of your wedding, so you can share the memories online.

Please email or call us for more information and pricing.

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David & Chelsea - March 3, 2012

The Venue: The Stoneleigh Hotel in Dallas

If you’re looking for a vintage spot for a medium-sized wedding, The Stoneleigh Hotel definitely fits the bill. It has tons of character, especially the 11th floor which includes the Penthouse Suite with a huge rooftop terrace overlooking downtown Dallas. David & Chelsea were not planning a sit-down dinner, so they only used the Grand Salon for their ceremony. (This room is often times used for a formal dinner.) Instead, they had plenty of passed hors d'oeuvres to keep their guests fed.

Since the rest of the 11th floor is pretty spread out, I placed speakers in both the hallway and the bar area (aka The Library), one of them wireless.

Everything was well organized and flowed smoothly thanks Chelsea’s awesome Dallas wedding planner, Kristin Mullen at Events By Kristin! I’ll link back to the photos and video as soon as they are available.

The Music

David, Chelsea, and the bridesmaids spent a great deal of time brainstorming their favorite songs for their reception. Although I usually indicate which songs were on the bride & groom’s playlist (to differentiate from the ones that I picked), I’ll avoid putting asterisks all over the blog post. I’d estimate about 90% of what I played was directly from their list. They knew exactly what they wanted to hear and what would keep their guests dancing. Open dancing started around 8:00 and didn’t end until midnight, and the floor was never empty!

Processional (bridesmaids entrance): Rolling Stones - She’s A Rainbow [1968]
Bridal entrance: Bryan Adams - Heaven (ceremony edit) [1985]
Recessional: Natalie Cole - This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) [1975]

Journey - Lights [1978]
Chicago - Colour My World [1971]
Foreigner - I Don't Want To Live Without You (single version) [1988]
Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street (promo single version) [1978]
Elton John - I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues [1984]
Fleetwood Mac - Hold Me [1982]
Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand [1995]
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing [2008]
INXS - Never Tear Us Apart [1988]
Extreme - More Than Words (Remix) [1991]
Van Morrison - Moondance [1970]
Mr Big - To Be With You (promo single version) [1992]
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads [1971]

Grand Entrance
Queen - You're My Best Friend [1976]

First Dance
Willie Nelson - Unchained Melody (first dance edit) [1978]

Beatles - In My Life (father-daughter edit) [1966]

Jackson 5 - I'll Be There (mother-son edit) [1970]

Open Dancing
Cat Stevens - Wild World [1971]
Garth Brooks - Shameless [1991]
Abba - Take A Chance On Me (promo single version) [1979]
Four Seasons - December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night) (single version) [1976]
Michael Jackson - Rock With You (single version) [1980]
Elton John - Your Song [1971]
Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (mono) [1965]
Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally (mono) [1966]
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust [1980]
B-52's - Love Shack (single version) [1989]
Kenny Loggins - Footloose (LP version) [1984]
Chubby Checker - Let's Twist Again (mono) [1961]
Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup (mono single version) [1969]
Isley Brothers - Shout (Parts 1 & 2) (w/o false ending) [1959]
George Strait - I Cross My Heart [1992]
Garth Brooks - Friends In Low Places [1990]
Pink - Raise Your Glass (Radio Edit) [2010]
Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling (Radio Edit) [2009]
Earth Wind & Fire - September [1979]
Salt-N-Pepa - Push It (Remix) [1987]
Run-DMC - It's Tricky (LP Version) [1987]
MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This [1990]
Michael Jackson - Billie Jean [1983]
Kool & The Gang - Celebration (single version) [1981]
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Pride And Joy [1983]
Journey - Faithfully [1983]
Dixie Chicks - Landslide (Sheryl Crow Remix) [2003]

Cake Cutting
Barry Louis Polisar - All I Want Is You (from "Juno") [1977]

Alicia Keys - No One (first dance edit) [2007]
UB40 - Red Red Wine (LP version) [1988]
Black Eyed Peas - Pump It (Radio Edit) [2006]
Spice Girls - Wannabe (Single Edit) [1997]
Montell Jordan - This Is How We Do It (extended) [1995]
Usher f/Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah (Radio Mix) [2004]
Kesha - Tik Tok [2010]
Justin Timberlake - Like I Love You [2002]
Madonna - Vogue (Single Version) [1990]
Madonna - Music [2000]
Destiny's Child - Lose My Breath (Radio Edit) [2004]
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]
Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want To Have Fun [1984]
Rolling Stones - Start Me Up [1981]
Journey - Don't Stop Believin' [1981]
Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer [1987]
Terror Squad - Lean Back (Clean) [2004]
Kanye West - Gold Digger (extended intro) [2005]
J-Kwon - Tipsy [2004]
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll [1978]
Beatles - Twist And Shout (mono) [1964]
Flo Rida f/T-Pain - Low (New Radio Mix) [2008]
Flo Rida - Good Feeling (extended) [2011]
LMFAO - Sexy And I Know It [2011]
Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger (extended) [2011]
Jennifer Lopez feat Pitbull - On The Floor (extended) [2011]
Destiny's Child - Jumpin, Jumpin [2000]
Jay-Z feat Amil & Ja Rule - Can I Get A (Clean Album Version) [1998]
Coolio - Gangsta's Paradise [1995]
Jay-Z - Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Mainstream Version) [2004]
Lou Bega - Mambo No 5 (Radio Edit) [1999]
Wham - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [1984]
Dexy's Midnight Runners Come On Eileen (promo single version) [1983]
Jennifer Lopez - Jenny From The Block (No Rap Version) [2002]
Ace Of Base - The Sign [1994]
Salt-N-Pepa - Shoop (Single Version) [1993]
Commodores - Brick House [1977]
Ben E King - Stand By Me (mono) [1961]
Frank Sinatra - The Way You Look Tonight [1964]
Dolly Parton - 9 To 5 [1981]
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl [1967]
Nelly Furtado feat Timbaland - Promiscuous (Radio Edit) [2006]
Timbaland feat Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake - Give It To Me (Extra Clean) [2007]
Timbaland feat Keri Hilson - The Way I Are (extended) [2007]
50 Cent Candy Shop (Clean) [2005]
Beyonce feat Jay-Z - Crazy In Love [2003]
Jackson 5 - Never Can Say Goodbye (mono) [1971]
Semisonic - Closing Time (Radio Edit) [1998]

Wedding Slideshow Ideas & Tips

Slideshows can add a nice touch to your wedding, and there are several unique ways to present your photos. Keep reading for ideas, tips, and advice to get you started.

Where should I show my slideshow?

On your wedding weekend, there will probably be a few different opportunities to share your favorite photos, such as:
- at the rehearsal dinner
- during the reception cocktail hour (looped)
- during dinner (played once)
- during your special dances

A few side notes: Showing it at the rehearsal dinner is nice; however, keep in mind that many restaurants may not have a screen and projector available (or sound equipment). Also, if you have a lot of pictures to show (more than 25-50), you will probably want to consider letting the slideshow play in the background while people are mingling and having cocktails. I’ll talk about this more later.

What about a slideshow to go with my first dance?

This is a great idea, and it also works for other special dances, too, like a father/daughter dance. What’s nice about these is that you only need 2-3 dozen pictures to accompany your song, and you don’t need to include the music with the slideshow. Your DJ can play the song from his sound system while the slideshow plays, which is much easier than trying to connect the video player to the sound system.

How long should my slideshow be?

Keep it short! If you’ve ever had to sit through a very long slideshow, I’m sure you found yourself getting bored after the first few minutes. As a guideline, try to go no longer than 3-5 minutes to keep people’s attention. If the slideshow will be playing in the background during cocktails or dinner, the length isn’t as important, since you aren’t trying to get everyone to watch it from start to finish.

How many pictures will I need?

On average, you’ll probably want to keep each picture on the screen for about five seconds, which means you can show 12 pictures each minute. Windows Movie Maker, for example, by default will display a photo for five seconds after dragging it onto your video timeline.

How do I create a slideshow?

If you don’t have someone creating it for you, I have posted links to some simple tutorials for both Windows and Mac users on this page.

Get started on yours today!

Slideshows can really add a lot to the enjoyment of your rehearsal dinner or reception, yet often times they are the last thing on the “to do” list. If you keep it simple and short (as you should), creating one shouldn’t be too difficult or time consuming. But don’t leave it until the very end, because I’ve often times seen them get “scrapped.”

Get started by making a folder on your computer labeled “Wedding Slideshow,” and start copying your special pictures into the folder today. In fact, you probably already have a bunch on your hard drive right now. Then when you are ready to put it together, your photos will all be in one place, making it easy and fast to create the perfect slideshow.

Scott & Amber - September 10, 2011

Since I just started this blog at the beginning of November, I’m still catching up on some prior weddings. Scott & Amber were married on 9/10/11, and they had a beautiful backyard wedding at the groom’s parents’ house. The weather turned out to be perfect for an outdoor reception.

To add some color to the yard, they had me shine some red uplighting in the trees and behind the bartender. If I can get my hands on some pictures, I’ll be sure to post them. It looked really great! I also included a wireless speaker on the other side of the yard, since the area was quite large, and some of the tables were a long distance from the dance floor.

The Music

The following is a list of songs that were actually played at the wedding with a * or ** indicating a request.

* from Scott & Amber’s request list
** requested by one of their guests

Alan Jackson - Gone Country [1994]
Van Morrison - Moondance [1970]
Conway Twitty - I'd Just Love to Lay You Down [1980]
Drifters - Under The Boardwalk (mono single version) [1964]
Elton John - Your Song [1971]
Hootie & The Blowfish - Hold My Hand [1995]
Garth Brooks - To Make You Feel My Love [1998]

Grand Entrance
Scott & Amber have a great sense of humor, and they had some fun with their grand entrance. They surprised everyone by dressing up with oversized sunglasses, a large clown tie, and a big red nose. I think they got the idea after deciding on their entrance music.
Boots Randolph - Yakety Sax (stereo) [1963]

First Dance
George Strait - I Cross My Heart (first dance edit) [1992]*

Father Daughter Dance
Brad Paisley - He Didn't Have To Be (father daughter edit) [1999]*

Stevie Nicks & Don Henley - Leather And Lace (single version) [1981]
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Cold Shot [1984]
Kenny Chesney - Somewhere With You (Single Edit) [2011]
Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing [2008]
Steely Dan - Hey Nineteen (single version) [1981]
Conway Twitty - Tight Fittin' Jeans [1981]
Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling [1973]
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Little Wing [1991]

George Strait - Here For A Good Time [2011]*
George Strait - Amarillo By Morning [1983]*
Etta James - At Last [1961]
Cupid - Cupid Shuffle (extended) [2007]**
Michael Jackson - Beat It (extended) [1983]
Neil Diamond - Sweet Caroline (stereo) [1969]**
Kenny Loggins - Footloose (single version) [1984]*
Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jump Jive An' Wail [1998]*
Michael Jackson - Thriller (promo single version) [1984]**
Marcia Griffiths - Electric Boogie [1990]**
Usher f/Lil Jon & Ludacris - Yeah (Radio Mix) [2004]*
LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem (Updated Radio Edit) [2011]
Maroon 5 Feat. Christina Aguilera - Moves Like Jagger [2011]**
69 Boyz - Tootsee Roll (Rap Version) [1994]**
Billy Currington - Good Directions [2007]**
David Allan Coe - You Never Even Called Me By My Name [1975]**
Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (mono) [1965]
Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel (7'' Re-Mix) [1988]*
Sir Mix-A-Lot - Jump On It (Clean Radio Edit) [1996]**
Foster The People - Pumped Up KIcks (Radio Edit) [2011]**
V.I.C. - Wobble (Clean Version) [2008]**
Nelly - Ride Wit Me (Clean Edit with FX Short) [2001]*
Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World (stereo) [1968]
Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind [1966]**
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Pride And Joy [1983]*
Mr C The Slide Man - Cha Cha Slide (Radio Edit) [2000]**

Bouquet Toss

Beyonce - Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) (bouquet version) [2008]*

Garter Removal/Toss
Adam Clayton & Larry Mullen - Theme From Mission Impossible [1996]*
Stray Cats - Stray Cat Strut [1983]*

Juvenile - Back That Thang Up (Clean Radio Edit) [1999]**
Big Tymers - Still Fly (Radio Edit Clean) [2002]**
Bobby Goldsboro - Watching Scotty Grow [1971]**
Lou Bega - Mambo No 5 (Radio Edit) [1999]**
Cherry Poppin' Daddies - Zoot Suit Riot [1998]*
Snoop Doggy Dogg - Gin And Juice (Radio Version) [1994]**

Last Dance (before sendoff)
Brad Paisley - Then (Single Edit) [2009]*

After Party
Some of the guests wanted to come back and dance some more, and I was happy to continue the music.
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl [1967]
Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There (mono) [1964]
ACDC - You Shook Me All Night Long [1980]
Rolling Stones - Honky Tonk Women [1969]
Bob Seger - Old Time Rock & Roll [1978]
Earth Wind & Fire - September [1979]
KC & The Sunshine Band - Boogie Shoes [1978]
Robert Palmer - Addicted To Love (single version) [1986]
Herbie Hancock - Chameleon [1973]**
John Mellencamp - Jack & Diane (promo single version) [1982]
Queen - Another One Bites The Dust [1980]
INXS - Need You Tonight [1988]
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison (7" Version) [1990]
Aretha Franklin - Respect (mono) [1967]
Sister Sledge - We Are Family (single version) [1979]
Bee Gees - You Should Be Dancing (promo single version) [1976]
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (promo single version) [1979]
UB40 - Red Red Wine (LP version) [1988]
Brooks & Dunn - Boot Scootin' Boogie [1992]
Garth Brooks - Friends In Low Places [1990]

Great customer service saves the day

I looked at the clock as I finished setting up the sound equipment and taping down the last cables for the lights. It was ten minutes before 6:00, so I had a little time to spare. The wedding guests would be arriving soon, but the bride and groom would still be at least another hour. It was time for me to change into my suit.

Suddenly, I realized one of my backpacks was missing. I thought to myself, “Did I leave it in my truck?”

I ran across the parking lot as the rain poured down. My tennis shoes and the bottom of my jeans sopped up the water as I splashed through puddle after puddle. After arriving at the truck, I was disappointed to find no backpack.

It finally dawned on me that I had left it, along with my dress shoes, at home in McKinney, and I was all the way in Dallas at the Filter Building on White Rock Lake. There was certainly not enough time to go home. Should I put on my suit with my soaking wet tennis shoes and cold, damp socks? Would I have time to go shoe shopping? I decided to give Google Places a try and typed a quick search for “shoes.”

First result, no answer. Probably after hours. Second result, disconnected telephone number. Third result, athletic shoes only.

Time was ticking.

I decided to try one more store, result number four: Famous Footwear. A female clerk answered the phone in a friendly tone, and I quickly told her about my shoe emergency.

“Can you please find me a pair of black dress shoes and socks? I’m at a wedding and left mine at home,” I said.

The lady said to come to the front register when I got there. It was a few minutes after 6:00 by this point, but none of the guests had arrived yet. Would I be able to make it? I thought it was worth a try.

I told the head of catering, Megan with Celebrations, that I was going to run out for some shoes and that I would be back by 6:30 if anyone asked. I made sure the dinner music playlist was loaded up and hit the “auto pilot” button. Still soaking wet from the first trip outside, I ran back through the puddles in the parking lot, hopped in my truck, and drove as quickly as I could to the store.

Fifteen minutes later, I found the store. The clock said 6:20. There was no time to shop around; I needed to get in and get out in a hurry.

The clerk knew right away from my hurried look that I was the guy who needed the dress shoes.

“I grabbed two different pair for you,” she said as she was helping another customer check out. She handed me the two boxes, and I tried on the first pair. They looked good, and they fit!

“Do you happen to have some black dress socks?” I asked.

“Yes, I have those ready for you, too,” the lady kindly said as she smiled and handed me the socks.

“Perfect! Thank you so much! I really appreciate it,” I said while another cashier was ringing up my order and charging my credit card.

She called out good luck as I ran out of the store. Obeying as many traffic laws and speed limit signs as possible, I rushed back to the Filter Building. It was 6:40, and I hurried back inside for a quick change. There was no sign of the bride and groom yet, but about half of the guests were there mingling. I had made it in time, but just barely, and only because I had found a helpful clerk who was willing to help me out in a pinch.

Don’t we wish we could always get this kind of helpful customer service? I’m sure the shoe store clerk wasn’t getting paid a huge hourly wage, and she probably wouldn’t even get a commission from the shoe sale. But she still took the time to help me out, knowing that I had little time to spare upon arriving to the store. That’s what I call a great experience!

One of the things I always strive for is to provide an exceptional customer service experience for my clients. For me, that goes way beyond playing music and setting up lights. It means being quick to respond to voicemails and emails. It means going the extra mile to make the planning process easier for the bride and groom. And in this particular case, it meant buying a new pair of shoes, so that my clients and their guests would have no idea that I had forgotten mine at home.