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Sarah & Andy's wedding at Daniele's Valley View, Utica, September 2019. Photo by DJ Peter Naughton
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Wedding: Liz and Brian at Marriott Syracuse Downtown - Grand Ballroom, 7/27/19

Liz and Brian's wedding reception in the Grand Ballroom at Syracuse Marriott Downtown. Photo by DJ Peter Naughton July 2019.

Breathtaking! If I had to describe the Grand Ballroom on the 10th floor of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown in one word, that would be it. Even moreso with uplighting, and an awesome dance floor crowd! Liz and Brian also invited a very special guest beloved by Syracuse University alumni and fans alike. Details, photos and more coming up... keep reading!

The Grand Ballroom is like no other venue in Central New York, in more ways than one. I usually begin these blog posts with some the technical insight into each event, so we'll begin there.

The rectangular ballroom is so wide and tall, my usual 2-speaker setup would not be sufficient. In order to power 4 speakers, I brought along both of my sound systems. Each powers 2 speakers, and I run a cable up to the balcony, over the entryway, and back down. This connects both systems without any need to run cable on the floor.

DJ Peter Naughton's 4-speaker setup in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown in Syracuse, NY - July 2019.
Click for full-size: Four-speaker setup in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

For this wedding, Liz and Brian also ordered uplighting -- in fact, it was this wedding that inspired me to double my uplighting inventory from 12 units to 24. You just can't do this room proper justice with only 12 uplights! Lights were placed in the center of all 10 of the large windows facing to the south, along with every column along the south and west walls, the inner columns on the east side of the room, with one light left to hit the huge floor-to-ceiling mirror on the east side of the room.

Liz and Brian's Key Song Choices

  • Parents' intros: Hall & Oates / You Makes My Dreams Come True
  • Wedding party intros: OMI / Cheerleader
  • Newlyweds' intros: Beyonce & Jay-Z / Crazy in Love
  • First Dance: James Arthur / Say You Won't Let Go
  • Father / Bride Dance: Frank Sinatra / The Way You Look Tonight
  • Groom / Mother Dance: LeeAnn Rimes & Delta Goodrem / For Good (from "Wicked" soundtrack) - this was selected by Brian's mother and was kept a "top secret surprise" until it played at the reception!
  • Cake Cutting: Stevie Wonder / Signed, Sealed Delivered
  • Last Dance of the Night for Everyone: Elton John / Tiny Dancer
  • Last Dance of the Night for Newlyweds: Brett Eldridge / Mean to Me

After the parents and the wedding party were announced, the newlyweds are usually next. Not this time! As a surprise to their guests -- which included many fellow Syracuse University alumni -- Liz and Brian arranged for a special appearance from SU mascot Otto the Orange! Otto sprinted into the ballroom to get the crowd hyped up and ready to cheer loud and proud for Liz and Brian's entrance.

Otto the Orange makes an entrance at Liz and Brian's wedding reception in the Grand Ballroom at the Syracuse Marriott Downtown, July 2019. Photo still from GoPro video by DJ Peter Naughton

Photo Album Highlights

Although this wasn't my first wedding in the Grand Ballroom, it was my first time with uplighting... and I was pleased to see how wonderful it looked, especially after dark. At Liz and Brian's direction, we started out with white uplighting, then after dinner, we changed over to purple.

As always, this is just a select handful of my photos -- I have even more photos on my Facebook page!  Scroll down for a direct link to the album.

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A spectacular evening all around! My thanks again to Liz and Brian for choosing me as their wedding DJ! It was great getting to know you through our planning over the past 16 months, and I wish you all the best for a long, happy, love-filled marriage!

I also want to give thanks again to one of my previous wedding couples, Erica and Grant, for recommending me to Liz and Brian. In fact, Grant was one of Brian's groomsmen. And much to my surprise, I was greeted by another couple, Sarah and Ben, who recently booked me for their wedding in 2020!

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Peter is truly a great asset to lean on when you are planning your reception. He truly made our reception a night that we will never forget.
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Peter Naughton Productions is a mobile disc jockey and voiceover service based near Syracuse, NY.  Since 2011, Peter has specialized in Wedding DJ services for  Central New York, the Mohawk Valley, the Finger Lakes and the occasional road trip to the Southern Tier or the Thousand Islands.  One price covers everything you need for an unforgettable celebration with Peter's stress-free wedding package!
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