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Hire a Wedding Photographer

Hire a Wedding Photographer

Hire a Wedding Photographer who cares about you more than marketing themselves at your event.

Last night’s wedding was something else (Warning: possible self-righteous rant to follow) when I was hired to perform as DJ for a wonderful couple and had a grand time with them. They decided to hire a wedding photographer that was not  www.threeoceansentertainment.com/photo for photography service, and that’s ok; our services are available independently and without obligation for others.

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3 Oceans Entertainment Photo DJ Video – Phoenix and statewide in AZ

However, I believe that when the sales process is concluded, and all of the accounting and office paperwork is finished, and it’s time to provide actual performance (also known as “execution”) that it’s time to set the marketing aside.

That’s where this particular photographer clearly had a much different philosophy than us. Having worked another event in another capacity with them previously and recently, I immediately noticed a trend similar to before. From the moment they arrived at the event venue, she and her assistant (for ranting purposes and not naming names, I’ll just write “she” and “he” and so forth) began methodically selling themselves to any and everyone they could, looking to get paid for their next event. Wow.

Seriously, at one point I saw her huddle down and compose a Gmail message response  – kind of hard to miss – while her back was turned on the action that unfolded and concluded without her involvement.

At another point, I let her know, as event DJs are known to do, that something special was about to happen. I was absolutely shocked when she told me to hold on because she had something else more important do do right now at this very moment. As it turns out, she wanted to run out to her car and get some marketing materials to leave with the Director of Catering so she could work on her to become a preferred vendor at the facility. She had sensed an opening and was like a shark with blood.

Then there was her associate. This guy…

Just as before, he loudly announced himself upon his entrance and proclaimed his glory to all in the land. He made sure that everyone knew his name and the fact that, although he was “just the second shooter” he had his own photography company and would be happy to let you know about it. He spent a lot time standing around loudly talking (at highly inappropriate times, such as, oh say, the Wedding Ceremony!) and “schmoozing”, meaning basically extolling his virtues. During set-up, I was confronted with a particularly difficult technical situation involving poor Wi-Fi access at the venue, and was feverishly working to fix it. He felt this was the appropriate time to grill me about my business practices, starting with “how did I get hired for this job” and so forth. Both of them had previously interrogated me about my rates, marketing strategies, bookings, and more. I was wondering if they were going to ask me my social security number and Mother’s maiden name!

Things really changed this time though, when I had the audacity to request that the associate quit “talking shop” and focus on the task at hand. You know, the Bride and Groom?

For the remainder of the evening, he pouted around me, which was fine because I certainly didn’t need his frivolous distraction. Unfortunately, he could not quite hold back and wait until the guests had all left when he exploded with “I didn’t like what you said to me!” and wouldn’t stop until he’d worked his way through the script of the old Jerry Springer show in front of everyone. Fun for TV, but unbelievably inappropriate at someone’s wedding.

Sales and marketing is essential to the success of any business. But there is a line that must not be crossed, when it becomes shameless and relentless self-promotion at the expense of the client. A wedding photographer owes a particular obligation to their client, often by now their friend, to give them their complete and undivided attention during this most important time in their lives. Please choose one who will pour their heart and soul into yours.

Wedding Venue Gilbert AZ – The Falls

Wedding Venue Gilbert AZ – The Falls

There’s a great new event and wedding venue Gilbert AZ has that’s worth a notice, and we’d like everyone to know about it. It’s called The Falls Event Center and we think it’s just beautiful! Arizona wedding photographer Robbie Carpenter recently visited there and was able to apply her distinctive style of specialized light writing, putting their name in lights. First she wrote outside at one of the entrances,

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Wedding Venue Gilbert AZ – The Falls

and then went to over to the waterfall they have on the south side of the grounds.

3 Oceans Entertainment light writing at The Falls
The Falls in Gilbert Arizona – Wedding and Event Center

It’s so gorgeous there at The Falls in Gilbert. There’s all kinds of event space, with rooms for meeting, bridal preparation and dressing rooms, even a rooms just for the guys. There’s a game room, movie theater and more. Even the bathrooms are nice!

Outside there’s patios and waterfalls, and the building is beautiful and new. It’s actually a state of the art facility that seems great for a wide range of events such as wedding, parties, and corporate gatherings. With convenient freeway access and ample parking, it’s easy to see why this is a great place.

The best part is they allow your choice of vendors (like us!), allowing customization for you with every aspect of your event. I can’t even imagine why a person looking at an event venue would choose a location that dictates choices like Photographer, Disc Jockey, or Videographer, let alone details like food, cake and flowers. It’s your event, and should be done your way. This is one of many reasons why 3 Oceans Entertainment is not alone in recommending a closer look at this fine facility when considering an event in Gilbert.

Arizona photographer Robbie Carpenter can create a specialized digital image for  you using her light writing photography. Her repertoire includes hearts, the words “love” and “thanks” or “thank you”, and she’s been known to write custom last names, as long as they’re not too long! Please consider us for Photo, DJ, or Video services in Arizona.

 

WeddingWire Winners 8 Consecutive Years

We are WeddingWire Winners for the 8th straight year in a row

WeddingWire Winners 8 Consecutive Years 2009-2016

with the Couples’ Choice Awards – previously known as the Bride’s Choice Awards – for our DJ, Photography, and Videography services in and around Phoenix, Arizona.

This is especially significant for a good reason. Although many AZ wedding vendors claim this award for a year or more here and there, very few have the distinction of winning the award every single year back to the very first time these awards were issued in 2009. In fact, 3 Oceans Entertainment is one of only 9 Arizona wedding vendors who can say this.

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3 Oceans Entertainment – Event Wedding DJ Photo Video services in AZ

Just for fun, let’s break this down. Looking at the winners in all categories and in all markets nationwide is a lot of effort resulting in a huge number, so let’s just look at the Phoenix, AZ market and focus on Wedding Photographers, Videographers and DJs.

This year there were 153 award winners in those 3 categories. Very cool if you’re one of them, and understandable that a company’s PR person might feel compelled to brag about it, especially if it’s the first time.

Now let’s go back to 2009, when this same program was named “Bride’s Choice Awards” and there was only a total of 63. That’s a little different story. How many of these 63 carried through with an unbroken winning streak all the way to present? The answer is 9. They are:

  1. 3 Oceans Entertainment – DJ, Photography, and Videography
  2. Ray the DJ – DJ
  3. Ray Mar Productions – DJ
  4. Face the Music – DJ
  5. Birkett Entertainment – DJ
  6. Bill Limbach, The DJ for You! – DJ
  7. AZ Celebrity DJ – DJ
  8. All-American DJ – DJ
  9. Pinkerton Photography – Photography

There were no Phoenix AZ Wedding Videographers who made the list, and only 1 Photographer. Congratulations to these 8 other Arizona wedding vendors, who deserve recognition for honor in an increasingly crowded field. 9 companies specializing in weddings in the Phoenix area with a positive and proven track record over the last 8 years is a very small number indeed.

Why would a Bride and Groom even consider someone else? An insured professional with great rates and outstanding service is the way to go when considering Phoenix AZ wedding vendors, and WeddingWire winners 3 Oceans Entertainment are worth a look.

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding

What a grand time everyone had at the Scottsdale Arizona Wedding of Russ and Lida La Rose.  We were so fortunate to be involved as their Photographer, Videographers and DJ MC, working together as a team at one of the most enjoyable Scottsdale Arizona Weddings that we have ever participated in.

Electricity was in the air as they arrived at Ancala Country Club and began preparations to be married; so much that not only could the people feel it, but the surroundings also, as it bounced off the walls and even their wedding rings.

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Electric Rings – 3 Oceans Entertainment Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Photography

The beautiful Bride arrived and began getting ready for her big day.

Scottsdale Arizona Bridal Preparation
Bridal Preparation at Ancala Country Club in Scottsdale AZ

It clearly worked out well, as the Bride was simply stunning.

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Lida La Rose the Beautiful Bride

With preparations complete, it was time to remind Russ that this was his last chance to run!

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Photography - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ
Last Chance to Run

Of course he did not.  They were married with love, unity,

Unity Sand at Scottsdale Arizona Wedding - 3 Oceans Entertainment Photo Video DJ
Unity Sand at Scottsdale Arizona Wedding – 3 Oceans Entertainment Photo Video DJ

and a kiss to seal the deal.

Wedding Kiss
Wedding Kiss

There was time for sunset photos before the sun went down,

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Sunset
Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Sunset

and also after.

Bride and Groom in Love spelled out in sparkler - 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Weddings
Lida and Russ in Love

After the reception (which included lots of fun surprises contained in their wedding video,) they fired up the sparklers again for a honeymoon send off.

Sparkler send off for Scottsdale Arizona Wedding couple - 3 Oceans Entertainment
Sparkler send off for Mr and Mrs La Rose

Russ and Lida were grateful to their friends and family for attending, and sped off to their Honeymoon.

Lida and Russ Thank You
Lida and Russ Thank You

See more pictures of their event in our photography portfolio, and visit our website for more information on 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding DJ Photo Video.  Thanks!

Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography

Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography

Having thoroughly enjoyed our engagement session with Brad and Kim and their family, we were really looking forward to spending the big day with them when it was time for their wedding.  They opted for Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography and DJ services from 3 Oceans Entertainment, so Robbie and I especially enjoyed being able to work together.

Of course we had to include a shot of their wedding rings, and we thought they looked so good in one of Kim’s red roses.

Wedding Rings in Red Rose - 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding Photographers
Wedding Rings in Red Rose – 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding Photographers

The Bridal Processional is always a fun moment, when the Bride and her escort (in this case her Father) make their entrance to the wedding.

Here Comes the Bride
Here Comes the Bride

Kim was so happy she was beaming.

Beaming Bride
Beaming Bride

The family participated in a Unity Sand ceremony, which represented the blending of their lives.

Family Unity - Unity Sand Ceremony
Family Unity

And made it official by signing the marriage license with Officiant Montana Meadows.

License Signing with Montana Meadows
License Signing with Montana Meadows

That left them feeling very happy and very married.

Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom

A favorite pose from their engagement session found its way to the wedding day.

Brad and Kim
Brad and Kim

And then the rest of their lives together began.

In Love - Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography - 3 Oceans Entertainment DJ and Photographers
In Love – Mesa Arizona Wedding Photography – 3 Oceans Entertainment DJ and Photographers

3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding DJ Photography and Videography

Gay Friendly AZ Wedding Vendor

3 Oceans Entertainment is very clear that we are a Gay Friendly AZ Wedding Vendor.  We have always felt this way.  However, one always has to tread carefully when dealing with the media, who as a whole often seem to have one sort of agenda or the other.  Here’s what has been happening with us lately.

Pete Suratos of ABC 15 News in Phoenix contacted me to comment on a new piece he was reporting on concerning SB 1062, the supposedly controversial pending legislation concerning an exemption to allow discrimination.  By “supposedly,” I simply mean that the only real controversy is why this ridiculous bill has not already been given a gubernatorial veto.  The current numbers are somewhere between 70 to 95 % against, so how about a little representation of the will of the people here, huh folks?

Anyway, the “powers that be” in the news room were certainly looking for opposing viewpoints, but just couldn’t find any by airtime, so a little clever editing makes it almost sound like I support the bill.  Enough that I got a phone call the following morning from a producer up the line who asked if that meant I would go on record in support.  Uh, NO…but you can add me to the overwhelming majority of decent people who would never validate another excuse to discriminate and hate.

Still, it was fun to be on the evening news and at least my wife squealed with excitement when she saw her silly husband on TV.  That part was worth it to me right there.  Here’s a link to the news video:

3 Oceans Entertainment on ABC 15 News Phoenix Arizona

In fairness, the reporter kept looking in the right direction after this and asked if I knew anyone who had been directly affected by this so-called religious discrimination.  Why yes, we just worked with a great Phoenix couple who were not only told “no” by a cake baker, but then lectured about their depraved lifestyle, etc.  Rebecca and Molly were very brave to go on TV to discuss this and we are very proud of them.

Molly and Rebecca Gay Wedding in Phoenix AZ
Molly and Rebecca Wedding in Phoenix AZ – 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding Videography

 

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Becca and Molly

They got a lot of flak and hateful comments on the internet right away, (of course!) the 24 hour news cycle marched on, and life goes on.

We’ll be working on a new video with Becca and Molly to promote awareness for Anti-Bullying Safety Classes at the Kidzone with the upcoming Phoenix Pride Festival.  Stay tuned for more.

Couples Choice Awards 2014 Winner

Couples Choice Awards 2014 Winner

The WeddingWire Couples Choice Awards 2014 Winner recipients once again include 3 Oceans Entertainment DJ Photo Video Event and Wedding DJ Photography and Videography services, based in Phoenix Arizona and serving the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area, plus Sedona.

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3 Oceans Entertainment – Event Wedding DJ Photo Video services in Phoenix Arizona – Cameron and Robbie Carpenter

Robbie and I are very happy to be included, and I can’t help a little horn tooting.  It’s just that VERY FEW Wedding vendors can claim this award every single time it’s been presented, right back to the very first one in 2009.  I just have to feel like that’s pretty cool.

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We were WeddingWire rated back in 2008 before this program even began!  Please visit www.threeoceansentertainment.com for more information on award winning DJ, Photo, and Video services in the Valley of the Sun for your wedding or special event.

Wedding Photography AZ

Wedding Photography AZ

We we so fortunate to provide Wedding Photography AZ plus DJ service for Steven and Katya at the beautiful Litchfield Park Arizona home of their parents, Steve and Charlene.  Robbie also got to hop in the limo with the Bride and Groom, and scoot off to The Wigwam on nearby Wigwam Boulevard for some photography and fun before coming back to enjoy the backyard reception.

Katya is such a natural beauty that it was a joy to work with her in photo sessions.  Her sweetness really comes through into her pictures.

Beautiful Bride - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Bridal Photography
Beautiful Bride – Katya – 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photography

Earlier in the day she was working on her hair.

Bridal Preparation - Katya does her Hair - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photographers
Bridal Preparation – Katya does her Hair – 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photographers

Then there was time to relax a bit

Wedding Day is Here
Wedding Day is Here

and be ready for the biggest day of her life.

Princess in the Mirror - Bridesmaids adore the beautiful Bride - 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding Photography
Princess in the Mirror – Bridesmaids adore the beautiful Bride – 3 Oceans Entertainment Photography

Steven and his Groomsmen were patiently waiting.

 

Steven and his Groomsmen
Steven and his Groomsmen

Well, for the most part.

Groomsmen Goofing Around
Groomsmen Goofing Around

The Bridesmaids were all anxious,

Bridesmaids in Pink
Bridesmaids in Pink

and Katya was ready.

Beautiful Blonde Bride with Pink Shoes
Katya gets Married

Before they knew it, it was time to say “I Do”

I Do
I Do

and then whisk away

Bride and Groom Katya and Steven, Continental style in their Limousine - 3 Oceans Entertainment Photography - Wedding Photography AZ
Bride and Groom Katya and Steven, Continental style in their Limousine

to the nearby Wigwam Golf Resort for a room break and photo session.

Arizona Sky with Steven, Katya and 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photographers
Arizona Sky with Steven, Katya and 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photographers

A Little light flirting was in order.

Hey, Boy! - 3 Oceans Entertainment Wedding Photography
Hey, Boy!

They realized they had just been Married in Arizona.

Married in Arizona with 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Photographer and DJ
Married in Arizona

But they knew there were Wedding Guests waiting,

Unique Name Tags - Wedding Photography AZ with Arizona Wedding Photographers 3 Oceans Entertainment - Cameron and Robbie Carpenter
Unique Name Tags – Wedding Photography AZ with Arizona Wedding Photographers 3 Oceans Entertainment – Cameron and Robbie Carpenter

so they enjoyed a sunlit kiss

Sunkiss - Wedding Photography AZ
Sunkiss

and then the Bride was ready

The Bride - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photography
The Bride – 3 Oceans Entertainment

to have a great night with her family and friends

Wedding Party
Wedding Party

and dance with her new Husband.

First Dance - 3 Oceans Entertainment
First Dance

3 Oceans Entertainment was excited to be their Wedding DJ as well and invites you to see more photos from Steven and Katya’s Wedding in the 3 Oceans Entertainment Photography Portfolio.

Wedding Photography Arizona

Wedding Photography Arizona

Wedding photography Arizona style is so rewarding when you are spending a wonderful wedding day with a remarkable couple, unique in their own special way, who share a deep and abiding love for family and especially each other. 3 Oceans Entertainment had such a blast with Brittany and Tony at Estrella Vista Reception Center in Avondale, AZ for their marriage, in attendance with DJ and Photography services.  Robbie Carpenter was lead photographer and used her observant eye for dimension and light to gather and hold on to several exceptional moments preserved using natural perspective balanced with gentle creativity. Here she demonstrates solidity set against fluidity with “Ring Splash”

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“Ring Splash” – Arizona Wedding Photography – 3 Oceans Entertainment Phoenix AZ Wedding Photographers

Opening the curtain for the stunning Bride Brittany,

Father and the Bride
Father and the Bride

who decided to marry Tony

Phoenix Arizona Bride and Groom
“It’s a Great Day to Get Married!” – Brittany and Tony

in the exquisite Arizona sunshine.

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Under a Tree

However, Tony may have gotten a little scared as he appeared to beat a hasty retreat!

Runaway Groom Running Away
Runaway Groom – “Oh, No!  Get him, Brittany – hold on tight!”

Robbie used the break to again exercise her creativity with cake and champagne toasts.  It was such a pleasure and a treat, especially because the Mother of the Bride made it with love.

Champagne Toast and Wedding Cake - 3 Oceans AZ Wedding Photo
Champagne Toast and Wedding Cake – Thanks Mom!

Having survived their “just kidding” moment, they took to the dance for the very first time as Man and Wife in a surreal moment when time stood still but the world kept spinning.

Bride and Groom First Dance
First Dance as Man and Wife

This left Brittany feeling spectacular as she was swept away into the night by her handsome new husband.

Carried Away in the Moment the Bride is swept into the night
Carried Away

Time for a little fun with their Wedding DJ Cameron of 3 Oceans Entertainment

Newlywed couple with Wedding DJ in Phoenix Arizona
Newlywed questions with DJ Cameron

Before dancing the night away.

3 Oceans Entertainment Phoenix AZ Wedding DJ
Dance the Night Away

To see more of Brittney and Tony’s Arizona Wedding, please view the image gallery of this blog on the http://dj-photo-video-az.com/photography-portfolio/ page.  Go to the first image of

Brittany and Tony at EVRC in Avondale, AZ

and Click, Touch, Swipe!  Thanks for looking.

3 Oceans Entertainment Phoenix AZ Wedding and Event DJ Photo Video Services

Arizona Wedding Videography

Arizona Wedding Videography

Arizona Wedding Videography - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Videographers for Trisha and Steve at Sedona Golf Resort in Arizona
Steve and Trisha Cornell Wedding Video Highlights by 3 Oceans Entertainment at Sedona Golf Resort

We were so happy to perform Arizona Wedding Videography and DJ Services for a great couple.  Steve and Trisha Cornell got married in Sedona at Sedona Golf Resort, and 3 Oceans Entertainment was lucky to be there as AZ Wedding DJ and AZ Wedding Videographers.

It was a beautiful sunny day with sunshine as a prevailing theme, with lots of love and laughter.

Our friends SJA Studios were there to Photograph; as always Steven Aquilino did a great job and took good care of the Bride and Groom.  The cake was made by Sedona Sweet Arts and was yummy!  Mountain High Flowers made it beautiful with floral arrangements, and the Officiant was even a treasured friend of the family!  Katie Draxler and her staff at Sedona Golf Resort did such a fantastic job, as they always do, bringing it all together.

3 Oceans Entertainment used a fresh, modern style to showcase Trisha and Steve as a couple, and also our videography style at this very moment, in September of 2013.  Please click on the link through the photo to see a 13 minute sample of the Trisha and Steve’s Sedona AZ Wedding Video, and other videos posted on our 3 Oceans Entertainment YouTube Channel.