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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.

Arizona Event DJ

Arizona Event DJ

Cameron Carpenter of 3 Oceans Entertainment was there at the end of summer Luau pool party at the historic San Marcos Resort in Chandler Arizona. Along with Walt Richardson, they provided some “jammin’ tunes” for the enjoyment of the guests of Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, plus anyone else who wanted to come hang out at the pool and have a good time.

Walt Richardson and Arizona Event DJ Cameron Carpenter
Walt Richardson and Arizona Event DJ Cameron Carpenter

The fantastic staff at the San Marcos were stellar as usual. They created yummy traditional luau fare, had the gazebo bar stocked up and providing refreshment, and had the pool sparkling and the tub tub cozy and inviting. With a poolside bar and great food right there, what more could a person ask for?

Walt Richardson

Walt would play a couple of great sets during the day, and when he got too hot and tired, he’d take a break and Arizona Event DJ Cameron would take over the sounds of the party. It was a momentous afternoon!

The best part, was that San Tan Brewery came by with some great drink specials on ice cold beer. An outstanding crowd favorite was “Mr. Pineapple”, an incredible pineapple wheat beer described by the folks at SanTan as:

“A stylish wheat with a tropical personality, infused with fresh pineapple juice from Fair Trade Costa Rican farms, takes traditional wheat beer and adds some seriously cool character.”

San Tan Pineapple and Walt
San Tan Pineapple and Walt

It’s easy to see why it’s fun to be in Chandler!

Soon, the fall season will bring a new series of events in the courtyard, and Arizona DJ Cameron ( http://www.threeoceansentertainment.com/dj.html ) of 3 Oceans Entertainment www.3oe.co will be there to enjoy it with all.

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Photographers in Phoenix AZ

Photographers in Phoenix AZ

3 Oceans Entertainment Robbie and Cameron Carpenter were so delighted that Angeleda and Thaddeus wanted photography of their 8th Wedding Anniversary and invited us to beautiful Lake Pleasant in Arizona to share some precious time with them.

They started their afternoon by simply looking into each others eyes and remembering why they fell in love in the first place. Then they realized their fortune, knowing that they have that feeling right now, in the moment they are in.

Looking in Love
Looking in Love

Then they took turns putting the other in perspective.

My Girl
My Girl
My Guy
My Guy

The sun sure was bright and sensitive eyes need sunglasses.

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Sun Lake Kiss – Anniversary Portrait by 3 Oceans Entertainment Photographer Robbie Carpenter in Phoenix Arizona

So bright that it clearly shined on their tender kiss.

Phoenix Arizona Sun Kiss
Arizona Sun Kiss

It’s also clear that they know exactly who they are as a couple. They are so comfortable together, and have such a natural energy that it can be felt. How fun is that?!

Framed at Lake Pleasant Arizona with 3 Oceans Entertainment Photographer Robbie Carpenter
Framed at Lake Pleasant Arizona with 3 Oceans Entertainment Photographer Robbie Carpenter

We wish them many more years of happiness together,

The Road Together
The Road Together

and we think they will be in love for a long time.

Romantic Sunset at Lake Pleasant AZ - 3 Oceans Entertainment Photography Phoenix Arizona, Photographers in Phoenix AZ
Romantic Sunset at Lake Pleasant AZ – 3 Oceans Entertainment Photography Phoenix Arizona

If you’d like to schedule a Wedding Anniversary Photo Session, please give us a call or an email! Contact information is on our website at www.3oe.co and our photography webpage can be seen at Affordable Wedding Photography in Arizona 3 Oceans Entertainment Arizona Wedding and Event DJ Photo Video Services in AZ

Robbie Carpenter Photography Portfolio

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.

Scottsdale Arizona Wedding Photography - 3 Oceans Entertainment AZ Wedding Photographer
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!

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

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“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.

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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.

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Wedding Videographers in Arizona

Wedding Videographers in Arizona

We’ve been getting a lot of calls lately for wedding videographers in Arizona, but not necessarily for the best of reasons.  One particular urban wedding company promised much and delivered little.  Then they took the money and ran, and violated the trust of unfortunate engaged couples who believed in them.  They have now disappeared, and the wedding industry is better for their absence.

Meeting with an AZ Wedding Videography Photography DJ Company

The story begins over a year ago, when I got an email from a person I knew as a wedding videographer to meet with him and hear about a proposal he had for me.  He wouldn’t discuss it on the phone, other than to say it was a “great opportunity” that I “would not want to miss out on.”  I decided to set aside the time to hear what he had to say.

After arriving at the time and place he designated, I was greeted with a big phony smile and introduced to a colleague of his who supposedly had flown in from California just to meet with me, or at least that is what I was led to believe.  The hair on the back of my neck was already beginning to stand up when the wedding videographer (we’ll just call him “Thad”) said that his friend (we’ll just call him “Mr. Creepy”) was there to observe, and for the remainder of the meeting Mr. Creepy just sat there with a disturbing look on his face listening intently as Thad went through his passive/aggressive presentation.  I later learned that I was not the only one to receive the sales pitch that day, but that’s beside the point.

He began by complimenting me on what a great job I was doing as a wedding and event DJ, and my wife and I as wedding videographers in Arizona (he was not aware of the fact that we had already branched out into wedding photography) while pointing out that his company dominated the wedding business in Arizona and were taking over nationwide with Mr. Creepy.  Apparently there would be no room for other wedding vendors after their plan to take over, and this would be my only chance to get in on the ground floor with them.  He noted the accolades and awards that my wife and I have gathered in our almost 10 years in business, and even acknowledged that he was aware of my ability and dedication.  He then warned me it was all about to come to an abrupt end unless I went along with his offer.  Cue dramatic music bum-pa-bum!

Mr. Creepy smirked at me when Thad said they had a plan to expand their power and that basically any Videography, Photography, or DJ job in any state they were doing business would go through them as brokers.  He claimed to have a crack team of SEO experts who would insure that their website would be the only one seen on Google.  The only perceived threat to them was WeddingWire, and the strategy there would be simply to buy out all of the top spots to gain preferred placement.  Besides, he figured that any potential client looking at them would be crazy to go anywhere else.  I guess they figured there was no such thing as free will in the marketplace.

The Offer

Here’s where I fit into their plan.  I would close my business, 3 Oceans Entertainment, and surrender any existing or future jobs to them.  In return, I could be the DJ manager for the state of Arizona.  They would lowball the price to get all the available work in the state.  He claimed they had all sorts of DJ talent in California waiting to fly out to Arizona to fulfill the jobs.  When I questioned this, he actually said “we can get all the chumps we need because they are desperate for work.”  They would collect the deposits from clients (half up front,) pay the DJs a pittance, and give me a salary to insure that everything went smoothly.

He thought that they already had all the videography and photography jobs wrapped up for themselves, and expanding into domination of the DJ field would be their next logical step.  He pointed out that I would not be able to get any more wedding video, photo, or DJ work on my own, as that would all be going to them now.

He may have said some other outrageous things, but I was already done listening and looking for a way out.  I may be old-fashioned, but I believe honesty and integrity mean something and there was none to be had here.

As I was leaving, I remember Thad saying we would be out of business as soon as they implemented their plan, and this would be the last chance I had to join their team.  Shortly afterward, I saw their ads begin to appear on the internet and their website promising the best DJ, Photography and Videography service for the lowest price.  It appeared their conquest had begun.

The Trouble Begins

I’ll admit they took a lot of work away from us for a while.  I would call or email with prospective Brides and Grooms who told me they decided to book with another company offering a great deal.  They had already put half down on a deposit and were convinced they were choosing the right vendor to help with their special day.  I worked alongside this company on a few occasions when the couple had chosen us for one service and the other guys for another.  I even had a few of their independent contractors tell me about all the money they were going to make with this wedding company.  They had been promised to be paid well for their hard work, although most of them had yet to receive payment for their services.

The Kicker

Then it came.  They collected as much money as they could while paying out as little as possible.  They kept people happy until they decided to strike.  Suddenly they were gone!  Phone disconnected and no response to emails, no-show at contracted events and no recourse for customers.  They seemingly disappeared off the face off the earth, but apparently indicated to WeddingWire that “they are no longer in business.”  According to multiple complaints, the money is gone and the clients have been left high and dry.  To add insult to injury, their many website listings now redirect to porn websites.  Ouch!

The Good News

The good news is that the previous story is an extreme and unfortunate example, as most reputable companies want to do a good job and maintain a positive reputation after your event. A legitimate business has little interest in legal difficulty, but the sad fact is there are bad guys out there who are more interested in pulling a fast one. Fortunately, there are several measures that can be taken to minimize the risk.

First is using a contract signed by both parties. It does not necessarily need to be complicated, but should include the basics of date, time and location of event, and terms. It should also include a clause concerning what will happen in the event of illness or unforeseen circumstances that would prevent performance.

Second is working with an established business that has a history measured in years, not months. The longer a business has been around, the more likely they will be there when your event comes around.

Third has to do with integrity, which can often be indicated by reputation. Personal recommendations from friends and family are great. In the absence of that, online reviews from a trusted and verified source can be quite helpful. On a side note, many brides and grooms review a group of vendors after an event, so looking for a set of reviews on a certain date can be a good idea.

Another good line of defense is using a credit card for the deposit payment. Disputes can be mediated through your credit card company and often resolved to your benefit if your vendor does not show up to your event or has otherwise nefarious intentions. PayPal offers some measure of protection, but is currently limited to 45 days from the transaction date.

3 Oceans Entertainment is still here after surviving the battle with “Thad Moerber of Urban Wedding Company.”  We have wedding videographers in Arizona, as well as photography and DJ services for weddings and events in AZ.  We’ve been operating with quality, honesty and integrity in the Arizona wedding industry for over 10 years, and are thrilled to have been involved in the weddings of over one thousand happy couples.  We respect marriage and people, offer great services at fantastic prices, and fulfill the promises we make.   Please consider 3 Oceans Entertainment for your wedding and event DJ, Photo and/or Video service needs in Arizona.

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

Sedona Wedding Venue

We are a Phoenix based event service provider, but when we travel “up north” for a wedding, our preferred Sedona wedding venue is Sedona Golf Resort.

Sedona Golf Resort - Sedona Wedding Venue
Sedona Golf Resort in Sedona, Arizona

Our Preferred Sedona Wedding Venue

Katie Draxler at Sedona Golf Resort
Wedding Coordinator Katie Draxler

The views are stunning, the vibe is great, and the moderate and pleasant weather can be a welcome relief from the oppressive Phoenix heat.  The staff here does a great job, and in particular the Wedding Coordinator Katie Draxler is fantastic.  She cares so much for her clients (who all seem to become friends by wedding time) and it really shows.  We see many happy Brides, Grooms, Friends and Family who are completely thrilled with her and the “above and beyond” level of service that she provides along with the rest of her staff.  As a wedding vendor who focuses on personal service, we respect, appreciate and share that type of commitment.  There are many beautiful locations in our state of Arizona, but when considering venues for Sedona Weddings, this is the one that we recommend.

Additionally, there are many gorgeous sites nearby for photography and videography sessions, and you should be able to get some great engagement photos, “trash the dress” shots (if that’s your thing) vacation photos and video and more.  Folks often take the week off to enjoy their honeymoon in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere in Sedona, surrounded by red rock splendor with ample hiking, fishing, camping activities nearby, and of course abundant golf and spa activities.  After all, it is Sedona Golf Resort, and it’s a fantastic choice for your Sedona Wedding Venue.

SGR in Sedona AZ
Sedona Golf Resort

DJ/MC, Photography and Videography services for Arizona Weddings

Please consider 3 Oceans Entertainment for your DJ, Photography and Videography needs in Sedona or anywhere in Arizona.  We offer 1, 2 or all 3 services, and are happy to work with any other vendors that you may decide to choose.  It can be your special Sedona Wedding!