We had a great time working for Milon and An with Scottsdale Wedding Photography and DJ services at their wedding in Arizona. They were a beautiful couple, so naturally at ease with each other and so fun that they were literally dancing on clouds.
Earlier their Mandap had awaited at the Ceremony site. They had a fascinating blend of Indian and Vietnamese culture, and were given the difficult challenge of having both families comfortable at their wedding. They embraced the better parts of each other and their natural union made all attendees happy, joyful for the abounding love and proud to be there for the Amins.
The Groom arrived by Gondola! He had been circling the waters and was waiting nearby for this moment to arrive.
He set ashore to a new adventure, looking sharp attired in Sherwani and accompanied by his parents.
An made a stunning entrance, and such a beautiful Bride.
Together they were magnificent.
Rings were exchanged,
and Milon and An were married.
They took it all in for a moment.
Then they shared a magical First Dance on Clouds, where they discovered a special place they share where the air is thin.
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.
The beautiful Bride arrived and began getting ready for her big day.
It clearly worked out well, as the Bride was simply stunning.
With preparations complete, it was time to remind Russ that this was his last chance to run!
Of course he did not. They were married with love, unity,
and a kiss to seal the deal.
There was time for sunset photos before the sun went down,
and also after.
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.
Russ and Lida were grateful to their friends and family for attending, and sped off to their Honeymoon.
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.
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.
Kim was so happy she was beaming.
The family participated in a Unity Sand ceremony, which represented the blending of their lives.
And made it official by signing the marriage license with Officiant Montana Meadows.
That left them feeling very happy and very married.
A favorite pose from their engagement session found its way to the wedding day.
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.
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.
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.
With the #1 best-selling bridal magazine on the Apple Newsstand, Wedding Elite Magazine recently conducted a number of internet based polls to determine the best wedding vendors in Arizona, as well as other states across the nation. 3 Oceans Entertainment was honored to be rated as one of the 2012 Top 5 Best Arizona Wedding DJs with a 3rd place finish. Congratulations to Starz Entertainment and Desert House Productions with the top two spots respectively. In fairness, one company advertises 10 DJs on staff and the other 2. We have 1, so I’m happy to take the bronze award while being outnumbered.
This particular award was based solely on number of votes. In other words, a company with multiple DJs on staff is more likely to get a higher number of votes. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just the way some DJ companies choose to do business. It’s called a multiple operator model, or “multi-op,” as opposed to a “single-op” format. I’ve chosen to go with the single-op for two reasons; one is my wife does not want to be a DJ, and the other is I believe in dependability and accountability. With DJ service from 3 Oceans Entertainment, your DJ is Cameron Carpenter. That’s me. You get to deal directly with the person doing your event, so I learn as much as I can about your musical tastes, desires and vision for your event, and try my best to make it happen. I strongly believe that your event is about you, and frankly there are far too few DJs who believe the same way. The truth is the vast majority of wedding DJs that I’ve seen try to make it about them, thinking they should demand attention by acting stupid – yelling into the microphone non-stop in a fake voice, hosting ridiculous games and crazy contests that embarrass you and your guests, and worse. I just don’t see the point with all this ridiculous nonsense, and that’s why I’m clear about leaving the attitude and ego behind. A special event such as a wedding should be elegant and fun, and I have no desire to be some sort of party clown.
(You may have noticed that we do offer multiple services and wondered how that works. My wife and I have a system that allows us to provide two of our three services at one event, and use an assistant for the third one if needed. I network with other professionals who have a similar price and style to allow this, and also for coverage in the extreme case of illness. Please call me for details if you’re wondering about specifics.)
2013 Wedding Elite Magazine and App Member
3 Oceans Entertainment is included in the new edition of The Wedding Elite Magazine and App, available in the iTunes App Store as one of their preferred wedding vendors in Arizona.
They are not trying to be a comprehensive directory listing of every wedding vendor out there, instead “Wedding Elite Magazine is an exclusive print and digital magazine showcase featuring premier wedding professionals throughout the United States. Our goal is to connect discerning brides with wedding vendors who portray the utmost in class, professionalism, and talent.” (Quoted from their website, www.theweddingelite.com)
I answered “yes” to all of these questions, and felt good about being aligned with an organization that promotes quality. Please visit my website at www.3oe.co for additional information.
Please bear with me as I add and update content. I thought it would be better to archive the old blog and start fresh with the new one, consistent with our new approach.
We’re Officially Adding Photography Service!
We have been busy with DJ and Video work for years and have only done photography jobs as they came along, choosing not to actively pursue work in the very crowded field of wedding and event photography. However, we have witnessed far too many occasions when the attitude and ego of the photographer has undermined the success of the event. Quite frankly, we’re tired of it and have decided to stop walking on eggshells and worrying about the fragile egos and insecurities of those who care more about themselves than the client. We’re pretty straightforward and are offering our work in this area as “affordable wedding photography in AZ” with budget friendly rates with delivery of high resolution images on disc, free of duplication restrictions. If that sounds like what you’ve got in mind, please consider us. However, if you’re looking for more than we can offer in this area, we do have some recommendations for fine art photographers who do great work while operating in a higher cost bracket than we do…and without their noses in the air!
Please visit our refreshed website for more information and examples of our work, and thanks!