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Michael Ikoma
Attended Cornell University
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  • Cornell University
    1996 - 2000
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When we started thinking about our wedding reception, we knew that music was extremely important to us. We had a specific vision in mind of what we wanted, and just as importantly, what we didn't want from our DJ. We were very non-traditional with our approach to our wedding as a whole, and were not going to include what was "typical" of most wedding receptions (i.e. introduction of the couple, first dance, cutting of the cake, etc). We also wanted to create a high-energy, club-like experience for the dance portion of the evening. We personally do not enjoy dancing to a lot of the music we hear at many weddings such as "We Are Family", "The Electric Slide", and basically any other song that had a line dance associated with it. As we interviewed DJs and explained our vision for our wedding, we felt that although they were willing to go along with what we wanted to do, they didn't necessarily understand where we were coming from. We happened to find Ivy League DJs (a division of AllStar Entertainment) when we Googled "non-traditional wedding DJs" or "non-cheesy Boston DJs" (something like that), and were intrigued by their website which described themselves as "professional DJs who flawlessly beat-mix cutting edge dance music with classic hits" and cater to couples who "don't want a traditional wedding DJ playing cliche music, initiating cheesy games or teaching line dances at your wedding." That described us perfectly! We listened to their mix samples that they had online and immediately contacted them for an appointment. From our very first meeting with DJ James DiNanno, we felt a great connection. As we described our ideal wedding, we could see his excitement for our vision. Throughout the entire planning process, James took note of our ideas, while offering great advice and helpful suggestions. On the day of our wedding, James provided the sound for our ceremony. He arrived early to set up his equipment and do a sound check with the musicians that we had hired. When the ballroom opened after cocktail hour, he had music playing that fit the style we requested (a mix of current and older fun music) and it was at a volume level where people could still easily have a conversation. We had asked him to make some general housekeeping announcements before dinner was served. James was extremely articulate and professional. When it came time for dancing, James far exceeded our expectations. The dance floor was never empty! He masterfully mixed current hits with some old-school rap with some of our disco favorites. The energy was incredible in the room all night! One of the most complimented parts of our wedding from our guests was the DJ! Quoting Ivy League Wedding's website, their goal is to "create a classy, fun reception filled with the music you both love, keeping everyone dancing until the very end... with no "cheese" factor!" -- and they delivered! We would 100% without hesitation recommend DJ James DiNanno!
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Unfortunately I hit a deer which caused damage to my 2014 Honda Civic. The dealership where I bought my car (Honda Cars of Boston) referred me to Today's Collision. From the very first person I talked to when I called to inquire about possibly doing the repairs at Today's Collision, to the time they handed my keys back to me after they fixed my car, I was extremely impressed with the service! When I first dropped my car off, Matt Everson explained to me the process of working with the insurance company and told me what to expect. He kept in touch with me while they were doing the work so that I knew how long I would be without my car. He is extremely professional and a pleasure to work with. Also the fact that there is an Enterprise satellite office located right there made it easy to get a rental while my car was being repaired. Oh... and they did a great job repairing the damage. I would highly recommend this place!
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
3 reviews