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Goldbug Island Wedding | Summer Love Of Elayna + Thomas

Goldbug Island is a beautiful wedding venue owned by the East Cooper Outboard Motor Club. Goldbug Island As you are travelling up Ben Sawyer Blvd toward the Ben Sawyer Bridge and Sullivan's Island, you need to slow down or you might just miss the turn off to Goldbug. Goldbug Island has a gorgeous view of the Intracoastal Waterway right near Sullivan's Island. That view of the waterway served as the backdrop to the wonderful summer wedding ceremony of Elayna & Thomas back on Saturday, July 8, 2017. Elayna & Thomas found me back in the spring, and as the weeks and months approached and I began to gather and assemble all the music for their playlist, it was very apparent they were seriously into their music.  When a couple is really into their music as much as Elayna & Thomas were, their playlist selections become the soundtrack to the biggest day of their lives.  Planning the perfect playlist is really easy. Be sure to check back over my complete blog for more ideas about wowing your guests with your very own perfect playlist.

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Melissa & Brock | A Destination Charleston Wedding On Folly

Melissa & Brock were an incredibly beautiful couple coming to Charleston from the Midwest; across the river in Illinois near Saint Louis. We had been talking since about February when they booked me, and after my first phone conversation with Melissa, I could tell she was excited about her and Brock coming down to the Charleston area (Folly Beach) for their wedding and to start their new life together. As the months passed, I began reviewing their playlist selections and I could tell that they were a couple very much into their musical choices, and I was really looking forward to playing it all for them. The weather had been iffy in the days leading up to their wedding day on June 22. Even though it's been said many many many times that rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck to come, I'm fairly certain that nothing was going to take the smile off of Melissa's and Brock's face. One of the things that I like to think separates me from the other DJ services is my strong desire to meet a bride and groom before their wedding day. Perhaps this can be done through a Skype or Facetime early on, but for destination couples, I always try to coordinate a quick meet and greet sometime in the days leading up to their wedding day. This is especially the case with destination couples, but I believe that meeting a DJ should be one of the things you should plan on doing when you pull into town and begin setting up your schedule in the days leading up to your wedding day. From the beginning, it's something that I have always felt should be done before a wedding and to this date, I have met every single couple to date prior to their wedding.

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Governor Thomas Bennett House Wedding | Maria + Charlie

During the engagement season of early 2016, I received an inquiry to my website from a talent agency in the Saint Louis, Missouri area. This agency was seeking a professional wedding DJ for a wedding to be held in Charleston in September of 2016.  That wedding would be Maria + Charlie's most special day here in the Holy City. Maria + Charlie came to me by way of my website during the post Christmas rush usually seen right after the New Year. They were coming to Charleston from the Midwest around the St Louis area. During the weekend of February 13, 2016, I had the pleasure of meeting Maria + Charlie, as well as Maria's mother and Klimmy Klipsch of the award-winning luxury wedding design company, Kate + Co out of the St Louis area. We met for coffee down at the East Bay Meeting House. Maria + Charlie wanted to use the lovely and historical Governor Thomas Bennett House as the backdrop for their wedding ceremony and reception. Located at 69 Barre St, the Governor Thomas Bennett House is actually owned by Roper St Francis Hospital and is home to many weddings and events throughout the year.  

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Historic Rice Mill Summer Wedding: Angelica & Jordan

Most modern brides and grooms find me by way of my professionally designed website. Some couples will find me by way of a vendor referral or even a referral of a venue.  How about a groom actually seeing me in action at one of my weddings from a few years prior?  When I originally received an inquiry from Angelica's mother, it was discussed that she had found me on Google. When I eventually met Angelica & Jordan in the months leading up to their wedding, Jordan had told me he seen me at one of my weddings from 2014. That wedding would be an amazing celebration from a destination wedding couple from Philadelphia, Reese & Courtney, and would become one of the most memorable weddings of all of 2014. Apparently, Jordan was working part time for one of the premier catering companies in the area and saw me DJ. When I found this out, I was quite humbled that I hadmade that type of impression. To have made such an impact such an someone that they would make a mental note to hire me to be their DJ a full 2 years after seeing me in action was quite the compliment. Angelica & Jordan's  amazing wedding reception at the Historic Rice Mill would occur on July 2, 2016, which would kick off the beginning of an incredible 4th of July weekend 

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Historic Rice Mill Wedding | Sarah + Ryan Cinco de Mayo 2016

Back on May 2, 2016, I met with Sarah & Ryan at the lovely Historic Rice Mill for the final walk-through and rehearsal for their upcoming wedding on Cinco de Mayo, 2016.  One of the things I absolutely love about the Historic Rice Mill is the layout. You've got the ceremony location conveniently located right outside on the water. As the ceremony wraps out, you can then move inside for cocktails and dinner.  As Thursday, May 5 arrived, the day was absolutely gorgeous, but there was a bit of a breeze at the time of the ceremony being right on the water. The Historic Rice Mill is one of the most beautiful wedding locations in Charleston, because of it's close proximity to the water. Book your wedding ceremony and reception and be prepared for the best views of those amazing sunsets in Charleston.  A little background information. Ryan is a member of the United States Navy and I am proud to show my appreciation for his service to our country by providing all Active Duty members of the military a 10% discount for all of my services. It's the least that I can do for the men and women that give me the freedom to do something I truly love. You'll want to read on for more of the musical details of Sarah & Ryan's beautiful evening at the Historic Rice Mill.

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Michelle + David: Their Carriage House Wedding At Magnolia

If you are just finding this blog, you might be interested in knowing that Charleston, SC has blossomed into one of the top wedding destinations over the years. David & Michelle came to me by internet referral back in March of 2015.  Mike Bills Entertainment has spared no expense on it's website, which has allowed modern brides and grooms like David & Michelle (who were located just outside the Washington DC area) to find me and hire me to be their wedding DJ.  I've always been one of those wedding DJs who learned to cater to destination brides and grooms.  They would choose the lovely Carriage House at Magnolia Plantation as the backdrop for their special day, all the while staying in a lovely beach house over on Folly Beach for the days leading up to their big day. Yes, you can actually get married on a plantation while staying at the beach, as lots of couples have done this.  For more information on some of the most beautiful beaches around Charleston, be sure to click the preceding link. David & Michelle had a wonderful taste in music,  and loved the complete latitude that I provide to my clients as it pertains to the selection of the music during their wedding ceremony and reception.

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Kristin + Matt: Conservatory At Magnolia Plantation Wedding

The weather in Charleston by the time we make it to the middle of November is some of the most tolerable through out the entire year.  This means that outdoor wedding ceremonies are nice and cool and crisp and the mosquitoes have died off.  And as a professional wedding DJ, it's always cool and refreshing to arrive at a wedding venue and not have to sweat as I load in all my gear and get set up for a wedding. Kristin & Matt came to Charleston, SC for their wedding by way of the Land Of 10,000 Lakes (Minnesota).  With temperatures in the upper 50s - around 60 at the time of ceremony, these temperatures would be warm for this bride and groom from Minnesota.  Fall is one of the best seasons to get married at Magnolia Plantation; especially having your wedding ceremony and reception at The Conservatory.

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Fall Pavillion At Pepper Plantation Wedding: Megan + John

If you were to ask me when the absolute ideal time is to get married in Charleston, I would probably give you two options.  You can get married during the April & May timeframe or the October & November timeframe.  These four months in Charleston, SC offer some of the most beautiful weather during the spring and fall.  By getting married during these times during the year, modern brides and grooms get to enjoy their wedding day without all the sweating you'll do for an outdoor ceremony during other times of the year.  In April and May, you can enjoy temperatures in the 70s and 80s with cooler evenings. By October and November, the summer humidity has usually been cut down and temperatures can be mostly in the 70s - near 80. Megan & John were one of the many destination bride and grooms I got to work with back in 2013. John had found my website via Google and sent me a really nice email in regards to his expectations for the wedding DJ out at Pepper Plantation on November 30, 2013.  After reading over John's email, I had a huge smile on my face because I could tell he had taken the time to read about me and it appeared he was genuinely interested in hiring me.

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Pavillion At Pepper Plantation Wedding | Theron + Krysten

Theron & Krysten came to Charleston, SC as destination wedding couple and were married on an absolutely gorgeous spring weekend in the Holy City. Their beautiful wedding took place at The Pavillion At Pepper Plantation on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The first Saturday is always the biggest weekend of the year in the Charleston area with the kick off the Volvo Car open, The Flowertown Festival in Summerville, the Cooper River Bridge Run, and so much more. The sun was shining. The flowers were in full bloom and there was a pleasant warmth in the air. Theron & Krysten came to Charleston by way of the great southern city of Atlanta.  I met them in fall of 2012 initially when they booked me for their wedding. If you are coming to Charleston from Atlanta for a destination wedding, you've only got about a 5 hour drive and you are here and ready for one of most wonderful times of your life.  

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DJ Mike delivered well organized and orchestrated results that made for a great wedding and reception! Couldn't have picked a better DJ to cover our event and truly appreciated his availability to pick up the job and execute in such a short time period. I highly recommend his services, overall great quality.

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Before choosing Mike Bills as our wedding DJ, we looked at several companies and DJs and looked over the reviews for all of them. We chose Mike Bills because of the overwhelmingly great reviews he got and I am so glad we did! They were all spot on! Mike was great to work with, quick to respond, came to our rehearsal to do a run through with us.

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Mike was kind, courteous, professional, and creative! We thoroughly enjoyed working with him for our destination wedding at Folly Beach. We gave Mike minimal guidance and he caught on to our "style" quickly and efficiently. Our guests are still raving about the music selections, and how they were a great balance of new tracks and standards for everyone to enjoy.

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