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Runaway DJ And Lighting Hosts Weddings, Themed Events And More

By S. Mathur

Jon Moore became a wedding DJ because he wanted to create a special day for each couple. It was something that he missed out himself, which is why he values it.

"When I got married, I couldn't afford a formal wedding (we were married at the courthouse), but had often dreamed about what that might have been like," he said. "I had been a DJ since the 9th grade and knew I could help others achieve their vision for the best day of the rest of their lives! The day I never had."

Moore opened Runaway DJ and Lighting in Santa Rosa 20 years ago, and it has become one of the top mobile entertainment companies in the Sonoma Napa Wine Country. Moore attributes their success to something very simple.

"We care!" he said. "Each wedding or event we do is personalized. It's not our day, it's theirs and we work hard to ensure their musical perspective is incorporated into the big day!"

The addition of David Craven, co-owner and DJ, is another factor, along with his ability to listen, comprehend and execute.

Services for weddings and other events like birthday parties, BBQs and corporate functions include DJs, uplighting and effects, photo booths and complete event design and party planning. They can also do themed makeovers for houses.

"Periodically we get clients that want to do 'themed' parties," Moore said. "One example is, we did a Pirate/Mermaid event for a client and used special effects lighting, haze and music to help transform the room. Lighting can help enhance a space dramatically."

Each event takes a lot of careful planning, and begins with a detailed, well thought out and organized questionnaire for clients to fill out. This also asks for details about their musical tastes and preferences. The Runaway team typically arrives at the event venue early, to have plenty of time to set up without getting in the way of the ceremony. The state of the art equipment includes the latest in digital disc jockey and karaoke technology. Art lighting systems and sound equipment are likewise top of the line.

DJ David Craven is also an entertainer with the ability to keep a crowd on the dance floor for hours. That's what Moore loves best about his job.

"The energy!" he said. "When we get it right (and we do), you can see the impact of the music on their faces and in their body language. It's awesome!"

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