In case you didn’t know, we are still a small family owned and operated business. We do have a small team of associates that have come on-board, and we try hard to make them feel like family too! I’ll start by explaining a briefly about how Applause even started. It actually began in 1993 with John and his Father, Tom. They attended a wedding with what they say was a “less than stellar” DJ and Tom looked across the table to John and said, “I bet we could do this….” John liked the idea and Tom got to work building the first DJ set up. Now there are a lot more details to follow, but that’s where it all began. Just a father and son willing to work together to build something from the ground up. But when did Amanda come into the picture? Here’s a picture from November 1994, just about 6 weeks after John and Amanda started dating!
You may not have known that we used to be called something different. Back in the day we were called Audio Image DJ. But with the addition of Videography, and honestly, the fact that Audio Image can be a bit of a tongue twister, we decided a new name was in order. Also, it was around this time that Tom decided to retire from being a wedding “front man”. His new role would be as our Equipment Manager and overall support system (love you, Tom). Applause Productions is still the official registered name of the business but since Weddings have always been our specialty (plus SEO likes keywords) we went with Applause Weddings for a lot of our branding. Either way, most people just refer to us as “Applause” and honestly, we’re cool with that!
So, through the years things have continued to grow and change. Here’s a photo of John’s snazzy DJ tuxedo vest and bowtie, and one of a very tiny Abby “helping” dad on the computer. You can now see that darling girl all grown up and working here in the office as well as shooting in the field. And of course, their 2nd daughter, Emma, being a little sassy pants that she is while she and Abby had a chance to hang with dad once on a DJ gig! Emma is still too young to help at weddings, but sometimes she gets invited anyway, or she gets to tag along on other events (that girl can carry equipment as well as some of the DJs!) From the time we began all the way through until today we have never stopped learning, changing, and growing. We’ve spent years working weekends and being a “wedding warrior” is definitely a different lifestyle, but one that we have embraced as a whole family. About 8 years ago, John and Amanda made the choice to homeschool their girls. It has been one of the best decisions they could have ever made. With all the time they spent working on the weekends, and with John having a full-time day job, it has allowed them to be more a part of their daughters lives through the week and in the off-season when John gets to be home with us more.