Though their photography and videography has appeared in Sports Illustrated and on CNN, husband-and-wife duo Preston and Holly didn’t develop their skills overnight. Before the advent of digital photography, Preston labored in an old-fashioned darkroom, mastering the ins and outs of his craft, while Holly filmed sporting events at Cypress Ridge High School. As time clicked by one frame at a time, the duo built their skills and their vision, eventually laying the foundation of Injoy Media Productions.
Today, Preston and Holly lead four trained shutterbugs who capture the personalities of families, children, and seniors in their natural habitats—whether that be in a backyard or an aluminum-foil castle. The photographers' specialty, however, remains weddings, and to capture couples' vows and ceremonies they travel across the state and oceans. Snapping their shutters for upward of four hours, camera-wielders preserve memories with prints as large as 16”x20” and commemorative items such as press-printed albums. Meanwhile, two videographers film the proceedings for up to 10 hours before splicing footage into a highlight reel and an edited movie set to music or a choir of sobbing in-laws. To further enliven receptions or other events, Injoy Media Productions rents out photo booths accompanied by trunks of props, unlimited 4”x6” prints, and scrapbooks made onsite.
A brightly colored bouquet of flowers, a pair of dueling superheroes, a palm tree shading jungle animals—and all from nothing but inflated balloons. The skilled team at Twila's Twisters transform air-filled spheres and tubes into brightly colored creatures, hats, and decorations, bringing a note of playful artistry to all types of special events. Twila and friends have recently added a face-painting artist to the team, giving partygoers the chance to look like a tiger, a clown, or a person who tripped while carrying Picasso's palette.
The folks at MixDoctors are more than DJs?they're MD's of the perfect mix, and they're certified to perform pitch-perfect CPR on all parties in need of musical resuscitation. Keeping soirees from flat-lining since 1997, the crew of in-demand D.J. Damon-D prep their missions before playing the first note, coordinating with party and event planners to ensure they bring the right prescription to any affair. After a thorough diagnosis, they'll set up their amps and proceed to defibrillate dances with a massive digital music database that's packed with 1,000s of tracks from all genres, including Top 40, rap, R&B, country, salsa, reggaeton, contemporary Christian, and hits from the '50s through the '90s.
Bottums Up Beverages sets up shop just about anywhere to create a full-service bar with a selection of more than 100 alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for events big and small. TABC-certified bartenders stand at your service for hours on end doling out frozen drinks from margarita machines, cocktails with guest-supplied liquor, and alcohol-free drinks for kids and dogs wearing overcoats. Not just limited to drinks, Bottoms Up Beverages also provides manpower by way of servers, security guards, and photographers included in larger-party packages.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.