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About Dakota

Hey there, I’m Dakota! I started my journey in the wedding industry for a local wedding venue. I put out tables, chairs, and took care of the facilities, but I never attended any of the weddings I set up for. That changed when I met the owner of a local rental company and was hired. Now I was attending weddings at other venues as well as the one where I was employed, and one thing I noticed was that every vendor at these weddings was usually pretty stressed out. That is except for some of the DJs. The good ones were having just as much fun as the crowds they were entertaining. I then witnessed a DJ who had an entire wedding crowd singing along to the music! The energy between the crowd and that DJ was such a positive force that I decided right then being a DJ was what I wanted to do and the company to work for was clear. Today, I am proud to be a part of three top-notch wedding vendors in the Tallahassee area: Terri Smith Details, Goodwood Museum and Gardens, and now Amplify Entertainment!

What is your favorite song to get people on the dance floor?

Wow this is a doozy! Allow me to first explain the backstory to my answer. My first official wedding was one in which the couple was more mature, and the crowd was an older, more reserved group. Everything was going smoothly until we got to dancing. For the first two songs, not a single soul would touch the dance floor, I could see the crowd grooving and tapping their feet but no dancing. As I was searching for a song to get this crowd on the floor my hand slipped and Dancing Queen by ABBA started to play. I have never seen a dance floor fill up so quick before or since then! We pride ourselves on making every wedding unique and focused on the individual, but it’s pretty safe to say you’ll hear this song in my playlist when dance time comes around.

What has been your most memorable wedding experience so far?

Imagine this, three young DJs in training on their own for the first time, now cue disaster in the form of rain, flooding, and restricted indoor space. With most of the family and friends coming in from out of town we knew we had to get this right. Working closely with the other vendors we took a wedding that was fast approaching and helped our clients and their guests have the time of their life. The bride, her father, and the groom did not leave the dance floor for the entire event — nearly three hours of non-stop dancing! But what makes this the most memorable wedding is at the end of the night the father of the bride came up to all of us to hug us and thank us for such a wonderful time. The feeling that followed was better than any tip we could have received.

With three jobs you must work all the time!

Sometimes it can feel that way but when I’m not helping to make the magic happen for couples you might find me under the hood of a vehicle, laid back on a beach, or off in the woods with my truck. Born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, at just 20 years old I haven’t seen it all yet however I learn more with every event I am a part of. Are you ready for me to amplify your event?