As many of you may already know we have an outstanding team of photographers on our team at Cage and Aquarium. We wanted to take a moment to highlight their talent and showcase their work! First up is Hadassah Bullis, who is a valued assistant and lead wedding photographer with Cage and Aquarium. She has built quite a stunning portfolio with us over the years. Find some of her most impressive work below. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 To view all of Haddasah's work visit her portfolio on our site.

Every few months Cage and Aquarium hosts "Date Night," a DJ showcase event. Our next showcase is coming up Friday, March 25, 2016 from 6-11 pm at the Logan Theater (2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago). This event is a chance for our clients to get to know our DJ's styles in a relaxed atmosphere. DJs will be rotating sets all evening while our guests enjoy drinks in the lounge and catch a flick afterward. To RSVP for this event please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Here are a few photos from our last Date Night in November! March25blog 01 02 03 04 05

We were thrilled to take part in another fantastic Indiewed event at the Ravenswood Event Center on February 6. We look forward to taking part in this show of curated wedding professionals every year. Indiewed is an alternative to a traditional wedding expo event, exactly the type of event where we feel at home! We enjoyed having our booth on the first floor among the main action this year. The third floor "Camp Indiewed" lounge was pretty amazing as well! Here are a few shots recapping the day by Cage and Aquarium photographer, Alex Friedland. 01 01b 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11

Cage and Aquarium places a premium on real DJ services for your wedding. We believe your big day deserves it. That is why we only employ turntable DJs who possess the talent of actual mixing and beat matching and the professionalism it takes to work in the high pressure wedding industry. In this day and age, DJs who choose to practice their craft in its highest form are rewarded with two options for theiraudiences: digital (Serato) and analogue (vinyl). Many clients ask us “What is the difference between Serato DJs and Vinyl DJs?” 

Wax VS Serato

          The world of DJing is frequently stylized in popular culture as a very singular art form; There’s typically a man or woman perched behind a turntable setup mixing away, with very little elaboration beyond that. As a result, most people typically assume that real DJing (i.e. on actual turntables) has gone the way of the DoDo bird and they are destined to have a DJ who looks like they are checking their email instead of rocking your dance party. Thanks to a DJ software named “Serato”, the art form has opened up significantly on turntables, allowing for a number of possibilities performance-wise at your wedding or special event (Click here to learn more).

Of course, there is always the purist option of DJing using solely vinyl. This excludes any software elements, or anything computerized at that. This leads to clients giving away much of the control that they want on their big day. We refer to weddings that opt for this package simply as ‘Wax Weddings’. Unfortunately, in our computerized world, these vinyl sets can definitely be thought of as somewhat of a dying art form. However, we look to buck that theory. Cage and Aquarium is proud to be one of the only companies in the country that offers this service to clients at this level. We have spent several years piloting our program and curating a huge collection of records for weddings. We have several options to make this a reality.

DJs possessing the highest skill level are the ones called upon to perform these Wax Wedding sets. There is an increased performance aspect with these analogue sets too. As such, it’s been our observation that older, more seasoned guests have expressed appreciation for Wax Weddings for any number of reasons. The art form is arguably more “true”, and the general feel of it often resonates with the old-school wedding-goers among us. The DJs who are able to churn out vinyl sets are typically held in higher regard in the eyes of your guests.

The introduction of Serato, however, brought with it the best of both worlds. A Serato set implies the ability to harness a digital catalog while maintaining the analog appearance and skill level or real DJing, in an incredibly convenient way. DJs can compile playlists that are centered around exactly what a specific client wants, or has requested. Serato’s popularity can largely be credited to it’s consistent and stable functionality. There is no adverse trade-off either here, as it’s interface is nothing less than intuitive. Serato is such a great option for DJs, that it is our default package. “Wax Weddings” are an upgrade that only clients seeking an elevated option should consider.

In the effort to be all inclusive, Cage and Aquarium offers the “Wax Wedding” options of an all vinyl cocktail hour, the hybrid (our most popular package), or an all vinyl reception. Should the client desire the warmth of vinyl for the atmosphere of their cocktail hour only, but the consistency of a Serato-aided set during the reception, we can accommodate. At the end of the day, the offering of three options is all about flexibility. At an event as momentous as a wedding, no client wants to have their options restricted - and we strive to realize this in every aspect possible.

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