Cage and Aquarium is ready for some fun in the sun at our newest location -- San Diego, California! Blending an old school approach of turntable DJing with new school digital technology, Cage and Aquarium is bringing the heat to the Southern California event scene.

You’ve heard of mind-readers, but have you met a vibe-reader? Meet Michael Rodriguez - AKA DJ Mykol – Director of the new Cage + Aquarium branch in San Diego. Since 2005, he has been reading crowds as a DJ in Chicago and beyond. DJ Mykol specializes in weddings, but is fluent in corporate, retail and non-profit events.

From the moment Michael owned his first vinyl record, he was hooked! The sound, feel, and vibe of vinyl were the components that spoke to his soul and ultimately led him to where he is today. His well-rounded music tastes and gravitation towards interesting sounds are what draws people to DJ Mykol.

Michael started his journey with Cage + Aquarium in 2016. If you’ve ever worked with him, you’ve learned something. If you’ve ever met him, you are better for it.Michael has a smile that is contagious and he is always making goofy faces to brighten up the room. With his killer dance moves, attention to detail, and impressive music taste - it's impossible to have an empty dance floor. His desire to serve and bring soul to every set is what keeps clients wanting more. Michael has true love for his communities, a heart for the under-served, and a desire to stand up for the greatness of others. So much love in fact, that he’s decided to share it with San Diego, California.

DJ Mykol says it best, “For me it’s all about serving my client, expressing my creativity, and rocking the crowd. Watching people enjoy themselves dancing, nodding, or tapping to the tunes I’m spinning is the best compliment anyone could give me.”

We are so excited to open our doors to the San Diego community, we can't wait to party with you!


Let’s get weird! Wedding experts Tyler Huffman and Shelley Anderson discuss the unique and interesting ideas that adventurous couples showcase on their big day. Drawing from their fifteen years of experience, The Wedding Weirdos podcast talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly that occur with those “outside-the-box” wedding ideas. This husband and wife duo keep it real as they interview some of the top industry professionals. Sit down, tune in, and laugh your way through anecdotes, tips, and honest stories. Welcome to The Wedding Weirdos!

Listen to new episodes of The Wedding Weirdos every other Thursday wherever you catch your favorite podcasts, ITunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate, and leave a review.

  • Episode 1: Who Are You? | The "Introductory" Episode

In the first episode of The Wedding Weirdos, Tyler and Shelley discuss who they are, why they love weddings, what they’ve witnessed, and how this podcast can convince couples and industry pros to let their freak flag fly. Special guest: wedding planner, Jen Henderson, of A Fresh Event. She shares the story of her very own wedding mullet and her dream of planning a Space Jam-themed wedding.

  • Episode 2: There's A Tear In My Beer | The "Wedtoberfest" Episode

In episode two of The Wedding Weirdos, Tyler and Shelley discuss (completely sober, although not if you listen at half-speed) one of the best wedding expos out there - Wedtoberfest. This event invites couples to enjoy craft beer while chatting with prospective vendors for their wedding day. Wedtoberfest is a national craze and has shows in Chicago, Austin, Seattle, Denver, and Minneapolis. Special guest: Carlene Smith, of Naturally Yours Events - Founder of Wedtoberfest. Shelley breaks out the story where she saw a bride do a keg stand in her wedding dress.

The Cage and Aquarium gang at Wedtoberfest 2018 in Chicago...

The Cage + Aquarium team at Wedtoberfest 2018 in Chicago

  • Episode 3: We'll Make Great Pets | The "Animals" Episode

In the third episode of The Wedding Weirdos, Tyler and Shelley tackle the idea of pets (well, actually just animals in general) at a wedding. Tyler offends couples who release animals into habitats that are not their own, for aesthetics. Arielle and Sean share their crazy engagement and rad wedding ideas in our first ever interview with a bride and groom.

Which animals will show up on your wedding day?

This past Monday, Chicago turned 182-years-old! No better way to say "Happy Birthday Chicago" than with this classic and totally timeless Chicago wedding.

On the morning of October 13, 2018, Carol and Jonathan got ready for their wedding day separately at the JW Marriott Chicago. A rather new addition to the city, the JW Marriott first opened their doors in late 2010. They saved their first look for when Carol's father walked her down the aisle to meet Jonathan at the altar. The bride and groom said their vows at Saint Vincent DePaul Parish in Lincoln Park, which was built in 1897!

After their beautiful ceremony, they traveled with their wedding party to some of our favorite Chicago locations. First stop, Milton Lee Olive Park - designed in 1965 and dedicated to the first African-American to receive a Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War. Next up, the LaSalle Street Bridge, constructed in 1928, officially known as the Marshall Suloway Bridge (does anyone call it that?) Last but certainly not least, The Chicago Board of Trade building. The Board of Trade building began construction one year after the LaSalle Street Bridge, in 1929, nearly 100 years ago! We told you Carol + Jonathan were timeless! 

Their reception was held at Biagio's. After cake-cutting, dinner, laugh-out-loud funny toasts, and lots of dancing they snuck outside for a beautiful end-of-the-night photo in Portage Park, which opened in 1913!

Thank you - Carol and Jonathan, for loving this city as much as we do and incorporating every little piece of it into your beautiful wedding day! 


C&A Photographers: Kristin Parra + Eva Ho

Hotel: JW Chicago Marriott

Ceremony Venue: Saint Vincent DePaul Parish

Reception Venue: Biagio's

DJ/Entertainment: Windy City Mix 


Haley and Mike were married at Loft 21 in Lincolnshire, Illinois on October 12, 2018. The bride and groom got ready separately at the Spring Hills Suites with their closest friends and family. The couple exchanged letters that they read alone in their hotel rooms before sharing their first look together outside in the gardens of the hotel. 

Haley wore a beautiful wedding gown with impressive details, and Mike wore a burgundy suit jacket with black lapels and pants. The bridal party wore all black with pops of burgundy and pink in the bouquets, boutonnieres, and ties. It was the perfect ensemble for a fall wedding! 

They carefully curated their entire day, from the beautiful portraits they did with an old fashioned Chevy, including their adorable dog Lucy in the festivities, and the big reveal of their reception space as they waved to their guests from below. They had incredible uplighting in their venue along the brick wall, which allowed the ceremony space to transform into their reception space effortlessly, while still creating a whole new atmosphere for their guests. They danced the night away with their friends and family, that is, until the doughnuts arrived! 


C&A Photographers: Kristin Parra + Hadassah Brand

Venue: Loft 21

Hotel: SpringHill Suites Marriott

Hair: Christopher Aaron Styling

Makeup: Rachel Uskert

Florist: Trellis Weddings

Caterer: Beyond Events

Doughnuts: Mika’s World Bakery




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