November 3, 2014

Sharleen & Tom’s Mirra wedding

i had the great pleasure of djing sharleen & tom’s wedding reception at this rad little venue in brisbane called mirra.  these guys are style, class and good taste personified – their wedding was just amazing.
you know what else was amazing? their taste in music (crunked up), their hilarious video presentation (you had to be there, seriously) and their photographer (anthony hoang).  just a whole lot of amazing going on.
get the picture? check out the photos from the day.

Aaron was amazing and we are so happy to hear that he also had a blast. We had guests come up to us to say they loved the music. The music played during the dinner was very us and I’m so glad it wasn’t the typical commercial radio top 40 hits.

Aaron had his finger on the pulse of the crowd the whole time and knew exactly what to play to get them going.  The fact that he got the crowd to dance to the very last song speaks volumes about his awesomeness and talents.

So thank you thank you thank you! Even with the rainy weather, everything including the little hiccups and awkwardness (which was very us) came together all in the end and we had one of the BEST NIGHTS EVER!  

It was such a fun wedding and we had lots of guests also mention that was one of the best, most fun weddings they’ve ever attended.

Thanks for being part of our big day and making it as special as it was 🙂

Aaron, you are a master of your craft and we are so glad we chose to go with Cut a Rug!

Sharleen and Tom, Bride and Groom

April 15, 2014

Bianca & Travis Maleny Manor wedding

bianca and travis got hitched at maleny manor, so you just know it was an unforgettable day for everyone there.

these guys were such a delight – i was blown away by their hospitality, especially bianca’s mum and dad who are the nicest people you could hope to meet. i was mc and dj for the night, and had a great time partying with these guys, their awesome family and rad friends. i love my rnb so i was pretty stoked when the playlist came through jam packed with a whole stack of killer urban joints. however, in an interesting (and fun) twist, the chicken dance ended up being the track of the night.  even though there’s no pics of the d-floor action (sad face) we wanted to feature this wedding because we just love these guys so much (happy face).

calli b photography took the pics featured below – enjoy.

Dear Aaron and Mel

We need to say THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for delivering the most wonderful service on Saturday. Everything was so spot on; the entire day was seamless. You are an amazing MC and an absurdly talented DJ.

So many guests approached us on Saturday to ask who you were and how we found you. We feel so lucky that we did. From walking down the aisle to the last dance of the night – the day was perfect.

You are so professional, polite, talented, sincere and still totally cool haha we had the most fun we’ve ever had on Saturday and I’m so happy to say that a lot of that is because of you. Thank you again.

Bianca and Travis, Bride and Groom

March 30, 2014

Matt & Khela at Brisbane Powerhouse

matt & khela are dream clients of the highest order.  beautiful, stylish, lovely – people who really know how to have fun!  these guys introduced me to some awesome music that i’d never heard of and even went as far as to send me a sealed debut Gary Clarke double LP (we’re talking vinyl) as a thank you.
they had their reception at the über cool brisbane powerhouse.  these guys, their friends, and family looked a million bucks and partied like rock stars as you’ll see in the ahh-mazing photos below by Stewart Ross.

Cut a Rug is one hell of a team!  Right from the get go everything was friendly but still the right amount of professional.  

Nothing was too hard or too much trouble, the music selection was exactly what we wanted, it suited our wedding perfectly!  

We couldn’t be happier and we would definitely recommend Cut a Rug to anyone.

Matt and Khela, Bride and Groom

January 28, 2014

Kristy & Pete’s Bistro C wedding


pete & kristy had a very specific vision for how their reception was going to go down music wise.  i worked closely with pete in the lead up and together we formulated one of the best playlists i’ve seen…..or heard.  cocktails featured a very cool selection of jjj style tunes and dinner was all about 80s and 90s classics – no wedding schmaltz here!  the dance party featured a bunch of hand picked tunes that all meant something to the happy couple and their awesome friends and family. these guys got completely rambunctious and danced til the very end of the night. bistro c in noosa turned it on big time and even let us get an extra track or two in past curfew.  katie takes a picture shot the whole thing – check out her amazing work below. it’s pretty safe to say that i wanna play this wedding again, it was just soooo much fun.

I can’t tell you how many compliments we got about the music and general vibe from the dance floor.  I think it was easily the best dance floor from the dozen or so weddings we have been to and the way you mixed all the tracks together was spot on.  Thanks heaps for your patience and professionalism.

Music is a huge passion of mine and it was such a highlight of the whole day to see everyone responding like that to the playlist.  Also want to compliment your judgement for dropping ‘Easy’ by Groove Armada as the bonus track – that call was spot on, our mates really lose it when that track comes on!

You impressed me with your professionalism & the way you delivered on the night.

pete and kristy, bride and groom

November 21, 2013

Travis & Viv’s Mango Hill Farm wedding

Travis and Viv held their gorgeous wedding at Mango Hill Farm.  It was the perfect venue for their outdoors, vintage-styled wedding.

We were given a great playlist of songs to draw from with a real ‘world music’ vibe.  A lot of friends and family travelled long distances (from South Africa, London and Hong Kong) and the music chosen reflected that.  There was plenty of traditional South African music mixed up with Ibiza chill during dinner, with some old skool Mr. Scruff, Paolo Nutini and Paul Simon getting things moving on the dance floor  later on.  There was also a nod to the traditional land owners by having a didgeridoo artist perform during the signing of the registry and after the ceremony.

Apart from being some of the nicest people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting, Travis and Viv have a wedding decor hire business.  They supplied all the fantastic furniture, decorations – even the dance floor – for their wedding and we love the result.

The gorgeous pics come courtesy of Artography.

October 4, 2013

recommend a vendor – cl weddings and events

CL Weddings and EventsThis month our Recommend a Vendor features a pretty classy lady and her wedding planning business.  Carly Laczko is the owner and director of CL Weddings and Events and has been in the biz for over 8 years.  Her company provides wedding planning services, styling and prop hire.  She even has some secret wedding venues up her sleeve that only CL Weddings and Events has access to.  Intrigued?  See what Carly has to tell us about herself and her business.
PS The beautiful photos in this article were taken by Karen Buckle and are of Carly’s very own wedding which she planned herself.


So what is it that you do?

We’re wedding planners and event stylists with a boutique décor hire range

What makes you different from the other event planners out there?

I think all planners have something pretty great to offer couples in need of help for their day, however our extensive knowledge of private property weddings and problem solving personalities means we don’t shy away from logistics or too hard basket venues. We have years of experience in both planning , styling and restaurant and event management, our service isn’t just about the run sheet or pretty flowers. We’re honest folk that really want your day to be your day.

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What do you like to do when you’re not being a wedding planner?

Hanging with my family, they do get a little sidelined during wedding season and a day off really does feel real just by hanging out with my kids and husband.
Owning a business and being a wedding planner means there isn’t much spare time!

What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

Coffee. My 4 year old… But coffee first.

Table setting

Do you have a funny story to share from working with a couple?

Oh I could write a book!
From the crazy situations groomsmen get into to the stories shared during speeches and of course once the champagne kicks in and what some guests get up to when they think no one can see.

Seafood platter

What’s your top tip for couples choosing a wedding planner?

Did you enjoy their company? Good, cause you’re going to spend a fair bit of time with that person. As with all wedding suppliers, don’t work with anyone you don’t like or doesn’t get you.
Its a process you should enjoy not rue.

CL Weddings and Events
To contact Carly and her team, send an email to [email protected]

You can also view Carly’s work at:

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September 7, 2013

recommend a vendor – luke going photography

Luke Going Photography LogoSeptember’s Recommend a Vendor features the wonderful, creative talents of Luke Going.  In a market with a lot of photographers, we think Luke is one of the best.  Read what he had to say to us and then head on over to his website and check out some more of his stunning (and sometimes humorous!) photos.  You’re in for a real treat.
Luke Going Photography

So what is it that you do?

I am a wedding photographer, living on the Sunshine Coast, but traveling to the far reaches of the earth.

What makes you different from the other wedding photographers out there?

I’m not too sure exactly, but most of my clients say that they have chosen me because I am different.  So I must be different in my own unique way.  Photography, like any art form, is so individualised.  A photographer’s style really is a reflection of the photographer them self.  Those unique qualities are what drives them to choose the angles, settings and compositions for their photographs, which ultimately sets them apart from everyone else.

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Luke Going Photography

What do you like to do when you’re not being a photographer?

I like to just relax with my family.  Running your own business with four kids is HECTIC.  Any time that I get to switch off is cherished, even if it’s just hanging out at home on the floor all day playing with toys.

What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

A 12 month old baby and a kitten jumping on my face.  And a hot cup of tea.

Luke Going Photography

Pop Quiz:  If you were marooned on a desert island and could only bring one thing to keep yourself entertained, what would it be (and why)?

Probably a guitar.  I don’t play much any more so I would appreciate the time to dedicate to it.  If I was ever in that situation I think I would need something to stimulate me creatively.  I could write a few albums worth of music before I was rescued.

Luke Going Photography

What’s your top tip for couples choosing a photographer?

Follow your gut reaction.  If you fall in love with a photographer’s work, that should be enough to convince you that they are ‘the one’.  Sure, do your research, but don’t get too caught up on the finer details, like what cameras they use or whether they have insurance or not.  Those details can be worked out after you’ve chosen ‘the one’ and shouldn’t be a determining factor.

Luke Going Photography
To contact Luke, email him at [email protected]

You can also view his work at:

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August 12, 2013

Patrick & Katie’s Maleny Manor wedding


this wedding featured the most awesome dance party that i’ve witnessed in a long time.

patrick and katie hired a photo booth (from Artography) which came with a whole bunch of  props that they and their guests took full advantage of.

throughout the night, the dance floor was heaving with party people sportin  hats, wigs, animal masks and some very enthusiastic dancing – there was even a spontaneous conga line and so much bouncing that the floor shook.

these guys know how to party – i captured a couple of moments on the night and have uploaded the videos, check them out.

more shenanigans below, photos courtesy of Artography:

Thanks for your testimonial, guys – you rock!

Cut a Rug performed at our wedding and did a fantastic job!  We had pretty specific music taste and Aaron delivered everything we wanted.  Great to deal with in the lead up to the event and all of the equipment was top quality and looked great.

Everyone had an amazing time at our wedding and commented how good the music was and it showed as all of our guests were out of their chairs and on the dance floor the whole night!

Patrick and Katie

August 5, 2013

recommend a vendor – big love weddings

Big Love LogoIt’s time for another Recommend a Vendor, and this month we’ll be chatting to celebrant Jo Lincolne from Big Love Weddings.  Jo creates wicked cool ceremonies from the heart.  She is warm and funny and will help you create a unique ceremony that is perfectly you.  Read on for some quirky loveliness!

Big Love Weddings

Tim Harris Photography

So what is it that you do?

I marry people.
I’ve recently been dubbed ‘The High Priestess of Love” and ” The Celebrator of Love”.  I’m based halfway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and do most of my ceremonies on the Sunny Coast but have married people as far away as Melbourne & Townsville. (Yes, I LOVE to travel for Ceremonies).

What makes you different from the other celebrants out there?

Celebrants are all so different and we all have such different styles & personalities and life experiences. 
I spend loads of time getting to know my couples- it’s a very interactive process we go through to craft a Ceremony that suits them 100% (and there’s usually a whole bunch of laughter involved).
I’m pretty much up for anything and especially enjoy couples who step outside the square.  A lot of couples don’t understand how much freedom they have within a civil ceremony, so it’s awesome when they realise this and their eyes are opened to a whole new world of possibilities of how they can express themselves and their love in their own unique way.  Each Ceremony is so special in its own way and I do love a traditional ceremony too.  I like to ensure though, that my couples are being traditional because they have consciously chosen that, NOT because they don’t know any better.
Big Love Weddings

Emma Naylor Photographer

Do you have a funny story to share from working with a couple?

Oh, wow! There are soo many!! ….
The most recent was probably me slipping over with all 100 guests watching!  Luckily, I recovered at the last moment and managed to not land on my bum or flash my undies!!  There was a spontaneous cheer from the crowd and some serious air pumping from me when I recovered!!

What do you like to do when you’re not being a celebrant?

Spend time with my hilarious kids and husband.  We love adventuring-boating, camping, fishing (sounds like an ad on TV) and travelling.  We have a wide range of interests that keeps life fun (circus, hula-hooping, music and a menagerie of different animals) and attempting to resuscitate our sad veggie patch.

What makes you get out of bed in the morning?

My aforementioned hilarious son – usually with a shiny face full of smiles and kisses and cuddles – very difficult not to wake up happy from that…. And the strong desire to finish our home renovations that have been going on for far too long!

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Big Love Weddings

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Pop Quiz:  If you were marooned on a desert island and could only bring one thing to keep yourself entertained, what would it be (and why)?

Probably my guitar because I still have SOOO much to learn it’s the only thing that would keep me well and truly occupied until I was rescued by The Love Boat!!!

What’s your top tip for couples choosing a celebrant?

Aside from making sure the Celebrant knows their legal stuff you need to ensure you actually like them, that you feel comfortable with them and feel free to be yourselves.  Is the celebrant comfortable with your ideas & happy to be involved and carry them out?  You’d never guess the number of people who’ve been told you can’t make jokes in the ceremony (which is total hogwash) or do kooky things.  We ARE bound by laws, but as I mentioned before we also have a whole lot of freedom to express ourselves in Civil ceremonies, so you need to make sure your celebrant can embrace that.  And do they genuinely seem to love what they do? You can spot a person who’s passionate about their work pretty quickly.To contact Jo, head on over to her website:

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June 17, 2013

tara and ryan’s handmade noosa springs wedding

We first met Tara and Ryan at the A Darling Affair bridal fair back in 2012 and we clicked instantly.  Right from the get go, they were such an awesome couple to work with and it was a privilege to be a part of their special day.

Tara and Ryan spent a huge amount of time hand-making the decorations and styling their wedding.  From the handmade bunting to the 172 scrubbed and de-labelled glass jars for the table decorations, the hard work and attention to detail was noticeable everywhere.  Tara and Ryan made sure that their wedding had a really unique and personal feel to it.  We loved the table numbers which featured numbers that were significant to the couple.

The song that these guys chose for their Grand Entrance was Earthquake by Labyrinth.  It was a banging choice and it sounded awesome when the beat dropped as the happy couple were announced and entered the room.  These guys were up for a party and Jules got some great shots of the guests busting out some moves (see below).

Congratulations Tara and Ryan – you were a joy to work with and we wish you every happiness!

Check out these awesome pics from Julian Beattie Photography – oh yes.

Rings on RugTies and SocksRings in boxBartending
Ceremony Holding HandsSigning
Bridal Party on Hill

Bridal Party with Golf Buggies

Removing the Garter
Catching the Bouquet
Garter Catch

Tara & Ryan DancingBridesmaids
Jumping Guy
Mr & Mrs

Thanks so much, guys, for your beautiful testimonial:
WOW!!  Aaron you rock!!  Thank you for creating a fantastic atmosphere with awesome tunes to keep everyone dancing all night long!!

Our guests all commented on the great selection, variety and your absolute professionalism.  We were totally blown away and we can’t thank you enough for helping to create the most amazing night of our lives!!

We can’t wait until we can use you again…. our 30th’s are just around the corner!!  We will definitely be recommending you for sure!!

All the best, Ryan and Tara

We’d also like to give a mention to all the other awesome wedding vendors who made Tara and Ryan’s wedding so special:
Dress – Elizabeth gown with Babushka ballerina 4 layer tulle skirt

Suits – Tailor Made by Prince Henry Designs

Bridesmaids – Belladonna

Photographer – Julian Beattie

Hair – Sally Townsend

Make Up – Melissa Dowdle and Gen Punch

Ceremony and Reception room Decorations – All handmade by Tara and Ryan

Ceremony Chairs – Style Le Aisle

Cake – Breezys Cakes

Flowers – Blooms of Noosa

Invitations – I Do Wedding Tea Towels

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