Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
In the span of three years, Westbury’s Maria Hernandez had three huge events to plan. She had her wedding, her daughter’s sweet sixteen and her mother’s retirement party. All three events were very different, but would need the same excellent entertainment.
But once she met Raphael Sicinski, from The Sound Connection, she knew she had found a solution.
“When he DJ-ed my wedding, everything was flawless. There was a perfect attention to detail and people were on the dance floor all night,” Hernandez said. “I had no hesitation about using him later on for my daughter’s sweet sixteen and the retirement party. It was a wonderful experience.”
Sicinski is the owner of the Wedding Connection, which offers various wedding services such as limousines, photography and video, as well as wedding accessories like unity candles, cake toppers, invitations, and favors. But the real lifeblood of the company is the Sound Connection, the DJ service.
Sicinski grew up playing instruments and would DJ in his room and at small parties. He originally went to college for music, but then went into the restaurant business. After 10 years, he was laid off. He saw an ad for a free seminar on learning to write a business plan and decided to put his DJ dreams into action. But instead of just offering DJ services, Sicinski decided to include other wedding services. Now, instead of having to go to one place for photography, one for their limo, and another for favors, engaged couples can get it all at the Wedding Connection.
“Weddings became my passion. I’ve done graduations, communions, but I felt like there was nothing like seeing a bride and groom’s face light up when they had their first dance. So I figured if I’m going to be a wedding DJ, why not do everything else?” Sicinski said.
Sicinski, who says at first he knew nothing about weddings when he opened The Wedding Connection five years ago, has learned about the process through seminars and TV shows, continually trying to offer his clients more services. His most recent additions include a photo booth and more lighting options.
“A lot of guys get comfortable with doing one thing one way. I’ve never been happy with that. I want to do more than the other guys,” Sicinski says.
But Sicinski is a lot more than just an emcee or DJ. He also works as an unofficial wedding planner, creating a structured timeline of the wedding day for the couple to ensure that everything goes flawlessly. He says his attention to detail is what really sets him apart from his competition.
Unfortunately for Westbury and Carle Place residents, checking out what The Wedding Connection has will soon require a bit longer of a drive. The Wedding Connection will be closing its doors in Carle Place next month as they move to a bigger space in Long Island City. The new store is located next to a David’s Bridal, which Sicinski believes will generate even more walk-in business.
For more on The Wedding Connection, visit theweddingconnection.org or find out more about their DJ services at soundconnectionmusic.org.