Vendor LOVE: AUX Boston

AUX Boston: Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips

We first worked with AUX Boston on Rachel and Drew’s wedding at the Cyclorama last May. We loved how easy Michael was to work with and his laid back approach to the day. He lets the music do the talking and remains discreet; announcing important things but otherwise focusing on keeping everyone on the dance floor! We look forward to working with AUX Boston again in June for Lydia & Henrik’s wedding at the beautiful Lyman Estate. Continue reading to learn more about Michael.

Where did you grow up?

I was raised in Acton, MA. It’s the suburbs, man. Spent some time in Burlington, VT and Dover, NH as well. For nostalgia’s sake, I always think about buying a house back in Acton and raising the fam there someday but on the surface it lacks the vibrant culture we’ve really been enjoying in Somerville and the city in general.

How long have you been in business and how did you get started?

AUX Boston started in 2013 after having some time to myself to figure out how to showcase my passion for seeing people react to music. Corny, right? But it’s always been such a huge part of my life – Right out of college I was working as a DJ in radio and after a nice stint in the office, I realized that I’m most comfortable not at cubicle but here, there, and everywhere… or the couch, because why not do work on the most comfy piece of furniture you own?   I also co-own a karaoke business which has me meeting lots of people during the week (The People’s Karaoke) and helps pay the bills! I’ve picked up a good number of events & weddings in a short period of time so I know people like the product.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

All of it? Can I say that? Probably overused response, but very true. Ok, first thing that comes to mind –  Creating playlists with & for those who bring me on as part of their team. I’m very hands-on when it comes to dialing-in the vibe of what a couple is going for musically because folks I work with typically have good taste & knowledge for music. In an abstract way, you get to narrate & produce a story with music all while making sure it’s unique to their style & vision. It’s rad. I also love working with the crowd and I actually get psyched when friends & fam come up for requests.

How would you describe your style?

For a second I thought this question was about fashion and almost decided to pass on answering but now that I think about a name for it, it’d be “kinda-sorta hipster” but I’ve been to Williamsburg & Bushwick (Brooklyn) to know that’s a huge over-statement.  Okay, my style:  Let the music do the talking. I have no problem announcing first dances, toasts, the shuttle’s coming, but other than that – Why is there a need to squawk over the jams??  I like to know the couple outside of their wedding world, even if its just a few short chats here & there, it definitely helps me establish the music that is connective and integrative to the celebration.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Hardly any guilt in this but I’ll say Cheez-Its and Cheer Wine (cherry soda).

What’s your favorite quote?

“If it’s not fun, why do it?”  – Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s. It also was a bumper sticker I put on several cars I drove.

What makes you unique in your field?

It comes down to my background, my personality, and my connection to music. I grew up looking up to DJ’s in Boston Radio (i.e. – WFNX & WBCN) who sounded like & acted like people you’d want to be friends with. Then I started working as a radio “on-air personality” and discovered a lot of those DJ’s were salt of the earth folks who cared about the listeners and the music. I naturally have that same ethos and individuality which helps stand out as genuine.   I love a good party too, so being there to support a couple in that quest is my motivation to nail it!

What is the best piece of advice you can give to a couple? 

The little stuff adds up FAST, and sometimes you forget to include stuff like centerpieces, thank you cards, guest book, gratuities, etc.  In terms of DJ advice – You might find a bit of emotional stress figuring out what to pick for your first dance (or other “spotlight” dances), but the trick is to pick those out as far in advance as possible without reservation because you’ll probably remember those moments of the day the most.

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The Swank Team

Spring Wedding at Boston’s Cyclorama

We had so much fun working with Rachel and Drew to plan their spring wedding at the Cyclorama in Boston!

We love that all of Rachel and Drew’s friends jumped in to help make their day special. The printed materials were designed by the Groom’s talented sister; the couple’s friends played fantastic music during cocktail hour, while other friends personalized their first dance by singing and playing the ukulele; and yet another friend designed and baked their Dr. Who inspired wedding cake. All night family and friends were commenting, “This is so Rachel + Drew!” We love hearing that! Below are a few of our favorite pics. Click here to see the full gallery.










We feel great knowing that we helped Rachel and Drew plan their dream wedding. This is what they had to say about owner Kristin Healy and the Swank Team, “We really could not have been happier with how things went, not only on Saturday, but through the whole process. Working with you was really a pleasure!”

Additionally, the couple said, “Kristin and her team at Swank Events were an integral part of making our wedding exactly what we wanted! Kristin and Jeanette worked seamlessly with the vendors we already had and gave us excellent recommendations for the vendors we still needed. Swank provided multiple options within our price range for each vendor. Kristin was always professional and kind as she carefully listened to what we wanted, and offered advice as to what we should consider adding. Swank staff had everything running smoothly throughout our wedding. My husband and I both highly recommend Swank Events.”

R + D, the pleasure was all ours. We’re going to miss our daily emails!

A huge thanks goes out to all the wonderful vendors that helped to make this day so successful: Mei Mei Street Kitchen, Gelfand-Piper Photography, Rentals Unlimited, AUX Boston, Revolution Cocktails, Press Play Studios, Seacoast Events, Simply Serving and The Urban Grape.

We also could not have pulled off this fantastic wedding without the help of our amazing team, so thank you Jeanette, Stephanie & Colleen!

Contact us today to see how we can make your event unique, creative and extraordinary!

Happy Planning!

The Swank Team