The Fantasy Sound story begins in 1989, when owner Kevin Dennis was a recent high school graduate. He found that DJing parties was a great way to meet girls, which at the age of 18 is a high priority! He turned out to be pretty good at DJing, so in 1992 he started to think that he could possibly make it a career. He moved into the first Fantasy Sound storefront in downtown Livermore in 1995. A new storefront means expansion, so Fantasy Sound started offering videography, A/V rentals, and basic lighting. A couple years later Kevin was honored with the Small Business of the Year Award, which solidified his career choice and inspired him to see where Fantasy Sound could go. After experiencing rapid growth it was soon time for Fantasy Sound to move again, so in 1998 the company moved to a larger location. Kevin was focusing on corporate AV rentals but soon began to realize that there was a huge untapped market just waiting to be discovered…weddings!
Fast forward a couple years to 2001 when the dot com bubble was beginning to burst. Up until this point corporate AV events had been the primary focus for Fantasy Sound, but during the crash those events were few and far between. Kevin had to find a solution, so he shifted focus to weddings! He has always had a genuine love of weddings, the Livermore Wine Country was booming, and venues were popping up everywhere, so it was a perfect storm of opportunity. Thanks to the shift in focus Fantasy Sound continued to grow, and in 2009 they moved for a 3rd time to a new location with a warehouse to store their growing inventory. It was during this time that Event Lighting and Decor was really starting to take off, and Kevin began his hunt for chandeliers to fill the warehouse.
More services were added in the next couple years, and the warehouse began to fill up. 2012 saw the addition of Drapery, 2014 saw the addition of Photo Booths, and 2015 saw our focus shift to creating custom inventory items. The warehouse was bursting at the seams, so in 2016 Fantasy Sound made a 4th move to an even larger space, which we currently call home. This warehouse still has plenty of room, so we are excited to see how our inventory and service offerings will grow!
We have been so lucky to be involved in an industry that allows us to create something new and unique for every single event, and we truly find fulfillment in helping bring our client’s visions to life. We love the fact that we get to celebrate love on an everyday basis! It’s certainly a dream come true for us, and we can’t wait to help your dreams become a reality!
We used Fantasy Sound for the lighting of our wedding and everything was super simple. Earlier in our planning our photographer gave us his #1 tip which was, ‘lighting is everything! We had cake and table spotlights, colored up-lights against the wall to set the ambiance and even staggered the table lights for a great effect. PLUS, my in-laws secretly worked with FS to have our names in lights above our ceremony! It was the best kept secret of the day and actually triggered my tears of happiness as I walked down the aisle 🙂 BOTTOM LINE: Easy, reliable, and reasonable vendor choice for any special occasion.