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THE 3 CORD FAMILY


The 3 Cord Wedding team consists of a husband and wife with over fifteen years of experience bringing magical moments to life for couples throughout the Midwest. We use our DJ and Photography expertise to transform your biggest dreams into your fondest memories and capture them for you to remember always.


Erin Carsten

Photographer & Brains

Drysen Carsten

DJ & Dreamer

Olivia Carsten

Daughter & Wedding Expert in Training

Carl

Ladies Man & Mascot

OUR SERVICE


3 Cord Weddings is one of the few professional wedding companies specializing in DJ & Photography, and one of the only companies to do so by a pair of married professionals.  We continually hone our individual crafts to better serve our couples through our marriage. This is important as weddings are our passion. They are what we talk about in our everyday life, whether at the dinner table together or exploring new venues for clients. Our love of weddings, coupled with our drive to treat our clients as we’d want to be treated as a couple was the inspiration behind our single largest goal; to help our clients create powerful memories and capture those moments for a lifetime.

I’ve often been accused of being obsessed with being a wedding DJ. I started my journey to become a professional DJ as a senior in high school (Go Kimball Kiotes!).  After performing at backyard parties, corporate events, proms, and college dances, I realized I wanted to specialize in Wedding Entertainment.

Shortly after moving to Sioux Falls, I met this inspiring woman with a passion for photography. As we grew closer together, we decided to start our own journey together as a Husband & Wife team. Shortly after reciting our vows, we started 3 Cord Weddings to serve other couples with our DJ & Photography expertise.

When I’m not obsessing over 3 Cord Weddings, I’m likely to be found working on my little sports car, playing with motorcycles, teaching Abby (our pet micro pig) a few new tricks, or spending time being a dad to the cutest little girl, Olivia.

If I could have my own theme song, it would be “Levels” by Avicii. I can play that song on repeat for hours without getting tired of it!

I grew up in downtown Sioux Falls in a home that’s been in my family for a few generations. Growing up, my mom always put emphasis on pictures and photos albums because it was important to look at pictures to remember fun times like vacations, trips, holidays, etc. I always loved that. My mom even gave me my first camera – a film Barbie Camera! I took it everywhere and used tons of rolls of film, which I know was expensive. (Thank you again mom!)

In high school, I took a photography class. A friend of mine hated it and I thought I’d hate it too, but I ended up loving the class. It was exciting and challenging and I wanted to learn more about photography. That class inspired me to save up to buy my first “real” camera. (Sorry Barbie!) I thought I was quite the photographer when I first started, but I mostly just had fun with it.

I just love weddings in general. I think it’s the emotions of having friends and family in one place and feeling the love in the air. I really enjoy all the love of a wedding.

When I’m not working on wedding photography, you can catch me binging a few seasons of “The Office”, playing a few N64 games, visiting the zoo, or challenging anyone to a go-kart race at Thunder Road in Sioux Falls.

If I could be a piece of food, I feel like being a slice of pizza would be really fun. You can have all the toppings on yourself, and pizza is just delicious so it has to be fun!

Check out some of our most recent awards!


Erin was awarded the “Top 20%” badge during Shoot & Share’s “The Photo Contest.” Over 150,000 people voted on over 330,000 images across 159 countries. With stats like these, we’re honored about the work Erin does!

During the Shoot & Share competition, people from all over the world blindly vote on their favorite images across 12 rounds of voting. This year, one of Erin’s Father/Daughter images made it to the final round of voting. Being a finalist amongst 330,000 images makes us feel proud and humbled!

Have you met Carl?

3 Cord Weddings Carl Image

Mascot & Ladies man

Meet Carl

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Mr. and Mrs. Rolschau

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OUR INDIVIDUAL PASSIONS FOR WEDDING ENTERTAINMENT AND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY HAS GIVEN US THE DRIVE TO CONSTANTLY IMPROVE OUR INDIVIDUAL CRAFTS TO BECOME THE BEST DJ & PHOTOGRAPHER WE CAN. OUR TRUE TALENT FOR TRANSFORMING WEDDING DAY JITTERS INTO FULL BLOWN CELEBRATIONS BEGINS WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER AS A PROFESSIONAL DJ AND PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER TO BRING YOUR WEDDING DAY IDEAS TO LIFE.

WANT TO MAKE YOUR WEDDING DAY AN AMAZING, FUN, AND EXCITING DAY?


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