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Weddings held over the holidays are always extra special.  It gives everyone a reason to pause from the hectic season and enjoy a time of celebration.  Blaire and Colby’s wedding at the Heinz History Center was a wonderfully joyous occasion as their friends and family came to spend some quality time with the newlyweds and wish them well on their new lives together.

The Heinz History Center Great Hall is absolutely one of the most unique and captivating venues in Pittsburgh.  Most of the guests traveled from Louisiana to be part of the big day, so this was an amazing way to show off our amazing city.  They even got to see some snow!

 Blaire and Colby’s wedding featured so many special moments, including live music for their ceremony and cocktails, some very special parent dances, and of course, lots of great times with friends and family.  The music featured a wide variety of music from today, oldies, country and even some cajun selections.  I’m sure their guests all went home with many stories to share about this once in a lifetime celebration of love.

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At the end of Amie and Ben’s reception, there was a discussion about how everyone had all experienced a “unicorn wedding”.  A day that was so perfect, most people would consider it a myth.  It made me wonder how they had succeeded in having such an unbelievably epic wedding day.

Heinz History Center Wedding Reception DJ (5 of 25)For starters, Amie and Ben chose to work with a venue and vendors that they put 100% confidence behind.  Many of the vendors were either personal friends, or ones they had experience with at other events.  The Heinz History Center was an amazing choice for both their ceremony and reception; the ballroom looked absolutely stunning.

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The newlyweds made so many choices that helped make their day unforgettable.  From Amie’s stunning pink dress, to the absolutely beautiful flower arrangements, to the dessert bar featuring dairy & gluten free treats.  Even their music choices formed a fun soundtrack for all of their guests to enjoy from beginning to end.  More importantly, Amie and Ben remained relaxed and fun throughout the day and were able to enjoy their once-in-a-lifetime celebration with their friends and family.  The happy couple is all set to enjoy some time away on their honeymoon in Hawaii.

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One of my favorite questions I’ve included in my online wedding planner regards how much the bride and groom hope to be able to dance at their reception.  Since guests want to be near the newlyweds, it’s so much fun for everyone when they plan to be dancing!  Italia and Seth said they would be dancing “all night long”, and they could not have been more accurate!

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Their ceremony and reception was held at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, which was the perfect setting for both an elegant and wildly fun celebration.

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To help make their day even more special and unique, Italia and Seth included great events that represented both of their families’ traditions.  This included starting off the dancing with the Tarantella followed immediately by Hava Nagila.  After that, the songs the happy couple chose were a perfect match for their friends and family to enjoy.  I loved that the newlyweds truly did get to dance “all night long” and loved every minute of it.  They’re now off to enjoy a wonderful honeymoon in England and Scotland.

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The success of your wedding celebration depends greatly on your guests.  If they feel happy and comfortable, they will stay and enjoy every moment of your big day from beginning to end.  Maggie and Kevin did a fantastic job giving their guests all they needed to completely let loose and have the time of their lives at their elegant reception at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

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The ballroom at the History Center has never looked better as it was decked out in uplighting, candle lighting, and a gorgeous wall of rope lights.

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Maggie and Kevin’s guest were treated to a full day of great food, a wonderful atmosphere and some fantastic music.  When it was time to dance, everyone was up and ready to get a little wild on the dance floor.  At the end of the night many of their friends and family were ready to join the newlyweds for the after-party.  Maggie and Kevin are now preparing for a well-deserved, romantic honeymoon in Aruba.

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Every wedding is unique.  It’s the one time in a couple’s life that this group of people will gather together to celebrate their love for each other.  Sometimes things can be even more customized when couples incorporate various family and cultural traditions.  This past weekend I was DJ for a wonderful and very unique celebration for the wedding of Lisa Sontag and Armando Padilla held at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Both the wedding and reception were held at the History Center, which makes a wonderful and easy day for everyone.  The Great Hall was decorated beautifully for the Jewish ceremony which was conducted by one of Lisa’s close friends.

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While the guests enjoyed cocktails at the 4th floor gallery, the Great Hall was converted for dinner and dancing.

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After dinner, guests were treated to a cake and coffee buffet, such a unique idea!

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Lisa and Armando asked their guests to make song requests on the back of their RSVP invitations.  This made for a great variety of music that covered every genre.  Cocktail hour featured Big Band music from the 40’s, dinner featured music from crooners like Frank Sinatra and the Gypsy Kings.  When the dancing started, the music included modern dance music and 80’s classics, as well as Salsas and the Hora dance!

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The newlyweds’ first dance was sweet and romantic.

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Lisa and Armando’s guests took the floor after dinner and the celebration started!

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The newlyweds were hoisted into the air during the hora dance… love this part!

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Lisa and Armando found wonderfully fun ways to combine their Jewish and Spanish heritages throughout their big day, creating special moments that will be cherished forever.  The happy couple is on their way to Jamaica for a well deserved rest after a fantastic day.

On Saturday I played the wedding reception of Jennifer Stivers & James Bisti at the Heinz History Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Jennifer and James were completely beaming with joy all night long. I’m sure their cheeks will be sore from all the smiling they kept doing. James spent a lot of time preparing for the reception, not only did he choose all the music for cocktail hour and dinner, he also prepared 3 video slideshows which really wowed their guests.

The Heinz History Center is an amazing venue and Jennifer and James were so much fun.

Here is the playlist from the reception.

Cocktail Hour
The Way You Look Tonight Steve Tyrell
L-O-V-E Nat King Cole
Make Someone Happy Jimmy Durante
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Let’s Fall in Love Steve Tyrell
You Don’t Know Me Ray Charles
Don’t Know Why Norah Jones
When I Fall in Love Nat King Cole
Love and Marriage Frank Sinatra
Tupelo Honey Van Morrison
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You Frankie Vali
This Will Be Natalie Cole
Let My Love Open the Door Pete Townshend
God Only Knows The Beach Boys
Unforgettable Nat King Cole
Introductions
Beautiful Day U2First Dance
Someone Like You Van Morrison

Cake Cutting
You’re My Best Friend Queen

Dinner Music
The Way I Am Ingrid Michaelson
Be Mine David Gray
Come Away With Me Norah Jones
Walking in Memphis Marc Cohn
Bubbly Colbie Caillat
The Luckiest Ben Folds
You’re Beautiful James Blunt
Somewhere Only We Know Keane
Somewhere Over the Rainbow Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Sweetest Thing U2
Can’t Help Falling in Love UB40
Dance All Night Ryan Adams
Finally Fergie
Accidentally in Love Counting Crows
Airplanes and Butterflies The Clarks
These are the Days Van Morrison
Making Memories of Us Keith Urban
High James Blunt
Feels Like Home Chantal Kreviazuk
If I Could Hold You Tonight The Bodeans
Mandolin Rain Bruce Hornsby
Hallelujah Rufus Wainwright
I Can See Clearly Now Holly Cole
Rainbow Connection Peter Cincotti

Bridal Dances
I Loved Her First Heartland
My Wish Rascal Flatts

Dancing
When You Say Nothing At All Alison Krauss
Girls Just Want to Have Fun Cyndi Lauper
Old Time Rock & Roll Bob Seger
Ain’t Too Proud to Beg The Temptations
Respect Aretha Franklin
Shout (Parts 1 & 2) The Isley Brothers
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Bless The Broken Road Rascal Flatts
Lost in this Moment Big & Rich
Mountain Music Alabama
Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees
Play That Funky Music Wild Cherry
Billie Jean Michael Jackson
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor
You Dropped A Bomb On Me / Party Train The Gap Band
Jump On It Sir Mix-A-Lot
Beautiful in My Eyes Joshua Kadison
You’re My Only Girl (Jenny) [#] Barry Manilow
Come on Eileen Dexy’s Midnight Runners
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers
Jessie’s Girl Rick Springfield
Brick House Commodores
We Are Family Sister Sledge
Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson
You Should Be Dancing Bee Gees
Piano Man Billy Joel
This Years Love David Gray
Save the Last Dance for Me Michael BublÈ

Jennifer & James completely knew their guests tastes and were sure to include lots of great 80’s and country music so that everyone got a chance to dance and party. Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs. Bisti.

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