Kasey and Ryan (Children’s Museum Wedding Reception)

There are a lot of ways to describe a great wedding reception, such as beautiful, elegant, romantic, and even unique.  I think the word most couples are hoping their guests use most is FUN!  Kasey and Ryan made 100% sure their friends and family would have a fun time at their reception held on a perfect Fall day at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

The Children’s Museum is a wonderful venue and was a perfect match for Kasey and Ryan’s reception.  Throughout the night guests were offered special treats such as apple pie, popcorn, an amazing cookie table and a completely stocked taco bar for dinner!  Everyone then used the large dance floor to party and celebrate to some great music, including awesome songs from yesterday and today.

Kasey and Ryan held a celebration like no other that featured a little something for everyone, even an after-party for those who weren’t ready for the party to end.  I’m sure as their friends and family head back to work, they’ll be talking about how much fun they had.  The happy couple is now headed off to have some more fun on a romantic Jamaican honeymoon!

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Lindsey and Mike (Hotel Monaco Wedding)

I love when couples are willing to play with the “standard wedding reception formula” when creating their timeline of events.  I find for the most part, the actual order of events isn’t critical for a successful evening, and mixing it up a bit helps keep the guests engaged and interested in what will happen next.  Lindsey and Mike did an amazing job creating an evening that flowed perfectly for their fun filled reception held at the fabulous Hotel Monaco in downtown Pittsburgh.

Their ceremony and dinner were held in the beautiful ballrooms at the hotel while the dancing for the evening occurred in the foyer space that separated the two rooms.  Instead of a traditional grand entrance, Lindsey and Mike chose to include the introduction into their first dance and fast upbeat bridal party dance after dinner.  They also chose to include their parent dances later in the night too, which meant everyone was up on their feet to enjoy seeing everyone dance.


Lindsey and Mike’s fresh ideas made for an evening that was lively and exciting for everyone.  When it was time to dance, all of their friends and family were quick to join in the celebration.  At the end of the night, it was obvious that no one wanted the party to end.  The happy couple is now planning a hopefully much more relaxed scheule as they prepare to celebrate on their Hawaiian honeymoon.

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Teena and David (The Pennsylvanian Wedding Reception)

One of the coolest parts of being a wedding DJ is that in one evening, you can play a fabulous variety of songs instead of being stuck using music from only a single genre.  It’s so awesome to work with couples who understand how important it is to include different styles of music to please the various people who will be attending their celebration.  Teena and David knew that their wedding reception  would combine both Italian and Indian influences along with their love of music from yesterday and today.

The reception was held at the amazing Pennsylvanian Hotel in the heart of Pittsburgh.  It’s simply one of the most stunning venues in the city!  Music for cocktails included jazz and standards performed by the Rat Pack and other great artists, then as guests moved to their seats for dinner, they were treated to a high energy performance by the CMU Collegiate Bhangra dancers!

The music through out the evening moved between Top 40, Motown, Indian and many other styles…. everyone got the chance to be part of the fun!

Teena and David were so much fun to work with throughout the planning process.  They put together a celebration with lots of fun, surprises and entertainment for all.  It was the perfect match for them and their closest friends and family.  The happy couple is now off on a wonderful honeymoon cruise as they start on their next big adventure together!

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Katie and Alex (Edgewood Club Wedding Reception)

Planning your wedding timeline can be tricky.  So often couples get caught up in the idea that they have to stick to a traditional schedule in order for their reception to run smoothly.  Katie and Alex were willing to plan out their events in a way that kept the evening lively and fun for their celebration at the beautiful Edgewood Club right outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Guests were greeted to some charming “Alice in Wonderland” themed decor and a live jazz band before entering the beautiful ballroom.  Everything looked amazing for what would certainly be an entertaining evening.

Katie and Alex chose to have their parent dances (and a special tribute for Katie’s grandmother) during dinner.  This really kept the flow of the night moving along.  Once dinner was over, everyone gathered as they played the newlywed-shoe game and then had their first dance as husband & wife.

With most of the formal festivities completed, it was time to PARTY!

The newlyweds had plenty of time to visit, dance and get wild with their friends and family to fantastic music from yesterday through today.  Everything about the day was a perfect fit for Katie, Alex and all their guests.  The happy couple can now spend some time not worried about any kind of strict schedule as they relax on their romantic honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta!

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Alyssa and Neil (Longue Vue Club Wedding Reception)

Everyone needs to attend more weddings.  In today’s culture where almost anyone you talk to seems stressed and worked up about something, weddings are the perfect opportunity for family and friends to gather together for the sole purpose of celebrating love and wishing two special people happiness on their new lives together.  Alyssa and Neil put together a perfect celebration where all their guests could leave their worries behind at the beautiful Longue Vue Club in Verona, PA.

The ballroom at the Longue Vue Club looked amazing.  I was thrilled I could provide uplighting and a monogram to help customize the already elegant space.

Of course, no celebration would be complete without an epic dance party!

The soundtrack for the evening was a perfect fit for Alyssa and Neil’s group of super fun friends and family.  It’s awesome to DJ when you play music from every genre imaginable and watch all the guests join in the fun.  After some pretty spectacular ending songs, there were a lot of people ready to join the couple at the after party.  Alyssa and Neil gave all the special people in their lives a great chance to let go of all the distractions of life and let loose for a night that I’m sure no one will forget.

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Mary Kate and Brian (Omni William Penn Hotel Wedding Reception)

Coming from a DJ, this might seem a little obvious, but I find it amazing how much fun you can have when you choose just the right music for your wedding.  Mary Kate and Brian were absolutely brilliant with the ways they used music throughout their celebration, held on a beautiful fall day at the Omni William Penn Hotel in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.

The Grand Ballroom at the Omni is simply one of the most beautiful spaces in Pittsburgh.

Mary Kate and Brian’s reception featured an epic pre-dinner dance party, which helped set the tone for an evening that would be unforgettable!

Mary Kate and Brian’s playlist included everything from oldies to old skool.  There was something for everyone, including a few surprises, mashups and megamixes.  At the end of the night, it was clear that no one was ready for the night to end.  It was a good thing the newlyweds were prepared to join everyone at the after party.  The happy couple now gets to head off to enjoy some more fantastic music as they relax on their Hawaiian honeymoon!

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