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Emily and David (Hookstown, PA Wedding Reception)

This year has been nearly impossible for couples to know what choices to make for their wedding.  While 2020 has been a bit overwhelming for some, Emily and David navigated these unprecedented times with grace and style.  When things threatened their ability to hold an indoor reception, they moved everything to a lovely outdoor location where they held their perfect wedding day amongst all of their favorite people.

The ceremony and reception were all held outdoors in Hooktown, PA.  There was plenty of room for all of their guests to enjoy the beautiful summer day as well as enjoy a special meal provided by a local food truck (very cool idea!).


Having their wedding celebration on private property gave them the ability to enjoy the day exactly how they wanted.  The schedule was relaxed, which left lots of time for guests to enjoy a wide variety of wonderful music, all of which led up to a great sparkler ending where all of the guests yelled and cheered for the newlyweds.  Emily and David’s wonderful wedding day is proof that sometimes “Plan B” is destined to be the best thing that could ever happen.  I’m so glad I was able to be part of their wonderful celebration!

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Katlyn and Charlie (Twelve Oaks Mansion Wedding Reception)

Wedding planning has always been challenging, but this year has made things even more interesting for couples as they prepare for their big day.  Katlyn and Charlie navigated the entire process with thoughtfulness and attention to detail as they put together a wonderful celebration that all of their guests could enjoy and party.

The wedding reception was held at the wonderful 12 Oaks Mansion and Mars, PA.  Katlyn and Charlie made great use of all the spaces ensuring there was plenty of room for guests to spread out and have fun.  Since it was also the Fourth of July, they incorporated a subtle red, white and blue theme that could be seen throughout the venue.  I was able to help with the decor by providing a their monogram and uplighting!

Guests enjoyed some outdoor games, fireworks, and of course, plenty of dancing!  Katlyn and Charlie included the “La Hora Loca” which was a huge hit with everyone as they brought out a lot of Fourth of July hats and lights.  It was wonderful getting to see all of their family and friends come together and celebrate with the happy couple.  It was the party of a lifetime and one I’m sure none of their guests will soon forget!

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Colleen and Jason (Twelve Oaks Mansion Wedding Reception)

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to express how much I love being a wedding DJ.  There’s something very special about being chosen to work with a couple to help make their big day turn out exactly as they have planned.  Colleen and Jason weren’t supposed to be my first wedding of 2020, but  I can’t imagine a better way to kick off the season than being part of their wonderful celebration.

Twelve Oaks Mansino Wedding Reception 2020

The reception was held at beautiful Twelve Oaks Mansion in Mars, PA.  Colleen and Jason added personal touches (including custom hand sanitizer) that created a terrific atmosphere for their guests to enjoy.  I was added some uplighting and their monogram, which looked amazing in the foyer.

Twelve Oaks Mansino Wedding Reception 2020Twelve Oaks Mansino Wedding Reception 2020

While this year has definitely been different for everyone, it was a real joy for me to see how Colleen and Jason’s friends and family came together to ensure this day was perfect for them in every way.  It was also very clear to me how much their guests enjoyed this opportunity to relax and spend some quality time together.  Personally, I believe there is always some ‘wedding magic’ that happens when people gather to celebrate the love of newlyweds, but Colleen and Jason’s celebration was one I think all of their guests really needed, and one they can all cherish for many, many years to come.

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Ashley and John (Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Reception)

It’s always a bittersweet feeling for me when I DJ the last wedding of my season each year.  While I do enjoy having a little time off to spend with friends and family, I miss having the chance to participate in so many wonderful and happy occasions.  I can’t think of a better way to end my 2019 season than to be a part of Ashley and John’s beautiful wedding reception held at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel.

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Ashley and John did an amazing job decorating the hotel, and included lots of special details including chocolate covered apples at each place setting!  The view from the ballroom was a great way show off Pittsburgh to their out-of-town guests.  It also made the perfect spot for an epic dance party!

Pittsburgh Renaissance Wedding Reception

Pittsburgh Renaissance Wedding Reception

Ashley and John were great fun to work with.  Their fun, relaxed and genuinely kind personalities let me know their reception would be a great time for everyone.  The guests had a wonderful time dancing to a wide variety of excellent music from yesterday and today.  At the end of the night, the newlyweds were surrounded one of the largest dance circles I’ve ever seen.  It was clear no one wanted to miss an opportunity to enjoy every minute of this terrific celebration!

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Laura and Greg (University Club of Pittsburgh Wedding Reception)

The thing I love most about being exclusively a wedding DJ is how every event is entirely customized to each couple.  Sometimes I work with people who request a large amount of music up front, and then my job is determine how to best make it all work for their guests.  In other cases I get to work with a couple like Laura and Greg who made a few specific choices, but gave me the freedom to best determine what would make their friends and family have the most fun.

I can’t imagine there was a better place to hold their celebration than the beautiful University Club ballroom.  There was plenty of space for visiting, dining and a fabulous dance party!

Laura and Greg’s friends and family were all remarkably outgoing and friendly all night long.  It was such a pleasure to fill their requests and keep the dance party going strong.  The newlyweds were able to spend lots of time with their guests and still had lots of opportunity to dance and party.  Having spent so much effort making sure everyone had a great time, the happy couple is soon headed off to a well deserved honeymoon in the Caribbean!

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Marissa and Caleb (Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding Reception)

I’ve been lucky enough to get to DJ some pretty cool wedding receptions.  A lot of couples choose to include a fun or unique element that their guests will never forget.  Marissa and Caleb’s wonderful celebration included so many special details and events, I know it will be a night that their friends and family will be talking about for years to come!

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding Reception

Their reception was held at the fabulous Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.  The tent and barn were excellently decorated, and made the perfect space for the party of a lifetime.  The evening included TWO choreographed dances – one by Marissa and her father, and then later in the night, she danced with her bridesmaids for Caleb to “Shut Up and Dance”!  Throughout the evening there were glow lights, cigars, a fire pit (with s’mores), and a taco truck to provide everyone with a late night snack!

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden Wedding Reception


The best part of the wedding day was not all the special and unique details, but actually how fun and sweet all of Marissa and Caleb’s guests were all night.  It was clear how thrilled everyone was to be with the newlyweds as they start a new chapter in their lives together.  After such an amazingly cool evening, the happy couple is now prepared for an even cooler time on their honeymoon to Fiji and New Zealand!

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