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Jessica and Rob (Twelve Oaks Mansion DJ)

How can you have the right attitude for your wedding?  So much emotion, so much planning, so much of everything – is there any possible way to keep focus on what really matters?  Those who are able to find the peace of mind to remember this on their big day are the ones who seem to enjoy the celebration the most.  Yesterday I was the DJ for a couple with the most amazing attitudes.  Jessica Randazza and Rob Schreck had their relaxed and fun-filled wedding reception at the wonderful Twelve Oaks Mansion in Mars, PA.

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Cocktail hour kicked off with jazz music from the fantastic Southern Comfort Band.  What a great way to start the evening.

Southern Comfort Band, Pittsburgh

Outside of the photo booth was a box of fun trinkets.  I loved the fact that the Schreck family enjoys their Shrek connection!

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Twelve Oaks Mansion was decorated beautifully with a fall theme.  Bethany, the coordinator for the mansion, described the day perfectly as “simply elegant”.

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With Jessica and Rob’s easy going nature, they allowed plenty of room for me to “do my DJ thing”.  They provided some great direction for song choices, but also let the evening flow through every genre.  The music was a BIG success.

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Everything went exactly according to schedule, so there was plenty of time for visiting before the dancing began.  When the moment was right, the dance floor went WILD!

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Because of Jessica and Rob’s attitude, they were able to relax and be a part of everything that was happening around them.  They weren’t stressed about what was coming next or worried if anything was wrong.  They’re the perfect example of how to have the dream wedding day.  Their friends and family joined in their energy and the party was so spectacular that no one wanted to leave.  Now the newlyweds are off to relax some more on their honeymoon in beautiful Punta Cana.

Lindsay and Shannon (Camp Kon-O-Kwee DJ)

I just love this time of year!  With the weather in Pittsburgh, there’s always a risk of planning an outdoor wedding ceremony, but it’s great to see it turn out perfectly.  Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous for the wedding of Lindsay Orchoswki and Shannon Scott held at Camp Kon-A-Kwee in Zelienople, PA.

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While not traditionally a wedding venue, Camp Kon-A-Kwee had the perfect facilities for the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

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The weather was fantastic, and being in the camp setting really created a fun vibe.  After the ceremony the guests worked their way up to the main building for cocktails.

Camp Kon-A-Kwee Wedding

After the reception, guests were invited to a campfire, so at every place setting were the most amazing smore’s I’ve ever seen!

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Lindsay and Shannon have a tremendous love of music.  I had the best time pulling their playlist together, with so many unique choices.

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The sun was setting when the bride and groom had their first dance.

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Later in the evening the dancing started, and the newlyweds’ friends and family were hilarious!

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My favorite part of the evening was watching Lindsay and Shannon sing and dance together.

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At the end of the evening the newlyweds made their exit through a tunnel of the guests cheering.

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After the party, the guests all headed over to the campfire to sit and visit.  Having the entire day (and for some, the entire weekend) held at one location really created a fun, relaxed vibe.  Lindsay and Shannon planned the perfect day for their friends and family to celebrate.  This is one wedding day that no one will soon forget!

Cathy and Steve (Highland Country Club DJ)

I’m so fortunate to be a wedding DJ in the city of Pittsburgh.  There are many wonderful locations and an incredibly rich history.  Many of my clients share my passion for the city, but never as much as Cathy Aniszewski and Steve Bolar.  Last night I had the honor to DJ their stylish interpretation of a real Pittsburgh wedding at the Highland Country Club.

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For starters, their wedding colors were Black and Gold, but done so elegantly. The staff at the Country Club told me that they’ve never seen the room look better.

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Throughout the Country Club there were signs and tributes to our amazing city.

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After their introductions, Cathy and Steve had their first dance.  It was clear they were having a blast.

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The music was varied so that all of the guests were able to enjoy the evening.  From Frank Sinatra to Black Eyed Peas… we covered everything!

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I think every one of their guests made it to the dance floor.  Cathy & Steve’s friends and family were so much fun!

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I loved the fact that Cathy and Steve found a way to share their love of Pittsburgh with their guests in such fun and unique ways throughout their wedding reception.  They provided so many fabulous details for their friends and family to enjoy that they will remember forever.  As real Pittsburghers, I’m sure the newlyweds will be happy to return to the Steel City after their awesome honeymoon in St Lucia.

Amy and Chris (J. Verno Studio Reception DJ)

Simple Elegance.  Those words mean different things to different people, but there is no denying when you see it.  Last evening I witnessed one of the most beautiful displays of simple elegance as the DJ for the reception of Amy Kim and Christopher Pretsch held at J. Verno Studios in Pittsburgh, PA.

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The ceremony and reception were both held in Studio A at J. Verno’s. During cocktail hour, the room was transformed while the guests enjoyed the rest of the venue.  I simply love the choice of colors, so beautiful and unique!

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Guests were asked to sign a bottle of wine instead of a guest book.  It’s a unique keepsake that the couple will enjoy on their 5th anniversary.

Wine Bottle Guest Book

It’s so easy to tell that Amy and Chris love being together, they were laughing and smiling all evening long.

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There were lots of wonderful song choices made for the big day, but Amy and Chris also left room open for guests to make requests.  It was fun seeing everyone enjoy the wide variety of music.

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After the guests enjoyed an amazing dinner by the talented folks at Yes, We Cater, it was time to open the dance floor for celebrating!

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Later in the evening Amy and Chris changed into traditional Korean wedding clothes called han-boks.  All the guests were surprised when the newlywed’s arrived in their new outfits!

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There is no benefit to spending time on your wedding day doing things that feel unnatural or uncomfortable.  I’m so thrilled that Amy and Chris put together a simply elegant day that suited their personalities and was so much fun for their family and friends.  After such a perfect day the couple can now focus on preparing for their fantastic honeymoon in Italy.

Kala and Matthew (Embassy Suites Hotel Wedding DJ)

Scheduling the flow of a reception can be a difficult task for most people.   The challenge is to make sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently without feeling rushed.  While it’s important to include the events that are special, no one wants to make the guests feel bored or left out.  I love to work closely with my clients to help them figure out what works best based on their needs and priorities.  This past weekend I was very excited to DJ at the wedding reception of Kala Wilhelm and Matthew Lenart at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Moon Township, PA.  The entire evening couldn’t have transpired more perfectly.

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The Embassy suites really helped keep things on schedule.  The 150+ guests enjoyed cocktails in the beautiful foyer and then entered the ballroom for dinner and dancing.  There were little special touches throughout the venue that were sweet and romantic.  I loved the special chocolate strawberries on top of their wedding cake!

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After the introductions, the newlyweds had their first dance.  Their connection to each other is unmistakable.

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Kala and Matt made a fantastic song list for me to use throughout the evening.  They chose a wide variety of music including 80’s rock and oldies, as well as newer Top 40 hits.  The wide mix was a big hit with their friends and family.

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I was thrilled to get to see Robin & Jason Scibek at the reception.  I had been the DJ at their wedding last July where I first met Kala and Matthew.  I just love these two!

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One of Kala and Matthew’s concerns about their reception was making sure there would be plenty of time for dancing.  Once it was time to pick up the tempo I found out why.  Their friends and family crowded the dance floor and never left!

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Kala was just beaming (and dancing) all night long.

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I continually tell my clients that time has no meaning on the wedding day.  It’s nearly impossible to predict what time each event will happen since there are so many factors happening.  The stars simply aligned for Kala and Matthew this weekend as everything occurred exactly as planned.  There were tons of time for dancing.  Even after FOUR ‘one more song’ requests, the guests left wanting even just a little more.  Kala and Matt created an evening that was simply perfect both for them and all of their guests.  I couldn’t be happier for them!

Christy and Matthew (The Rivers Club Reception)

I believe that the success of wedding day depends completely on the happiness and love of the newlyweds.  We’ve all seen the downside of this on countless episodes of Bridezillas.  I find it magical when a couple radiates so much positive energy that their guests have no choice but to be caught up in the excitement and romance of the day.  I can’t think of a better example of this than the reception of Christy Steidel and Matthew Crummy, held at The Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

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While I know every bride anticipates her wedding since childhood, Christy had an excitement that came through every time we talked, emailed, and met.  It was so infectious! It was clear throughout the night that both Christy and Matt were enjoying every second.

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The first dance was sweet and elegant, such a beautiful bride!

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The music flowed perfectly with the energy of the evening.  Cocktail and Dinner featured a great mix of Rat Pack and modern crooners.  When the dancing picked up there was a great variety of music for all ages.

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I had the pleasure of meeting some of Christy’s family before the wedding.  Her father, Michael Steidel, was a big help with the details. I loved getting to see him dance with his “little girl”.

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Not to be outdone, Matthew and his mother Martha danced next, and even included a few spins!

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All of the guests were so caught up in everything that the dance floor flooded with people right away.

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Christy and Matthew were so wonderful to refer me to their friends Joe & Sarah.  I’m excited to get to DJ at THEIR wedding this May!

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I see a lot of beautiful wedding dresses, but Christy’s is one of my all time favorites.  Clearly it was made for the dancing bride, since later in the evening she was able to remove the bottom!

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People like Christy and Matthew are why I devote my time to being the best wedding DJ I can be.  Their energy, love and excitement was so incredible every time we met, I knew their wedding would be the party of a lifetime!  The newlyweds are currently off on a Mediterranean cruise where I’m sure they’re loving every moment.

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