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Paige and William (J. Verno Studios Reception)

I love my clients.  I love the fact that they LOVE to plan, and want to involve me in ways to make their day truly memorable.  As my DJ business has grown over the years I’ve developed a real passion to help people make their day unique.  I had a chance to do some really fun and innovative things at the reception of Paige Honeywell and William Kress.  The reception was held at J. Verno Studios in Pittsburgh, PA.

J Verno Studios Wedding DJ

First a word about the venue – stunning.  J. Verno opens his studio for many types of events.  Having your reception at the actual photographers’ studio really opens the door for some amazing opportunities.  They offer a fantastic photo booth where Paige and Bill provided lots of fun costumes for their guests to pose in.  This was a HUGE hit with everyone!

J Verno Pittsburgh Wedding DJ

Paige and Bill provided me with a great set list to use throughout the evening.  I love it when my guests introduce me to new music!

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Paige works as a school teacher, so she was certain to provide goody bags for all of the younger guests.  SO smart!

Wedding Kid Bags

I always tell people that I’m thrilled to play a part of anything they have planned, even stuff that is new to me.  Paige provided me an awesome list of questions to use in “The Newlywed Shoe Game”.  It was such a success I just had to share it here.

I was so excited to get to see Darla and Matthew Abel at the reception, I was the DJ at their wedding back in 2008. They were awesome enough to suggest me to Paige and Bill.

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Pittsburgh Wedding DJ - Kress

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Paige and Bill met at Kennywood, and looking back I think they gave their guests a bit of an beautiful and elegant theme park reception.  There were games, prizes, photo ops, wonderful food mixed with great friends and family.  I loved being part of something so well planned and unique to these two fantastic people.

Heather and Nicky (LeMont Pittsburgh Wedding)

Family, or perhaps in this case I should say la famiglia, is one of my favorite parts about DJing at weddings.  The wedding celebration is an opportunity for every relative to do their best to create the perfect day for the bride and groom.  Last night I saw a wonderful example of  the importance of la famiglia at the reception of Heather Wojtowicz and Nicky Papa held at the LeMont overlooking downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

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During cocktail hour the flower girls were dancing to the Italian music – too cute for words!

Italian Wedding Reception Pittsburgh DJ

When I first met Heather and Nicky it was clear how much they loved music.  We had a great time coming up with songs to use throughout the reception.  They wanted to make sure everyone had a good time so they told to play anything necessary to keep their friends and family dancing.

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Instead of wedding cake, guests were treated to a dessert of tiramisu.  A great twist on an old tradition.

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Once the dance floor was open, it was packed with family and friends of all ages!

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2010 Italian DJ Pittsburgh

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Heather and Nicky knew the words to every song I played.  I loved watching them both sing along to some old school rap songs.

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All of Heather and Nicky’s relatives were so much fun, they made everyone feel like part of la famiglia.  After a wonderfully perfect evening surrounded by their loved ones, the newlyweds are now ready for their Bahamas honeymoon. Congratulations to everyone!

Amanda and Jonathan (Greystone Fields)


I absolutely love being a wedding DJ.  I love it even more when my clients get me involved in ways to make their day special.  Sometimes I hear from people who feel they need “just a DJ”, and typically I’m not a great match for them.  Instead, my clients are those who recognize ways I can help make their day run smoothly.  Just yesterday I was able to play several different roles at the ceremony and reception of Amanda Reistadtler and Jonathan Newcomer at Greystone Fields in Gibsonia, PA.

Reinstatdtler and Newcomer Wedding DJ

I was able to provide music for the Ceremony on what I think might have been the most beautiful day of the year.

Wedding Ceremony DJ

Amanda and Jonathan provided me with a great song list to use throughout the day.  They were so kind to their guests to allow a few of the “do no play” selections to be heard. Then they even danced to them!  Awesome!

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Amanda provided me with a CD of her singing a song as a surprise to Jonathan.  They danced to it right after their first dance, what a romantic gift.

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A special thanks to the amazing team at Weddings By Heather who referred Jonathan’s mother to me.  Heather’s work, attitude, and passion for weddings inspires me every time we work together.

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Once the sun went down, the dance floor went wild!

Pittsburgh Wedding DJ 2010

Pittsburgh Wedding DJ 2010

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Amanda and Jonathan spent the entire evening dancing, laughing and having a great time.  I had the best time getting to know them.

Newcomer-Gibsonia Wedding DJ

The Newcomers also hired me to create a photo montage of their childhood photos to display throughout the reception.  It’s always a treat to see photos of my clients’ lives leading up to this special day.  I’m so thankful that Amanda and Jonathan took full advantage of my services, and that everything they had planned worked so incredibly well.  The happy couple is now ready for some relaxation on a wonderful honeymoon in Mexico.

Claire and Christian (Smithton Wedding Reception)

I am so fortunate to play for a wide variety of wonderfully diverse and unique people.  My absolute favorites are those who understand how to make their wedding day a true reflection of who they are.  For me, it doesn’t matter as much what style of music you enjoy, or what type of venue you choose, as long as those choices match up with who you are.  This makes it so that you and your guests feel completely comfortable during the big day.  You are able to simply be yourself while enjoying one of the most special moments of your life.  I was given a perfect example of this when was the DJ for the reception of Claire Allison and Christian Miedel at a private residence in Smithton, PA.

Smithton Wedding DJ

The reception was held at the Miedel’s property in a beautiful outdoor tent.  The scenery was beautiful and the accommodations were perfect.

Smithton Wedding DJ Outdoor tent

Claire and Christian’s main focus was keeping everyone happy and dancing all evening long.  They provided a few key song choices for themselves, but then let the guests dictate what they would enjoy.  This kept people dancing, laughing, singing long into the evening.

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The couple’s first dance was so simple and sweet, I love how they fit together so perfectly.

Wedding DJ Outdoor tent

During the dancing, everyone literally pounded the floor to Toto’s “Africa”.  This definitely ranks as one of my favorite moments of all time.

Smithton Wedding DJ Outdoor tent

Sometimes it can be awkward for guests to dance outside when it’s still daylight.  I believe that because of the relaxed and joyous environment that Claire and Christian created, everyone immediately jumped up to celebrate.

Smithton Wedding DJ Outdoor tent

Wedding DJ Outdoor party

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Claire and Christian were simply beaming all day and night,  even when the rain came down, they were out dancing in it!  They never lost sight of who they were and what was important, and at the end of the day, that is what made their day so extraordinary.

Emily and James (Lingrow Farm DJ)

It’s so easy to get caught up in making everything perfect for you wedding day, that it’s difficult to stay focused on what’s most important.  Sometimes the fact that you’re celebrating your vows to the person you’ll be with for the rest of your life can get lost amongst all the many details.  Yesterday I was the DJ for a wonderful couple who were able to stay focused on the real reason for their celebration and it was a fantastic day.  The wedding and reception of Emily Gold and James Scheidemantle was held at Lingrow Farms in Leechburg, PA.

Emily Gold & James Scheidemantle

While the weather wasn’t perfect, there is no mistaking how perfectly matched these two are for each other.

Lingrow Farm Wedding DJ

Emily and James gave me great direction for the music they wanted for their special day.  The music for their ceremony was extremely special and unique.  Emily’s mother walked her down the aisle to The Monkee’s “Daydream Believer”!

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Lingrow Farm is a beautiful venue for an intimate reception.  Guests were able to enjoy the balcony as well as a bonfire once the sun went down.

Lingrow Farm Wedding Reception DJ

Emily & Jim had WILD friends that stayed on the dance floor all night long.  They were such a great group of friendly party people.

Lingrow Farm Wedding DJ

Lingrow Farm Wedding DJ

All of the guests received a Terrible Towel as a wedding favor.  During the introduction everyone spun them around as the newlyweds entered to “Renegade”.  A true Pittsburgher’s entrance!

Terrible Towel Wedding Favor

Emily Gold & James Scheidemantle

I had a blast working with Emily & Jim and I love their passion and sense of humor.  At the end of the night it was clear that while everything might not have gone as planned, they wouldn’t have changed a thing.  It was a PERFECT day.

Rachel and Daniel (Pittsburgh Center for the Arts)

One of the hardest parts of choosing your reception music is deciding how to include the songs you love most along with those that your friends and family will enjoy.  One of the great joys for me is working with people who take everyone’s preferences into account and find ways to please as many people as possible.  I was lucky enough to work with some wonderful and wise people this weekend at the reception of Rachel Orler and Daniel Reid at the Pittsburgh Center For The Arts in Shadyside, PA.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Wedding DJ

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Wedding DJ Dance

Rachel and Dan found great ways to include their favorite music throughout the night, but also included a lot of music that they knew their guests would enjoy.  They used so many fun choices for everything including their entrance, cake cutting and even the parent dances.  The music was a terrific variety that appealed to every generation and the result was a dance floor that never emptied.

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Pittsburgh Center for the Arts is a top notch venue.  The staff shows great attention to every detail, and the atmosphere is unique and elegant.  Dinner was held on the big patio before everyone came back inside for dancing.  Dan and Rachel’s colors were a beautiful mix of green and brown.  (My personal favorite.)

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

There was a special frame at the entrance where guests could fill out a ‘leaf’ and place it on a tree.  The result is a great keepsake that I’m sure will always have a special place in the Reid home.

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Guest Tree

The moment the dancing started Rachel and Dan kept the energy up and all of the guests danced the night away.

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Dan and his sister got everyone excited for the Canadian song “Home For A Rest”.  This was awesome!

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Wedding DJ Pittsburgh Center For The Arts

Orler-Reid Wedding DJ, Pittsburgh PA

I had a lot of fun working with Rachel and Dan on the details of their special day.  They are such genuine and giving people who were anxious to share their excitement and love with all their guests.  Their positive energy is undeniable and was completely infectious.   I don’t think their guests had any choice but to have the time of the lives.

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