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Amanda & Dennis (SNPJ Wedding Reception)

The end of the wedding season always makes me a little sad, because I feel blessed to play such an important part of my clients’ most special day.  I am so glad that my final wedding of 2009 was a large and wild celebration!  This past Saturday I was the DJ at the reception of Amanda Mackin and Dennis Schwartzmiller at the SNPJ in Imperial, PA.

SNPJ Wedding DJ, Allegheny County

During the planning stage, Amanda and Dennis were most concerned about making sure that everything was fun and easy for their guests to enjoy.  Their cake topper was super cute!

SNPJ Wedding DJ, Allegheny County

Amanda and Dennis gave me some amazing song choices for cocktails and dinner.  Cocktail hour featured a great variety of fun songs from the 50’s and 60’s that set the tone for the rest of the evening.  Once the dinner started, they left the music choices open to whatever kept the dance floor going.

Every one of the guests was ready to celebrate when the dance music started.  The floor was packed all evening long!

SNPJ Wedding DJ, Allegheny County

Amanda’s mother, Grace, danced all night to everything from the Temptations to Pitbull!  She was so much fun!

SNPJ Wedding DJ, Allegheny County

SNPJ Wedding DJ, Allegheny County

SNPJ Wedding DJ, Allegheny County

SNPJ Wedding DJ, Allegheny County

Amanda and Dennis surrounded themselves with their favorite people and took the time to consider what would make everyone have a great time.  The over 250 guests had a total blast.  At the end of the evening everyone was still going strong, and probably would have continued dancing til dawn.  The newlyweds are now off to a well deserved, and probably well needed honeymoon!

Ashley & Zachary (Concordia Club Reception)

Planning a wedding from out of town adds some extra challenges to creating the perfect day.  Many of my clients choose to hold their wedding in Pittsburgh, since this is where they grew up and many of their friends and family are still in the area.  This past Saturday I was honored to perform at the reception of Ashley Kingsbery and Zachary Jackson at the Concordia Club in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pittsburgh Concordia Club Wedding DJ

Ashley & Zach spend their time living in various parts of the country, but chose to hold their reception at the beautiful and elegant Concordia Club.  This was the last wedding to be held at the club, since it was recently sold to the University of Pittsburgh.  It was a fabulous celebration to serve as the final event for this venue.  Ashley’s family and friends all pitched in to help with all of the amazing decorations throughout the club.  There were a lot of special touches everywhere that really personalized the venue.

Pittsburgh Concordia Club Wedding DJ

Ashley and Zach gave me the most fun and upbeat song list I’ve ever seen.  Songs from every genre were included so that all the guests had the opportunity to dance to their favorites.  Zach even came out and did N’Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” dance routine!  It was awesome.

There were Terrible Towels everywhere!  The bridal party were each given towels that were embroidered with their initials.

Pittsburgh Concordia Club Wedding DJ

One of my favorite moments of the evening was before Zach removed Ashley’s garter.  They had the best time dancing around the chair to Usher’s “My Way”.  It was so clear to see how connected these two are and how much fun they have being together.

Pittsburgh Concordia Club Wedding DJ

Pittsburgh Concordia Club Wedding DJ

Pittsburgh Concordia Club Wedding DJ

Ashley is a fantastic singer.  Everyone was thrilled when she took the mic and sang with Zach!

Pittsburgh Concordia Club Wedding DJ

Pittsburgh Concordia Club Wedding DJ

Although I hadn’t met Ashley or Zach before the wedding, it was great working both of them online and on the telephone.  They are so friendly and fun that I knew from the first time I talked with Ashley this was going to be an amazing evening.  Even though they did most of the planning from outside of Pittsburgh, they had no problems creating a wonderful celebration that their friends and family will never forget.

Leah and Jason (West View Wedding Reception)

Most of my clients are people who recognize how important it is to have the right music at their reception.  It’s always spectacular to work with a couple who puts time and effort into considering what songs THEY will be excited to hear when they’re DANCING.  This past weekend I performed at the reception of some awesome dancers, Leah Schacht and Jason Hunt.  The fantastic celebration was held at the West View Banquet Facility.

West View Wedding, Pittsburgh DJ

Leah and Jason contacted me after they had already reserved a different, national DJ service that doesn’t offer as much interaction between the couple and the entertainer.  They reconsidered that decision after realizing the importance music would play on their special day.  I’m so excited that they hired me to perform, since it was clear from the beginning that they and their families were people who REALLY wanted to celebrate and dance.

West View Wedding, Pittsburgh DJ

Their music choices were excellent.  We had plenty of time for dancing, so throughout the evening it was effortless to include most of guests’ requests as well as play the songs requested from Leah & Jason.  I was also able to switch between genres often so that everyone had the chance to hear their favorite music styles.

West View Wedding, Pittsburgh DJ

Leah & Jason were on the dance floor all night long, keeping their guests singing and dancing.  I always say that the Bride & Groom set the tone of the evening, and these two set a tone that kept everyone wound up and extremely happy.

West View Wedding, Pittsburgh DJ

Everyone even passed the microphone around for awhile to sing along with some great songs like “Living On A Prayer” and “Don’t Stop Believing”.

West View Wedding, Pittsburgh DJ

West View Wedding, Pittsburgh DJ

West View Wedding, Pittsburgh DJ

Leah and Jason had an incredible reception where everyone danced and partied all night long.  You can always tell the end of the perfect evening when the venue is telling people it’s time to leave!  I had a fantastic time working with these newlyweds to make an evening that was such a great party.  I think the lyrics of their bridal song are so appropriate to the evening they had… “I Could Not Ask For More”.  Congratulations to the new Mr & Mrs. Jason Hunt!

Meghan & David (Circuit Center & Ballroom)

I frequently have people ask me if my clients really take advantage of the level of customization that I make available.  Truth is that most of my clients enjoy the knowledge that any part of their reception music can be customized to their preferences or needs.  Occasionally I get to work with a couple that gets truly creative, not only with the playlist, but also with tweaking the individual songs.  For example, this past Saturday I had the extreme pleasure of playing at the reception of Meghan Ferris and David Tintera at the Circuit Center and Ballroom in Pittsburgh, PA.

Circuit Center & Ballroom Wedding DJ

I had met Meghan and David last year, at the reception Amanda & James Kelly.  Before that, I met Amanda & James at the reception of Mitch & Nicole Patterline.  I was so excited to get to see BOTH of these two of wonderful couples again!  Not only are they incredibly awesome people, but they also LOVE to dance and party.  I need them to come to all of my weddings!

Circuit Center & Ballroom Wedding DJ

Meghan & David decided it would be fun for cocktail hour and dinner music to have a mix of oldies from the 50’s & 60’s as well as some contemporary hits from artists like Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson.  For their introduction and special dances they requested certain songs would be tweaked to start or end at certain points.  Meghan had a special dance with her mother where I was able to remove a verse that didn’t apply.  None of these requests were unreasonable or difficult, but it made the music feel completely customized to this special day.

Circuit Center & Ballroom Wedding DJ

Meghan assured me that everything was perfect, especially since I had made her mother cry with tears of joy.  I get the feeling that was going to happen no matter what I played.  It was so obvious how proud all the parents were to see their children so happy.

Circuit Center & Ballroom Wedding DJ

At one point in the night a group of guys tossed the newlyweds high in the air…

Circuit Center & Ballroom Wedding DJ

Meghan’s look in this picture says it all…”Hey, be careful with that!!!”

Circuit Center & Ballroom Wedding DJ

Circuit Center & Ballroom Wedding DJ

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I will honestly miss working with Meghan and David on creating such a wonderful and unique celebration.  They’re off now for their honeymoon in Mexico but perhaps when they return they can start planning a HUGE first anniversary party!  I’ll be ready!!!

Erin and Matt (PPG Aquarium Reception)

Reception planning usually starts with choosing the right venue. Throughout Western Pennsylvania there are literally thousands of places where you can choose to celebrate, socialize and party the night away. As with most wedding details, it’s SO important to choose a place that represents who you are as a couple. Recently I performed at the reception of Erin McTeague and Matt Hungerman at the PPG Aquarium, located at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

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The aquarium creates a unique atmosphere for the reception that is far from typical. During cocktail hour guests were able to enjoy their appetizers while having full access to the exhibits. The guests were then seated on the lower level for dinner and dancing. The staff at the Aquarium is top notch and really helped keeping everything on track throughout the evening.

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Erin & Matt put great care in selecting the music for the entire reception. The music was varied, but perfectly reflected their taste and style.

Once again I had the pleasure of working with one and only Weddings By Heather. Immediately after the formal introductions, All the guests posed for a picture on the dance floor while Heather was up on the second floor balcony. What a tremendous keepsake!

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The aquarium offers a very special setting for an intimate reception. There was a surprisingly nice amount of room for dancing once it was time to open the dance floor. Erin & Matt’s guests were extremely friendly and warm. Everyone had a great time dancing, singing and being a bit silly!

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Matt’s friend even took the mic to sing The Jackson 5’s “ABC”!

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Finding the right location for your reception can be crucial to the success of your wedding. Erin & Matt chose the venue that worked perfectly for them on every level. The guests had a rare opportunity to spend so much time in a different and fun environment while getting to celebrate with the newlyweds. Erin & Matt spent a lot of time on the dance floor and enjoying every moment of their big day, I was certainly thrilled to work with them to create a reception that was so special!

Brooke and Greg (Oglebay Resort Reception)

People will always tell you that time on your wedding day will come and go too quickly. It is truly something you can’t understand until you experience it for yourself. Because there is only so many hours at the reception, I encourage all of my clients to make the most of the time they’ll have. It’s so important include the things that are special to you and to be certain not to waste precious moments or to let others rush you away from enjoying yourself throughout the day. I recently had the pleasure of DJing at the reception of Brooke Warren & Greg Baker. Greg & Brooke used their time EXTREMELY well all day and were able to include everything they wanted in their perfect celebration.

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The wedding and reception were held at the beautiful Oglebay Resort & Conference Center. Both the outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour featured music from an amazing string ensemble provided by Pittsburgh Music Live. Brooke & Greg requested special songs for the trio to play during cocktail hour that were familiar and lovely.

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Brooke & Greg were tons of fun to work with. They wanted to make sure their reception matched their style and I think they did a remarkable job. It was a great mix of fun and elegance that really led to an awesome party. We ended up staying at the resort for much longer then we originally had planned, which left a lot of room for some terrific requests.

 

One of the hardest parts of the event is knowing when to switch from quiet socialization to the dancing portion of the evening. Greg & Brooke handled this great and knew when it was time to get the party started. Once the dance floor opened, guests of all ages went wild. Brooke’s grandfather made a tribute and even sang for everyone. (See the George Foreman post below).

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This may be one of my all time favorite pictures. Every bride should get to be so happy!

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I feel that the reception is an opportunity for newlyweds to show their friends and family a bit about who they are as a couple. I love the fact that Brooke & Greg were so true to themselves in the planning of the reception. The entire day was full of special, unique and touching moments that clearly reflected the love they share.

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