Category Archives: J. Verno Studios

Shoshana and Aaron (J Verno’s Studios)

Since “normal” life doesn’t stop when you’re planning your wedding, most people have to choose which details to focus on when putting together the perfect celebration.  Shoshana and Aaron chose music as one of those details and created the perfect soundtrack for their ceremony and reception at J. Verno Studios in the South Side of Pittsburgh.

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The ceremony was romantic and intimate.  Shoshana and Aaron chose special music and readings which provided a contemporary feel while also including jewish traditions such as the chuppah and breaking of glass.

As dinner came to a close, it was difficult to keep people from the dance floor.  Shoshana and Aaron’s friends and family were anxious to get the party started and had a blast dancing to a great variety of music from all genres.  The evening ended with the newlyweds surrounded by their friends and family as everyone sang along to the last song.  The couple is now off to enjoy a well deserved European honeymoon.

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Ashley and Matt (J Verno Studios DJ)

I love working with couples who not only love music, but who know how much fun it can be to use a specific song to enhance their wedding reception.  I had a blast working with Ashley and Matt to create a once in a lifetime mix of music that suited them perfectly.

Olander Merks Wedding

The reception, which was held at J. Verno Studios, kicked off with a grand entrance, which featured each couple of the bridal party walking in to custom songs.  Afterwards Ashley and Matt danced to a unique and romantic mix of two Elton John songs.

The music the newlyweds chose for their day was a perfect reflection of their personal style.  With dinner and formal events out of the way, the dance party quickly began.  Everyone had a fantastic time dancing to a great variety of music and no one was ready for the party to end.  The couple now gets to continue their celebration in St. Lucia.

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Kathryn and Michael (J. Verno Studios DJ)

Wedding days are romantic, elegant, and always unique.  Everyone knows the main purpose of the day is to acknowledge the love of the newlyweds as they begin their new lives together.  While every couple chooses their own way to mark the occasion, I have the best time working with those who really know that this day is meant to be celebrated.  This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be a part of Kathryn and Michael’s big day held at J Verno Studios in the Southside of Pittsburgh, PA.  Thanks to their excitement and enthusiasm, all of their guests had no choice but join in the celebration.

Bayliss Wedding

J Verno Studios was the perfect venue for both the ceremony and reception.  The large contemporary space allowed the couple to set the perfect atmosphere for their nuptials.  I had a ton of fun pulling music together for Kathryn and Michael.  They gave me direction as far as styles, and allowed me to choose the songs that would create just the right mix.  In one of the most brilliant decisions ever, the newlyweds chose to follow-up their grand entrance with an instant mini-dance party with all of the guests.  Everyone filled the dance floor for 7 minutes of complete chaos where everyone danced, laughed, hugged and got a sneak peak of how the rest of the evening was going to be.

I find it hard to imagine there was any wedding happening in Pittsburgh that came even close to the fun and jubilation that Kathryn and Michael had at their extraordinary winter wedding.  I’m thrilled they chose to have me play part in this once in a lifetime celebration.

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Stephanie and Nick (J. Verno Studios Wedding DJ)

I talk a lot about the various details of each wedding, and there certainly is a lot to discuss.  The actual dancing portion of the evening only makes for a small percentage of my DJ responsibilities.  That said, it is also the most fun part of being a DJ.  I find that getting to play great music while everyone joins in a celebration is the best way for me to enjoy all the hard work of the day.  I had an amazing time playing music for Stephanie Shelley and Nick Strasser’s wedding reception at J. Verno Studios in Pittsburgh, PA.  Their friends and family came to dance, sing, and party, and no one left disappointed.

Shelley Strasser Wedding

There simply is no wedding venue in Pittsburgh as unique and stunning as J. Verno’s.

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Stephanie and Nick knew that even though they were having an intimate Friday night wedding, that dancing was going to be important to their guests.  They chose a wonderful mix of fun party music which really made everyone get wild on the dance floor.


J. Verno Studio is a photography studio, which means the lighting was fantastic for the newlyweds’ first dance.

Afterwards, the celebration was quickly underway and never let up.

Almost a year ago, I was the DJ for Stephanie’s sister’s wedding.  It was great fun to see Niki and Neil again, having a great time tearing up the floor.

As the last song ended, Nick commented to me about how everyone could keep dancing for 5 more hours.  The majority of their guests had stayed until the very end of the night and could have easily stayed for more.  Everyone left knowing that this was one of the best celebrations they had ever attended.  Stephanie and Nick are off for 2 weeks in Mexico, where I’m pretty confident they’re doing a little more dancing.

Bethany and Aniceto (J Verno Studios DJ)

I tell every couple I meet that their guests will take their cues from the bride and groom throughout the wedding day.  If the bride and groom are having the time of their lives, then it’s easy for family and friends to relax and enjoy themselves.  If the bride and groom seem disappointed or uninterested in their reception, the guests won’t enjoy themselves nearly as much.  This past Saturday I had a chance to DJ for the wedding and reception of Bethany Cortese and Aniceto Sousa at J. Verno Studios in the Southside of Pittsburgh, PA.  Not only did these newlyweds clearly love every minute of their big day, they created so much energy that their guests couldn’t help but join in the celebration. (as you can see by the photo… this is one very happy couple!)

Cortese Sousa Wedding

I’ve been lucky enough to DJ at J. Verno many times before.  It’s a marvelous place for both a wedding & reception.  I provided music for the ceremony which was beautiful and elegant.

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While guests enjoyed cocktails, the room was transformed for the reception. Kudos to Erin the wedding planner from Divine Celebrations for keeping everything moving smoothly all night long.

J Verno Reception

Beth and Aniceto chose the perfect wedding music to make the day spectacular.  Their guests rushed to the dance floor and didn’t let up until very last song.  It was truly amazing.


Bethany and Aniceto are sweet and kind, but are also extremely fun and a little wild.  All of which makes for a great wedding day.

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Aniceto warned me that they had a dancing crowd, but nothing could have prepared me for this group!

J Verno Studios DJ

Bethany may have danced more and harder than any bride I’ve ever seen.  This clearly helped keep everyone on the dance floor really excited.  Aniceto also spent a great deal of time of dancing and singing as well.  It was great seeing how their joy, excitement, and love was transfered to each and every one of their guests.  Not only did it help keep everyone dancing til the very end,  I’m sure all of their guests will be full of excitent for Bethany and Aniceto for years to come.

Heather and Jesse (J Verno Studios DJ)

While I love all types of music, every once in a while I get to DJ for a couple who’s musical style is exactly what I would choose if I were planning my wedding reception in 2011.  I had a great time preparing the music for Heather Mullen and Jesse Evans’ elegant celebration held at J Verno Studio in the Southside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Mullens Evans DJ

I could go on and on about J Verno Studio’s.  Such an amazing venue for a wedding.  As Heather put it, it’s a little “funky”, just like her and Jesse.  I loved their setup for the ceremony.

J Verno Studio

I can’t thank Heather and Jesse enough for turning me on to the Vitamin String Quartet’s music, which we used for most of the ceremony.  Cocktail hour featured a great selection of 90’s rock which really helped create a fun vibe that lasted throughout the night.  The whole mix of music really worked out perfectly.


Heather and Jesse had a wonderfully choreographed first dance, easily one of the best I’ve seen.  They looked like they were having so much fun, I can’t even believe they only had 2 dance lessons!

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Things got a little wild on the dance floor when it was really time to celebrate!

Pittsburgh Wedding DJ

Pittsburgh Wedding DJ

Best flower girl robot dance ever!

Flower Girl Robot Dance

Southside wedding DJ

Southside wedding DJ

J Verno Studio Wedding

Not only did I absolutely love the music choices including classical, 90’s rock, Rat Pack, oldies, and modern dance hits, but guests kept commenting to me throughout the night about how much they were enjoying the musical selections.  Heather and Jesse nailed a playlist that appealed not only to their tastes but to all of their friends and family’s as well.  Perhaps they’ll add some new Jamaican hits to their favorite music as they head off to relax on their honeymoon.