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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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Nicole and Justin (Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel Reception)

Wedding planning is a ton of work.  For some people, hiring a planner to help plan out all the details is a great option to keep from getting overwhelmed.  Nicole and Justin, on the other hand, had no problem at all putting together the perfect wedding reception for their epic celebration at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, PA.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel Wedding

The atmosphere at the Renaissance was spectacular, with lots of custom details including two caricature artists, uplighting, monogram, a fantastic cookie table and even special dog treats for guests to take home for their fur babies.  The ballroom also features one of the best views of the bridges and PNC Park!

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel Ballroom

Wedding Dog Treats and Bags Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel PNC Park View

Nicole and Justin worked hard to provide me excellent song choices for me to play throughout the evening.  There was a wide variety of music for guests to enjoy, everything from country to rock to top 40 hits from the 80s through today.

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Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel Wedding DJ

After the final song, Nicole and Justin prepared a special grand exit to end the evening.  All of their friends and family left the ballroom and cheered for the happy couple as they descended the grand staircase of the hotel.  There was cheers and laughter as the after-party began and the newlyweds got to relax and enjoy the success of their perfect wedding day.

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Claire and Andrew (Renaissance Pittsburgh Wedding Reception)

Couples have told me that they’ve had bad dreams before their wedding day, that no one at the reception will dance.  No matter how much fun your family and friends are, I think it’s easy to worry that for one reason or another, they won’t have a good time when it’s time to celebrate.  My simple advice is always this – when the bride and groom dance, everyone dances.  Claire and Andrew did an amazing job showing their guests exactly how to party at their elegant and fun wedding reception at the stunning Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.

The Renaissance ballroom looked stunning, and I was thrilled that I could provide a custom monogram and red uplighting to make the room look even more amazing.

Claire and Andrew were so fun to work with, and when it came time to dance, they made sure everyone was a part of the celebration.  They both spent tons of time dancing and Claire even ran to tables to drag more people to join them.  They gave their friends and family an authentic reason to celebrate and party, and wow, did they party!  The night ended way too soon, but as the last song ended, the newlyweds were surrounded by all of their favorite people.  It was the perfect ending to a great day.
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Alyson and Michael (Renaissance Pittsburgh DJ)

I love to be organized. I take my role as wedding DJ seriously and know it’s my responsibility to assist in making the wishes of each bride and groom become reality. My job is always fun, but I get the chance to enjoy myself even more when I work with couples who have the same approach to their reception. Because of their organization and attnention to details, I had a fantastic evening DJ’ing for Alyson Rotz and Michael Joyce at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

I could talk forever about what a great venue the Renaissance Hotel makes for a fantastic reception.  The view of Pittsburgh is amazing, and of course, Alyson and Michael had arranged to decorate the ballroom in a beautiful and elegant fashion.

I worked with the newlyweds to create a playlist that would not only suit their style, but was sure to keep everyone happy all night long.  Alyson’s father included some fun requests to kick off the celebration, which included Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up”!


Alyson and Michael’s first dance was choreographed to Keith Urban’s “Without You”.  They did such a great job!

From their wild excitement during the grand entrance, I knew this was going to be a wild night.  Alyson and Michael’s guests jumped up and crowded the dance floor.

All of the guests joined Alyson and Michael on the dance floor for their last dance.  As they leave for their honeymoon in Aruba, they can relax knowing that their hard work and planning had resulted in the perfect celebration.

Laura and Zack (Renaissance Hotel Wedding)

It’s so easy to get caught up in the details of a wedding, and lose focus on what the day is really about.  While all of the individual elements will clearly help make it more special, it all boils down to celebrating the simple love between the bride and groom.  I was fortunate enough to work with a couple that never lost focus at the Renaissance Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.  Laura Kiley and Zack Cataldi had a beautiful and elegant reception in early October.

Kiley Cataldi Wedding

One of my favorite moments of the day was when Laura and Zack came in to see the Symphony Ballroom before the guests entered.  After taking a few moments to take in the beauty of the room, the view, the details, and the cake, Laura said “this is a great bonus”.

Kiley Cataldi Wedding

Even when it came to choosing music, Laura and Zack guided me to play songs that people would want to hear.  It could not have worked out better, as people jumped up to dance to a wide variety of tunes.


Since everyone had come from all over to join in the celebration of these two newlyweds, it wasn’t difficult to get the party started.

Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel Wedding

Laura and Zack even had a few unexpected bonuses when celebrities Jane Seymour and Chelsea Kane stopped in to dance!

Jane Seymour Chelsea Kane

These two are so clearly in love that nothing could have kept their day from being anything but perfect.  Friends and family came together to see Laura and Zack get married, and at the end of the day everyone got so much more.

Maria & Steve (Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel )

Here’s another amazing wedding from the past couple of years that never made it to my website.  Maria Gaydosz and Steve Calvery held a spectacular reception at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.

The Renaissance Hotel is a spectacular place for a reception.  The view of the city from the ballroom is simply breathtaking, and their attention to every detail is simply perfect.

Once again, I had the chance to work with Heather of Weddings By Heather.  She is so great at capturing wonderful moments.

As you can tell by these photos, Maria and Steve’s wedding was one crazy fun party.

Maria and Steve were kind enough to write me a fantastic reference after their wedding.  I feature it on my testimonials page because it so perfectly addresses the important concerns potential clients have. I have such a wonderful time at this reception, I was glad to get know this sweet and wonderful couple.

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