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Amanda and Andrew (Wedding Reception at the Soldiers and Sailors Museum)

As a wedding DJ, I’m often asked, “Can guests request songs?” My usual response? Absolutely, if the couple is up for it! Many newlyweds-to-be feel a bit apprehensive about opening the floor to guest requests, fearing a mismatched vibe. But Amanda and Andrew defied the norm. They not only welcomed guest requests but embraced them, creating a celebration that left a lasting mark on everyone.

Their unforgettable wedding reception unfolded at the enchanting Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, PA. Stepping into the grand ballroom, guests knew they were in for an evening filled with joy, delectable treats, and, of course, lots of dancing.

Amanda and Andrew set the tone for an energetic evening, engaging with nearly every guest as they swayed and twirled on the dance floor. From young to young-at-heart, everyone got in on the action, making diverse requests that spanned every musical genre.

Amanda and Andrew’s wedding was a resounding reminder that opening the door to guest requests can lead to a remarkable and heartwarming celebration. Their story inspires couples seeking a lively and inclusive wedding where the happiness of their loved ones takes center stage. Cheers to Amanda and Andrew, and to the journey they’ve embarked upon, hand in hand!

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Rachel and Brendan (Soldiers and Sailors Wedding Reception)

Rachel and Brendan’s wedding reception was an extraordinary celebration that exemplified the power of a well-curated playlist. Held at the historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, PA, their special day was a stunning reflection of their unique taste and style.

The ballroom of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall served as the perfect backdrop, exuding an air of timeless elegance that perfectly complemented the significance of the occasion. From the moment guests arrived, it was clear that this would be an unforgettable celebration.

One of the most enchanting moments of the evening was the father/daughter dance, a beautiful tribute to the deep bond between Rachel and her father. I was able to incorporate audio from an old video capturing a young Rachel singing “Going To The Chapel” alongside her dad. The heartfelt nostalgia and the genuine emotions emanating from that moment were shared with all the guests.

Throughout the night, Rachel and Brendan’s playlist continued to captivate and delight. From the energetic beats that ignited the dance floor to the infectious sing-alongs that reverberated through the hall, the music became the catalyst for an unforgettable celebration. Guests of all ages gathered, their laughter and applause filling the space as they danced and sang along to a diverse range of hits spanning the years.

The night slipped away too quickly. As the final songs played, Rachel and Brendan found themselves surrounded by their loved ones, creating a circle of love and support that symbolized the joyous union they were celebrating. With every heartfelt goodbye, the couple bid farewell to a perfect evening, ready to embark on their well-earned honeymoon in France.

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Erin and Jason (Soldiers and Sailors Wedding Reception)

It’s important to choose music for your reception that will be special for yourself as well as your guests.  For some couples, this can mean just a few fun dancing songs that their friends and family will enjoy.  For Erin  & Jason, this meant a great variety of unique choices that helped create amazing memories at their reception.

The celebration was held at the historic and beautiful Soldiers and Sailors Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.  The main ballroom looked absolutely stunning!

When it was time to dance, everyone joined in a celebration full of wedding classics and one-of-a-kind song selections that Erin and Jason had chosen to make their night unforgettable.  There were many fun and exciting sing-alongs to Styx (Come Sail Away), Hamilton (My Shot), The Righteous Brothers (You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling).  One the the best was when Jason and his friends sang along to Mulan’s “I’ll Make A Man Out of You”.


All of this special music made for an evening were everyone felt they could relax and join in the fun.  The night came to an end when they handed out small flags and red, white and blue glow sticks as everyone came to the dance floor for “God Bless the USA”.  Erin and Jason chose the perfect songs for their guests and it made for a night I’m sure no one will forget!

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Lauren and Kyle (Soldiers and Sailors)

While almost everyone likes to have fun, there are people in the world who just ARE fun.  They can’t help but infuse their personalities into everything they do.  I feel fortunate when I get to DJ a wedding for couples like this since it’s guaranteed to be a unique and wonderful evening.  Lauren and Kyle’s wedding reception was an amazing celebration full of great moments and special touches that was a perfect reflection of their style.


The wedding reception was held on a perfect Fall day at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland.  I’m so glad Lauren and Kyle gave me a chance to provide uplighting and a monogram in the ballroom.



Lauren and Kyle gave their guests a real evening to remember.  Everything from the candy buffet to the Princess Bride themed caked topper made for a fun and relaxed evening.  After a very customized Father-Daughter dance, everyone came to the dance floor and sang, danced, and got a little wild.  The newlyweds made it all seem so easy since nothing seemed forced, instead it all was a natural match for who they are.  The happy (and super fun) couple will soon be headed for more good times on their Hawaiian honeymoon!


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Sarah and Tim (Soldiers and Sailors DJ)

Details, details, details.  Every engaged couple tries to figure out how to make their wedding stand out without getting carried away.  This past Friday I was thoroughly impressed with Sarah Mastalski and Tim Stewart, as they used details in a fun and modern way at their reception at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, PA.

Mastalski Stewart Wedding DJ

The graphic designer in me just couldn’t help but be impressed with the way Sarah and Tim used their wedding colors of yellow and gray at the reception in such a stylish and unique way.

Yellow Gray Wedding details

Sarah’s cousin and Maid of Honor made the a one-of-a-kind cake that captured the bride and groom perfectly.

fishing sport wedding cake

Sarah and I talked a bit during the week leading up to the wedding.  She had great song ideas that made preparing for the wedding fun for me as I was finding just the right songs to include in their playlist.


Sarah and Tim were so relaxed throughout the night, they were able to enjoy the special time with friends and family.

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After the formal festivities there was tons of time for dancing, visiting and celebrating.

Stewart Pittsburgh DJ

I have to say, Sarah’s bridesmaids were so friendly and funny, they were on the dance floor all night long. (Sarah and Tim’s wedding ceremony was held outside at Phipps Conservatory – short bridesmaids dresses for a hot July wedding was genius!)

Yellow Gray Bridesmaids

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After the reception, the guests sent off the newlyweds with a sparkler farewell.

Sparkler wedding

Wedding Farewell

At the end of evening, both Sarah and Tim looked amazing, and were ready to head out to the after party.  Their wedding day had been as elegant, fun and stylish as they are. The newlyweds can now focus on the details for their honeymoon in Spain.

Ellen and Ron (Soldiers and Sailors Reception)

This labor day weekend I had the chance to perform at Soldiers and Sailors Museum in Oakland for the wedding of Ellen Bobrow and Ronald Nestico. Working with Ellen & Ron was so much fun, they had a lot of great ideas to make their day so unique. They had the room setup with different food stations that featured a variety of ethnic foods… the food was amazing.


Ellen & Ron chose a nice variety of music for the reception, including some great Italian favorites for dinner. They are big 80’s fans, they chose some amazingly great party songs for their guests to dance to.

You have to sing along to “Living On A Prayer” – you just HAVE to!


I can’t say enough how great it was to work with Ellen & Ron, they were so much fun and it was clear that they were having a great time all night long!


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