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Janice and Nick (Wendel Inn DJ)

It’s always a unique experience for me when I get to DJ for people I’ve known for years.  It’s completely different than playing for people who I only get to know during the planning of the wedding reception.  I had the amazing opportunity to play the reception of two wonderful people I’ve known for a long time.  In fact, I’ve known the groom since I was 17.  Janice Karenbauer and Nick Barthen allowed me to be an important part of their fun-filled reception, held at the Wendel Inn, in Balwin, PA.

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Both Janice and Nick are music teachers, so their reception was filled with odes to their love of all things music.

music ice sculpture

A great Pittsburgh tradition, the cookie table was spectacular. (Buckeyes are always my weakness!)

Cookie Table

Being music teachers, the choice of music was very important to Janice and Nick.  They provided some great options for me to use throughout the night, but also left plenty of room for the songs that would get their guests to the dance floor.


I loved getting to be part of this celebration and was thrilled to see these two newlyweds so happy.

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Once it was time to dance, guests got up to party to some great traditional wedding tunes.

Wedding Dance

Line Dance Wedding

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Sing Along DJ

last dance

The reception was a big hit and at the end of the night everyone joined in a giant circle for the next to last song.  It was so much fun for me personally to see so many familiar faces, and watch Janice and Nick celebrate with all of their favorite people.  These two talented music teachers get to enjoy the summer off as they start their new lives together, beginning with a romantic honeymoon in St. Martin.

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