Category: Reception Recaps

Carden & Greg | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Carden & Greg

There are two absolutely perfect nights to celebrate a wedding: New Year’s Eve and The 4th of July. And if I had to choose, I would go with The 4th of July as my pick for the perfect night for a wedding – mainly for the warm weather and fireworks. Lucky for me, Carden & Greg chose me to be their MC & DJ for their wedding reception at Chambers Bay – and it was a total blast (pun 110% intended!).

And because Greg asked – and because I try to pull out all the stops for my clients that are actively serving/have served – Carden & Greg’s wedding was the debut of my exclusive, brand new white DJ desk. You can see it in one of the photo below – it’s an absolute beauty and I cannot wait to bring it out to as many of my Puget Sound weddings as I can!

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Chelsea & Chris | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Chelsea & Chris

It’s no secret that Roche Harbor Resort is one of my favorite destination wedding venues in the Pacific Northwest; every wedding reception I’ve ever performed at there is a magical, unforgettable night. And such was the case for Chelsea & Chris’ wedding reception: an epic celebration that left guests of all ages wishing for – and chanting for! – just one more song.

And if it wasn’t for Roche Harbor’s 11 pm sound ordinance, I truly believe Chris & Chelsea’s wedding would have rocked the Roche Harbor Pavilion until six in the morning. Yes indeed, it was that kind of group and definitely one of those nights.

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Mark & Adina | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Adina & Mark

After nearly a decade of DJing weddings, one thing has always remained true: I never feel like I’m performing the same wedding twice. I’m fortunate to work with some awesome couples who want to stay away from what is the perceived standard of a wedding reception. Adina & Mark is one such couple, as they heavily, heavily, heavily featured the 80s throughout their wedding reception.

And I’m not going to lie: Adina & Mark’s wedding reception was one of the most refreshing dance floor sets I have DJ’d in a while. I enjoyed myself immensely as we flipped through everything 80s: from Pop to Rock to New Wave, and everything in between. And their guests loved it – most were Adina & Mark’s friends – and the objective was simple: give everyone the perfect date night out, sans the kids.

Mission: Accomplished.

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McKenzie & Alex | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

McKenzie & Alex

It’s 3:00 am and I just got home from McKenzie & Alex’s wedding at Tierra Retreat Center just outside of Leavenworth. Two things: one, what an AWESOME party despite the fact the weather didn’t cooperate day of and had us resort to Plan B, and two, I’m not sure what I was thinking driving to and from Leavenworth in the same day. Thank you to adrenaline from the dance floor and Matt, who was tonight’s photo booth host for The Puget Sound Photo Booth Co., who trailed behind me and kept me awake. I’m only a young 30, but I’m too old to do that ever again. 😉

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Paul & Rochelle

It was a perfect Saturday night in Seattle as Paul & Rochelle tied the knot before over 200 of their closest family and friends at The Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Paul & Rochelle’s guests had traveled from around the world – literally! – just to be there to celebrate with them; and did they ever celebrate as they kept the dance floor busy for nearly three hours!

Right from start, Paul & Rochelle brought the energy with a perfectly picked Grand Entrance song selection of Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody”. The tone for the rest of the night was set: eat, drink, mingle, and get ready to dance – because tonight, we are one big family and this is going to be one awesome celebration!

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Brian & Melissa | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Brian & Melissa

I always get excited when performing at a venue for the first time. Couple that with a really cool duo – Brian proposed to Melissa at a Seahawks game! – and you can only imagine how excited I was on my way out to Port Gamble the morning of Brian & Melissa’s wedding day. It’s such a neat little spot, and the Port Gamble Pavilion offers both an inside and outside option for the reception. Obviously, since it was November, Brian and Melissa elected the inside option.

And inside the Port Gamble Pavilion, we had a ton of interactive fun with Brian & Melissa’s family and friends! Here’s a couple of the highlights:

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Jim & Carolyn | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Jim & Carolyn

It’s hardly a rare occurrence that I’ll work the weddings of my client’s friends and siblings. But for only the second time in my ten year career, I worked a wedding for one of my client’s parents. Backstory: a few years ago, I was the MC & DJ for Sean & Jamie‘s wedding and Sean’s mother, Carolyn, was thrilled with the end result. So much that when it came time to celebrate her and Jim’s wedding at the Rose Hill Community Center in Mukilteo, she asked me if I would be the Master of Ceremonies and DJ for her wedding.

I was happy to oblige. And really glad I did, as it was the perfect way to cap off the 2015 wedding season.

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Kyle & Liz | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Kyle & Liz

On a Monday evening in Seattle, most were settling in for the night after a long day’s work. At Georgetown Ballroom in the Sodo District of Seattle however, Kyle, Liz and 100 of their closest family and friends were celebrating as if it was a Saturday night. No case of the Mondays here; just a great night of laughter and fun!

Fun fact about how quickly Kyle, Liz and myself connected: I met Kyle & Liz at the Seattle Wedding Show earlier this year, and I was passing out copies of my latest mix CD. Somehow, that led to a reference of a Jimmy Fallon “D-V-D” bit, and from that moment on, I knew we were the perfect match for each other. And I’m honored that they thought the same and asked me to be their MC & DJ.

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Derek & Kelsey | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Derek & Kelsey

My colleague, and wedding officiant extraordinaire, Annemarie Juhlian makes some damn good referrals. When I met Kelsey & Derek for the first time, I knew this was a couple who’s style, personality, and vision for their wedding reception was a perfect match for me and my service offerings. And I was excited to see it all come together for them: we had a great evening of laughter, dancing, and fun for Kelsey, Derek, their wedding party, and about 100 of their closest family members and friends at Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington.

Oh, and this group killed it in the photo booth provided by my company, The Puget Sound Photo Booth Co.; way to ham it up, y’all!

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Krishnan & Shilpa | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Krishnan & Shilpa

It’s not often that I’m asked to DJ an Indian wedding reception. Most of the time, my audio-visiual rental company – Puget Sound Pro Audio Rental – will provide the sound and lighting, as an out-of-state Indian DJ is flown in to perform. However, Krishnan and Shilpa said if I could manage a playlist of Indian music for background music through dinner, I would be good to go. Once the dance floor opened after their first dance, I was free to play an American-style open format set.

I said that wouldn’t be a problem, and was happy to oblige. And what a fun night it was at The Westin in Bellevue, Washington, for two of the nicest people I’ve ever met, despite the fact Krishnan was a 49ers fan… 😉

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