Justin & Ashley

September 3, 2011
Justin & Ashley

Justin & Ashley: what a fantastic couple! From the moment I first met Ashley at the Seattle Wedding Show, I knew I HAD to be a part of their wedding; and I was honored to be brought on as their MC & DJ. We planned a fantastic evening of entertainment for their family and friends and it all went perfectly! It was one of those nights where I drive home exhausted, but with a huge smile on my face!

So many really cool presentations happened at this reception at the Salish Lodge; the tone was set from the Grand Entrance which featured song skits for each wedding party pairing. My personal favorite was Jessica & Luke’s skit to Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishing In The Dark”, which you can see both the skit and the reaction of the guests in two of the photos below.

Also, Justin had a really cool surprise for the Garter Removal. He pulled me aside during one of our planning meetings and asked if I had a cowboy hat, by chance. I did. So I brought that and while Ashley was doing the Bouquet Toss, Justin snuck over to my booth and I handed him the cowboy hat. After the bouquet was caught and the ensuing photo, Tim McGraw comes blaring and Justin walks over to his bride and begins the Garter Removal, much to the cheer of the guests. It was a small touch, but it really made the moment that much better.

Another one of my favorite presentations was Ashley & Justin’s Dollar Dance which brought in a ton of money for their honeymoon. I’d love to tell you what we did, but I can’t disclose it publicly because a lot of DJs would love to steal this idea from me ūüėȬ† Schedule¬†a consultation with me and I’ll be more than happy to talk about it with you!

Finally, there was the dancing: tons of energy and no one wanted to leave the dance floor as I mixed a variety of genres – a lil’ something for their elder guests, followed by a lil’ something for Ashley & Justin’s friends, followed by a lil’ something for everyone. It always works when I have the right crowd – fortunately, my brides and grooms always have “the right crowd”. Someone even boo’d me when I called out the Last Dance; that person later came up to me and said to consider that the ultimate compliment as it was the best wedding he’d ever been to.¬†This is why I love what I do. ūüôā

Tony Schwartz

Musical Selections

Cocktail Hour: Contemporary Crooners

Dinner: Soft Contemporary, Country, Rock & Roll, Crooners, Soft Pop

Formal Selections

Dancing: Rock & Roll, Country, Top 40, Hip-Hop, 80s, 90s

Photo Courtesy: Clara Ganey Photography