Category: Reception Recaps

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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Bucky & Corissa | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Bucky & Corissa

August 29, 2015 will be a Saturday I’ll never forget. The weather was garbage; hard rain and high winds brought about a power outage at High Cedars Golf Course in Orting, about an hour prior to the scheduled start time of Bucky & Corissa’s wedding ceremony. For a DJ, this is the worst case scenario.

Thankfully, I’ve prepared for “doomsday” scenarios like this; and after racing back to my office to obtain my Hondau EU2000i silent generator, I had just enough juice to provide sound reinforcement for the ceremony and, with a little luck, run my reception sound system until the power came back on.

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Vin & Erika | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Vin & Erika

What happens when you mix Luke Bryan’s “Kick The Dust Up” with California Swag District’s “Teach Me How To Dougie”? You get a huge roar of approval from Vin, Erika, and their wedding guests. And that’s one of the best parts about DJing: playing what they expect and following it up with something they weren’t expecting. That’s the open-format approach and it’s why I love working for couples like Vin & Erika, who trust what I’m doing with the dance floor.

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Luke & Monica | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Luke & Monica

What a beautiful Sunday it was for Luke & Monica’s wedding celebration at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington! And let me tell ya: these two were made for each other as both shared a passion for video games, an industry they both work in. Luke is an Australian gentleman from Melbourne, and Monica has such a unique personality; her charisma instantly draws you in.

(Also, Monica comes from a family that has trusted me with serving as the Master of Ceremonies and DJ for two daughters now. And I’m sure when it comes time to plan their son’s wedding, I’ll get the call! Thank you, Greg & Karen!)

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Kevin & Janae | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Kevin & Janae

You couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque day at The Kelley Farm for Kevin & Janae’s wedding reception! The weather was perfect, the barn was all decked out, Janae looked stunningly beautiful (Kevin, you are one lucky man!), and the atmosphere was upbeat and festive. And right from the get-go, Kevin & Janae’s wedding party were challenged to a dance-off contest with Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” as the song of choice! And after dinner, if guests weren’t on the dance floor, they were in the Open Air photo booth provided by The Puget Sound Photo Booth Co. taking hilarious photos!

And let’s be real here: when you feature “My Humps” for the garter removal AND end the night appropriately with N*SYNC’s “Bye, Bye, Bye” leaving everyone hot, sweaty, and still wanting more, you threw a kick-ass party. So props to Kevin & Janae, I hope your driver had the AC on in your getaway car!

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Jessie & Amanda | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Jessie & Amanda

Congratulations to Jessie & Amanda as they married, and then celebrated, at Union Station in downtown Tacoma, Washington! Their reception was the perfect mix of elegance, class, and fun at one of the finer wedding venues in the city of Tacoma. There’s just something about marble floors and vaulted ceilings and very few, if any, wedding venues in the area offer those features.

One can easily note how Jessie & Amanda’s musical selections reflected their wedding reception vision. After a very traditional wedding ceremony, the evening’s playlist started with timeless selections by crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dean Martin. Then, they teased the fun to come by making their Grand Entrance to Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” before returning to crooners (classical and contemporary) for dinner.

And then, after dinner and the formalities, it was time to party.

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Jason & Jordan | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Jason & Jordan

If there is one thing I love, it’s a good barn party with a mix of country and pop music. So, a special thank you to Jason & Jordan, who asked me to serve as the Master of Ceremonies and DJ for their wedding reception at Springwood Ranch in Thorpe, Washington. You two nailed it with a perfect country-style wedding ceremony and reception!

And your song selections for the formalities were spot-on! “Wrapped Up In You” by Garth Brooks? That’s one of my favorite Garth Brooks songs of all-time and I’m glad you selected it for your ceremony’s Recessional, as that’s the perfect song for that moment. You two did a great job of picking the songs you know and love for the formalities, and making them your own. Bravo! Well done.

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Matt & Megan | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Matt & Megan

When a couple tells me they have eighteen people in their wedding party, it’s typically a sign that their reception has the potential to be one of those epic nights. And for Matt & Megan, this was most definitely the case as we rocked the Normandy Park Community Club on July 24th, 2015.

(And call it a hunch, but after this reception, I think this Silento “Watch Me” song will be huge.)

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Bryan & Andrea | Tony Schwartz: Wedding MC & DJ

Bryan & Andrea

As I sit here and struggle to put Andrea & Bryan’s wedding reception in words, only one word comes to mind: perfection. And I know, it might seem like a cliché word here on my Real Weddings blog, but I can’t stop thinking about what went down last night, July 4, 2015, at the beautiful Laurel Creek Manor in Sumner, Washington. I believe I can sum it up best with this photo, which was masterfully captured by wedding photographer extraordinaire Melissa Kilner:

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