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Courtney and Brian are married!!

I had the great pleasure of performing for a rather entertaining family on 14 April 2012.
The recommendation came from my good and oft mentioned friend Jonathan Mihellis!
I was at first apprehensive, as I normally do not make it customary to book clients I have never met, but from the first time I spoke to the mother of the bride, I felt immediately comfortable.

The reception was held at the Weirton KofC. Kassy Piergallini and her staff were a great pleasure to work with. Jonathan provided the uplighting for the event through his company, A Cut Above Music and Entertainment. Photographer, Ryan Walsh, and his brother Brendan, were there to capture the whole thing.

This family was pretty unique, and one of the most original wedding receptions I’ve ever performed. The groom wrote and recorded the couple’s first dance (yes, I know it’s been done), but just before the party really got started, Courtney’s dad informed me that there would be a short “performance” before the dancing begun. Imagine my surprise when I saw a large box filled with balls, bowling pins and fire sticks…. Did I mention unicycles?? As an initiation into the family, Brian had to perform with Courtney’s siblings and father, and I have to be honest, for a moment, I was outdone 🙂 The whole evening was spectacular, and I was really happy to be part of the whole thing. Much thanks to the Ridge and Kissinger families!


Wrap up of 2011

This is a couple of weeks late, but I am still a work in progress when it comes to blogging!

I first want to graciously thank everyone that made 2011 a fantastic year for me! I’ve had the opportunity to be part of some of the most heart touching events I’ve ever seen (to date!)

There have been some new experiences and unique ideas for future events, which I look forward to implementing, thanks to my client’s forward thinking :-). I’ve had the opportunity to finally work with Joanne Bartone and Karen Wainwright of Joanne Bartone Photography, and also Leeann Marie Golish of Leeann Marie Photography. Both whom I really admire. This year has also given me the pleasure of working with David and Sara Frye of Magic Your Way Weddings, whom I hope to work with again! They did a fantastic write up of me in their blog, I really appreciate that. I cannot forget the other entertainers that have sent me referrals, namely Kelli Burns, and Jonathan Mihellis, they have sent me countless client referrals, with no reservations about my commitment and ability to perform well. And not asking for anything but reciprocation in return, that is gold to me.

Of the many venues I’ve worked this year, 3 stand out as my favorites. Simply because they didn’t treat me as just another guy passing through. Suzi Hawkins of the Mayernik Center, Tony Lee of the Renaissance Pittsburgh, and Tawnya Rockwell of the Youghiogheny Country Club. It always makes my day to know when I am working with someone that takes just a little time to be attentive and respectful, thank you all!! Not at all least, one of my favorite people on the planet, Erin Calvimontes of Divine Celebrations , planner extraordinaire, always a pleasure to work with you!

And finally to my Nameless family, whom there are too many to mention:
You have brought me into your lives, if but for a moment, to be part of some of your most memorable events. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for allowing me to do what I love, I cannot describe how awesome that makes me feel…. BRING ON 2012!!

~A~