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Preston and Laura Congratulations!! – 9 June 2012

Preston and Laura got me out of Pittsburgh!
I had the pleasure of performing at their wedding in Johnstown, a market I had hoped to be exposed to for a long while. When they contacted me, Preston informed me I was his choice, because of the diversity of my musical knowledge, and how impressed he was with my reviews and recommendations. I was very proud to hear I was so highly regarded. We shared many different ideas to bring their reception to life, which made the flow go really smoothly without any guessing.
The happy couple chose the talents of In-Vision Studio upon my recommendation, which gave me an extra boost of confidence, knowing they trusted my input. Photographers Steve and Barb Barry, also had ties to Johnstown, so is was serendipitous to have them involved.
The Frank J. Pasquerilla Center was a great venue to play in. The manager, Pablo, and his staff, were quite polite, and made my experience in Johnstown very pleasant.
The uplighting was in the capable hands of Dustin Greene of Top Dog Productions, and coordination of event planner Joelle Hadix

I would like to thank everyone for their hospitality, and especially Preston and Laura for choosing Nameless Entertainment 🙂
All my best!
~A~


Congratulations Heather & Bryan, another great one!! 26 May 2012

I knew Heather and Bryan were a good fit for me the moment I met them.
They were a very easy couple to get along with, and I couldn’t wait to be part of their day!

The reception was held at The Georgetown Centre in the South Hills (Pittsburgh), and I always have a pleasant experience working with their staff.
I had a really fantastic guest response, and everyone came ready to party. Heather’s dad hammed it up, and was pretty hilarious. I think he was definitely the highlight of my evening!
One of the most important things a couple can tell me, is how comfortable I made them feel, and their having the most confidence in my performing beyond their expectations. That is something I do for all my wedding couples, but still really nice to hear 🙂 I had the opportunity to work with photographer Matt Gaydos, and it is always nice to work with someone with a great personality 🙂

My really awesome feel good moment, was running into Heather and Bryan over the July 4th holiday, and they still couldn’t thank me enough! Well if I may politely correct you, I can’t thank YOU enough for making me part of your day.

All the best you Heather and Bryan!


Ashley and JD… Unique couple, unique venue – 19 Nov 2011

This is one I should have written a really long time ago!

Ashley and I had been acquainted for some time before she asked me to be the entertainment at her wedding, so accepting this event was a no brainer for me 🙂

Ashley (or AY as her close friends call her), has a really energetic and bubbly personality, and JD was definitely more laid back when I met him. As a couple, they were very creative and lots of fun! When presented with the venue, I was a bit skeptical about how it would work in a theater setting, but I was in no way disappointed when I got the opportunity to perform at The New Hazlett Theater. Manager, Alex Bard, was very accommodating, and a pleasure to work with.

This reception was quite a challenge for me and my interactive style, since I work alone, and where I was placed was in an elevated position, but I was able to make adjustments!
Since the venue was a theater, of course the theme was theatrical. The creativity that went into the decor was really great, romantic movie poster replicas (featuring AY and JD of course), a realistic movie set for the ceremony, and the Smurfy cake!

Some of the highlights that were pretty memorable to me, the Grand Entrance, when everyone was introduced, they stayed in the balconies for a really cool interpretative dance routine before dinner, a hilarious cake cutting routine, and Ashley breaking out into a mock flash mob with her friends partway through the evening. I had the pleasure of working with photographer, Tressa McCune, and event planner, Veronica Stewart, of Exquisite Events
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I really enjoyed working at such a unique venue, and would be more than happy to endorse The New Hazlett Theater to anyone looking for a really different place to party!

Thank you so much Ashley and JD, for such a unique experience!


Ardie & Kyle…. 2 years in the making

My first contact with Ardie and her mom, was at the 2010 Pittsburgh Bridal Showcase. She had a really infectious personality, and you couldn’t help but love her!

When I heard from her almost a year later, our conversation went something like this:

Thank you for calling Nameless Entertainment, This is Arron.
“Hi!!”
Hi yourself!
“Are you open in May 2012?”
I have a few dates open, what do you need?
“I need you… To DJ my wedding!”

I must say I was quite flattered, after speaking to her, Ardie told me, before she was even engaged, I was her choice to perform at her wedding. In fact, I was the only thing she was sure of besides the date 🙂

I very much looked forward to Ardie and Kyle’s wedding, because it gave me the opportunity to work at one of my favorite venues, The Heinz History Center, and the pleasure of collaborating with banquet manager, Maura Minteer, not to mention, the photography talents of Leeann Marie, and her assistant Alisa. I couldn’t have been happier!

The guest response was great, and Ardie was a complete joy to work with, her energy and enthusiasm made it so easy to accomplish the anticipated task.

2 years in the making,Ardie & Kyle, GOOD SHOW!!


Thank you Mike and Tiffany…. Congrats!

Small reception, BIG fun!!
What can I say about this wedding, FANTASTIC! With such a positive feed from the guests, this reception was a real blast.


I met Mike and Tiffany via recommendation from his cousin, who attended a wedding I did a few years ago, and I really appreciate when people remember my work, and trust me enough to pass my name on, I never get tired of that.
Anyway, a really fun loving group, and surprisingly with the slight obstacle of an elevated dance floor, there was no stopping these people!

The team I was more than happy to work with, consisted of Mascaro’s Catering, exclusive to the Kingston Hall. June Miller and her daughter Terri, communicated well, and the staff was fast and efficient. It was great working with sisters, Beth and Aimee of Studio W Photography. A friend of the groom built a photo booth, and it fit the event well.

All in all, it was another awesome reason why I love my job, thank you again to Mr. and Mrs. Hoteck, for allowing me to be part of your big day!


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~


A bad experience too hard to title

After 20 years of entertaining, I have never really run into a fellow service provider that I hate to work with. I mean, there are always some with questionable work ethics, and maybe kind of sloppy, but no one I absolutely flat out refuse to work with (well, there is a certain caterer too). Until now…..

Professional courtesy prevents me from publicly naming this particular individual, but soon enough, when any of my future prospective clients have already booked him, I will turn down the job.

This man is a great photographer, but unfortunately, is as crude as any imaginable caveman would be. He is insulting, he drinks at all his events, he call people by the wrong name (and I mean brides and grooms!) he hits on bridesmaids, and he is a perverted jerk. That all seems forgivable, because clients love his finished product, and really has nothing to do with me.
Where it gets ugly, he has referred me a few times in the past, and I have booked less than 50% of the names he has given me, but most were solid clients, and actually have ended up liking me, more than him. We had a standing agreement, that I would offer a discount for my services, as a good faith gesture for the referral. The last couple times we’ve worked together, he had mentioned the fact that I have not given him anything, and I kindly replied, “I don’t work that way, you don’t have to refer me anymore”. This most recent time, he went on to actually name other entertainers, that have given kickback, ranging between $50-$100. I once again replied “you did not have to refer me”.
It baffles me, I give your clients a discount, and then you ask me for money, I lose twice, not exactly a fair deal. What am I supposed to do, quote a higher price, pretend to give a discount, and then kick back to you?!?!?

The last nail came on 30 September 2011. He walks into the room, and the first thing he says is “are you gonna thank me for getting you this job?” First of all, you gave me a referral, I got myself the job. Second, I called and thanked you, when I booked, how soon we forget! He next went on about how other guys have given him money, where’s mine? He next mentioned how much weight I’ve gained, which I have not, besides, I have a scale, a mirror, and a doctor to tell me I’m fat, but thanks for pointing that out 😉 Now he has done that on more than one occasion, and I’ve put my pride on a shelf, because it may or not have been good business. Where his COMPLETE lack of professional courtesy comes in, he interrupts me in the middle of my welcome speech to the wedding guests, to plug his company!! I believe photographers are really important, but to blatantly sidetrack the emcee, while he’s addressing the crowd, diminishes, and undermines the sense that I have direction of the event. He has done it before, but has at least waited until I’ve finished my welcome speech. I was able to recover, and directed ALL the attention to him, and seemingly joked with the guests, that he needed recognition. But I’m sure the damage was done, and the guests questioned my control of the event.

So, for the first time in my career, I have a DO NOT CALL list, and if anyone mentions this photographer, I will respectfully decline the event. I would hope he learns his lesson, but unfortunately, he is one of the top photographers in Pittsburgh, and he’s close to retirement, so his actions will likely go unnoticed, and unpunished.