Jeremy Ganss Productions | Favorite Vendor

As a wedding photographer, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best vendors in the Pittsburgh area, and I love being able to refer my brides to people who will provide quality services.

For those brides still planning their weddings, I’d like to highlight a few of my favorite vendors. I’ll start with the DJ services of Jeremy Ganss.

Jeremy was the DJ for Amy and Ian’s wedding back in August. To put it simply, he is the best DJ I’ve ever worked with. Apart from the location you choose, your DJ probably plays the most important role in determining the success of your reception. A good DJ can create an elegant atmosphere and keep the party moving, while a poor one can make guests scatter and leave you cringing from embarrassment.

Jeremy recently provided me with a copy of his F.A.Q. for prospective couples, and I thought I’d share a few with you.

How did you get started doing Weddings?

I started DJing in 1997 and started weddings soon after that in 2000. At that time, I learned first hand all the challenges weddings present. Then in 2005, I began performing full time and have been ever since. I just always had a knack for keeping guests dancing and making the evening very enjoyable for everyone WITHOUT being annoying and cheesy.

Why do you specialize in Weddings?
I am very passionate about weddings and love to see the shining faces of the varied elated guests. No other performance can bring that. I am also attracted to the challenge of music variety, the diversity of the guests, and the intense, detailed planning that Weddings demand.

How do you distinguish yourself from other DJ’s?

First and foremost it would be my personalized service you receive from the first time we speak until the end of your event. I make myself available to you most anytime you need me. I answer my business line up to 10:30pm. I am also someone who is always striving for perfection in every aspect of DJing. I am always trying to improve, whether it be by buying more music, getting the newest equipment, and/or expanding my ever growing wedding knowledge.

Do you play the “cheesy” music some couples hate?

No, unless specifically requested by the Bride/Groom. It is NOT standard for me to play “the Macarena”, “the Hokey Pokey” , or “The Chicken Dance” unless they are specifically requested by the Bride/Groom. Again, this is your day and you can tell me exactly what to and what not to play–it’s up to you!

Why do you feel that you are on of the “Top” DJ’s in the area?
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Over the years, I have met, seen and/or spoken to countless other DJ’s and have received endless feedback and input. I offer a unique mix of:

So, if you’re looking for a DJ for your wedding, be sure to check out Jeremy Ganss.

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Kate and Alex | Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

Kate is a horse girl–she grew up hanging out at the barn, mucking stalls and sweating in spandex. A girl after my own heart, and I immediately liked her.

But really, I can’t see how anyone could not like Kate. She has an infectious smile and a sense of humor that will have you laughing within two minutes. I’m sure those are just a few of the many qualities that made Alex fall in love with her.

Last Saturday, Kate and Alex celebrated a beautiful wedding at the Grand Hall at the Priory in Pittsburgh. It was truly an international celebration, as friends and family flew in from places as far away as England and Germany. I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Priory’s hospitality and the lovely Pittsburgh welcome.

Um…Kate, you are GORGEOUS.

I wanted to jump up and down when I saw the beautiful natural light in this room. Sunlight makes things purty.

Love the hairpiece.

I love this shot of Kate and her mom.

The man of the hour–er, day.

This was the Priory Grand Hall set up before anyone arrived.

Kate definitely had a fun wedding party.

And their take on Abbey road…fitting, as Kate’s family is from England.

Oh no, she didn’t?

Oh yes, she DID!

Kate’s father gave a wonderful toast.

Followed by great speeches from the maid of honor and best man.

Kate danced with her father to a song he composed for her.

LOVE this.

And this.

Congratulations Kate and Alex!

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Brian - Kate & Alex!!!!!!!!

Katie - Kate & Alex!!!

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Nicole Mathews - 🙂 Kate & Alex for sure

Nicole Mathews - 🙂 Great pics of great people!! Love you

Lauren - YEA, Kate and Alex 🙂

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Jessica - Kate and Alex

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Happy Wednesday

One of Astin’s favorite things to do in life is this:

He will happily follow the sunlight around the room all morning. Of course, he doesn’t mind a good ear scratch every now and then, too.

“What are you looking at?”

“Can’t you just let me sleep??”

Hope you’re having a great Wednesday. Got any plans for the holiday weekend? I’m looking forward to photographing two weddings!

Helen Shaver - He’s cute, but no as cute as Ruddy.

Agnieszka - Haha. I love the last 2 shots!!! What an ADORABLE pupp! :o)

Old Economy Village and the Mattress Factory

So, you’re probably wondering what the title of this post means..

Well, last Wednesday Jay and I took the afternoon off to celebrate our anniversary. Being the general history nerds that he…er we are, we drove up to Ambridge to the site of the Harmonists’ Old Economy Village. The Harmonists were a religious group that fled persecution in Germany and came to Pennsylvania in early the 1800’s. From what I gathered, they functioned much like a communistic enclave but had capitalistic connections with the outside world. And they promoted celibacy (which, no surprise here, caused them to die out in the late 1800s). Sorry, just a bit weird in my opinion. Nonetheless, they were hard working folk, and they left some great buildings to explore.

Ok, history lesson is over. In the evening, Jay and I went to the Mattress Factory art museum on Pittsburgh’s North Side. I must say that this was one of the most fun art museums I’ve ever visited. It’s definitely off-the-wall and hands on. If you live in Pittsburgh and haven’t visited it yet, you should definitely see it.

Lastly, we dined at Bangkok Balcony in Squirrel Hill–yum!

Jay and I were definitely 20 years younger than the next person on the tour.

The Harmonists liked their wine and grew their own grapes on site. They still have some vines growing there.

Pretty amazing architecture for its time.

In the Mattress Factory museum.

And this was a 20 second exposure taken in a dark room where you are supposed to sit in for 15 minutes to see what is there. Hmm…interesting.

A crazy attack stapler.

All in all, a fun adventure.

Linda - I've been to Old Economy Village a couple times but I certainly didn't seen it like you captured it!! Wonderful!

I was surprised to read that the Harmonists had a love of wine…you would think that would have resulted in some posterity!!

Milla - Oohh very cool pics! I love the water coming out of the spout! And, we are also huge Thai fans! Can't wait to hang out Wednesday…