DJ Mark Riva
WEDDINGS BY RIVA, the elegant solution. Mark Riva is a seasoned DJ / Emcee with a specialty in creative boutique weddings as well as a high rate of success in many aspects of the entertainment, media, and special events fields.
Following his formal education in radio and television broadcasting, Riva's diverse career has spanned two decades of full-time experience in every capacity and for every possible occasion, from hundreds of elegant wedding receptions and private parties to top nightclubs and lounges in five countries and fifteen major cities to high-profile corporate events and presentations or some of the world's biggest brands including Ritz Carlton, Virgin, Microsoft, Toyota, Nordstrom, Calvin Klein, Pepsico, AT&T, Guggenheim Museum, Ann Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Quicksilver, Guess, Paul Mitchell, Gotcha, and many more. As a whole, Riva delivers a high-quality and comprehensive service, providing outstanding musical selection, programming and presentation skills, state of the art equipment, and confident and articulate master of ceremonies abilities complimented by a classy and outgoing image and stage personality.
The perfect mix: -DJ and Emcee -Designer and Stylist -Music and Personality -Sound and Voice -Image and Presence -Host and Party Starter -Coordinator and Producer
Know for his bold use of the musical palette that has sparked a major trend in the bridal industry, Riva has an eclectic, international style, and has gained a reputation as a prolific creative resource for the wedding industry. In keeping with his cutting-edge reputation, he strives to be innovative within the loose parameters of a wedding and constantly redefines the sound of good taste. Let's just say he likes to break the rules - politely. Whether weddings or private events, the veteran musical entertainer joyously liberates the modern affair by inviting unexpected elegance and eclecticism into the mix whenever possible. This free-spirited defiance of cliché and his creative, confident combination of refinement and modernity has won over in-the-know clients, venues, and celebrities.
5-hour formal wedding reception including:
Pre-event: * Comprehensive planning, in-person meeting, and unlimited e-mail and phone consultation * Event Itinerary and wedding planning forms * Music menu, custom soundtrack design and playlist Day of event: * DJ performance * Master of Ceremonies (introductions, announcements) * Professional grade sound system with wireless mic * Complete music collection * On-site coordination * Travel, set-up and breakdown.
"Just getting back to the "real world" after a wonderful wedding and honeymoon. You did a FANTASTIC job at the wedding--everyone commented on how good the music was and that they had a great time." – April & Todd Schering
"My husband and I are very non-traditional people with eclectic music taste. When we sat down to discuss our wedding music we cringed when we envisioned the stereotypical 'wedding DJ'. We did not want to listen to bad wedding/bad cruise ship music all night while a DJ obnoxiously blared cheesy phrases into the microphone. We didn't want anyone to be forced to do the Chicken Dance or the Macarena, either, and we certainly did not want to be announced as husband and wife playing to the tune of the Chicago Bull's theme – our guests know who we are. Then I found Mark Riva during a Google search for 'The Ultimate Non-Traditional Wedding DJ'. After meeting with him, we supplied a list of artists and specific tracks, all of which he was familiar. We had a great connection with Mark and his professionalism combined with his artistic style and warm demeanor sold us immediately. I really feel that Mark took the time to know us, and the music mixes that he created for us were outstanding! My husband and I couldn't have been happier – the music really set the mood for the entire evening; it was classy, unique and we received so many compliments from our guests. I have, and would again, highly recommend Mark to anyone getting married or for that matter, anyone looking for a professional, sincere DJ. You're the best Mark!" – Laura Nardella
"I want to thank you for making our wedding such a memorable occasion! You are professional, warm, and so easy to work with - I am so happy that we found you! The fact that you had the same eclectic music taste as we did made it an easy choice for us, and the music mixes were exactly what we were looking for. I still get compliments from our guests – they had an amazing time and really liked the unique selection of music. Your professionalism and communication ensured that everything flowed smoothly and you put our minds at ease, which is so important when juggling multiple wedding tasks. We can't thank you enough my friend - and thanks for continuing to send us your newest mixed CDs – now that's customer service with a unique twist! As always, you are at the top of list when it comes to recommendations." – Matt Nardella
"Thanks again for the wonderful job you did at our wedding. You were great, and we've received a ton of compliments about you. The music, and your personality, went a long way toward making it the sort of evening that we were hoping it would be." – Tim & Terese McIlvain "We very much appreciated how easy it was to work with you, especially since our Chicago party was two days after we returned from Antigua, Guatemala! With only slight direction, you compiled a great set of songs for our reception, and managed it beautifully. And many thanks for putting together all the gift CD's for our guests – they were a huge hit!" – Stephanie & Aldo
"It was an amazing evening and you played a big part of it! We loved how you handled our eclectic mix of music! We know other's enjoyed it too. Thank you so much for making it happen!" – Denis & Trish Underwood
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