DJ, Lighting & Event Designer

Carlo has been at the helm of HUNDREDS of Upstate New York weddings since 1997. Having managed events for Black Tie Entertainment and the Historic Kallet Theater, he's beloved by his clients and brings rare passion and real experience to tailoring events.

As manager of Just Joe & Co., Carlo oversees planning and production for all our events. But, he's also a veteran DJ, performing solo or alongside Joe!  Read more about him here.

Four Reasons to Hire Carlo

1.  A Solid DJ

The right music at the right time, all with a smooth, subtle style of mixing to engage your dance floor

2.  Modest MC

Carlo's delivery is natural and down-to earth, making only fitting and relevant use of the microphone

3.  Creative Planner

Tailored event design and day-of coordination for receptions that FEEL as good as they LOOK!

4.  Calligrapher

Professionally lettered signs, cards & invitations for an elegant, rustic touch, done entirely by hand!

a fresh approach

In 2005, I began to focus solely on weddings, quickly seeing the need to eliminate common DJ traits that disconnected guests. Avoiding unnecessary use of the mic and no longer resorting to trends, games or humor, my events started to feel more organic, resulting in natural, enthusiastic, and unforced applause!

Introductions changed as wellNo more sports-announcer antics or cookie-cutter roll-calls. Instead, I took personal facts from shared history with the couple and weaved them into a story that guests wanted to hear!

You're gonna love what you don't see!

I believe in a smooth production, both visibly and behind the scenes. And technology, while amazing, should never occupy the spotlight. That's why I use use a minimalist footprint --so the sound booth, speakers and all other equipment now take up no more room than a wedding cake!

I've also invested in the same wireless technology seen on shows like "The Voice" ...for sound that's CLEAR -not loud- and able to reach reliably through walls, around corners, in multiple rooms --even outside-- so everything is heard at just the right volume everywhere throughout your venue!

I've been mixing music for over 20 years, but I offer a few other elements that can also really set your event apart...

Love Letters

•  Nearly 4 feet tall, stackable + dimmable
•  Bistro-bulbs for warm, light-up decor
•  Perfect for barns and ballrooms alike!


•  24 ultra-low-profile, wireless fixtures
• Choose from over 100,000 custom colors!
• Transforms virtually ANY venue instantly! 


• Lend a soft, warm glow to linen-covered tables
• Choose from over 100,000 custom colors!

Your Name
In Lights!

•  Feature your names, initials or wedding date
•  Projected prominently on up to two surfaces

Dance Floor FX

• Bring your party to life with impact effects!
• Controlled fade on slow songs and pulses to party music
• Your choice of color wash, starry night, or disco ball!

No-Frills Photo Booth

•  Share photos by text or on social media in real time
•  Wedding-friendly setup -- takes up very little room
•  Choice of classic, rustic, or modern backdrop!
•  Optional full-size UNLIMITED '4x6' PRINTS!


Gorgeously Hand-Lettered

•  Elegant Seating Charts on Glass or Mirror
•  Rustic Chalkboard Signs for Ceremonies
•  Programs & Dinner Banquet Menus
•  Addressed Invitation Envelopes
•  Table, Seating & Escort Cards

I offer 3 simple reception packages:

1.  The Basics

for when its just about the music

•  Sound Ideal for up to 150 guests at any one location
•  Up to 5 hours of music, requests and announcements
•  Wireless microphone for speeches and toasts
•  Travel up to 1 hour included at no added cost
•  $200 credit toward your choice of add-ons

3 payments of $555

2. The Core

All Day.  Any Venue.  One Price!

•  Detailed In-Person Planning and Coordination
•  Tailored music mix for cocktail hour and dinner
•  Sound for any number of guests in one location
•  DJ Dance Party for any number of hours till 11PM
•  Wireless microphone for Toasts and Speeches
•  FREE Travel to most venues in Upstate New York
•  $300 credit toward Lighting or Photo Booth

5 payments of $555

3. The Prime

Enjoy $1000 off a little of everything!

•  Includes everything from The Prime Package, PLUS:
•  Your choice of ANY AND ALL Elegant Lighting Options
•  Photo Booth with Instant Share by Text or Social Media
• Plus Props, Backdrop + Unlimited 4x6 Full-Size Prints
•  $250 Calligraphy Credit for Seating Chart, Cards or Signs
•  FREE TRAVEL anywhere throughout Upstate New York

6 payments of  $555

Special thanks to Ryan H, Kammer Films., Empire West, and The Story Photography for use of their images throughout this site


Reliable Sound • Indoors or Out

•  Crystal-clear sound coverage for up to 250!
•  Unobtrusive, wireless, battery-powered system
•  Microphones for your vows, readers & officiant
•  Prelude music playing as your guests arrive
•  Special entrance music plays right on cue
•  No charge for travel to second location!

Your ceremony is FREE when in the same area as your reception with no additional setup needed,

" There was never a forced or awkward moment when he was in charge.  Everything just sort of happens the way it should! "


" I had absolutely no idea the impact he would have on my wedding, so do yourself and your guests a favor and book him now! "


My Story

Inspired by local entrepreneur Joe Trionfero, I launched  'DJ By Design'  in the fall of 1997. Training in workshops and scouting new talent, I expanded and formed new creative departments centered on lighting, decor, and candid videography.

With such diverse offerings, we saw the need to rebrand, and as 'Syracuse Weddings', experienced rapid growth. My staff would eventually go on to manage concert tours, films and TV shows, nationally!  Proud, I never anticipated the success our company would become, nor the toll such success would take...
Looking back, my family sacrificed much. And while not quite the end, I downsized and closed my storefront. A few months into 2017, I had lunch with renown musician Joe Altier and iscovered we both shared a longing for balance between work and home life. Soon, we decided to partner up for live music and events!

We are incredibly blessed to do what we love, owing an immense thanks to our clients and fans, but especially to those who make it all possible... my wife Catherine, Joe's daughter Abri, and our ridiculously affectionate chihuahua-mascot, Mr. Doo!


1.     Do You Take Requests?   Of course!  I plan your event's soundtrack side-by-side with you!  You'll let me know your must-haves,  do-not-plays, and what level of control you'd like your guests to have. I'll advise you as to what I've seen work and what I know doesn't, but ultimately I cater to YOUR taste in music!

2.     Do You Bring An Assistant?   Always!  Between setup, timing and cues, lighting and helping guests at your photo booth, my assistant is a reliable resource at every reception!  And while exceedingly rare, in the event of an emergency that prevents me from hosting as planned, I can count on their experience to see your event through!

3.     How Do You Dress?   For formal events, I dress accordingly, usually in a black or neutral-toned suit, with or without a complimenting vest and tie. For rustic, outdoor events, my attire consists of a collared shirt, and (if fitting) a neutral vest, and tie. No matter what, I always dress with dignity, respect, and appropriateness to the occasion.

4.     Why Do You Charge More?   I don't cut corners or take chances on the results I deliver! I've invested over $30,000 in sound & lighting for the highest possible standard! Plus, to maintain a legitimate business, more than HALF of my rate goes toward my overhead, taxes, insurance, and a proper wage for my staff.

5.     Will You Hold My Date?   I will hold any specific date requested until 7pm the day following your initial inquiry to give you time to make arrangements for your deposit (which counts toward your balance.)  No commitments are valid, however, until you get a receipt confirming your online payment and/or a countersigned contract.

6.     Do You Offer A Discount?   Many!  When you book (1) an off-peak date, such as weekday, or a Friday or Sunday on a non-holiday weekend.  (2) a non-Holiday date between November 15 and April 1, or (3) when you use a preferred venue or vendor, or (4) pay in full at the time of your deposit -- Bottom line, if I save money, YOU do too!

7.     What is Your DJ & MC Style?   I believe in a smooth, live mix, playing tracks that best fit the mood and moment. I'm also only ever warm and natural on a microphone, speaking only when such is fitting.  I never stream music over Wi-Fi, as such can be unreliable. Instead, I bring backups of everything from songs to equipment, just in case!

8.   Do you Have Any References?   Yes! I have dozens of 5-star reviews on WeddingWire from the past 10 years!  I've also worked with hundreds of vendors and venues that will attest to my performance.  If you'd rather know first hand, I have video of several past events that I'd be delighted to show you when we meet, before you decide to book!