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Music Masters is a family-owned, independent mobile dj company based in — get this — Bainbridge Island, Washington. Yes, the hometown of our homegirl Ariel! Not only does Offbeat Bride share that connection with Music Masters, but they've also been one of our sponsors for a gagillion years (roughly), Lovesick Expo vendors for the last two years, and has played tons of wild, offbeat weddings.

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