Thursday, June 14, 2018

A Cookery Wedding for Juli and Alex in Durham, NC

 I was so excited to play for Juli, Alex and their guests at The Cookery in Durham on June 10th!  They both work there, so when I was asked to DJ their wedding I was so honored!  They have heard every DJ in the area.

The ceremony was held in the back garden and I provided mics for their officiant, Elvis Woody and well as one on Alex.  I also handled the music.  The wedding party walked down the aisle to The Beatles song “In My Life” performed by Jake Shimabukuro.  Juli & her Father walked down to “Here Comes The Sun” by The United Guitar Players. After a short ceremony with hand written vows, they recessed to “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.  I invited the 120 guests inside for the cocktail hour. The guests were more than happy to go in and get out of the heat.

The cocktail hour was in the front room of The Cookery and I had a mix of classic standards and big band playing. Juli & Alex are really good swing dancers, so this was perfect (as were my black & white wingtips I wore for them).  After pics & video were done by Liz from Heirloom Collective & Bradley Reynolds, I invited the guest to the new ballroom for dinner and dancing with help from planners A Swanky Affair.

I introduced the wedding party to “Best Of My Love” and Juli & Alex to “Bring Em Out”. Yes!!!  They welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming followed by a blessing by Alex’s cousin Jay.  The salads were already out and I went into a dinner playlist similar to cocktails. The Durham Catering buffet soon opened in the middle of the room.  After dinner we had the toasts, a fun shoe game and the Two Roosters Ice Cream truck opened outside.

We had the first dance and parents dances before opening the dance floor to everyone. Juli & Alex had their dance to the 2016 acoustic version of “Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton.  I loved the original version of this, but may even love this more!  Juli’s Father joined her for their dance to a mix I did of “The Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra and then “Givin It Up” by Delbert McClinton.  They had a blast dancing to them.  Alex & his Mother danced to “I Hope You Dance” after that. I invited the married couples to th
e floor for a shared dance with Juli & Alex to “Say You Won’t Let Go” with the longest married couple at 46 years!  Some Motown and top 40 kept everyone on the floor.  The floor was packed all night to oldies, top 40, 2000’s pop sings and even some hip-hop at the end of the night.

We ended the night with “New York, New York” and a ribbon wand exit right before the rain came. Thank you Juli, Alex and Amanda!! I had a blast!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A Carolina Inn Wedding in Chapel Hill For Patty and Alan

Wow! What a fun night DJing Patty and Alan’s wedding reception at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC on June 9th! 

Their ceremony was held at the University Presbyterian Church and guests came over to The Carolina Inn after for the cocktail hour and reception. The cocktail hour was held in the front room and I had a mix of standards playing.  The wedding party stayed at the church for a short time getting pics taken by Brain  Mullins Photography.  After pics were done, they came over to the Inn for the reception. The doors to the ballroom opened and guests were invited to their seats by planners from Elle’s Dream Events.  

I introduced the wedding party to “You’ve Got A Friend In Me” by Michael Buble and Patty & Alan to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”. They had their first dance to ”Your Song” followed by parent’s dances. Patty & her Father danced to “Carolina In My Mind” and Alan & his Mother to “Have I Told You Lately”. Her Father welcomed everyone and Reverend Kate blessed the meal.   The appetizers, Salads & entrees came out and I played a mix of standards & classic rock.  After dinner we had the toasts and Ashley’s Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”. 

The Classic Carolina Photo Booth opened and I opened the floor with “Build Me Up Buttercup”.  People ran to the dance floor!  Not kidding!!  That is such a great feeling as a DJ.  For the next 1.5 hours the floor stayed packed to Top 40, Motown, 80’s 2000’s and even Hanson (Patty’s favorite group growing up).  There was even an appearance by Rameses Jr. that was a surprise to everyone.  He stayed around a while and danced with everyone and got lots of pics taken.  I ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and finally “Twist & Shout” by The Beatles before a blue & white pom pom exit down the hallway.

What an absolute amazing wedding reception!  Thank you Patty (and her Mother!), Alan & LaShayla.  I had the best time!!!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

An Umstead Wedding in Raleigh NC for Stephanie and Harris on June 3rd

Stephanie and Harris have got to be two of the nicest people I have met!  Her parents are just as nice!  I was so happy to be their DJ at The Umstead Hotel on June 3rd!
Their ceremony was held on the back lawn with live music performed by jazz trio The Boulevard Ensemble.  After the ceremony and breaking of the glass, they made their way to the cocktail hour on the back patio and inside the pre-function area.  The trio provided music for this too.  After the cocktail hour, the doors to the ballroom opened and the guests found their seats with help from GINA!! from A Southern Soiree.  The room looked amazing with arrangements by Embellished Blooms! I introduced just Stephanie and Harris to “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.  They came in and had their first dance to When I Fall In Love” by Nat King Cole.  Her Father welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out.  During dinner I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.
After dinner we had the toasts and Ashley Cakes cutting to “Love And Happiness” by Al Green. Stephanie & her Father had their dance to “Unforgettable” by Nat and Natalie Cole before an anniversary dance.  I invited all the married couples to open the floor to dance to “These Arms Of Mine”. The winning couple was married 62 years! WOW!!  I opened the floor to everyone with some oldies and top 40 that filled it within the first song.  They danced hard for the next 2 hours even though the ZimZoom Photo Booth was just outside the door.  I’m sure photographer Hooman from Vesic Photography and videographers Twenty One Films got some amazing dance shots!

The late night snacks of Umstead made pizza came out (so good!!!) and guests continued to dance right up until the last song!  I ended the night with “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips, but they weren’t ready to leave yet and started chanting “one more song”.  I kinda knew that was coming and had “Sweet Caroline” ready.  I invited everyone outside for a confetti cannon exit after.

Thank you Stephanie, Harris, Betsy, Gina, and Amanda!  I had such an amazing time playing for you!

Photos courtesy of Vesic Photography

A Merrimon Wynne Wedding in Downtown Raleigh NC for Alexia & Corey

I was so excite to play for Alexia and Corey on June 2ndat Merrimon Wynne House!  Especially when I found out he is from Buffalo!  I spent every holiday an hour away from there growing up.

The ceremony was held inside the carriage house (thank god! It started raining out of nowhere).  I ran the mics for the readers and their officiant Justin from Randy Taylor Weddings. They had a duo from Arioso Strings perform the music for the ceremony and cocktail hour. After the service Justin invited the 130 guests into the house for cocktails and planner Stephanie Shaul and staff flipped the carriage house for dinner.  The room looked and smelled beautiful with arrangements by Wylde Flowers. I’m sure Photographers Ally and Bobby got some great shots!

After the cocktail hour the guests were invited back into the carriage house for dinner and dancing. I left some music playing and went to line them up.  They entered to “First Day Of My Life” and came in to loud applause for their first dance to “Your Song” by Elton John. He was my favorite when I was a kid.  Her Father welcomed everyone and the Beau Catering caprese salads and entrees came out.  During dinner I had a mix of indie rock, classic rock and beach music playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and parents dances.  Corey and his Mother danced first to “Forever Young” and Alexia and her Father followed to “I’ll Be Your Man” by Zac Brown. I invited everyone to join them for a dance with her and her Father to one of their favorite song, “Friends In Low Places” that filled it!  Some beach and top 40 kept lots of guests dancing and others went to play lawn games outside.  I announced that the Two Roosters Ice Cream truck was here and lots checked that out.  I really don’t blame them!!  

I had such a blast playing for them!  There was lots of 80’s and top 40 and I even played the Bills version of “Shout” for Corey! I could tell he was shocked with that! We ended the night with a packed floor to “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” before their exit on a rickshaw.

Thank you Alexia, Corey and Stephanie!  I wish we could do it again this weekend.

A Cross and Main Wedding in Youngsville For Danielle And Derek

Danielle and Derek had their wedding reception in Youngsville NC at the very cool Cross + Main on June 1st, 2018.  I was thrilled to play for them and their guests, lots from NJ and NY (I’m originally from western NY)! 

The ceremony was held earlier in the afternoon at Church Of The Good Shepherd in Raleigh. After the ceremony, the 120 guests loaded into buses and made their way to the reception. When they arrived for the cocktail hour in the front room, I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing. Danielle and Derek stayed at the church to get pics taken by Tracy from Timmester Photo.  They arrived shortly after everyone and got to check the room out first.  It looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Brandi’s Botanicals.

After the cocktail hour the doors to the main room opened and everyone found their seats with help from planner Erin from Chestnut And Vine Weddings.  I introduced the wedding party to the dance track “Sweet Lovin”” by Sigala.  Danielle and Derek came in to “Come Get My Love” by Redbone (LOVE that song!)  They had their first dance to “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke (love that one too!). They took their seats and his Grandmother blessed the meal.  During dinner was the same music as cocktails.

After dinner we had the Simply Cakes cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and then the parents dances. Danielle and her Father danced to “Daddy’s Angel” by T. Carter Music and Derek and his Mother to “Simple Man” by Skynyrd (another one I love!).  We had the toasts and then opened the floor to everyone. Soon the floor was packed and I played a pretty awesome 90’s dance set including Real McCoy, Haddaway and Reel to Real. They didn’t want me to play the whole song of anything, so I was flipping through songs pretty quick. That’s a blast for a DJ!

We didn’t stop until the end and the last dance to “The Time” by Black Eyed Peas and a sparkler exit. Thank you so much for having me as your DJ Danielle and Derek!  I LOVED your playlist and playing for you and your guests.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Highgrove Wedding in Fuquay-Varina NC for Elizabeth and Michael

I had the best time playing for Elizabeth and Michael on May 27that Highgrove in Fuquay-Varina NC!  Their Italian New York families were so much fun to play for!!!  I truly wished it didn’t have to end.

The ceremony was held in the back overlooking a wooded hill.  It is one of the most picturesque ceremony views in the area!  They had a harpist/guitarist/singer provide music for the ceremony and she was awesome!  After the ceremony, the 140 guests made their way to the back patio for cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the taco bar.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, classic soul, standards and country playing.  Photographer Kelsey Nelson and videographers Dogwood Media got some shots of the wedding party around the property.

After the cocktail hour, the doors to the ballroom opened and I invited guests to their tables.  I introduced the wedding party to “Like A G6” and Liz and Michael to “Space Jam”. LOL. They had their first dance to “Mean To Me” by Brett Eldredge.  It was the perfect surprise for Michael!  I invited to the wedding party and guests to join for the next dance to “Ho Hey” that filled the floor.  Since they were from NY, we had a traditional short 30 minute dance set before the salads came out.  The floor was packed the whole time to Motown and top 40.

The salads came out followed by the toasts and family style entrees.  During dinner I had the same music mix as cocktails.  After dinner we had the parents dances.  Liz and her Father danced to “Little Wing” by Hendrix and Michael and his Mother to “Most People Are Good”. We had the cake cutting to “Whatever It Is” and I opened the floor again to everyone with some 80’s, 2000’s and top 40.  The floor soon filled again and they danced for the next 2 hours.  I even played “the Tarantella”!!

We ended the night with a short country sing a long set including “Friends In Low Places”, “Colder Weather” and Darius’ “Wagon Wheel” before a sparkler exit.  But, like the night before, they weren’t ready to leave yet so “New York, New York” was the perfect ending!  Thank you Elizabeth and Michael!  I will never forget how much fun I had with you and your NY guests!!

A Bay 7 Wedding in Durham NC for Emily and Patrick

I was so thrilled to be Emily and Patrick’s wedding DJ on May 26th  at Bay 7 in Durham NC!  They are such a nice couple!!

Their ceremony was held on the main floor at the bottom of the stairs.  Their officiant, Tom, had also married Emily’s other two sisters. That is so special!  Arioso Strings was there to provide music and I ran Tom’s mic.  After the ceremony the guests were invited to the cocktail hour on the 2ndfloor. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, country, classic soul and standards playing.  The staff flipped the downstairs for dinner while photographers Robin Lin and Stacy got shots of the wedding party inside and outside.

After the cocktail hour, the 160 guests made their way back downstairs to their tables with help from planner Sally Oakley. I introduced Emily and Patrick and they came down the stairs to loud applause.  They had their first dance to “Then” by Brad Paisley followed by a welcome by her Father.  The food stations and ZimZoom photo booth opened and I went back to music.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “Shotgun Rider” by Tim McGraw.  Emily and her Father had their dance to “I Hope You Dance” by Ronan Keating.  Such a great version of this song!  Patrick escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “My Wish”.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that soon filled it. For the next 2 hours they danced hard to 80’s, 90’s 2000’s, top 40 and some oldies.

We ended the night with a last dance to “Sweet Caroline” but I knew they weren’t ready to leave yet. Sure enough, a loud “One More Song” chant started and I dropped “Tearin’ Up My Heart” by N’Sync.  I invited the guests back upstairs for the sparkler exit. Thank you so much Emily, Patrick and Sally!  I had an absolute blast!!