Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Rose Hill Wedding for Reecha and Heath

I was so excited to finally be DJing Reecha and Heath’s wedding at Rose Hill in Nashville, NC on December 8th! They were originally supposed to have their wedding in September, but Hurricane Florence had other plans for the day.

Their ceremony was held inside Nathan Hall and I ran a mic for Reverend Kayelily Middleton and all the music. The room looked gorgeous with floral arrangements over the fireplace.  As the 200 guests arrived I had a mix of contemporary love songs playing. When the ceremony was about to begin, Kayelily entered and instructed the guests to silence their phones.  The Parents entered to “Setembro” by Quincy Jones.  The Bridesmaids entered to “A Thousand Years” and Reecha to “Perfect” by Andre Soueid.  After a short service that included a blending of the sand with all 5 of their kids, they recessed to “Happy”.  Kayelily invited guests to the Manor House next door for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, R&B and standards playing.

After the room was flipped and pics and video were taken by Southern Love Studios and Morgan Scott Films, planners Jennifer and Nicole from Vision Events invited guests back to Nathan Hall for the reception. I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up.  I introduced the Parents, flower girl and ring bearer to ”Can’t Stop The Feeling” and wedding party to “Forever” by Chris Brown. Reecha and Heath came in to the panjabi hit “Kala Chashma”.  They danced from one end of the room to the other and then had their 2nddance as husband and wife to “Every Time I Close My Eyes” by Babyface.  I love that song!!!  Heath danced with his Mother after that to “Unforgettable” and Reecha danced with all 5 kids to “Mama” by Boyz II Men.  So sweet!!! Heath welcomed everyone and the youngest son, Braedon, blessed the meal. During dinner I had a mix of rock, reggae and R&B playing.  At the end of dinner a guests preformed an Indian love song karaoke that got people dancing.  

After dinner we had toasts and a cake cutting with a birthday announcement for Reecha’s daughters 21stbday along with 5 others . Before opening the floor to everyone Braedon, his brother Bryce and a few other boys did a dance routine to “Fortnite Rap Battle” and one of Reecha’s bridesmaids along with 4 other ladies did a dance routine that started with a Celia Cruz song and ended with J. Lo.  I mixed into “Suavemente” and a couple India dance songs that filled the floor!!  It was so great mixing all different styles of music together and keeping everyone dancing. Reecha’s daughter Chelsea even sang her favorite song “U Got It Bad” by Usher to surprise her!

We ended the night with “Don’t Stop The Party” by Pitbull before a sparkler exit.  Thank you so much Reecha, Heath, Nicole, Jennifer and Walter. I had the best time and so glad I was able to play for you!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A Wakefield Barn Wedding For Melissa and Bradley

There is nothing better than a beautiful barn wedding, and Melissa and Brad’s wedding at The Historic Wakefield Barn in Wake Forest, NC on December 2nd was no exception.

The ceremony was held on the top floor of the barn and I provided mics and music.  As the 160 guests arrived I had a mix of classical covers of contemporary songs playing.  The Grandparents through the Groomsmen entered to the Christian rock song “Come Away” and The Bridesmaids and Melissa to “Our Song Will Be”.  After a short service that included two bridesmaids leading a sing-a-long while playing guitar to two Christian rock songs, the wedding party recessed to “No Matter Where You Are” by Us The Duo.  Their officiant, Jessie, invited guests downstairs for a social hour where I had a playlist of indie rock and Christian rock playing. 

While photographer Lindsey Cash and videographers Twenty-One Films got some shots of the wedding party and the staff flipped the room for dinner, I set up my lights. The room was ready and looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Expressions Of Love.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for intros with lots of help from the Barn’s Blake.  I introduced them all to “Born To Be Yours” by Kygo and Melissa and Brad had their first dance to “Heaven’s Knife” by Josh Garrels.The wedding party took their seats and Melissa and her Father had their dance to “Daughters”.  After that Brad and his Mother had their dance to “I Wish” by Heather Headley.  Melissa’s Father welcomed everyone and her Godfather blessed the meal which included a poem he read at her parents wedding.  So sweet and special!!  The salads came out and shortly the buffet opened. During dinner I played more soft rock and Christian rock.  
 
After dinner we had the toasts and opened the floor to everyone with “Boogie Shoes”.  It filled the floor in minutes and kept them dancing until the Simply Cakes cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  Right back to dancing and a packed floor until the last dance to “That’s Amore” by Dean.  They made a huge circle around Melissa and Brad during this song and everyone sang it at the top of their lungs.  It was one of my favorite moments of the night (there were many!!).  After the last dance I invited everyone outside for a sparkler exit.

Thank you Melissa, Brad and Blake.  I had an absolute blast!!

A Sutherland Wedding for Carrie and Dathan

Even thought it was a little rainy for Carrie and Dathan’s wedding at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC on December 1st, I was thrilled and honored to be there!

The ceremony was held in the side walled garden that was covered with a beautiful clear top tent.  I was there to play music and run a mic for their friend, Matt who was their officiant.  As the 100 guests arrived I had a mix of contemporary love songs playing.  The wedding party entered to “Where Are You Christmas” by The Piano Guys and Carrie and her Father to their cover of “A Thousand Years”.  After a short service that included a unity candle, they recessed to “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young.  This is one of my favorite country songs!  The guests were invited to the reception hall for cocktails while pictures and video were taken by photographer Joe Payne and Twenty-One Films.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of soft rock and country playing.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Embellished Blooms. After pics were taken I went in the house to line the wedding party up with lots of help from Gina & Lindsay from A Southern Soiree.  I introduced the wedding party to “Bring ‘Em Out” by T.I. and Carrie & Dathan to an edit I made them of “All Of The Lights” by Kanye.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Yours” by Russell Dickerson. Carrie’s Father welcomed everyone and Matt blessed the meal.  The Rocky Top food stations opened and I played more rock and country during dinner.

After dinner we had toasts and cake cutting to “You Make It Easy” and sang “Happy Birthday” to Dathan’s Father who was celebrating his Bday that day.  The Parents dances followed while the staff served the cake.  Carrie & her Father danced to “My Little Girl” and Dathan and his Mother to “My Wish”.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that soon filled it for the rest of the night.  I played lots of hip-hop, top 40 and a few 80’s songs while guests enjoyed cake and the Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream station.

We ended the night with a last dance to “You Make It easy” (yes, the cake cutting song) before sending everyone out with Lindsay and Gina for a sparkler exit.  Thank you Carrie, Dathan, Linday, Gina (and Andia for the ice cream!!!).  I had the best time!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A Highgrove Wedding for Alison & Joe in Fuquay Varina



Alison and Joe’s wedding ceremony and reception were both held in Fuquay Varina at Highgrove Estate and I was thrilled to play for them and their 180 guests on November 24th!

Their ceremony was held in the back overlooking a wooded hill that is just beautiful at this time of year.  The rain stopped right before the ceremony. I ran a mic for their officiant and they had a quartet from Arioso Strings provide music for the ceremony and cocktail hour.  They always do an amazing job!  After a short service the guests were invited into the house and the back patio for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.  

After pics were taken by Lauren and David from Red Cardinal Studio and video by Sugar Shack Films, the doors to the ballroom opened.  The room looked beautiful with our uplights and floral arrangements by Flowers On Broad Street!  I left music playing and went inside the house to line the wedding party up for introductions.  I introduced them to “Crazy In Love” and Alison and Joe to an edit I made her of “Diamonds” by Kanye West. They had their first dance to “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters followed by the Parents dances.  Alison and her Fathers dance was to “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart and Joe and his Mothers to “Simple Man”. Her Father welcomed everyone and their minister blesses the meal.  The salads came out and the entrees were served family style. During dinner I had a mix of standards, classic soul, soft rock and country music playing.  

After dinner we had the toasts and Sweet Memories Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  I invited all the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” and then opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it by the end of the first song.  For the next hour and a half the floor stayed filled to top 40, 80’s, oldies and a couple slow songs.

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Bad To The Bone” before the last dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.  I invited everyone to the front of the house for a sparkler exit and said goodbye to Alison and Joe.

Thank you so much for everything Alison, Joe and Lisa!  I had the best time and can’t wait to see you again at the Hurt wedding next September!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

A Merrimon-Wynne Wedding For Rachel and Jeff in Downtown Raleigh

Rachel and Jeff are one of the most thankful couples I have ever worked with!  They thanked everyone working each many times that day for being there for them.  So sweet!!

Their ceremony was held on the side lawn of downtown Raleigh’s Merrimon-Wynne on a picture perfect November 17th.  I ran a mic for Reverend Kayelily Middleton and also one for Jeff, as well as all the music.  As guests arrived I had a mix of contemporary love songs playing.  The Parents and wedding party walked down the aisle to “Rise” by Jason Mraz and Rachel and Jeff to his “Love Somebody”.  After a short service that included a love letters ceremony, they recessed to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMotange.  Kayelily invited the guests into the house for cocktails and I got ready for the reception.

After the cocktail hour the 90 guests made their way into the carriage house for dinner and dancing. The room looked beautiful with my uplighting along with floral arrangements by Wylde Flowers. I left music playing and went inside the house to line the wedding party up for intros with planner Jessica from Happily Ever After.  I introduced them to the intro of ”My Type” by Saint Motel and Rachel and Jeff entered to the chorus of the song.  Jeff welcomed everyone and the salads came out before the Donovan’s Dish buffet opened.  During dinner I had a mix of indie and soft rock, standards and classic soul playing.  

After dinner they had a private Cupcake Shoppe cake cutting and the toasts before their first dance to “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges. LOVE that song!!  I invited all the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra with the winners married over 49 years!  I opened the floor to everyone with Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 2 hours.  

I ended the night with a last dance to “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin before sending everyone to the front of the house for a glowstick exit.  After everyone had left the room Rachel and Jeff had an intimate private last dance to “The One” by Kodaline before their exit. It is just the most precious moment! I can’t wait to see the pics by photographer Kristin Moore and video by Thomas Blake Films!

Thank you for everything Rachel, Jeff, Kaila and Jessica!  I was thrilled and honored to spend my day with you and your guests!

A Cold Fearrington Wedding for Easton and Nick

I loved Easton and Nick’s vision of music for their wedding at The Fearrington Village in Pittsboro NC on November 11th! She’s a little bit country, he’s a lot a bit Rock ‘N’ Roll.  Blending their musical tastes together was challenging, and fantastic!

The ceremony was held in the Garden Terrace due to the cold weather and lots of freezing guests from California.  Nick’s sister did an amazing job as their officiant!  The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Canon In D” and Nick and the groomsmen to a cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” by Apocolyptica.  The Bridesmaids entered to “Prayed For You” by Matt Stell and Easton to “The Bridal March” by The O’Neill Brothers.  After a short, but very personal, ceremony they recessed to “Marry Me” by Train.  His sister invited guests to the Fearrington Barn for cocktails and dinner.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country for Easton and Rock for Nick with Nine Inch Nails, Tool (his favorite band) and Deftones in the mix. So great!!  After pics were taken by Krystal Kast (always LOVE working with her) it was time for the introductions.  I left music playing and went outside to line up the wedding party with help from The Fearrington’s Gilda.  They came into the room to “Welcome To The Jungle” LOL and Easton and Nick to “Party Rock Anthem”.  Energy was thru the roof and they had their first dance to “Grave” by Thomas Rhett.  Both Fathers welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out. During dinner was the same country/rock mix.

After dinner we had the toasts which included surprise recorded messages from Easton’s Grandparents. Easton danced with her Father to “Strawberry

Wine” and he told a story of taking her to see Deana Carter for her first concert.  So sweet that she picked that song!  Nick took the mic to thank everyone for coming and how much his Mother would have loved this day. He told how much she loved Huey Lewis and I played Huey’s “Power Of Love” that brought everyone to the floor to dance in her memory.  Very touching moment with everyone singing it!! Some Motown, top 40, 80’s and rock sing a longs kept them dancing all night.  I even played the Pina Colada song for the adorable little flower girl Maddie to dance to with Easton.

We paused for the cake cutting to “Pour Some Sugar On me” then back to dancing until the end of the night. We were supposed to end with “We Are Family” but Nick wasn’t ready to stop dancing yet.  So, I played “Yeah” and “Jump Around” to finish the night out before a sparkler exit.

Thank you so very much Easton, Nick and Gilda!  I was honored to be your DJ!

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Rose Hill Plantation Wedding for Lynda and Derek

I was back to Rose Hill Plantation again for Lynda and Derek’s wedding on November 10th and was thrilled about it!  I really like them and was excited to play for them and their crazy group of guests.

Their ceremony was held at the back pond complete with 2 gorgeous white swans swimming.  Even though it was a little cool and way windy, it was a beautiful ceremony officiated by Heidi Gessner.  The wedding party entered to “Perfect” by 2 Cellos and Lynda to “Here Comes The Bride”. After a short service, they recessed to “The Wedding March”. The 100 guests were invited inside the Manor House for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres (I think I counted 8 different ones).  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards, soft rock, classic soul and current country playing.

After pics and video were taken by photographer Will Greene, they were invited to Nathan Hall for dinner and dancing. I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with planner Chad Biggs for introductions.  The Parents were introduced to “Raise Your Glass” and wedding party to “Turn Down For What”.  It was time for Lynda and Derek to enter and they came in to “My House” by Flo Rida. They had their first dance to “Promise To Love Her” by Blane Howard.  Such a great song!!  They welcomed everyone followed by the toasts and both sets of parents giving a polish blessing.

The salads and enrtrees came out and during dinner I had the same music mix playing as cocktails. After dinner we surprised her parents by inviting them to the floor for the first dance for everyone with their wedding song “To Me” by Barbara Mandrell. It was their 34thwedding anniversary that day.  So sweet. Shortly the floor was full with everyone joining them.  “Uptown Funk” had the younger guests join the adults on the floor and that’s really all it took to keep them dancing all night long!!  We paused for the cake cutting and parents dances, then back to dancing until the end of the night.  

I ended the night with “Thinking Out Loud” and finally “Sweet Caroline” before everyone grabbed a fresh late night pretzel and dip and got on the buses.

Thank you Lynda, Derek and Chad!  That was a blast and a great group to play for!!

Photo courtesy of Will Greene Photography