Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A Merrimon Wynne Wedding For Sandra and Matthew…. and Halloween Party!

I met Sanda and Matthew a couple times before their wedding and had the best time talking to them and learning about their dream wedding..and Halloween party! The ceremony and reception were held at the Merrimon Wynne and I provided mics for the ceremony as music for the reception on October 14th. 

The ceremony was held on the back lawn with live music by The Nelson Quartet.  I ran mics for their officiant Tim, Matthew during the reading of their vows, a reader and even for the quartet when they performed a song co-written by Matthew during the time capsule sealing.  It was a wonderful piece!!  The reading was also awesome! Part biblical, part Princess Bride.  Perfect!!  After the ceremony the guests made their way inside the house for the cocktail hour while photographers Russell-Killen and videographer Alexander Rivera got some shots on the lawn.

After the cocktail hour, the 120 guests made their way to the carriage house where I was for dinner, dancing and the Halloween party.  I introduced the wedding party to “Jock Jams” and Sandra and Matthew to “Good Lovin’” by The Rascals.  They had their first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Frankie Valli. Her parents welcomed everyone and his parents blessed the meal.  Chef Beau described the amazing meal and the salads came out. During dinner I had a wonderful playlist made by them that included jazz, soft rock & classic soul.

After dinner we had the toasts and parents dances.  Matthew and his Mother danced to a special edit he made of “Forever Young” by Audra Mae and Sandra and her Father to “Colour My World” by Chicago.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Get Up Offa That Thing” by James Brown while they had some large family group pictures taken out on the lawn. After pics were taken and some dancing, we had the cake cutting to “Short Skirt/Long Jacket by Cake.  Back to dancing a little before we paused for the garter/bouquet tosses.  They switched things up for this.  I invited the single guys to the floor for the garter toss, but Matthew was wearing the garter.  Tricked everyone!! She threw the garter and he threw the bouquet to the single ladies.

After the tosses we changed the uplights to purple and turned on the haze machine for the Halloween party that Sandra made another great playlist for.  We ended the night with “Thriller” and a sparkler exit from the front of the house.

Thank you Sandra, Matthew and Kaila!!

Photo courtesy of Russell-Killen Photography 

A Rose Hill Wedding For Miranda And Sean


After 2 years of planning and waiting, it was finally time for Miranda and Sean’s wedding at Rose Hill on October 13th.  I had been looking forward to playing for them since they booked me two years ago!

The ceremony was held at the back pond (with 2 beautiful white swans) and I provided mics and music. As the 150 guests arrived I had a mix of classical pop music playing.  The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Just The Way You Are” by Daniel Jang. Sean and their minister entered to “Perfect” by Daniel Jang.  The Groomsmen and Bridesmaids to “Thinking Out Loud” and Miranda and her Father to “Beauty & The Beast” both by Daniel Jang.  After a short service with beautiful hand written vows and blending of sand ceremony, they recessed to “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.  The guests made their way to the pond for a couple large group shots by photographer Les Atkins and videographer Chase from Know Knot Films.

After the pics they made their way to the back patio for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of soft rock and current standards playing.  After the cocktail hour, the guests were invited inside for dinner and dancing.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with help from Sarah from Forever And A Day Weddings.  I introduced the wedding party to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin and Miranda and Sean to “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons.  They entered to loud applause and joined the wedding party on the dance floor for a dance to the entire song.  It was so great!!  They then had their solo dance to “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Jasmine Thompson.  The wedding party took their seats after it and we had the parents dances.  Miranda and her Father, Randy, had their dance to “Daddy Dance With Me” by Krystal Keith. Sean and his Mothers dance was to “Perfect Fan”. Randy welcomed everyone and their officiant blessed the meal.  During dinner I started with instrumental Disney tracks, then soft rock and current standards.

After dinner we had a shoe game, toasts and an anniversary dance to “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher. The winners were at 61 years!!  I didn’t think I was going to make it by the end of the song!!  I opened the floor with some Motown and turned my dance floor lights.  We paused for the Capital Cakes cutting to “All You Need Is Love”. It was one of the coolest cakes I have seen with two skeletons sitting on it. So cool, in fact, that they kinda didn’t want to cut it.  We had the bouquet toss after that to “Pour Some Sugar On me” and a faux sparkler exit while everyone was there.  They all came back inside after that for more dancing until the end of the night. One of the best moments for me was the groomsmen and Sean lining up the bridesmaids and Miranda in chairs on the dance floor for a “Magic Mike” dance to “Pony”. Wow!!! LOL.

We ended the night with “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing.  Thank you so much Miranda, Sean, Randy and Sarah.  I hope I can play for y’all again!!

Photo courtesy of Les Atkins Photography

A Cloth Mill at Eno River Wedding For Emily and Drew

I never met Emily and Drew until their wedding day, but had the best time playing for them!!

Their ceremony and reception were both at The Cloth Mill At Eno River in Hillsborough, NC on October 12th.  They had me supply mics and music for both.  As the 180 guests arrived I had a mix of popular piano music playing by The Piano Guys.  The Grandparents thru Drew entered to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Hugo Peretti.  The wedding party entered to “Pictures At An Exhibition”.  Emily and her Father entered to “Canon In D”.   After a short service that included a reading, they recessed to “Waterfall” by Jon Schmidt.  The guests were invited inside for the cocktail hour and I started a mix of rock, classic soul, standards and 90’s country.

After the cocktail hour and pics were done by Annie Brown and video by James Martin, the guests found their seats and I lined the wedding party up for introductions with planner Jessica from Happily Ever After.  I introduced them to “Shut Up and Dance”.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. The wedding party took their seats and we had the parents dances.  Emily and her Father danced to the slow version of “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart.  Drew and his Mother’s dance was to “My Wish”. Her Father welcomed everyone and their pastor blessed the Beau catered meal. So delicious!!!  During dinner was the same music mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “Sweet Caroline”.  I opened the floor with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 2 hours. I played oldies, current hip-hop and some line dances.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Carolina Girls” then back to dancing until the end of the night.

We ended the night with “How Sweet It Is” before a pom pom exit out back.  Thank you for everything Emily, Drew, Jane and Jessica.  I had the best time!!  I hope to play for you again soon!!

Photo courtesy of Annie Brown Photography

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A Melrose Knitting Mill Wedding For Brooke and Brittany

I never met Brooke and Brittany until their wedding on October 7that Melrose Knitting Mill, but as soon as I met them I felt like I had known them forever.  They are so warm and personable!

Their ceremony was held on one side of the room and I provided mics for their officiant and readers, as well as all the music.  The room looked gorgeous with floral arrangements by Expressions Of Love! As the 120 guests arrived I had a mix of classical music playing.  Right before the processional I played “Canon In D”. Both Brides looked beautiful with makeup and hair by Makeup By Ashley Mooney! Brittany and officiant Lisa entered to “There Will Be Time” by Mumford & Sons and Brooke walked down the aisle with her Father & step-father and joined them.  After a wonderful service the recessed to and edit I made for them of “The Way You make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson.

The guests made their way downstairs to the patio of Mulino’s for cocktails while Steph and the staff flipped the room for dinner. After pics and video were taken by Photographer Kelsey Nelson and Phil & Jess from Twenty-One Films, they made their way back upstairs for dinner and dancing.  

I introduced just Brooke & Brittany to ”Bring ‘Em Out” and they came in to thunderous applause!! They welcomed everyone and Lisa blessed the meal.  The passed salads came out and the buffet opened shortly.  During dinner I had a mix of standards playing.  After dinner we had some very touching toasts.  I invited guests to write a well wishes note to Brooke and Brittany and opened the floor with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours.  During the first half of dancing they danced to oldies, top 40 and 80’s.  the second half was current top 40 and hip-hop. They had the best time on the dance floor!!

We paused for the Simply Cakes cutting to “How Sweet it Is” then back to dancing after a bouquet toss to “PYT”. Before opening the floor again I dedicated “I Love This Life” by Locash to Brittany from Brooke.  So great!!  We ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” before a sparkler exit.

Thank you for everything Brooke, Brittany and Steph!  I had a blast and was honored to DJ for you!

A Fearrington Wedding for Megan and Ryan

I was so excited to play for Megan and Ryan on October 6that The Fearrington!  They had me for both the ceremony and reception.

The ceremony was moved to the Garden Terrace because of a threat of rain.  Planner Gilda and The Fearrington always have a great back up plan! As the 120 guests arrived I had a mix of acoustic pop songs playing.  After everyone was seated their officiant walked in, reminded them to silence their phones (brilliant idea!) and the ceremony was under way.  The wedding party entered to an instrumental of “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath and Megan entered to the vocal version.  After a short service that included 2 readings, they recessed to “Smile” by Uncle Kracker that I edited to start at the chorus.

The guests made their way to the patio in front of the barn for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of half country and the rest a mix of standards, rock and classic soul. Megan and Ryan were taken around then property to get photos by Amber from Six Foot Photography and video by Muddy Trails Videography.  After pics were taken and the cocktail hour ended, they were invited inside for dinner and dancing. I left music playing and went outside to line the wedding party up and congratulate Megan and Ryan.

I introduced the wedding party to “Glorious” by Macklemore and Megan and Ryan came in to loud applause. They had their first dance to the piano mix of “Then” by Brad Paisley (my favorite first dance song). They took their seats and then came the biggest surprise for Megan!!!! OMG!!  Her Father welcomed everyone and ended by telling about her dreams to be a pop singer when she was 7.  Then, I played a recording of her singing “Oops, I Did It Again” when she was 7.  She had no idea it was coming or even that he still had it.  He gave it to me earlier on a cassette and I tr
ansferred it over to my computer. One of the best moments I’ve seen at a wedding!  Well played Mr. Cruz!!  The salads and entrees came out and I continued the same format as cocktails during dinner.

After dinner we had two very touching and emotional toasts and parents’ dances.  Megan and her Father danced to “Butterfly Kisses” and Ryan and his Mother to “A Mother’s Love” by Jim Brickman.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 3 hours.  They danced to everything!  Yes, even “Oops, I Did It Again” by Britney.  We ended the night with some sing a longs to “Wagon Wheel”, “Piano Man” and finally “Don’t Stop Believin’” before the sparkler exit.

Thank you Megan, Ryan and Gilda!  I had the best time!!!

Photo c courtesy of Six Foot Photography

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

A Merrimon Wynne Wedding For Lindsay and James

I always love DJing weddings at downtown Raleigh’s Merrimon-Wynne and Lindsay and Jimmy’s wedding was no exception!  They were so excited every time I talked to them!!

The ceremony was held on the side lawn and I provided a mic for their officiant Brian Crisp and music.  As the guests arrived I had a mix of classical music playing.  Jimmy and the wedding party entered to an instrumental of “Home” by Cinematic Orchestra.  Lindsay and 4 adorable children walked down the aisle, then joined by her Sister and Mother to enter to “In Reverence” by David Tolk. She looked beautiful with makeup and hair by Ashley Mooney! After a wonderful service by Brian, they recessed to Eddie Vedder’s “Hard Sun” and he invited guests inside the house for the cocktail hour. 

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of classic and current standards playing.  The guests enjoyed lawn games outside, passed hors d’oeuvres by caterers from Rocky Top and cocktails.  After pics were taken by Cara and Dax from F8 Photo Studios, planner Sally from Sally Oakley Weddings invited the 130 guests to the carriage house where I was for dinner and dancing.  I left music playing and went inside the house to help Sally line the wedding party up for introductions. The carriage house looked gorgeous with floral arrangements by Watered Garden.

I introduced them to “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen.  They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to a shortened edit I made for them of “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele.  They took their seats after that and the salads and entrees came out.  During dinner I played more standards.

After dinner we had the toasts followed by one of the best parts of the night!  Lindsay and her guest Ryan had a Father/Daughter tribute dance to “My Destiny” by Lionel Richie.  It was just the best and really set the tone for the rest of the night!  Jimmy and his Mother danced to “My Wish” after that.  I opened the floor to everyone with “The Cupid Shuffle” that filled it and some Motown and 80’s kept them dancing.  They had a cigar station with a live hand roller outside as well as am amazing dessert station that opened.

We were supposed to end the night with “Don’t Stop Believing”, which we did. BUT, Cara asked me to play one more slow song for a private dance for Lindsay & Jimmy, so I played “Sun Comes Up” by John Legend as a surprise.  Lindsay’s mouth dropped when I started t, then she started singing it to Jimmy. I had made a note during our original meeting and I’m so glad I did!  It was just perfect and one of the best moment of the night (other than Ryan and Lindsay’s dance). 


Congratulations Lindsay and Jimmy and thank you Abby, Sally and Victoria!

Photo courtesy of F8 Photo Studios

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A Pavilion At Carriage Farm Wedding for Whitney and David

I met Whitney an David a year ago and liked them right from the beginning.  They remind me of my family back in Western NY and Pennsylvania. I was thrilled when they hired me to DJ their wedding ceremony and reception at The Pavilion at Carriage Farm on September 9th!
The ceremony was held inside in front of the pavilions beautiful stone fireplace. I ran mics for their Pastor and David as well as the music.  As the 100 guests arrived I had a mix of classical piano covers playing.  Just before the grandparents entered I played a beautiful piano song called “10,000 Reasons” by Jim Brickman.  The grandparents and parents entered to his “Grace Medley”. The wedding party entered to a cover of “Perfect” by The Piano Guys and Whitney to “A Thousand Years” also by The Piano Guys.  During the service they had a unity cross braid to “I Choose You” by Ryann Darling.  After the service they recessed to “Smile” by Uncle Kracker.  Their Pastor invited everyone outside for refreshments while the staff flipped the room for dinner. 

I had a speaker outside for the social hour and had a mix of rock, country and classic soul playing.  After pics and video were taken by Ashley and Bill from Bow Tie Collaborative and Phil and Anna from Twenty-One Films, planner Andrea from Hobnob Occasions welcomed everyone back inside for dinner. I left music playing and lined the wedding party up for introductions.  I introduced them to “This Will be (An Everlasting Love)” and Whitney and David came in and right to their sweetheart table for a blessing by Pastor Pearce.  The Old North State Catering buffet opened and I went back to music. The food was amazing! Fried chicken, green beans with bacon, mac & cheese…YUM!!  Now i’m hungry again.. ugh.
After dinner we had the toasts and first dance to the solo version of “From This Moment” by Shania Twain.  David danced with his Mother to “How Sweet It is” and Whitney and her Mother shared the sweetest dance to “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood.  We had an anniversary dance to “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart that was neck and neck between 2 couples married just a year apart.  Finally 39 years married was the winners!! The Simply Cakes cutting to "Perfect" was the last thing before I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and beach, top 40, line dances and 80’s.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars.


I ended the night with “Happy” before a sparkler exit. Thank you Whitney, David, Tammy and Andrea and congratulations!