Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Mims House Wedding for Tara and Trevor

The Mims House in Holly Springs NC is about as beautiful a venue to be a wedding DJ at as you can get!  I was thrilled to be here for Tara and Trevor’s wedding on April 14th with planner Priscilla from Orangerie Events! YAY!!

Tara and Trevor had me for their ceremony music and mics and the reception.  As the guests arrived for the ceremony on the front porch of the175 year old house, I had a mix of contemporary love songs playing. The weather was absolutely perfect all night for this outdoor wedding! The bridesmaids came down the aisle to “Canon In D” before Tara and her Father.  Their song was a surprise to Trevor, “From This Moment” by Shania Twain.  It was so sweet!!  After a short ceremony they recessed to “Lost In This Moment”.  The guests were invited to the porch and outdoor patio for cocktails and I played “Whatever It is” as they left.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country, classic soul and rock playing. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres by Belle’s Catering and refreshments.  After pics were taken by Traci Huffman the wedding party joined the last part of the cocktail hour.  When they were ready I introduced the wedding party to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and Tara and Trevor to “TNT” by AC/DC.  They came to the outdoor dance floor and had their first dance to “Die A Happy Man”.  Tara’s parents welcomed everyone and her bridesmaid Cassie blessed the meal.  The buffet opened in the house and I continued the mix of country, rock and soul.

After dinner we had the cake cutting to “Today Was A Fairytale” followed by the toasts.  I opened the floor with “Build Me Up Buttercup” that filled it for the next 2.5 hours.  I hated even having to play a couple ballads.  They were dancing really hard!

We ended the night with “Friends In Low Places” and finally “Sweet Caroline”.  Thank you so much for everything Tara, Trevor and Priscilla!!!

A Carolina Inn Wedding for Lauren and Warren

A week after DJing lunch with the Easter Bunny at The Carolina Inn, I was back to be the wedding DJ for Lauren and Warren.

Their ceremony was held at Duke Chapel before guests came over to The Inn for the reception.  The Chapel is just breathtaking, as you can tell by the pic from Thirteenth Moon Photography.  As the 150 guests arrived for the cocktail hour in the hall I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.  When pics were done and some video by Justin from One Love Productions, the doors to the ballroom opened. The guests found their seats with help from Becca and the girls from C and D Events.  I introduced the wedding party to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and Lauren and Warren came in for their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud”.  Lauren’s Father welcomed everyone and Reverend Dolinger blessed the meal.

The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Bloom Works! The salads came out and the food stations opened shortly. During dinner I had the same mix playing.  After dinner we had the toasts and Catering Works cake cutting to “How Sweet It is”.  After that I opened the floor with some beach music and top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours!  It was so great seeing young and old dancing together to everything from 70’s disco to current hip-hop.

We ended the night with a huge sing a long to “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Livin’ On A Prayer” before a sparkler exit from the horseshoe driveway.  Thank you so much for everything Lauren, Warren, Chaim and Becca! This wedding was off the hook!!

Photo courtesy of Thirteenth Moon Photography

A Cotton Room Wedding for Brandon and Karl

Brandon and Karl had me as their wedding DJ for both ceremony and reception on April 6that Durham’s Cotton Room.
 
The ceremony was held on one side of the room with floor to ceiling windows lining the wall.  The other side was floor to ceiling white linens.  It is just beautiful there,  especially with floral arrangements by Petal & Oak! They had music performed by harpist Amy Cortis and I ran mics for their minister and readers.  After the ceremony the guests were invited to the bar for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of 80’s & 90’s rock playing mixed with some oldies.

After pics were done by photographer Peter Somers and the room was ready, the white linens opened and I invited the 120 guests to their tables.  I introduced the wedding party to “Celebration”. They took their seats and Karl welcomed everyone.  Brandon’s Father toasted the couple and the food stations opened.  During dinner I played a mix of 70’s through current top 40 and rock.

After dinner they had their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud”followed by the parents dances.  Brandon and her Father danced to “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” and Karl & his Mother joined them after a minute. Before opening the dance floor we had the Simply Cakes cutting to “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies.

I opened the floor with some Motown, 70’s and top 40 that people danced to all night.  We ended with a college fav or Brandon and her friends, “Rebecca” by Pat McGee Band.  I LOVE that song and haven’t played in in years!!  Their last dance followed to “A Thousand Years” and a sparkler exit from the front of the building.

Thank you so much Brandon and Karl and congratulations!

Photo courtesy of Mikkel Paige Photography

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

An Amazing Wedding AT JB Duke Hotel in Durham on March 25th

I never met Debra and Alex until I was the wedding DJ at JB Duke Hotel on their wedding day, but felt like we have been friends forever. They are that nice!  

Their ceremony was held in part of the ballroom and officiated by Reverend Ed Sansbury with music provided by the violin and guitar duo Violet Bell. After the ceremony, the 200 guests made their way to the lobby for more music by Violet Bell while the staff flipped the room and I set up.  This was my first time at JB Duke Hotel and I am absolutely in love with it!!!  

When pics were finished by photographers Rebecca and Brian Mullins (and the Duke game was over), the doors to the ballroom opened and the guests found their seats.  I introduced only Debra and Alex.  They came in to a cover of The Specials “No Wondering Why” and they danced in and continued to on the floor like they do in their kitchen to this song.  They now had what was their second dance as husband and wife to “You Are The Best thing” by Ray LaMontagne.  After that Debra made a toast in honor of her late Father and Alex danced with his Mother.  They had their dance to “Child Of Mine” by Carole King and Debra’s Mother welcomed everyone.  The salads and entrĂ©es came out and I had a mix of blues, indie rock and classic rock playing.  

After dinner we had some big group pics taken and the cake cutting to “The Way I Am”.  A Few toasts followed and then the dance floor erupted to “The Hora”.  Nothing like 180 guests doing the Hora within 2 minutes!  After that, some Motown, oldies, 70’s 80’s and top 40 kept them dancing for the next couple hours.  I even got to see Alex’s parents do a few ballroom dances!

We ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” and finally the original recording of “Make You Feel My Love” by Billy Joel.  Thank you so much for everything Debra and Alex and congratulations!!

Photo courtesy of Brian Mullins Photography

A Sweet Southern Wedding At Grand Marquise On Garner

Being a wedding DJ is always rewarding, but when the Bride & Groom are so nice it makes it even better!  Alexis and Graham are just that and I was thrilled to be their DJ on March 24th!

Their ceremony & reception were both held inside of Garner’s Grand Marquise Ballroom.  I provided mics and music for both.  As guests arrived for the ceremony I had a playlist of love songs playing including a few country songs.  The wedding party entered to “Feather” from Forrest Gump and the Flower Girl and Alexis to a classical version of  “La Vie En Rose”.  After a short ceremony by their officiant Dr. Bost they recessed to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars”.  He invited guests to the hallway for their cocktail hour while planner Alex from A Noble Events & Design and the staff flipped the room for dinner.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country, rock and classic soul playing.

When the room was ready the doors to the ballroom opened again and the 150 guests found their seats.  The arrangements by Brides & Bouquets looked beautiful!  When photographers Brandon and Beth from Southern Love Studios and videographers First To Last Films were ready I introduced the wedding party.  They came in to “Hypnotize” by Biggie and Alexis and Graham entered from the top of the stairs.  There was a loud roar of applause as the came down.  They had their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, her Father welcomed everyone and Dr Bost blessed the meal.  During dinner I had the same playlist as cocktails playing.

After dinner we had toasts and parents dances.  Alexis and her Father danced to “Daddy” by Abby Anderson.  This is a new Father/Daughter dance and it’s just beautiful.  I’m sure I will be playing this one again!  Graham escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “A Song For Mama”.  I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music and Motown that filled it with shaggers and dancers.  Some Top 40, beach, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s kept them dancing for the next 2 hours.  We paused for the cake cutting to “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing then back to dancing until the garter and bouquet toss.  We ended the night with “Closing Time” and a balloon exit from the front of the building.


Thank you so much Alexis, Graham, Alex and your girls!  I had the best time and wish I could have played for a couple more hours!!

Photo courtesy of Southern Love Studios

A Wedding at The Umstead Hotel 45 Years In The Making

As a wedding DJ I love a great love story, and Susan and Mark’s is a really good one!   They met when they were 16 and 17, dated but nothing serious.  Then, started dating again and 20 and 21, but still nothing serious.  But, after 40 years they saw each other again and now on March 23rd it was the right time!



Now in their 60’s it was time for their wedding at The Umstead Hotel.  The ceremony was held inside for the 40 guests and Arioso Strings covered their music for that and the cocktail hour.  After the cocktail hour was over the doors to the salon opened and guests found their seats.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Watered Garden.  I’m sure photographer Joe Payne got some great shots!

I introduced Susan and Mark to Harry Connick’s instrumental “It Had To be You” and they came in for their first dance to “Devoted To You” by The Everly Brothers.  Her Matron Of Honor said a toast and William Thorne blessed the meal.  The soup, salads and entrees came out and I had a mix of 50’s and 60’s love songs playing.  I even played “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” for Mark and his fellow Green Berets!  

After dinner we had a champagne toast by Mark’s Brother and the cake cutting to “Sugar, Sugar”, then opened the floor with some 50’s and 60’s dance songs and ballads.


Thank you so much for having me as your DJ Susan and Mark and sharing your wonderful love story with me!!

Photo courtesy of Joe Payne Photography

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

A Merrimon Wynne Wedding On St Patrick’s Day

I was first a wedding DJ for Laura and Nissan in 2015 when they attended a friends wedding  I did.  It was so awesome that that couple (Meaghan and Gordon) were in this wedding party at The Merrimon Wynne!!

I was there for Laura and Nissan’s ceremony and reception.  The ceremony was held on the side lawn facing the carriage house. I ran mics for their officiant, Father Christopher, Nissan and two readers.  Guitarist Matthew Kanon handled the music and it’s always a pleasure to hear hi play!  After the ceremony the 200 guests were invited into the house for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of indie rock and dance playing.

After pics were taken by Blue Barn Photography and video by Twenty-One Films the guests were invited into the carriage house for dinner by planner Stephanie from Viva L’Event.  I lined the wedding party up with Stephanie and got them ready for intros.  The wedding party entered to “My Type” by Saint Motel and lined up n front of my table. Laura and Nissan danced in to loud applause and had now their second dance as husband and wife to “Sea Of Love” by Lily & Madeleine. Her Father welcomed everyone and Father Christopher blessed the meal.  The salads and entrees came out by Donovan’s Dish and I started another indie rock playlist.

Towards the end of dinner we had the toasts and they had a private cake cutting with just their parents and grandparents.  The parent’s dances followed back in the carriage house.  Laura and her Father danced to “I Will Be There” by Odessa.  Nissan and his Mother’s dance was next to “Forever Young” by Rihannon & Iron & Wine.  I opened the floor to everyone with “Uptown Funk” and it instantly filled!  It was just crazy !! For the next 2 hours the floor was filled to EDM, Hip-Hop, a few 80’s songs and remixes, and some mid 2000’s hits.


We ended the night with the Wave Racer remix of “All My Friends” by Snakehips before sending everyone to the front for a sparkler exit.  Thank you so much Laura, Nissan and Stephanie!!  This was a St. Patrick’s Day I will never forget!