Sunday, November 19, 2017

An Epic Wedding At Wrightsville Manor

I was so honored to be asked to DJ Lauren and Max’s wedding in Wilmington at Wrightsville Manor on November 11th. Lauren is a planner with Viva L’Event and has seen dozens of various DJs, so to be asked was truly an honor.

After an early afternoon ceremony at Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary, the guests had a short break before the reception.  The 150 guests started arriving a little early for the cocktail hour outside on the lawn of Wrightsville Manor and I had a speaker outside for them.  I played a mix of rock, standards and classic soul.  Beau Catering was there to pass hors d’oeuvres.  It started getting a little cold, so guests came inside to warm up and find their seats.  Photographers Cara and Dax from F8 Photo Studios and videographer OTB Productions were done with pics and it was time to introduce the wedding party.

I lined them up with help from Stephanie from Viva L’Event and got them ready.  They were introduced to “Let’s Get It Started” by Black Eyed Peas and Lauren and Max came in to a loud roar.  They had their first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran.  I know this is going to be a huge first dance request very soon!  After their dance, I had all the past and present military stand up and thanked them for their service and wished them a happy Veterans day, their Father’s welcomed everyone and Frank Stoppa blessed the meal.  Chef Beau described the meal and the salads came out.  During dinner I had the same music mix playing.

After the amazing dinner we had the toasts that ended with the Maid Of Honor’s rap to the “Fresh Prince” theme.  So great!  We had the cake cutting to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and they presented a small cake to a couple celebrating an anniversary with them.  The sweetest!! Lauren then met her Father on the floor for their dance to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.  After that, Max escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “You’ll Be In My Heart”.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it within a minute.  This group came to party and they did!!  The floor stayed packed for the next 2 hours to top 40, oldies and some throw backs.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Crazy In Love” and garter toss to “Danger Zone”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.


We ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” before the last dance to “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing and a sparkler exit.  Thank you Lauren, Max and Stephan ie and congratulations!

Photo courtesy of F8 Photo Studios

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Another Amazing Wedding At Merrimon-Wynne

Lindsey and James had their reception at downtown Raleigh’s Merrimon-Wynne House on the first freezing night of the fall.  I always have the best time DJing at Merrimon-Wynne and this was no exception.

After a late afternoon ceremony at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Raleigh, the 150 guests started over to the reception.  The cocktail hour was held in the house and I had a speaker playing classic instrumental jazz by Miles David, Coltrane and my favorite Chet Baker.  After the cocktail hour planner Carrington from McLean Events invited guests into the carriage house for dinner and dancing.  The carriage house looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Watered Garden.  I left music playing and went in the house to line the wedding party up and get them ready for introductions.

I introduced the wedding party to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and Lindsey and James had their first dance to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love”.  One of my favorite ballads ever!  Lindsey’s parents welcomed everyone and Father Paul blessed the meal.  The Donovan’s Dish buffet opened and I played a mix of rock, classic soul and standards during dinner.

After dinner we had the toasts and then the private I Do Cakes cutting in the house.  I’m sure photographer Jessica Crawford got some great shots of that!  While they were inside I went ahead and opened the dance floor for a short time.  They came back to a filled dance floor (oops) and I cleared it for Lindsey to dance with her Father to “It Won’t Be Long”.  James and his Mother danced to “I Hope You Dance”, then I opened the floor to everyone again with “Zorba The Greek” that filled it back up.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Only Girl In The World” and garter toss to “Another One Bites The Dust”.  Some top 40 and sing a longs kept them dancing until the end of the night and the last dance to “Sweet Caroline”.  I invited guest to the front of the house for the rose petal exit and said goodnight.


Thank you Lindsey and James and congratulations!!

A Jazzy Wedding At The Fearrington

Miranda and David chose The Fearrington for their ceremony and reception on a beautiful November day.  They are music lovers and I was thrilled and honored to be their DJ!

After the afternoon wedding at The Fearrington, guests got to rest for a bit, enjoy the grounds and cows or get coffee at The Goat before heading over for the reception.  The cocktail hour and reception were both held at The Fearrington Barn.  The patio had market lights strung over it and looked beautiful!  They had John Brown’s Little Big Band provide music for the cocktail hour and dinner.  During the cocktail hour the 160 guests visited inside the barn and outside on the patio where they could hear the wonderful jazz coming from inside. 

When pics were done by photographer Krystal Kast, the guests started making their way inside for dinner with help from The Fearrington’s Gilda.  The hall to the barn had thousands of lights covering the walls and ceiling. It looked so amazing!!  John Brown introduced Miranda & David and they came in for their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” performed by the band.  David’s daughter did an awesome job welcoming everyone on my mic and their minister blessed the meal.  I released guests to the food stations and John and his band started the dinner music.  They even had an impromptu cover of “At Last” by one of their guests during dinner.  She did a great job and it was very touching!

After dinner they had the cake cutting to “Mack The Knife” by John Brown’s band and then I took over for David and his daughter’s dance to “What A Wonderful World”.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next couple hours.  I played a lot of 70’s and 80’s mixed with some current top 40.  I ended the night with David’s daughter’s sing a long (and acting out) Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” before their last dance to “In My Eyes” by Peter Gabriel and a sparkler exit.


Thank you so very much Miranda, David and Olivia and congratulations to you all!

Photo courtesy of Krystal Kast Photography

Monday, November 6, 2017

An Amazing Wedding At Prestonwood Country Club

Prestonwood Country Club is always beautiful, and was no exception for Christine & Kyle’s wedding on November 4th.  The large ballroom was breathtaking with amber uplighting by us and floral arrangements by Dogwood Tree Floral Arrangements.

The cocktail hour for the 180 guests was held in the hallway outside of the ballroom.  After pics were taken by photographer Brian Fleming the doors to the ballroom opened for guests to find their seats.  There were a lot of gasps when people first saw the room!  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for introductions with help from Prestonwood’s Sondra.

I introduced them to “Back In Black” and Christine and Kyle appeared at the top of the stairs for their entrance to The Star Wars Theme!  So great..  They came down the stairs to thunderous applause and came to the floor for their first dance.  They danced to 2 minutes of an Anthony Hopkins composed classical piece called “And The Waltz Goes On”.  Yes, the actor.. Christine’s Father welcomed everyone and the salads came out. Soon the buffet opened and I played a mix of rock, classic soul and standards during dinner.

After dinner we had the cake cutting at the top of the stairs to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Sinatra followed by the parents dances.  Christine danced with her Father to “Hello World” by Lady Antebellum and Kyle & his Mother to “What A Wonderful World”.  I invited all the married guests to the floor for an anniversary dance to “Unforgettable” with the winners married 59 years!  I open the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 the filled it for the next 2 hours.

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garden toss to “Mission Impossible Theme”.  I went right back to dance music until the end of the night that kept them dancing and singing.  I played lots of early 2000’s hits, a few line dances and some classic 70’s and 80’s dance songs.  We ended the night with a huge sing a long circle to “Sweet Caroline” before a pom pom exit.  They had both NC State and Caroline pom poms.  As the guests left I played the “Star Wars Throne Room Theme”.


 Thank you Christine & Kyle and congratulations!

Photo courtesy of Brian Fleming Photography 

A Beautiful Fall Wedding At Highgrove Estate

Lauren and Chris chose Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina, NC for both ceremony and reception on a picture perfect November 3rd day.  I provided a mic for their minister and music for the reception.

As the 80 guests arrived for the ceremony they were treated to live music by Mary Page and another from Arioso Strings.  After a short ceremony that included a bible reading by her Grandfather, they were married and made their way to the back patio for cocktails.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country and soft rock playing.  After pics were taken by Bill from Thirteenth Moon Photography the guests were invited into the ballroom for dinner and dancing.  The room looked beautiful with arrangements by Flowers On Broad Street.

I introduced the wedding party to “Shut Up And Dance” and Lauren and Chris came in for their first dance to “We Found Each Other In The Dark” by City & Color.  We had the parents dances next.  Lauren danced with her Father to “My Little Girl” and Chris & his Mother to “Mother Like Mine” by The Band Perry.  Lauren’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.  The salads and family style entrees came out and I played a mix of standards during dinner.

After dinner we had the toasts and I opened the floor with some Motown and Top 40 that soon filled it.  We paused for the cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and bouquet toss to “Single Ladies.  The coffee and s’more stations opened and I went back to dance music until the end of the night.  I played a great set of early 2000’s hits that Lauren and her girls had a blast dancing and singing along to!!


We ended the night with “You Are The Best Thing” and a sparkler exit from the front of the house.  Thank you Lauren and Chris and congratulations!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Fall Wedding At Bay 7 In Durham NC

Laura and Paul had both their ceremony and reception at Bay 7 in Durham on October 29th and it could not have been more sweet and touching!

As guests arrived for the ceremony on the first floor, they had a live trio playing music made up of piano, violin and guitar.  They were so good!!  There’s no way I could compete with these guys.  I provided a mic for their minister Diane during the ceremony.  After a short ceremony, Diane invited the 130 guests to the second floor for the cocktail hour while Kelly and the staff at Bay 7 flipped the room for dinner.

During the cocktail hour the trio played again, this time adding vocals.  The music was standards mixed with indie rock.  It was almost like if you listened to the Willie Nelson “Stardust” album being played by The Avett Brothers.  It was so good!!  After pics and video were taken by Smitten & Hooked and Dansby Productions I invited guests back downstairs for dinner and dancing.

I introduced the wedding party to “I Gotta Feeling” and Laura & Paul with his children to “Happy”.  This was one the cutest groups ever!  They came to the dance floor and Laura and Paul had their first dance to “Swept Away (Sentimental Version)” By The Avett Brothers.  They welcomed everyone, Paul’s Father blessed the meal and Laura released everyone to the buffet at the same time (LOL).  But, I made them wait to be released by the staff.  The food was amazing!!  The first table was a delicious seafood boil followed by beef, mac & cheese, veggies…  During dinner I had a mix of standards, classic soul, classic & indie rock playing.

After dinner we had the cake cutting to “Cake By The Ocean” followed by the toasts.  Laura joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World” and Paul & his Mother to “My Wish”.  I opened the floor with “My Girl” and Paul flew to the floor.  That’s all it took to get people dancing.  The floor filled by the end of the song and stayed that way for the next 2 hours to everything from oldies to top 40.  The loved sing a longs!


We ended the night with “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and a sparkler exit from the top floor.  Thank you Laura and Paul and congratulations!