Saturday, March 16, 2019

A Carriage Farm Wedding For Summer And Chad

I was back to The Pavilion and Carriage Farm, this time for Chad and Summer’s beautiful ceremony and reception on another picture perfect March 16th day.

The ceremony was held outside and I ran mics and music.  As the 140 guests arrived I had a mix of classical pop songs playing. The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Wonderful Tonight” and wedding party to “Yellow”, both by Vitamin String Quarter.  Summer entered to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by The Piano Guys. The ceremony included two performances that were both amazing!  One performance by Monica during the unity candle and another by Kelsey during the blessing of the hands really made is very special! After the ceremony they recessed to “This Will be (An Everlasting Love)” and made their way to the adjoining outdoor patio for the cocktail hour.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards and country playing with a little soft rock and Motown added.  Summer, Chad and the wedding party were off getting pics taken by photographer Mark Mosrie.  After pics were taken, planner Alyson invited guests to their tables inside.  The room and fireplace looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Expressions Of Love. I introduced the Parents to ”I Gotta Feeling”, wedding party to “High Hopes” and Summer & Chad to “Bring Em Out”. They came right to the dance floor and had their first dance to “The Day Before You” by Rascal Flatts.  After that, Summer’s Brother welcomed everyone and Stephanie Moore blessed the meal.  The Catering Works buffet opened and I went back to music during dinner. I played a mix of country and standards again as well as “The Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston in honor of Summer’s late Father, Al. 

After dinner we had the toasts and Parent’s dances. Summer danced with her new Father in Law to “What A Wonderful World” and Chad and his Mother to “My Wish”.  We had an anniversary dance to “Through The Years” by Kenny Rogers that had the winners at 59 years married.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that soon filled it with young and old.

We paused for the cake cutting to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and then a couple Lebanese dance songs to honor Summer’s roots while the staff served the cake.  It was so great to see everyone dancing to those songs together hand in hand!  Some 90’s Hip Hop rounded out the night before the last dance to “Then (Piano version)” by Brad Paisley and a sparkler exit.

Thank you Summer, Chad and Alyson!  I had the best time!!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

A Washington Duke Inn Wedding for Natalie and Don

Natalie and Don are two of the nicest and most laid-back people I have played for and I was thrilled to be their wedding DJ on March 9that Washington Duke Inn in Durham, NC!

The ceremony was held earlier in the day at the beautiful Duke Chapel.  After the service the 140 guests had a few hours break to relax before the wedding reception. Their cocktail hour was held in the hallway outside the ballroom where I was set up.  After pics and video were taken by James from Walters and Walters and Elijah from Morgan Scott Films, the doors to the ballroom opened and guests found their seats. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Tre Bella. I left music playing and went back out to the hallway to line the wedding party up.

I introduced the parents to “Take On me” by A-Ha and wedding party to “Delirious” by Steve Aoki. Natalie and Don came to the floor and had their first dance to “All Of Me” for a couple minutes and then I invited the wedding party to join them on the floor.  After they were on the floor, I changed songs to “You and Me” by Lifehouse to surprise her Sister and husband with their first dance song.  So sweet!! The parents’ dances followed after the wedding party took their seats.  Natalie and her Father danced to “Can’t Smile Without You” By Barry Manilow.  They sang it to each other like they had the hundred times when she was a child.  Don and his Mother danced to “You Raise Me Up”.  Her parents welcomed everyone and Bob Vietor blessed the meal.  During dinner I played a mix of light classical music.

After dinner we had toasts and the Ashley Cakes cutting to “Happy Together”. I LOVE that song (and Ashley cakes!!)!! We paused for 15 minutes so guests could enjoy the 4 different flavors of cake, then we had the bouquet and garter toss.  I invited the single ladies to the floor for the toss to “Dear Future Husband” and garter toss to “Get Lucky”. Before opening the floor to everyone, we had an anniversary dance to “Love Me Do”.  It was so great and came down to 2 couples married a year apart. I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Twist and Shout” that shortly filled it with young and old.  Some top 40, 80’s and EDM kept them dancing for the next hour before the last dance.

We ended with “This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line and an exit to a convertible Mustang waiting for them just outside the doors. Guests took cupcakes from a cupcake bouquet as a favor on their way outside.

Thank you so much Natalie, Don and your parents.  I was thrilled and honored to play for you and your guests!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

A Sutherland Wedding for Katie and Matt

Picture prefect can’t describe the wedding of Katie and Matt at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC on March 2nd.  After a week of off and on rain, the weather turned perfect for them!

Their ceremony was held on the brick walled lawn.  I provided music and a mic for officiant Katherine Edwards. The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Canon In D” and wedding party to “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys.  Katie and her Father entered to “Beethoven’s 5thSecret” also by The Piano Guys. After a short service, they recessed to “You’re My best Friend” by Queen and Katherine invited the 80 guests to the other side of the house for cocktails on the grooms terrace.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, classic soul and country playing while guests enjoyed drinks by POUR and passed hors d’oeuvres by Rocky Top Catering. Towards the end of the cocktail hour, guests started coming into the pavilion where I was and finding their seats. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Lyn from Fresh Affairs!  I left some music playing and went to line the wedding party up for intros with help from The Sutherland’s Christy.

I introduced the wedding party to “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D and Matt and Katie to “Can’t Stop The Feeling”.  They had their first dance to “Millionaire” followed by the parents dances.  Katie and her Father danced to “I’ll Be There” by Josh Turner and Matt & his Mother to “Five Minutes More” by Scotty McCreery.  Katie’s Father welcomed everyone and the salads came out before the buffet opened.  During dinner was same music mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the Ashley Cakes cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and then the toasts.  Before opening the floor to everyone we had an anniversary dance to “Something That We Do” by Clint Black with the winners at 61 years married!! Wow!!  I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” that filled the floor!  It was amazing to only have 5 ppl left sitting during the first dance song for everyone.  For the next 3 hours they danced to oldies, beach, top 40, some 80’s and 2000’s throwbacks and some 90’s hip-hop.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Where Dem Girls At” and garter toss to “You Look Good”. 

We ended the night with “Dancing In The Moonlight” before a private last dance for just Katie and Matt to “Dance With Me” by Morgan Evans and Kelsea Ballerini.  The guests filled bags of candy for a late night treat and lined up for a sparkler exit.  I can’t wait to see more pics from photographer Kelsey Nelson and videographers Twenty-One Films!!

Thank you Katie, Matt and Christy!  I had the 
best time!!

Photos courtesy of Kelsey Nelson Photography

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A Carriage Farm Wedding for Melissa and Jonathan

Melissa and Jonathan wanted a lo-key romantic wedding at The Pavilion at Carriage Farm in Raleigh and I was thrilled to help make it happen on February 2nd.
Melissa had her heart set on an outdoor ceremony and Mother Nature helped her out perfectly!!  The first 70 degree February day came just in time, 2 days after it was freezing.  As the 80 guests arrived I had some light classical music playing. The site looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Daniel’s Florist.  The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Ode To Joy”, Wedding party to a classical cover of “Perfect” and Melissa & her Father to “Canon In D”. After a short service by Pastor Eddie that included a unity candle prayer, they recessed to a classical cover of “All Of Me” followed by “Waterfall”.  Pastor Eddie invited everyone to the outdoor patio for a social hour.  I had a mix of rock, classic soul and country playing.
When it was time for introductions, planner Stephanie Shaul invited everyone inside for the reception.  I introduced the wedding party to “Footloose” and Melissa and Jonathan to “Best Day Of My Life”.  They had their first dance to “Die A Happy Man” followed by the parents dances.  Melissa and her Father danced to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart and Jonathan and his Mother to “Simple Man” by Shinedown.  Her Father welcomed everyone and Pastor Eddie blessed the meal.  

After dinner we had an anniversary dance to “Still The One” by Orleans (LOVE that song!!). The s’mores station opened outside at the bonfire and I opened the floor to everyone with some beach music, top 40 and 80’s.  I even played a good early 2000’s set for the wedding party to dance and sing a long to. I’m sure photographer Megan Kerns and videographers Muddy Trails got some great shots of them!! We paused for the Simply Cakes cutting to “You’re My Best friend” then back to dancing until the end of the night.

We ended the night with a last dance to ”Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and a sparkler exit.  Thank you Melissa, Jonathan and Stephanie!  That was a beautiful wedding!!

Photos courtesy of Megan Kerns Photography

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A Downtown Raleigh Wedding At Vidrio For Christy and Stephen

One of the coolest venues in downtown Raleigh is Vidrio, where Christy and Stephen chose to have their wedding reception on January 26th.

The reception was held on the whole 2ndfloor of the restaurant.  As the 75 guests arrived I had a mix of 80’s, rock and classic soul playing in the bar area where I was set up.  Guests enjoyed cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and the music.  After visiting with everyone for a while, Christy and Stephen had their first dance to “Mario Kart Love Song” by Sam Hart.  After that Stephen danced with his Mother to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison.  LOVE that song!!!  I invited everyone to the banquet room at the end of the floor for dinner and desserts. During the buffet dinner I had the same mix of music as cocktails.  
After dinner I invited everyone back out to the bar area for some dancing.  Before opening the floor to everyone Christy dances with her Brother to “Stand By Me”.  I opened the floor to everyone with ”Build Me Up Buttercup” that filled it pretty well with people dancing and singing it.  Some 90’s and early 2000’s mixed with some 80’s kept them dancing for the rest of the night.  I even played “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” for Christy and her Sister to dance to that was one of the biggest songs of the night.

Thank you Christy and Stephen!  I had a blast playing for you and I loved your Gryffindor tie Stephen (I wore Hogwarts cufflinks that night)!!

Friday, January 11, 2019

A Melrose Knitting Mill Wedding for Morgan and Mike

Morgan and Mike had both ceremony and reception at Melrose Knitting Mill in downtown Raleigh on January 5th and Wow!! What a great start to 2019!!!

Their ceremony was held on one side of the room and closed off with white linens.  It looks beautiful with floral arrangements by Shelley from Expressions Of Love!  I ran a mic for officiant Ben Poston and all the music. The wedding party and Morgan walked down the aisle to The Piano Guys cover of “A Thousand Years”.  After a short service they recessed to “Brand New” by Ben Rector and the 150 guests were invited downstairs for the cocktail hour. Photographer A.J. Dunlap and videographers Reel Weddings stayed to get some pics of the wedding party while the staff flipped the room for dinner and dancing.

After the room was ready, planner Steph invited guests back upstairs.  I left some music playing and went to line the wedding party up with Steph. I introduced them to “Levels” by Avicii and Morgan and Mike to “Love On Top” by Beyonce. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to Haley Reinhart’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  So great!!! The parents dances were next with Morgan and her Father dancing to “My Little Girl”.  Mike escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “My Wish”.  Morgan’s Father welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out shortly. During dinner I had a mix of rock, country, standards and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had the toasts from the sweetheart table and opened the floor with the “Hora Medley” that had everyone running to the floor to dance!  It was amazing!! Some oldies mixed with some current top 40 kept them dancing before the cake cutting to “Honey Bee”. I even played a Polka for Mikes Grandmother that wasn’t kept off the floor just because of her wheelchair. Back to dancing to Disco, 80’s, more current top 40 and finally “Closing Time” to end the night.

I invited the guests back downstairs for the sparkler exit and to grab M&M’s on their way out. Thank you Morgan and Army Lieutenant Mike and thank you for your service to our country!  I was honored to be your DJ!

Photo courtesy of AJ Dunlap Photography

Monday, December 31, 2018

A New Years Eve Wedding for Elizabeth and Winston at Forest Hall

After 74 other weddings, 2018 came to a close with Elizabeth and Winston’s epic wedding at Forest Hall in Pittsboro NC on New Years Eve.

When I arrived to set up, the wedding party was outside taking pictures and I could tell that this was going to be an absolute blast!  The ceremony was held on one side of the venue and I was there for mics and music.  They had the cocktail hour before the ceremony.  As the 100 guests arrived I had a mix of standards and indie rock playing.  They enjoyed drinks from both the bar and coffee bar along with some light munchies.  The ceremony was about to get under way and they found their seats.  The Grandparents thru the Bridesmaids entered to “Wouldn’t It Make A Lovely Photograph” by Ray Lamontagne.  Elizabeth entered to “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle.  I LOVE that song!!  After a short service officiated by their friend Thomas that included communion, they recessed to “Weathered” by Jack Garratt. The wedding party went out to the hall to line up for introductions and the guests made their way to the adjoining room for dinner.

After lining the wedding party up with lots of help from planner Chelsy from The Gathering Company, I introduced them to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)”.  Mr &. Mrs Bob Vance from Vance refrigeration (inside joke), I mean, Elizabeth and Winston came in to loud applause and found their seats at the head table.  They welcomed everyone and her Father blessed the meal.  The City Barbeque buffet opened and I continued a standards and indie rock playlist.

After dinner we had the toasts and I invited everyone back to the main room for the first dances.  They had their first dance to the acoustic version of “Depth Over Distance” by Ben Howard followed by a dual Parents dance. Their Parents dance was to “What A Wonderful World” then came an anniversary dance with the winners at 38 years married.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours.  I played lots of 70’s, 80’s, top 40 and some Latin & 2000’s hip-hop.  The Duck Donuts station opened for the last hour as did the mac and cheese station.  YUM!!  

We did the New Years countdown and sang Auld Lang Syne before ending the night with “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent and a glowstick exit. I can’t wait to see the pics of that by Kathleen from Amelya Jayne Photoghraphy!

Thank you so much Elizabeth, Winston and Chelsy!!  I couldn’t have had a better time celebrating New Years Eve!!