Sunday, August 28, 2016

Megan & Justin’s Wedding at Highgrove Estate

Bride and Groom: Megan & Justin

Where & When: Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina on August 27th, 2016

The Professionals:

Planner- Grace with Highgrove
Photographer- Warren McCormack
Florist- Flowers at Broad Street

Wedding Ceremony Songs

Seating of parents: “How Beautiful (Instrumental)” by Twila Paris
Groomsmen entrance: “Canon In D” by The O’Neill Brothers
Bridesmaids entrance: “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys
Processional: “Trumpet Voluntary” by The Katherine Marcelle Ensemble
Unity Cross ceremony: “When God Made You (Instrumental)” by NewSong
Recessional: “The Wedding March” by Wagner

Wedding Reception Songs

Introduction of the Wedding party: “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars
Introduction of the Bride & Groom: “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
First Dance: “From The Ground Up” by Dan + Shay
Father-Bride Dance: “I Loved Her First” by Heartland
Mother-Groom Dance: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
Cake Cutting: “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies
Bouquet Toss: “Wanna Be” by The Spice Girls
Garter Removal: “Keep Your Hands To Yourself” by Georgia Satellites
Garter Toss: “Who Let The Dogs Out” by Baha Men
Last Dance: “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice

I was extremely honored to play for this Raleigh policeman and his new Bride Megan!

The guests arrived for the ceremony and waited in the house til the short rain spell passed.  Soon we were in the clear and ready to go.  The guests found their seats for the outdoor ceremony with a beautiful view overlooking a lake and waited for Megan & Justin to walk down the aisle.  After a wonderful ceremony officiated by Tim Irwin that including a unity cross ceremony, Megan & Justin were married and made their way to the front of the house for pics with the wedding party.  The 160 guests made their way to the covered patio and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country and soft rock playing.

The doors to the reception building opened and the guests found their seats.  I introduced the wedding party and Megan & Justin came in for their first dance.  After that they took their seats at the sweetheart table, Megan’s father welcomed everyone and Tim blessed the meal.  The salads and family style entrees came out and I still had a mix of country and soft rock playing.   

After dinner we had the toasts, cake cutting and parents dances, then opened the floor with “The Cha Cha Slide” that filled it for the next hour.  I played top 40, country, and a few oldies that included “Hang On Sloopy” for the Ohio State fans.  We paused briefly for the bouquet and garter tosses, then back to dancing until the end of the night and their sparkler exit.

This was one of my favorite weddings, and not one I, or the guests, will soon forget!

Thank you again

DJ Randy Bennett

Photos courtesy of Warren McCormack photography

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Molly & John’s Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Bride and Groom: Molly & John

Where & When: Merrimon-Wynne House on August 26th. 2016

The Professionals: 

Venue Planner- Amy with Merrimon-Wynne
Planner- Sally with Sally Oakley Weddings & Events
Photographer- Geoff & Carolyn with Carolyn Scott Photography
Video- Michael with M2 Film Productions
Cake- Sugarland
Ice Cream Station- Two Roosters
Florist- Watered Garden
Caterer- Catering Works
Lighting- Themeworks

Wedding Reception Songs

Introduction of the Wedding party: “We Found Love” by Rihanna
First Dance: “I Want You Back” custom blend
Father-Bride Dance: “Beauty & The Beast” performed live by Lucy from Arioso Strings
Mother-Groom Dance: “Blue Suede Shoes” by Carl Perkins
Anniversary Dance: “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations
Last Dance: “Wagon Wheel” by Daruis Rucker

I was so excited to play for Molly & John’s wedding and to work with some of my favorite vendors! 

After the ceremony at William Peace Chapel the 185 guests made their way to the Merrimon-Wynne house for the cocktail hour and live jazz by Table 5 that sounded amazing!  After the cocktail hour guests made their way to the carriage house for the reception. 
I introduced the wedding party into the room and Molly & John came in to maybe the loudest applause I have heard at a wedding.  John escorted his mother to the floor for their dance, Molly and her father then had their dance to live violinist Lucy and finally Molly & John had their first dance.  Molly’s father then welcomed everyone and invited the HUGE family to the dance floor to open up dancing to “Friday Night” by Eric Pasley.  Great idea!!  The buffet opened in the house quietly and guests could either dance or eat. 

After about an hour everyone had eaten, danced and were ready to continue.  We had the toasts and anniversary dance with the two winners being at 64 and 65 years married (WOW)!!  It was so close we had to make them both winners!  Molly and John and their families went back into the house for a private cake cutting while guests filled the dance floor again until the end of the night.

We ended the night with sing a longs and finally “Wagon Wheel” before a sparkler exit.

This was one of my favorite weddings, and not one I, or the guests, will soon forget!

Thank you again