Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A September Wedding at The Merrimon Wynne House

I never met Jamie and Scott until their wedding day on September 10th.  They had me provide music and mics for their ceremony and reception at The Merrimon Wynne House in downtown Raleigh.  I play there all the time and was thrilled to be there for their big day!

Their ceremony was held on the side lawn in picture perfect weather.  As the 200 guests arrived I had a mix of classical pop songs playing.  They had their friend Hannah Saab play guitar for the entrance of the Grandparents, Parents and wedding party. She did an amazing job!!!!  Jamie and her Father entered to “Come Thou Fount” that I played a piano version of. She looked just beautiful with makeup and hair by Teighla Norris. Minister Sid was their officiant. During the ceremony they had communion for Jamie and Scott and Hannah played guitar and sang during it.  After the ceremony, they recessed to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” That I played.  Minister Sid released the guests and invited them inside the house for the social hour.

After pics were taken by photographers Callie and Nancy Ray the doors to the ballroom opened and Kristin & Stephanie from Viva L’Event invited guests to the carriage house for dinner.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Your Perfect Day.  I introduced the wedding party to “Celebration” and Jamie and Scott to “September”.  Get it??  They had their first dance to “Golden” by Lady Antebellum.  Her Father welcomed everyone and Minister Sid blessed the meal.  The Donovan’s Dish food stations opened in the lawn and I had a mix of Motown & classic soul playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Details Cake Design cutting to “You’re My Best Friend”.  Jamie’s Father joined her for their dance to “Little Miss Magic/Brown Eyed Girl” and Scott escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “How Sweet It Is”.  I opened the floor with some beach music, Motown and then top 40 after playing “Love Train” that had everyone in the room going around in a train.  It was a great dancing crowd and they danced hard for 2 ½ hours!!  We paused for bouquet toss to “Ladies Night” and then back to dancing until the end of the night.  They had their last dance to “Die A Happy Man” before a sparkler exit from the front of the house. 


What a fun night and I couldn’t be happier for Jamie and Scott!

Photo courtesy of Nancy Ray Photography

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Dance Party Wedding At The Bridge Club in Raleigh

Allison and Sebastian chose downtown Raleigh’s Bridge Club for their ceremony and reception on September 9th.  The venue is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors over fav Ashley Christensen’s restaurant Death and Taxes.

The ceremony was held on the 2nd floor during the early evening and the cocktail hour followed.  During the cocktail hour they had live entertainment from a female duo of a singer / guitarist and violinist.  They did an amazing job!  After that, the guests made their way to the 3rd floor for dinner, desert and toasts.  After the toasts I invited guests back down to the 2nd floor for dancing. 

When everyone was in the room Allison and Sebastian joined them and had their first dance to “Sunshine Of My Life” by Stevie Wonder.  Allison’s Father joined her for their dance next to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor.  Sebastian and his Mother followed with their dance to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that instantly filled it for the next 2 ½ hours!  The 70 guests danced to mostly 90’s and 2000’s top 40 and hip hop as well as some current dance music with some blinking foam glow sticks that I passed out.  I loved playing “”Conga” for Sebastian!  He started a conga line with everyone in it the went from 2nd floor, up the stairs to the 3rd floor, then back down to the dance floor.  So great!!!  I’m sure photographer Rick Lowe got some great shots of it. 


We ended the night with “Ignition (Remix)” and finally “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars.  What a fun night and awesome dance party!  Thank you Sebastian and Allison and congratulations!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Christine and Josh’s Wedding At Highgrove Estate

Christine and Josh chose to share the southern charm of Highgrove Estate for their ceremony and reception in Fuquay-Varina.

I provided a mic and music for the ceremony in the back of the property overlooking a pond and wooded hill.  It is just a breathtaking view!  As guests arrived I had a mix of contemporary love songs playing.  The ceremony was ready to begin and guests found their seats.  It was so nice to have Christine’s cousin Mark officiate their ceremony!  The wedding party entered to “Canon In D” and Christine and her Father to “Bella’s Lullabye”.  It is such a beautiful song!  During the ceremony they had a blending of the sand ceremony and I played “Feather” from Forrest Gump.  After the ceremony they recessed to “All You Need Is Love” by Vitamin String Quartet and the 80 guests made their way to the patio for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country, standards and contemporary love songs playing.  After pics were taken by Nicole and Jordan from Forage + Film, DeAnna from Highgrove opened the doors to the ballroom and I invited guests in.  The room looked beautiful with arrangements by Flowers On Broad Street. I lined the wedding party up and got them ready for introductions.  I introduced them to “Let’s Get It Started” and Christine and Josh to “You Look Good” by Lady Antebellum.  They came in to the head table and her cousin blessed the meal.

The salads and family style entrĂ©es came out and I went back to music.  After dinner we had the toasts and Sweet Memories cake cutting to “Something Just Like This” by Chainsmokers.  They made their way to the doors to start their choreographed first dance to “Better Place” by Rachel Platten. After that, her Father joined her for their dance to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.  Next, Josh escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “You’ve Got A Friend” by Carole King.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it shortly.

After a few songs the Krispy Kreme flambĂ© station opened and people continued to dance till the end of the night.  We ended with “Take My Drunk Ass Home” by Luke Bryan.  LOL!!  I invited guests to the front porch for a sparkler exit and I rushed up there to play “Millionaire” by Cash Cash and Nelly as they left.  They drove off in a sweet maroon ’65 Lincoln convertible.


What a nice couple and fun reception!  Thank you Christine & Josh and congratulations.

A Wedding at The Museum Of Art

I chose to celebrate my birthday with Laura and Dayton on their wedding day at The NC Museum Of Art.  I had so much fun playing for them and their guests, it was a great decision!

The ceremony was held in the back plaza and Arioso Stings provided music for them.  They always do such an amazing job!!

After the ceremony, the 140 guests made their way inside for cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres and to check out the art exhibits.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards, classic soul and classic rock playing.  After pics were taken by Martha and Adrienne from F8 Photo Studios, I lined the wedding party up for intros with Morgan from the Museum. I introduced them to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and they came in to loud applause.  Laura & Dayton entered to “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons and their pastor blessed the meal.  The wedding party joined everyone at the food stations and I continued dinner music.

After dinner we had the Cinda’s Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor followed by toasts.  After a Short break, Laura and Dayton made their way to the floor for their first dance to “Wonderful Tonight”.  After that she danced with her Father to “The Way You Look Tonight” and Dayton and his Mother to “My Wish”.  I invited all the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “Remember When”.  The winning couple were the Grandparents at 55 years married!  So great!!

I opened the floor with “The Twist” and the energy went through he roof instantly.  The floor was packed and guests were ready to dance the night away.  For the next hour they danced to oldies, a couple line dances, top 40 and even some 80’s & 90’s.  We paused for a bouquet toss to “Run The World” by Beyonce and garter toss to “Another One Bites The Dust”. 


We ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and finally “My Girl” before a glow sticks exit.  What a fun night and I’m so glad I was able to celebrate my birthday with you Laura & Dayton!  Congratulations to you both.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Pirates Wedding At Melrose Knitting Mill

Alyssa and Drew, both ECU Pirates, had their wedding reception at downtown Raleigh’s Melrose Knitting Mill on August 26th.  I provided music for the reception on the second floor above Mulino’s, a wonderful Italian Restaurant.

After the early afternoon ceremony at Sacred Heart and a couple hours break, the guests made their way to Melrose Knitting Mill. Their cocktail hour was held at the outdoor patio around a pool at Mulino’s.  The weather was absolutely perfect!  After pics were taken by Corey & Mike from Cor Photography, Alyssa and Drew joined their guests for the rest of the cocktail hour.

The 2nd floor reception room opened and guests started making their way upstairs with help from Steph with Chad Biggs Events. The room looked beautiful with arrangements by North Raleigh Florist! I introduced the wedding party to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and Alyssa & Drew came in for their first dance.  They had their dance to “Nothing Can Change This Love” by Sam Cooke followed by the Parents dances.  Alyssa danced with her Father to “Landslide” and Drew & his Mother to “Humble & Kind”.  Her Father welcomed everyone and her Grandfather gave a very touching speech and blessing.  At 59 years married he had some great advice!  The buffet opened shortly and I had a mix of classic soul, rock and few standards playing.

After dinner we had toasts and opened the floor with some Motown and top 40 that soon filled it for the next 2 hours.  They went hard on the floor!!  My whole table was shaking the whole time! LOL.  We paused for the cake cutting to “You Are The Best Thing” and bouquet & garter toss, then back to dancing until the end of the night.  I ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and finally a sing a long to the ECU alma matter and finally “Love On Top” by Beyonce.


Thank you Alyssa & Drew and congratulations!  Go Pirates!!

Photo courtesy of Cor Photography