Monday, February 27, 2017

Brittney & Benjamin’s Wedding at The Carolina Club

You have to love a groom that rolls into the reception in a top hat and monocle!  I knew this wedding was going to be a blast, and it was!

Brittney & Benjamin had their ceremony and reception all at The Carolina Club on February 18th with 100 guests.  The ceremony was held in the far end of the room and I provided music for that.  As the guests arrived I had a mix of classical versions of pop songs playing by Vitamin Strung Quartet and The Piano Guys.  The wedding party entered to “Canon In D” and Brittney & her father to Clarke’s “Prince Of Denmark”.  After a short ceremony they recessed to “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates.  I will always love that song! 

The guests made their way down the hall for the cocktail hour in front of the banquet room with help from The Club’s Camille and planner extraordinaire Kathy from Sally Oakley Events.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of soft rock, classic rock & soul and some standards playing.  After some pics were taken by photographer Chris Tavares, the doors to the ballroom opened and the guests found their seats.

The wedding party entered to ‘Forever” by Chris Brown and Brittney & her top hat & monocled Benjamin to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness.  Another of my forever favorite songs.  They came right to the dance floor for their first dance to “Moondance” by Van Morrison and Brittney’s father welcomed everyone.  The food stations opened and I continued the same music mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the toasts and Guglhupf Cake cutting to “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole.  Then, came the most special part of the night!  Brittney’s Aunt Gia and Grandfather Bobby took the stage with their guitars to play 3 songs!  They were so great and really made the wedding very special!  No way I could outdo that, but I tried to keep the reception fun.  Brittney then had her dance with her father to “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys (yet again, another fav of mine) and I opened the floor to everyone.  After a few songs the guests hit the floor and it stayed filled for the rest of the night.  During the next 2 hours guests danced to oldies, some 2000’s hip hop and top 40.  I ended the night with “24K Magic” and finally a sing a long to “Sweet Caroline”.

What a fun night and great crowd.  Congratulations Brittney & Benjamin and thank you Kathy, Gia & Bobby!

Friday, February 10, 2017

A Wedding 10 Years Coming!

I was so thrilled and honored to DJ Lars & Sarah’s wedding on February 4th at The University Club in Durham.  Not only are they the nicest couple and been together for 10 years, she is the daughter of one of my favorite wedding vendors.

The University Club is on the 17th floor of University towers and overlooks Durham and Chapel Hill.  What a view! Their ceremony was also held there with live musicians handling the music.  After a short ceremony, the 80 guests made their way to my room for cocktails with help from The University Club’s Amanda.  While guests were enjoying cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres photographer Dejuan from In His Image got some shots of the wedding party.  During the cocktail hour I had a mix of classic rock, classic soul and standards playing.

After pics were done I invited guests to their seats and introduced the 3 flower girls, 3 ring bearers, Best Man and Maid of Honor to “Happy”.  After that Lars & Sarah entered to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne.  They stopped on the dance floor for their first dance to “When You Say Nothing At All” by Allison Krauss.  This is one of my favorite ballads ever!  Sarah’s father joined her for their dance to “Daughter” by Loudon Wainwright and Lars & his mother to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison.  Lars welcomed everyone and the buffet opened.  During dinner I had the same playlist as cocktails.

Guests started dancing towards the end of dinner so I went right into “dance mode”.  A nice problem to have as a DJ!  We paused after 20 min of dancing for the toasts and cake cutting to “I Choose you”, then had an anniversary dance to “How Sweet it Is” by James Taylor with Lars parents winning at 45 years married.  I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 1.5 hours until the sparkler exit.  It was so great seeing parents and their young children dancing to everything from “Copacabana” to “Hair Up” from The Trolls movie!