Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Beautiful Wedding At Highgrove Estate | DJ Randy B

I have seen a lot of things in my 20 years as a wedding DJ, but this was the first dancing dinosaur!  I never thought I would see that at Amy and Patrick’s beautiful wedding at Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina on July 15th.

Amy and Pat had their wedding ceremony in the back lawn overlooking a lake and wooded hill.  For their music, the 140 guests were treated to a trio of 2 guitarists and bongo player.  After a short service they made their way to the back patio for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.  Photographer Ginny Corbett and videographers from Sugar Shack Films took the wedding party around the grounds for shots.

After the cocktail hour I invited guests into the ballroom for the reception.  I had music playing and went into the house to line the wedding party up with help from Highgrove’s Amanda.  I introduced the wedding party to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and Amy & Pat to “Love On Top”.  They came in for their first dance to Dave Barnes “Darlin’”.  The welcome and blessing followed and then the salads and family style entrees came out.  During dinner I played the same music as cocktails.
I even played “Georgia” by Ray Charles for Amy’s Grandmother Georgia.

After dinner we had toasts and cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and then the parents dances. Amy & her Father danced to “I Loved Her First” ad Patrick & his Mother to “Loves Me Like A Rock”.  I invited the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” and then opened the floor to everyone with Motown & top 40.  After about 5 songs I played “Blurred Lines” and a dancing dinosaur appeared!  It was so great and caught everyone off guard, especially the kids.  I’m sure they will talk about that forever!  The Krispy Kreme flambĂ© station opened and the guests went back to dancing.  One of the best songs of the night (other than the dinosaur) was a huge group dance to “Rock Lobster” lead by Patrick’s family.  I can’t wait to see Ginny’s pictures of that!

We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Another One Bites The Dust”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.  We ended the party with “New York, New York”, “Sweet Caroline” and finally “Wagon Wheel”.  I invited the guests to the front for a sparkler exit and said goodnight to everyone.  What a fantastic wedding!  I had an absolute blast playing to this great group!



Photo courtesy of Ginny Corbett Photography

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Wedding At The Rickhouse In Durham | DJ Randy B

Lizzie and Jordan had me as their wedding DJ at the amazing Durham’s Rickhouse that backs up to the Two Doors Distilling.  They have great taste inn music and I was excited to play for them and their 150 guests!

After a beautiful the ceremony at Duke Chapel the guests had a little break before heading over to The Rickhouse for the reception.  It gave photographer Hooman from Vesic Photography and Phil & Jess from Twenty-One Films some time to get some great shots!  When the guests arrived for the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, classic soul, standards and alt-country playing.  The room looked amazing with hung market lights and uplighting by Get Lit.

When the wedding party arrived I invited the guest to find their seats and went out to line the wedding party up with help from planner Dana from C and D Events.  The wedding party came in to “Magic” by B.O.B and each couple had their own personal dance moves on the dance floor.  Lizzie & Jordan came in to “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons and came in to loud applause.  They had their first dance to “Swept Away (Sentimental Version)” by The Avett Brothers and then welcomed everyone.  The buffet opened and I continued the same music mix.

After dinner we had the toasts and parents dances.  Lizzie and her Stepfather danced to “What A Wonderful World” and Jordan and his mother to “Find Your Wings” by Mark Harris.  I invited the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” before opening the floor to everyone.  Motown and top 40 followed with 75% of guests hitting the floor during the first 2 songs.  They danced hard for 2 hours to top 40, classic party songs, lots of 80’s and some sing-a-longs.  We paused for the cake cutting and bouquet & garter toss, then back to dancing till the last dance.  We ended the night with “You Make My Dreams Come True” and a sparkler exit.  A couple of my favorite moments were looking out and seeing a Grandmother having a blast to “Shout” and an impromptu conga line to “Brown Eyed Girl”.

What a fun night and awesome couple.  Thank you Lizzie, Jordan and Dana!!



Photo courtesy of Vesic Photography

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House | DJ Randy B

I always love being a wedding DJ at The Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh and was really looking forward to Allie & Chase’s wedding on July 2nd

The Wedding Ceremony 

The wedding ceremony was held in the side lawn and I provided a mic for their officiant.  Music was covered by a quartet from Arioso Strings.  After a short ceremony the 180 guests made their way inside the house for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  After the cocktail hour the guests made their way to the carriage house where I was set up and ready.  I went in the house to line up the wedding party with lots of help from Merrimon-Wynne’s Danielle and planner Kathy from Sally Oakley Events. 

The Introductions and First Dance

I introduced the wedding party to “Good To Be Alive” and Allie & Chase came in to loud applause.  They had their first dance to a country cover of “Thinking Out Loud” by Dylan Scott followed by a welcome by her Father and blessing by a groomsman.  The Catering Works buffet opened and I had a mix of rock and country playing.  After dinner we had toasts and a private cake cutting inside before the parents dances back in the carriage house. 

The Dancing

Before the parents dances we invited groomsman Kyle up for a surprise Happy Birthday sing a long that totally embarrassed him..lol.  Allie then danced with her Father to “When You Need Me” by Bruce Springsteen and Chase and his Mother to “A Mother’s Song” by T. Carter Music.  We opened the floor to everyone with Motown and top 40 that filled it for a short 1 ½ hour dance party.  We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies”, garter removal to “Danger Zone” and toss to “You Sexy Thing”.  They went back to dancing till the end of the night and the last dance to “You Make My Dreams Come True”.  I invited the guests to the front of the house for a sparkler exit and played the NC State fight song as they exited.  I can’t wait to see the rest of the pics and video from Blest Studios!

Thank you so much Allie, Chase, Kathy and Danielle!  I had an absolute blast!!



Photo courtesy of Blest Studios