Thursday, August 17, 2017

James and Alyssa’s Wedding In The Clouds

I was so thrilled to DJ James & Alyssa’s wedding high above downtown Raleigh at The City Club on the 29th floor of the Wells Fargo Building.  The view is breathtaking through the floor to ceiling windows lining one wall.

The ceremony was held in front of the windows for the 120 guests and officiated by my friend Ed Sansbury.  The Parents & Grandparents entered to “Air On A G String”.  The Groomsmen and Bridesmaids entered to “Canon In D” followed by Alyssa & her Father to “The Bridal March”.  After a short ceremony with a reading by her Uncle they recessed to “Allegro: Spring” from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  Ed invited guests to the lobby for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing.  After the room was “flipped” by the staff and pics were taken by photographer Greg Knott, the guests made their way back into the room for dinner and dancing.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up with lots of help from planner Laura Strickland.  The room looked and smelled beautiful with arrangements by Tre Bella.

I introduced the Parents to “It Had To Be You” from Harry Connick and the wedding party to “24K Magic”.  Alyssa & James came in to a loud roar and had their first dance to Michael Buble’s “Everything”.  Next, Alyssa danced with her Father to a slowed down version of “Brown Eyed Girl” that I made for her and James & his Mother to “Sweet Baby James”.  Get it??  Her Parents welcomed everyone and her Maternal Grandfather blessed the meal.  During dinner I played the same music as cocktails.

After dinner we had toasts and cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.   Before opening the floor to everyone we had an Anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” with Alyssa’s Grandparents winning.  I started out with some beach music and top 40 that soon filled the floor.  After about an hour came the big surprise to Alyssa and James!  Mr. Wuff from NC State showed up and ran into the room to the Wolfpack fight song.  It caught everyone off guard and was an awesome moment!  He started dancing with Alyssa and the crowd went nuts!  Alyssa & James met at an NC State tailgate so him being here was very special.

After a couple hours of dancing we finally ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and “Wagon Wheel”.  I invited guests down to the bottom floor for their exit and to take donuts on the way out.  What a fun wedding!  Thank you James & Alyssa and congratulations!

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Thai Wedding Reception at The Carolina Inn

Fon and Colin were married earlier in Bangkok. They live and work in Singapor. They already had one reception in Thaiand, but wanted to have another for their American friends and family at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill.  I was a little nervous to play after their DJ there had a crazy karaoke party going on for them!

The cocktail hour was held in the hallway and I had a mix of classic soul, rock and standards playing.  The 160 guests made their way into the ballroom after pictures were taken by photographer Mary McLean. Kathy from Sally Oakley Events did an awesome job getting everyone to their tables.  I introduced the wedding party to “Shape Of You” and Fon and Colin to “Something Just Like This”.  They came to the floor for one of the most special moments I have ever seen at a wedding!  Fon’s Bridesmaid Lalita sang “Thinking Out Loud” while they had their first dance.  It was just beautiful and was one of the highlights of the reception for me.

After that the wedding party took their seats ad Colin welcomed everyone.  His Father and Sister came up and did a mock “Newlywed Game” with them. Ummm, I think they got 1 answer right.  But, it was a lot of fun and you can tell they adore each other!  Maggie Silton blessed the meal and the appetizers and salads came out before the buffet opened.  During dinner I had a mix of love songs playing.

After dinner they showed a video of the wedding in Thailand and then had the toasts and Nantucket Grill cake cutting to “Latch” by Disclosure.  I LOVE that song!  I opened the floor with some Motown but when I mixed into top 40 the floor filled and stayed that way for the next 2 hours.  I played a lot of top 40 / dance music and some 80’s for the older guests. The last half hour was a Fon karaoke party where she was singing along with every song into the mic and passing it around. So great!!  I ended the night with “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Sweet Caroline”.  But, they weren’t ready to leave yet, so I played “In The Ayer” by Flo Rida before inviting guests to Spanky’s for the after party.

What a fun night and amazing crowd to play for!  Thank you Fon, Colin, Betsy and Kathy and congratulations!

Laura and Matt’s Wedding At Melrose Knitting Mill

I never met Laura and Matt until their wedding day, July 29th.  They are from New York City and we just talked briefly to go over the timeline prior.  Laura was so excited for her day that she was about to burst!  So great!!

Their cocktail hour was held on the downstairs patio of Mulino’s Italian Kitchen. I had premixed the cocktail hour music with a mix of rock and country.  They LOVE Florida Georgia Line!  After the cocktail hour the guests made their way upstairs for dinner and dancing at Melrose Knitting Mill.  Planner Steph from Chad Biggs Events did a great job getting the 130 guests up stairs.  The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Laura’s Aunt Pam with Flowers, By Design.

I introduced the wedding party into the room to “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers. Laura and Matt came in and had their choreographed dance to “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett.  Laura’s Father welcomed everyone and Barbara Goss blessed the meal.  After dinner we had the toasts and parents dances.  Matt danced with his Mother to “Do I Make You Proud” by American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.  After that Laura and her Father danced to “My Little Girl” I followed that with his favorite song to get everyone on the floor. “Party Rock Anthem!!!!” Yes!!  It filled the floor with young and old and I continued a top 40/EDM mix for 20 minutes before slowing it down.  An anniversary dance followed with the winners being married 57 years.

I opened the floor for a half an hour more before pausing for the Ashley Cake cutting to “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Of Not”.  Always so delicious!!!  They went back to dancing until the end of the night.  I even played “Born To Hand Jive” from Grease to relive Laura’s childhood memories. We ended the night with the last dance to “Wagon Wheel”. I invited everyone downstairs for the sparkler exit.  I can’t wait to see the pics from Brandon at Southern Love Studios and full video from Oak City Films!

Photo courtesy of Souther Love Studios

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ali and Will’s Wedding at The Fearrington

I never met Ali & Will until the day of their wedding.  They both live in London and had a destination wedding here.  I was thrilled to play their wedding and spin some Latin for Ali’s side of the family.

The plans for an outdoors wedding were foiled by rain, but the great thing about The Fearrington is that there’s always a back-up plan.  The ceremony was moved into the Garden Terrace where the reception was supposed to be and the reception moved to the beautiful Fearrington Barn.

After a short ceremony with music provide by Florian Music, the 110 guests made their way to the barn for the reception.  The cocktail hour was held inside the barn with music again by Florian Music.  After pics were taken the wedding party was ready to be introduced.  I went to line them up and introduced them to “Whole Wide World” by Wreckless Eric.  Great song!!  Ali & Will came in and right to the floor for their first dance to a minute of “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. Alison’s Father welcomed everyone and the food stations opened.  During dinner I had a mix of Indie rock playing. 

After dinner we had the toasts and I opened the dance floor.  Within minutes the floor was packed to beach music, Motown and top 40.  It stayed that way for the next 3 hours!  We paused for the cake cutting to “Love You Madly” by Cake (get it???) and then back to dancing to top 40 and reggaeton.

We ended the night with “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen and finally “Love On Top” by Beyonce.  As guests left I played the Gipsy Kings “Hotel California” before the sparkler exit.  What a fun night and awesome group to DJ for!