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A True Tar Heel Wedding in Chapel Hill

I had the honor and privilege of DJing for Tar Heel legend Marcus Paige and his beautiful wife Taylor a few weeks ago, and it was amazing! The day was really hot (as the summers are here in NC) plus there was a threat of rain, so they moved the ceremony indoors at The Chapel Hill Country Club. I think it was the smartest move ever! I stood in the back and ran the audio for the officiant, Marcus and an incredible singer as Joel James, Nate Britt and Justin Jackson stood beside me. No pressure! Ha!

After the ceremony, guests headed outside for a really warm cocktail hour and eventually found their way inside and to their seats for the big introduction of the bridal party. As the song “Sirius” played in the background, I did sports style intros for each “player”/bridal party member that Marcus and Taylor had written. They were great! People went nuts and especially when the new Mr. and Mrs. Paige came in to the classic Tar Heel fired up song “Jump Around” by House of Pain!!! Taylor’s father gave a great welcome, the blessing was said dinner service started.

As dinner concluded, the best man Brice Johnson (another Tar Heel and NBA great), gave a great toast, as did the maid of honor. Finally, Marcus and Taylor took the mic and thanked everyone. They were so great on the mic that it made me want to hire them both! As soon as they were done, we did a quick cake cutting (“At Last” by Etta James) and then it was time for the special dances. Taylor and Marcus danced to “Stay with You” by John Legend and then Taylor and her father did a little choreographed number to “My Girl” by The Temptations. Finally, Marcus and his mother danced to “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder and then wanted everyone to join them for the ending. But it wasn’t quite time for the open dancing yet! As a surprise to the couple, several people had staged a flash mob to “Holy Grail” by JayZ and Timberlake! Their reaction was priceless!

The dance floor opened right after the mob and it was one from song one! I played everyone from Motown to Trap music and everything in between. The only break was for the bouquet toss (“You Can’t Hurry Love”) and garter toss (“Pony” by Ginuwine). Of course, I had to go full speed at the end of the night with “Jump Around”, “Raise Up” by Petey Pablo, and even “Shout”. The night wrapped up with the song “Blessings” by Chance the Rapper and a huge sparkler exit. What an amazing night and an amazing couple. Shout out to all of the topnotch vendors on this event with me, especially Gina with A Southern Soiree, who did a stellar job of keeping things on schedule!

2017-09-07T11:24:27-04:00By |Chapel Hill|

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

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.

The Newly-Wed Game

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.

The Dancing

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!

2017-09-05T11:26:38-04:00By |Chapel Hill|

Back in Chapel Hill For Another Carriage House Wedding!

Rob & Mallory’s Carriage House Wedding

Rob and Mallory’s wedding ceremony and reception both took place at the Chapel Hill Carriage House. I was just there the prior weekend after never having been at all. Weird, but awesome, because this is a great venue. I actually knew Rob, the groom. He made the cool video that loops in the background of our website and shoots a lot of weddings that I DJ. Great guy! Mallory is amazing too! I was honored to do this one.

The Wedding Ceremony

The day started with a beautiful ceremony underneath the carriage house. Even though it was hot, the breeze blew through the entire time making it perfect. As the ceremony ended, folks made their way onto the lawn for games, cocktails, and a visit with an alpaca (yeah, that happened).

The Introductions & Dances

After cocktails, I got everyone inside for introductions. The bridal party came in to “Hey Ya” by Outkast, and then Rob and Mallory entered to “Forever” by Chris Brown. Everyone went nuts as they hit the dance floor for their first dance to  the original version of “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole. Mallory then danced with her dad to Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” and Rob and his mom danced to “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins. Great songs!

The Dancing

Mallory’s dad welcomed the guests and her mother gave a lovely blessing before the Rocky Top Catering buffet opened up. After dinner, we did three toasts, cut the cake (which also included cupcakes and ice cream), and then moved into dancing. It took a few songs to get people going, but once they did, it was a full on rager! I even played “Mask Off” by Future and Rob and his buddies went nuts! The only time they stopped dancing was for the bouquet toss (“Girls Run the World” by Beyonce) and garter toss (“Mission Impossible Theme” by U2). The night ended with a huge sparkler exit and lots more yelling. Loved every minute of it!

2017-08-02T15:15:12-04:00By |Chapel Hill, Raleigh|

A Chapel Hill Carriage House Barn Wedding

Courtney and Jonathan’s Barn Wedding

The Introductions & First Dance

Courtney and Jonathan’s Chapel Hill Carriage House wedding was awesome! It started with an introduction to Pink’s “Raise Your Glass”, followed by “Marry You” by Bruno Mars as the couple entered the barn area. They went right into their first dance (I always recommend that) to “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison. Next, Jonathan and his mother danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra.

Next, Courtney’s mother welcomed everyone and Jonathan’s mother gave a nice blessing. Next up was the Beau show where the owner of Beau Catering comes out and gives the crowd a rundown of what kind of food is coming out! And trust me, it was killer, as usual!

The Dancing

After dinner, we had a couple of great toasts, cut the cake, and then it was on to open dancing. The couple had picked some great songs and I ripped through them. We did a quick anniversary dance to “Still Crazy After All These Years” by Paul Simon, but it was pretty much just hits all night. The highlight was Jonathan killing a dance to “Pony” by Ginuwine! The evening ended with a big sparkler departure! I can’t wait to see the photos from Caroline Lima! Shout out to Kast Events for doing another amazing job keeping things organized and flowing so well!

Photo courtesy of Caroline Lima

2017-08-02T15:15:38-04:00By |Chapel Hill, Raleigh|

Cracking The Wedding Dress Code

How To Dress Appropriately For A Wedding

Have you ever wondered how to dress appropriately for a Wedding? Have you ever asked yourself what is “formal”, “smart casual”, “casual”..etc.?  This will answer all your questions whether you are a guest, Groomsman, plus one or family member, we have you covered.

Infographic by T.M.Lewin, English experts in dressing smart for any occasion. 

wedding dress code guide

 

A North Carolina Botanical Gardens Wedding

John and Kelly’s North Carolina Botanical Gardens Wedding

John and Kelly couldn’t have picked a better day for a North Carolina Botanical Gardens wedding in Chapel Hill! It was gorgeous, breezy, not hot, not cold. Perfect! The day started out with a few of their prelude music selections including “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppets which had people smiling right away. For the other ceremony music, they chose Irish sounding songs by a band called The Gloaming. Great stuff! The ceremony went perfectly which is always a great start to the day!

The Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony, the guests made their way over to an area just a few feet away where I had music playing for cocktail hour. People didn’t want to go inside because it was so nice outdoors! We finally got everyone into the room for the introductions. We did the best man and bridesmaid and then John and Kelly made their way in to Harry Connick Jr.’s instrumental version of “It Had to Be You”. Once they hit the floor, they went right into their first dance, “Come Live with Me” by Ray Charles…an amazing song choice. As the dance ended, John and Kelly welcomed everyone and thanked them for coming. Next, the food stations provided by Snap Pea Catering opened and the food looked incredible!

The Dancing

As dinner ended, Lily (the bridesmaid and Kelly’s goddaughter Lily gave a beautiful toast with best man Dave following her. Then, it was time to dance. Kelly and Lily chose to kick things off in an awesome way. They had a routine worked out for about the first minute of Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” that tore the roof off the place. In the middle of the song, I asked everyone to get up and join them and the next I knew, the floor was packed and rocking for the next hour and a half up until the end of the night. What a great party! I can’t wait to see the photos from our friends over at Jagg Photography.

 

2017-08-02T15:17:25-04:00By |Chapel Hill|

Megan and Derrick’s Wedding in The Old Well Room

Megan & Derrick’s Wedding in The Old Well Room

Megan and Derrick were married at one of my favorite venues, The Carolina Inn, in Chapel Hill on March 11th, 2017. I was thrilled to be back here and work with some of my favorite co-vendors in Tiffany from The Inn, Carrington from Erin McLean Events, photographer Renee Sprink and baker Ashley Cakes!

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was held in another ballroom with music provided by Save The Date Music. After a short ceremony by my buddy Reverend David James, the 150 guests made their way to the hallway outside the Old Well Room for cocktails and passed hours d’oeuvres. After pics and video were taken by Renee and Sugar Shack Films the doors to the ballroom opened and guests found their seats.

The Introductions

I introduced the wedding party and our newly married couple to “Levels” by Avicii. They came in to thunderous applause and had their first dance to “How Sweet it Is” by James Taylor. They took their seats and Megan’s father welcomed everyone followed by a blessing by Reverend James. The salads and entrées came out and I played a mix of classic soul, standards and rock during dinner.

The Dances

After dinner we had toasts and the two Ashley cake cuttings to “Sugar Sugar”. Megan then joined her Father for their dance to “My Little Girl” and Derrick escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “Landslide”. Before opening the floor to everyone Megan asked her Grandfather to join her for a special dance to “You Are My Sunshine” by Johnny Cash. It was so sweet and he sang it to her while they danced. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the rest of the night.

The Dancing

We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Jump Around” and group pics with the Pi Phi and Sig Ep alumni, then back to dancing. Their playlist was a blast with beach music, oldies, top 40, some 70’s and 80’s and sing a longs all night. We ended with “Closing Time” by Semisonic before a blue and white pom pom exit and after party at Top Of The Hill.

2017-07-28T10:19:01-04:00By |Chapel Hill|

Brittney and Benjamin’s Wedding at The Carolina Club

Brittney & Benjamin’s Wedding at The Carolina Club

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

The Wedding Ceremony

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 Social Hour

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 Introductions

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.

The Dancing

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!

2017-07-28T10:34:15-04:00By |Chapel Hill|

Krystle and Shawn’s Wedding at The Carolina Inn

Bride and Groom: Krystle & Shawn

Where & When: The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill on June 4th, 2016

The Professionals:

Planner- Kailey with A Southern Soiree

Planner- Tiffany with The Carolina Inn

Photographer- Cara with F8 Photo Studios

Cake- Ashley Cakes

Florist- Lyn with Fresh Affairs

Violinist- Udeshi Hargett

Minister- Kayelily Middleton

Wedding Reception Songs

Introduction of the Bride & Groom: “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris

First Dance: “Latch (Acoustic)” by Sam Smith

Father-Bride Dance: “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt

Mother-Groom Dance: “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts

Sibling Dance: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye

Cake Cutting: “Sugar” by Maroon 5

Bouquet Toss- “Single Ladies’ by Beyonce

Last Dance: “Last Dance” by Donna Summer

 

I was so thrilled to DJ Krystle and Shawn’s wedding! Not only because I knew it would be a rockin’ party (which it totally was), but also because I got to work with some of my favorite fellow vendors!

I ran the mics for the ceremony officiated by Kayelily that always does a fantastic job and treated to beautiful music by violinist Udeshi who also played the cocktail hour.

After the cocktail hour the doors to the old well room opened and guests found their seats. The room looked and smelled beautiful with arrangements by Lyn that can not be duplicated. I introduced the wedding party and Krystle and Shawn came in for their first dance followed by the parents dance and sibling dance. They welcomed everyone and the salads and entrées came out. During dinner I had a mix of standards, classic soul and soft rock playing.

After dinner we had the cake cutting and toasts and opened the floor to everyone with Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 2 hours! I played some oldies, and a couple salsa’s for Krystle’s mother mixed with lots of top 40 and 2000’s hits. We paused briefly for the bouquet toss and then back to dancing til the end of the night. We ended the night with Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” and finally the “Last Dance” that had all the bridesmaids and Krystle dancing at the top of the stairs next to me. So great!

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

2017-07-30T15:37:48-04:00By |Chapel Hill|

Jessica and Ben’s Wedding at The Carolina Inn

Bride and Groom: Jessica & Ben Whitt

Where & When: The Carolina Inn on May 20th, 2016

The Professionals:

Planner- Nicole from Erin McLean Events

Photographer- Ashley Bosnick

Video- Janice from Big Dog Little Bed

Cake- Sugarland

Wedding Ceremony Songs

Grandparents & Parents Entrance: Arioso- Bach

Wedding Party Entrance: La Rejouissance- Handel

Brides Entrance: Largo from Lute Concerto in D- Vivaldi

Recessional: Spring from Four Seasons- Vivaldi

Wedding Reception Songs

Introduction of the Wedding Party: Bring Em Out- T.I.

First Dance: Yours Tonight- The 88

Father-Bride Dance: I Loved Her First- Heartland

Mother-Groom Dance: What A Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong

Cake Cutting: How Sweet It Is- James Taylor

Anniversary Dance: L-O-V-E – Nat King Cole

Last Dance: Save The Last Dance For Me- Michael Buble

I was so thrilled to play Jessica and Ben’s Wedding at The Carolina Inn on May 20th, 2016! They are the nicest couple and have been together forever.

I provided music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception for the 100 guests. As guests arrived for the ceremony I had light classical music playing. After a short ceremony performed by Ben’s Grandfather that included a sand ceremony, the guests made their way to the hallway in front of the Chancellor’s ballroom for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktails hour I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul and country playing.

The doors to the ballroom opened and guests made their way to their seats. I introduced the wedding party and Jessica and Ben came to the floor for their first dance. Ben’s Mother then welcomed everyone followed by the blessing and toasts. The salads and entrées came out and I continued the same music mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had the cake cutting, parents dances and anniversary dance with the winners being 51 years married! I opened the floor with beach music and Motown that filled it for the next 1 ½ hours. During dancing I played top 40, 70’s, a few line dances and ballads. We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble and garter toss to “Hot In Herre” by Nelly, then back to dancing.

We ended the night with “Save The Last Dance For Me” by Michael Buble and guests made their way to the front for a bubble machine exit.

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

Thank you again Jessica and Ben and Happy Birthday Ben!

DJ Randy Bennett www.bunndjcompany.com/RandyB

 

 

2020-01-07T12:05:14-05:00By |Chapel Hill|