Jennifer and Chris chose the beautiful Fearrington Village for their ceremony and reception on a picture perfect October 1st day! Of course, after they had everyone run a 5K that morning with them..

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was held on a side garden under a beautiful tree. They had a live violinist provide music and he was just amazing!! I provided a mic for readers and their officiant Adam. The ceremony was wonderful and included communion for the 70 guests. After the ceremony Adam invited guests to the patio next to the Garden Terrace for cocktails.

The First Dance

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of jazz, standards, bluegrass and classic soul playing. I loved the mix!! After pics were taken by Jack and Adrienne from Morton Photography the wedding party joined them for drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres. I introduced only Jennifer & Chris and they came to the patio for their first dance to Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet”. I LOVE that album so much!! We invited guests into the open-air garden terrace for a welcome, blessing and dinner. The food station opened and I played the same music mix.

The Dancing

After dinner we had toasts and the parents dances still inside the garden terrace. Jennifer and her Father danced to “Isn’t She Lovely” and Chris & his Mother to “My Wish”. Jennifer likes Stevie….ALOT!! LOL. I invited the married couples back out to the patio to have an anniversary dance before opening it to everyone. They danced to “The Way You Look Tonight’ with the longest married couple being 65 years married!! Beach, Motown and 70’s kept everyone out on the floor for the next hour until we paused for the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”. Back to dancing to some 80’s and current until the end of the night. It is so beautiful under the stars and trees with market lights overhead!

We ended the night with some sing a longs before “Still The One” by Orleans and finally “You Are The Best Thing”. They had a Rickshaw exit to finalize the night. Thank you Jennifer and Chris and Chris, thank you for your service to our country!

This was my first time at The Parlour At Manns Chapel in Chapel Hill and I am in love with it’s charm! Anna and Clay had both their ceremony and reception there on September 23rd.

The First Dance

Their ceremony and cocktail hour were both held outside and they had live musicians for those.   After pics were taken by Krystal Kast Photography, the 75 guests were invited into the 130 year old chapel for dinner by planner Cheryl-Anne with Kast Events. I introduced just Anna & Clay and they came in for their first dance to “Coming Home” by Leon Bridges. He is one of my favorite artists! Her Father welcomed everyone and Minister John Oliver blessed the Beau Catering meal. During the delicious dinner I had a mix of indie and classic rock, classic soul and some standards playing.

The Dancing

After dinner we had the Cupcake Shoppe Cake cutting to “Love You Madly” by Cake and the Two Roosters Ice cream truck opened outside. I opened the dance floor with some Motown and top 40. Guests danced inside and enjoyed the beautiful weather outside while eating ice cream. For the next 2 hours I played lots of 80’s and 90’s and some current top 40.

We ended the night with a few sing a long songs including “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” and “Sweet Caroline” before a sparkler exit. What a sweet couple and beautiful venue! Thank you Anna, Clay and Cheryl-Anne!

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!

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!

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!

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

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

 

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.

 

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.

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!