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!

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

 

 

I was so excited to DJ Mia & Jonny’s wedding reception at The Historic Carolina Inn on April 2nd with some of my favorite fellow vendors in Kristen from The Inn, photographer Cara from F8 Photo Studios and planner extraordinaire Stephanie & Lauren from Viva L’Event! The weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony with 120 guests.

The Wedding Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony guests made their way inside to the Chancellor’s Ballroom for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. After some pics were taken by Cara, the wedding party was ready to be introduced and I invited guests to their seats. The parents and wedding party entered to “Timber” by Ke$ha & Pitbull and Mia and Jonny to “GDFR” by Flo Rida. They came to the dance floor and had their first dance to “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain for a couple minutes, then into “Harlem Shake” with the wedding party joining them on the floor for a short group dance. It was pretty great! Jonny then welcomed everyone and the salads and entree’s came out. During dinner I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul and standards playing.

The Dancing

After dinner we had toasts by the Maid Of Honor and Best Man and the cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5. Get it?? Mia joined her father on the floor for their dance to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison and Jonny escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. Before opening the floor to everyone we had a longest married couple dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne with the winning couple married 59 years!! I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 3 hours.

The Bouquet, Garter and the Last Dance

We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Pour Some Sugar On Me”, then back to dancing to some current hip-hop and dance music. We ended the night with “Turn Down For What”. What a fun night and awesome crowd to DJ for! Thank you Mia, Jonny, Mary, Cara, Kristen & Stephanie for an amazing night!

Jessica and John have to be two of the nicest people I have DJd for! They chose one of my favorite venues, The Historic Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, for their wedding reception on February 27th. After their church ceremony, the 190 guests made their way to the Inn for cocktails in the hallway and passed hors d’oeuvres while photographer Diane Personette and videographer David Tran from Charis Films got some shots. Photos were done and Jessica and John arrived ready to get the party started! The doors to the Hill ballroom opened and the Inn’s Tiffany helped guests find their seats and get ready for the introductions.

The Wedding Introductions & Dinner

The 20 person wedding party all came in all together as a group to “Forever” by Chris Brown followed by Jessica & John’s parents. Jessica and John came in to a loud roar from the crowd and right to the floor for their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. John then welcomed everyone and their pastor blessed the meal. The individually served salads and entrée’s came out and I had a mix of country, soft rock and beach music playing.

The Cake Cutting & Dancing

After dinner we had the champagne toasts and a Blue Moon Bakery cake cutting to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. They came back to the dance floor after for a combined parents dance to “What A Wonderful World” by Michael Buble. I then opened the floor with “Carolina Girls” followed by some beach, Motown and current dance music. For the next couple hours, guests danced to 80’s, 90’s, oldies, current hits and some line dances. We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” (congrats to Sarah from The Angus Barn for catching) and garter toss to “Let’s Get It On”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.

The Last Dance

We ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” and their last dance with everyone to “Carolina” by Eric Church. I sent guests to the lobby for the confetti exit and they got to take Duck Donuts as a parting favor. I mean, who doesn’t love a maple bacon donut late at night??? But, the floor wasn’t closed for Jessica and John. They had one last private dance with only them in the room to “I’ll Follow You” by Jon McLaughlin. What a beautiful moment! Thank you John and Jessica and congratulations!

Katherine and Tommy chose the historic wedding venue The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill for their reception on February 6th. It was a little chilly, but a beautiful day none the less. Their ceremony was held earlier in the afternoon at St Thomas More Church, giving photographer Warren McCormack time to get some pics and guests a little break before heading over to the Inn for cocktails, dinner and dancing.

The Wedding Cocktail Hour & Dinner

The cocktail hour was held outside the Old Well Room and I had a mix of standards playing. The doors to the ballroom opened towards the end of the cocktail hour and the 120 guests found their seats. The black and white room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Tre Bella! I lined the wedding party up with help from the Inn’s Kristen (Fav).

The wedding party entered to Harry Connick’s instrumental version of “It Had To Be You”. Katherine and Tommy came in to maybe the loudest welcome I have heard and right to the floor for their first dance to Louis Armstrong’s version of “La Vie En Rose”. I love his version! After that the guests took their seats and Katherine danced with her father to “I Loved Her First”.  Tommy escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World”. Katherine’s father then welcomed everyone and Monsignor Clay blessed the meal. The food stations opened in the next room and I played a mix of soft rock, standards and classic soul during dinner.

The Dancing

After dinner we had a hilarious toast by the best man and very sweet toast by the Maid Of Honor, then the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. I invited the married guests to the floor to share a “longest married couple” dance with Katherine and Tommy to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra with the winners at 47 years married! After that some Motown, line dances, 80’s and current top 40 filled the floor for the next 2 ½ hours.

The Finale

Before ending the night, we had a bouquet toss to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and finally a huge sing a long circle to “Sweet Carolina” and “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. Guests made their way to the front lobby for the glowstick exit and grabbed delicious Duck Donuts as a parting favor. What a fun night and one of the sweetest couples I have played for. Thank you Katherine and Tommy and congratulations!