Sara and Lucas’ reception this past Saturday was at a classic NC country club called Hope Valley. I had not been there in a long time and it still has its classic appeal. The day began with guests arriving to cocktails outside on the porch. Once Sara and Lucas arrived, guests moved into the dining area for the introductions. For this wedding, they only wanted the bride and groom to be introduced. As they made their way into the room to “Our Love is Here to Stay” by Sinatra, everyone stood and cheered. They didn’t go into their first dance, but instead to their sweetheart table. Sara’s father gave an amazing welcome and then Pastor Dana gave the blessing before dinner. The seated dinner was excellent (I got a chance to grab a bite in a back conference room)!

The First Dance

As dinner wrapped up, the best man and maid of honor gave their toasts. Both of which were excellent and full of classic stories about the bride and groom. Next up, first dance! Sara and Lucas chose “La Vie en Rose” by Louis Armstrong. Sara and her father danced next to “Over the Rainbow” by Brother Iz and then finally, Lucas and his mom danced to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. They didn’t opt for a formal announcement of the cake cutting and didn’t do the bouquet and garter tosses, so it was time to dance! We did a few slow songs, one being for the Anniversary Dance, but other than that, straight party music! The dance floor stayed packed the entire 2.5 hours! We closed out the night with “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston and then a huge singalong of “New York, New York” by Mr. Frank Sinatra. After that, it was time for the bubble departure and to send them off the proper way! A great team was on hand for this one including Robin Lin Photography (thanks for this photo for my blog), Oak City Films, and of course Sally Oakley’s team did a phenomenal job keeping things running on time and super smooth. Great wedding!

Tiffany and Nate’s ceremony and reception both took place at the lovely Highgrove in Fuquay Varina, NC. It was a little warm, but so pretty outside when the ceremony began at 5:00PM. We provided a mic for the officiant and they picked out some great folk/American music choices. As the ceremony ended, guests made their way up the steps to the patio area for more music, drinks and passed apps.

Around 6:30pm, I introduced just the bride and groom into the room to Judah & The Lion’s song “Take it All Back”. Great song choice! They then did their first dance to “500 Miles”. Not the corny 90s version, but a really cool slowed down cover by Sleeping at Last. Loved it! Tiffany’s grandfather did the blessing and then dinner was served. As dinner wrapped, we did the toasts, the cake cutting to “Ho Hey” by Lumineers and then the parent dances. Tiffany and her dad danced to “Father Daughter Dance” by Craig Cardiff. Yes, that’s actually the name and it was pretty good to be honest! Next up, Nate and his mother danced to “93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz, another great choice.

Finally it was open dance and at the first slow dance break we did the anniversary dance to “Unforgettable” by Nat and Natalie Cole. Later in the night, they opened an espresso bar, donut station and s’mores station! Sweets for days! What a great reception and I was so honored to have been a part of it! I can’t wait to see what Shelly with Hartman Outdoor Photo comes up with for pics!

Jeremiah and Morgan picked an amazing location for their wedding reception, the historic Carolina Country Club located in the middle of Raleigh. The room overlooked the golf course on what turned out to be a really pretty day after starting out not so great. The guest arrived around 5:30pm and had a nice, long cocktail hour with drinks and passed apps until the bridal party arrived.

The Wedding Reception

Once the bridal party arrived, it was time for introductions. I only introduced Morgan and Jeremiah to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”. As they entered, the room erupted. They then went right into their first dance “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne. Their dance was excellent! After that, Morgan and her father danced to “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King and then Jeremiah and Morgan’s mother danced to “You Make Me Feel So Young” by the one and only Frank Sinatra. After an amazing seated dinner, it was time for the cake cutting…another amazing creation from Ashley Cakes. I played “Sugar” by Maroon 5 as they smashed each other with cake! Once they cleaned up, several folks gave toasts and Jeremiah’s dad even sang. It was very touching. I loved it! Once the cake was served, it was my turn to get them up and dancing. And that was the easy part! These folks came to get down! From the first to the last song, the dance floor stayed full. The only pause was for the bouquet toss (“Where Them Girls At” by David Guetta) and garter toss (“Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake). Then it was more partying until the finale when we sent them off under a confetti shower at the front of the club. What a party! Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Pope!!!

Karley & Henry’s Charleston Wedding

Wedding Venue & Date: April 29, 2016 at Legare Waring House – Charleston, SC

The Wedding Professionals

I was fortunate to work with so many amazing vendors for this one!

  • Megan Chandler of Ooh! Events was fantastic as always, and executed our Bride and Groom’s vision and made the day so much easier for the rest of us vendors!
  • Sarah Elizabeth Dunn with Keen and Kind took some amazing shots of the beautiful day…cannot wait to see the final shots!
  • Beautiful ceremony and cocktail music provided by the talented Palmetto Strings.
  • Florist — Out of the Garden
  • Bride’s stunning hair by Allure Salon & perfect makeup by Ooh! Beautiful
  • Transportation provided by Lowcountry Valet.

Special Wedding Reception Songs:

Introduction of the Wedding Party & Couple: Forever – Chris Brown

First Dance: Wanted – Hunter Hayes

Father-Daughter Dance: I’ll be Your Man – Zac Brown Band

Mother-Son Dance: God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

Bouquet Toss: Marry You – Bruno Mars

Last Dance: Wagon Wheel — Old Crow Medicine Show

The Couple made the trip to Charleston, SC from Michigan with about 150 of their closest friends and family members to the beautiful, historic Legare Waring House at Charlestowne Landing.

After the beautiful ceremony, the guests made their way to the patio, which was gorgeously decorated, for cocktail hour and Palmetto Strings continued to play. Just before dinner I introduced the wedding party and the new Mr. and Mrs. Pletscher to Forever by Chris Brown. The wedding party made a tunnel for the couple then they all danced to the dance floor. Karley and Henry then had their first dance as husband and wife, followed by the parent dances.

Once dinner began I played a mix of bluegrass covers selected by the couple, by artists such as Beef Seeds and Pickin’ On Series, and some Indie Rock and standards. After dinner and some entertaining and heartfelt speeches by the Maids of Honor and Best Men, we opened up the dance floor. I played a mix of everything…and I mean everything! From 90’s & 2000’s pop and hip-hop like Backstreet Boys, Miley Cyrus, and Nelly, to some classic rock like Tom Petty, to today’s hits like Justin Beiber and Pitbull. We ended the night with Wagon Wheel, capping off a beautiful night.

Something very unique about this wedding was that the couple rented a “SpeechBooth” where guests would record video messages to them via a microphone connected to an iPad and they even made a really cool “The Pletschers” backdrop for it too! I am sure there are some classic videos the couple will cherish.

Thank you again Karley and Henry! It was an honor to be your DJ, and congratulations again to the new Mr. & Mrs. Pletscher!

David Fox

Sara and Alex had a gorgeous wedding reception at one of my new favorite NC venues, The Depot in Salisbury, NC. Guests were treated to craft beers from NC and wine as they arrived after the ceremony. The weather was perfect, so this part of the day took place outside of the old train station under the canopy where folks would have waited for the train to arrive. Side note, the other side is still a working station and those train tracks are plenty active! Talk about getting your head blown off when they fly by laying on the horn LOL! But it is still an awesome venue!

Once the guests made their way inside after cocktail hour, I went outside and lined up the bridal party. Everyone entered to the song “Sugar” by Maroon 5. When Alex and Sarah came in, I cranked the song and everyone went nuts. They went right into their first dance “Take the World” by Johnnyswim. If you don’t know this husband and wife band, you should. Amazing song, great choice! After the first dance, Sara’s father welcomed everyone and then it was time for the awesome buffet dinner from a local caterer. Great food!

After dinner wrapped, Sara and her dad danced to “These are the Days” by Van Morrison. Alex and his mom were up next and danced to “Forever Young” by Rhiannon Giddens, and then they wanted the dance floor opened with “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne (one of my favorite songs ever). From that moment on, it was a full on dance party! We cut the cake a little later and then more dancing leading up to the big finale sing-along circled around the newlyweds and everyone singing “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. An awesome night for sure! Shout out to Leigh Pearce and her crew for keeping the night moving and everything looking awesome!

Wedding of: Elizabeth Matthew & Henry Bennett

When & Where: April 24, 2016 at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Veranda – Charleston, SC

The Professionals

I was fortunate to work with some of Charleston’s best for this wedding!

  • Erin Horton of Ooh! Events perfectly executed our Bride and Groom’s vision and made the day so much easier for the rest of us vendors!
  • Shannon Holton with Riverland Studios took some amazing shots of the beautiful day…cannot wait to see the final shots! You can see some of the amazing shots here on Riverland’s blog!
  • Leanz Kauffman and the rest of the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens staff were so easy to work with, as always.
  • Florist — Out of the Garden
  • Bride’s stunning hair and makeup by Paper Dolls
  • The show-stopping food and wedding cake by Duvall Catering.

Wedding Ceremony Songs:

Seating of the Parents: In My Life – The Beatles

Wedding Party Processional: With a Little Help from My Friends – The Beatles

Bride Processional: African Queen – 2Face Idibia

Recessional: Forever More – Alaine ft. Tarrus Riley

Wedding Reception Songs:

Introduction of the Wedding Party & Bride & Groom: The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson

First Dance: Free – Zac Brown Band

Father-Bride Dance: Tim McGraw’s Humble & Kind, followed by an Animal House hits mashup, Louie Louie, Twist the Night Away, Shama lama ding dong.

Mother-Groom Dance: Your Song – Elton John

Cake Cutting: Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler

Garter Removal Song: Get Lucky – Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams

Bouquet Toss: Where Them Girls At – David Guetta ft. Flo Rida & Nicki Minaj

Last Dance: Take Me Home Tonight — Eddie Money

Exit: I Lived – OneRepublic

The Bride and Groom met when they both spent two years in Kenya with the Peace Corps. This was a transformative and powerful experience for them both to say the least, and they wanted to bring some of those experiences to their wedding through the music for both the ceremony and reception. Elizabeth and Henry had their ceremony on the White Bridge Lawn, which was the perfect backdrop on such a beautiful day.

After the beautiful ceremony, the guests made their way to the Veranda for cocktail hour. Having a good idea of the Bride and Groom’s musical tastes, I played a mix of 60’s / 70’s, soul, and alternative rock, such as The Lumineers and Citizen Cope. I then introduced the wedding party and the new Mr. and Mrs. Bennett, who then had their first dance as husband and wife, followed by the parent dances and cake cutting. After dinner and some entertaining and heartfelt speeches by the Maids of Honor and Best Men, we opened up the dance floor. I played a mix of classic party songs but also threw in some great classic hip-hop songs such as No Diggity and Let Me Clear My Throat and some dance songs like We Found Love by Rihanna. Later in the evening, I mixed in some special, popular African songs from the Bride and Groom’s Peace Corps experience and they along with several of the bridesmaids rushed to the middle of the dance floor immediately!

We ended the night with Take Me Home Tonight, capping off a beautiful night. Elizabeth and Henry then exited to sparkles and I Lived by OneRepublic.

Thank you again Elizabeth and Henry! It was an honor to be your DJ, and congratulations again to the new Mr. & Mrs. Bennett!

P.S. – Thanks for wearing the shirts… and horseback riding nonetheless…amazing!

David Fox

 

I absolutely LOVE playing a wedding at the NCMA here in Raleigh! It’s just so white and cool and mod. Just look at the photos! Lynn and Christy actually got married there as well in the courtyard as I finished my final setup and preparation. The guests entered afterwards for cocktails and classic jazz tunes by yours truly. Shortly after, I introduced The NEW Mr. and Mrs. Percival into the room to the song “”La Mer” Julio Iglesias, which was actually a really cool choice! The newlyweds mingled with the guest for a while and then I invited them to the dance floor for their first dance to “A Kiss to Build a Dream On” by Louis Armstrong. They did an amazing first dance and everyone went nuts! After that, guests were asked to be seated and the plated dinner service began.

As dinner wrapped, the best man, maid and matron of honor gave amazing toasts and then Lynn and Christy cut the cake to “When I’m 64” by The Beatles. I love that choice! Once the cake cutting concluded, it was straight up open dancing for the rest of the night! The dance floor stayed packed until 11:00! I got to play some stuff off their request list that I never get to rock! A huge hit was “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” by Talking Heads. I love that groove. The night ended with them leaving under a shower of bubbles, screams and laughter. I can’t wait to see the amazing images from my friend Heba Salama.

Last Saturday took me right back to where I was seven days before for a wedding, Rose Hill Plantation…but I’m not complaining. I’ve loved that place since my dad took me there shooting as a little boy (in fact, we still go a couple of times a year together). It’s a beautiful place! They had their ceremony behind the old house in a gazebo right by the lake. It was overcast, but overall a perfect day and perfect temperature for an outdoor ceremony. We provided the mic for the amazing as always officiant Barbara Lodge and we also played the pre-recorded music. Everything went great, and then it was off to the cocktail hour to start that speaker playing on the back of Nathan Hall.

The wedding Introductions and Dances

After striking the ceremony rig, I made final preparations inside the hall, invited the guests in, and then got ready for the grand introductions. The room looked amazing thanks to Kelly Odom. Everyone got in the mood right off the bat with “Uptown Funk” playing as the bridal party entered. Chris and Kim came in and everyone stood and cheered like it was a football game! I knew it was going to be a good night! They then went into their first dance which everyone expected was going to be the same old sway back and forth when all the sudden the John Legend song stopped abruptly. Everyone looked at me and Chris starts yelling, “What’s going on?” Luckily, I was in on the gag. After a few seconds of us going back and forth, their official first dance, a Jack Johnson track, kicked in and they went into the most beautiful foxtrot I’ve ever seen! I mean, for real, they killed! What a great start to the reception! Barbara gave the blessing the buffet opened. The food was great!

The Party!

After dinner, Kim and her dad danced to “My Girl” by The Temptations and Chris and his mom danced to “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton. After the parent dances, it was time to open the dance floor and party! Kim loves to dance, and it showed! She was out there rocking all night. I love brides like that! We only stopped for a cake cutting (another Ashley Cakes beauty), the bouquet and garter and then it was right back to the party. We closed out with “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” and sent them off under a sparkler shower. What a night!

Sean and Lauren had their wedding ceremony and reception both at The Merrimon-Wynne House on a Friday evening. The weather last Friday was incredible and couldn’t have been more perfect for the outdoor ceremony. We provided the microphone for the officiant (Lauren’s brother-in-law) who was a first-timer, but did great. We also had a mic on the stand for the reader and did the music tracks as well. The ceremony went great and afterwards, folks made their way inside MW for cocktails while I broke down the ceremony rig and went over everything for the reception.

The Wedding Introductions & Dancing

I lined up the bridal party once everyone had made their way inside the brand new carriage house and got them ready for introductions to “This Is How We Do It”. Sean and Lauren finally made their way in and the place exploded. They then took the floor for their first dance as husband wife to a custom mix they gave me of a Bon Jovi/Ben Rector song. They did a great job with their choreographed dance! Towards the end, we invited others in to join them at their request. Once their first dance was done, Lauren and her dad danced to “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” by Darius Rucker and then Sean and Lauren’s mother shared a dance to “My Wish”. As dinner (another fantastic job by Donovan’s Dish) wrapped, a couple of toasts were given and then dancing opened and it was ON! During one point, we sent guests outside for the cake cutting and they didn’t want to come back in (remember how I said the weather was literally perfect), but I told Lauren’s mom “Don’t worry, I got this”. I got them back in for the bouquet and garter toss, cranked the jams after that, and the crowd rocked until the sparkler and rickshaw departure! What a great reception! Shout out to Ashley Salter for keeping things moving right along the whole event.

Bride and Groom: Taylor Thomas & Pasquale Concilio (PC)

When & Where: April 16, 2016 at the Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, SC

The Professionals

I was able to work with some great professionals!

  • This was my first time playing a wedding at the Country Club of Charleston and I cannot say enough about their staff. Led by Abby Mertz, they were true professionals. Not to mention the food…it was amazing!
  • The very talented Julie Livingston took some amazing photos, as always…and I should know since she just shot my wedding in March!
  • Photo Video Booth provided by DJ Motion Pictures, which is always fun…I even had to jump in the booth a couple of times.

Wedding Special Songs

Introduction of the Wedding Party & Bride & Groom: Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

First Dance: Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

Father-Bride Dance: Carolina In My Mind – James Taylor

Mother-Groom Dance: There You’ll Be – Faith Hill

Cake Cutting: That’s Amore – Dean Martin

Garter Removal: Oh Yeah – Yello

Bouquet Toss: Girls – Beastie Boys

After a beautiful wedding ceremony at a nearby church, the guests made their way to the Country Club to cocktail hour. Having a good idea of the Bride and Groom’s musical taste, and their parents’, I played a mix of standards, 60’s / 70’s, and alternative rock, such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Al Green, Lumineers and Coldplay.

After introducing the wedding party and the new Mr. and Mrs. Concilio, we had our first dance, followed by the parent dances and cake cutting. Before beginning opening the food stations, Taylor’s father and mother welcomed everyone and I continued the same mix of music during dinner. After some entertaining and heartfelt speeches by the Matron of Honor and Best Man, we opened up the dance floor with an Anniversary Dance to Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran with the longest-married couple being the bride’s parents at 43 years! We then got the dancing started, and I opened with a great mix of 70’s, 80’s, & Motown, and mixed in some country classics which the guests loved. I continued the same mix for the next hour but mixed in some more current pop, but the last 45 minutes I kept everyone on the dance floor with the wedding classics and sing-a-longs. There were some great MJ dance-offs by some of the groomsmen around that time as well which got the crowd going!

We ended the night with a mix of Friends in Low Places, Shout, Don’t Stop Believin’ and Take Me Home Tonight, which capped off a great night on what was a beautiful day.

Thank you again Taylor and PC! It was an honor DJing your wedding, and congratulations again to the new Mr. & Mrs. Taylor & Pasquale Concilio!

David Fox