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

Sidney and Christopher were able to dodge the storms and have a gorgeous outdoor wedding ceremony at Rose Hill this past Saturday. I was at Camp Sea Gull with my youngest son on Friday and all the way up to the ceremony time on Sunday. Luckily, I have amazing people that work for me, and one of my DJs, Brandon Alley, handled all of my setup, lighting, and ran the ceremony (with an amazing singer) flawlessly! As the ceremony ended, I finished up a few last minute lighting things, changed into my suit and got ready to rock it!

The Wedding Cocktail Hour and Intro’s

The guests enjoyed cocktails on the back porch while we played a mix of everything from oldies to acoustic newer artists like John Mayer. As cocktails wrapped, we moved the guests inside to their seats for the grand introduction. Let me just say that the room looked amazing due to our amber uplighting, their monogram projected on the dance floor, and most important, the work of Lyn Graves and his team over at Fresh Affairs. I played Bruno Mars’ “Marry Me” while everyone came in. As Sidney and Christopher walked through the double doors, the crowd exploded! They went right into their first dance “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele. Sidney and her father danced next to “Butterfly Kisses” and then Chris and his mom danced to “What a Wonderful World”. Next, the father of the bride welcomed everyone, the food was blessed, and it was time for the huge buffet dinner. I actually got a chance to eat, and the BBQ was killer!

The Cake Cutting and dancing

As dinner concluded, we knocked out the toasts and the cake cutting (“Pour Some Sugar on Me”) and then it was time to dance. It took about 3 seconds for the dance floor to fill! And it stayed rocking the entire night. We did a mock exit around 10ish, but most everyone came right back in for my dancing! What a great night! I can’t wait to see the photos from Jamie Blow.

Mary Kate and Ethan had their wedding ceremony and their reception at Bay 7 in Durham, NC a couple of weekends ago. The day started with an amazing ceremony downstairs. I provided the microphones and they hired a great guitarist and violinist combo for the music. It went flawlessly! As soon as they were married, the guests made their way to the second level for cocktails as the room was prepared for dinner and dancing.

Once the cocktails ended, I had the guests take their seats and then got the bridal party prepped for intros. They all entered to “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall & Oates and when Mary Kate and Ethan made their way down the stairs, everyone was on their feet and clapping! They then went right into their first dance “Then” by Brad Paisley. After that, Mary Kate and her father danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. The father of the bride welcomed everyone and then the officiant blessed the food. Dinner started soon after, and as always, it was awesome! It is The Angus Barn food after all! We knocked out the toasts during dinner, and the cake right after. Then it was my favorite time, open dancing! The guests partied hard all the way up until the end of the night when the sparklers were lit and we sent them off. What a great party!

 

Bride & Groom: Lauren Blocker & Peter Sklaver

Lauren and Peter of NYC chose Charleston, SC for their destination wedding, bringing 150 of their closest friends and families to the Holy City for a weekend none of them will soon forget.

When & Where: April 9, 2016 at Cannon Green – Charleston, SC

The Professionals

I was able to work with some truly amazing professionals for this one!

Special Songs

Introduction of the Bride & Groom: Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap

First Dance: Sparks – Coldplay

Father-Bride Dance: Turn Around – Kenny Loggins

Mother-Groom Dance: Days Like This – Van Morrison

Cake Cutting: More Today Than Yesterday – Kermit Ruffins

Last Dance: New York, New York – Frank Sinatra 

After a beautiful ceremony performed by Rabbi Aaron Sherman, we began cocktail hour. Knowing the eclectic musical taste of the bride and groom, I played a mix of standards, soft rock, and indie rock, from Frank Sinatra & Ray LaMontagne to Citizen Cope, Coldplay, & Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

After the introduction, first dance and parent dances, Lauren’s father 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, Lauren & Peter cut the cake. We then opened the dance floor with the traditional Jewish dance, the Horah, to Hava Nagilah by David & The High Spirit. Within moments, our Bride & Groom were in their chairs and hoisted up almost to the ceiling, and their parents soon were too! We then got the dancing started, and I opened with a great mix of 60’s, 70’s, and Motown, and mixing in some 80’s pop like Steve Winwood, Whitney Houston, and Madonna, and people filled the dance floor…right then I knew this was going to be a great night. When the last hour came we switched it up a little and I went into a 90’s/2000’s hip-hop set with some David Guetta and Calvin Harris dance songs thrown in, and no one ever left the dance floor.

We ended the night with Empire State of Mind followed by New York, New York by Frank Sinatra. Just before the last couple of songs, Ashley pulled out a box under my table and handed out the black and white “Sinatra hats” and glow sticks! Peter and Lauren were given a thunderous applause and guests were treated to some delicious Momofuku – Milkbar cookies to take with them.

This was one of my favorite weddings, and not one I, or the guests, will soon forget! Thank you again Ashley and Anna, and congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Lauren & Peter Sklaver!

David Fox

Meghan and Zach probably didn’t plan for a full on wind storm during their April outdoor wedding ceremony at The Sutherland, but they got one! It was unseasonably cold, but the show must go on! At least it was a gorgeous day! The ceremony was beautiful, with a quartet handling the music and a vocalist to kick the whole thing off. There was some wind noise in the microphones, but other than than, lovely!

The Wedding Introductions

Once the guests left the ceremony area, they headed to the other side of the house (less windy) for cocktails. I finished setting up under the amazing new pavilion they have there, and got prepped for introductions. The bridal party entered to “Timber” by Kesha, and Zach and Meghan ripped the roof off by coming in to “Turn Down for What” by Lil Jon! What a great entrance! They went right into their first dance, Dan & Shay’s song “From the Ground Up” (great song, first time using it). The food was blessed and dinner service from Rocky Top Catering began. I got a chance to grab a quick bite and it was fantastic! Coming out of dinner, we did the toasts and cake cutting (“Sugar” by Maroon 5 played). Next up, Meghan and her dad danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and Zach and his mother danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.

The Dancing

As the parent dances ended, we had a surprise for Zach and Meghan and the guests. I told everyone to look under their seats where there were ECU (where the couple went to college) sunglasses. Everyone put them on as I played “Purple Haze” and the ECU fight song. That got things started pretty fast! The dance floor exploded and stayed live all night long. The only breaks were for the bouquet and garter tosses, and then it was right back to dancing until the very end when they left under a shower of sparklers. Great wedding!!! Shout out to Gina and her crew from La Cosa Bella Events for keeping things running so smoothly all night. Looking forward to seeing the photos from the night from Southern Love Studios.

Ciara and Trevor had both their wedding ceremony and reception at the lovely Matthews House in Cary, NC on April 3rd. This was actually unusually early for me with a 10am ceremony start time, but it really couldn’t have worked out better. By the time the guests were seated, the temperature had risen to a nice, comfortable degree and the sun was shining hard! The officiant Robin Renteria gave an excellent ceremony and I couldn’t have mixed the sound any better Ha!

The Wedding Cocktail Hour

After the ceremony, I had Motown cocktail tunes playing in the courtyard as guests enjoyed scones and OJ and coffee (it wasn’t noon yet, so no alcohol!). As the guests, entered and were seated, I went inside the house and lined up the bridal party. They entered to “Uptown Funk” and Ciara and Trevor got a huge ovation as they made their way in and went into their first dance “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson. Ciara and her father dance next to “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill and Trevor and his mother danced to “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins. Next, Trevor and Ciara welcomed everyone and the buffet opened! It was awesome! Tons of delicious brunch items like biscuits, eggs, bacon and fruit.

The Dancing

Once the brunch ended, it was time for a couple of toasts, the cake cutting (to “Sweet Pea” by Amos Lee) and then dancing! It’s not easy to get folks going in the middle of a Sunday afternoon, but I did it. The line dances were a hit, and so were a few ballads. At the very end, everyone was up rocking to “Shout”! What a great way to end the weekend. Congrats to the new Mr. And Mrs. Garrison!

 

 

I had the pleasure of DJing for two of my friends wedding last Sunday in Atlanta, GA at Canoe. This restaurant/venue is so cool! It’s right beside a river and the views are killer. Not to mention, after a brief period of rain, it turned gorgeous for the ceremony. I was in charge of the mic and the music for the ceremony as well as the reception. I couldn’t have pulled it off without the help of a local ATL DJ named Mike Walsh of Amp’d Entertainment. When I arrived, he had me all set up. It was perfect!

The ceremony went great and they did their recessional to “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D from the movie “Hitched”. It was classic! After pictures, the guests made their way into the tent. Brad and Jen were introduced in and went right into their first dance, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. The fathers of the bride blessed the challah and then it was time for the buffet to open. The food was amazing! As the guests finished up with their late lunch/early dinner, we did the cake cutting, a few toasts, and then the parent dances. Jen and her dad danced to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and Brad and his mom danced to “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder. Next, I opened up the dance floor with the Hora and it was madness. Jen and Brad both went up in the chairs, as did a few other special guests. From that song until the end of the evening, the dance floor was rocking. Like Brad said, “It went by too fast!” I ran out at 6pm, went straight to the airport, and straight to Vegas to speak at MBLV. And that was just the start of the week….Wow! Great event! Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs. Ivers. I can’t wait to see the photos from Hopkins Studios.

Maria and Jared had both their Wedding ceremony and reception at The Grand Marquise in Garner, NC a couple of weekends ago. The ceremony took place in the ballroom and the couple got married on the first landing of the elaborate staircase they have there. I provided the pre-recorded music and the mic for the officiant. It was a perfect ceremony and went flawlessly! As the couple and guests exited the room, Lyn Graves and his Fresh Affairs team immediately began to “flip” the room and I changed over my gear from ceremony rig to “boom boom”!

The Wedding Introductions

The guests were treated to hors d’oeuvres for about an hour while the magic took place in the ballroom behind closed doors. Once there were allowed back in, they could not believe that this was the same room that they were in for the ceremony! It looked incredible! Once everyone was in, I introduced the grandparents to “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King, the parents of the bride to Pitbull’s “Don’t Stop the Party”, and the parents of the groom to “Any Man of Mine” by Shania. Next up was the bridal party and they entered to “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas. Finally, Jared and Maria came down the stairs to “Pump It” by Black Eyed Peas and everyone went wild! They went right into their first dance “I Don’t Dance” by Lee Brice. What a great country ballad! The mother of the bride welcomed everyone, the officiant said the blessing, and the buffet opened to guests.

The Cake Cutting & Dancing

Later was the cake cutting, three toasts, an amazing slideshow featuring the newlyweds of course and then the parent dances. After that, it was party time! I worked through their playlist and also took some guest requests including a few beach music tunes. They only time we stopped dancing was for the mock exit (which I did get everyone to come back inside after) and for the bouquet and garter tosses. The crowd was rocking until the very end when we closed out with a huge sing-a-long to Garth’s “Friends in Low Places”! Great reception!