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Mitch – Natalie & Brian’s Wedding at The Governor’s Club

So, I have to say that I normally don’t have enough hours in the day to blog for my weddings, but Natalie and Brian changed that!! Natalie inspired me to write this blog based on her energy that beautiful Saturday afternoon.

Natalie and Brian had their ceremony and wedding reception at the beautiful Governor’s Club in Chapel Hill on October 24th. As we have seen lately, the weather could not have been better! They had their ceremony outside on the clubhouse patio and then guests were invited inside for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the upper lobby and upper outside patio while a pianist played some selections for the cocktail hour. Photographer Brian Mullins was busy outside taking advantage of the gorgeous weather getting pictures of the wedding party and the couple. Once the photos were wrapped up, guests were invited into the beautifully decorated ballroom where Natalie’s mother had done the flower arrangements and centerpieces for the tables. ask.com . While the guests found their tables I went out to line up the wedding party. They were an excited bunch to say the least, very fun to work with! The wedding party were introduced to “Gonna Fly” the theme music from the movie ‘Rocky’. Then Natalie and Brian entered the room to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and that’s when the place went nuts!! Natalie was so pumped it was amazing, she had everyone on their feet and ready to party! Natalie handed off her bouquet and the couple had their first dance to “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison. Love that song! Natalie then danced with her father to the Temptations “My Girl” with Brian dancing with his mother to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Mr. Frank Sinatra. Natalie’s father then welcomed the guests and then the meal was blessed. Natalie and Brian wanted an upbeat evening so I played a large selection of Motown, Soul and R&B during dinner.

As dinner wrapped up, toasts were given and they cut their cake to Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet It Is”. I then opened the dance floor and it filled for the rest of the night! I played oldies, more Motown, James Brown, 70’s, 90’s hip-hop, and a few Top 40 songs, the crowd loved all of it! For the last dance, Natalie and Brian wanted to keep the energy high and selected the Bee Gees ” You Should Be Dancing”. I can’t wait to see the pictures from Brian Mullins as there were so many great action shots! Once everyone applauded for the couple one last time, they made there way outside for the sparkler exit. This was such a great crowd to play for and I enjoyed working with Natalie and Brian throughout the process. Thank you both so much for the inspiration to write this down!

2015-11-13T15:06:13-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Randy – Casey & Michael’s Wedding at Duke Gardens

Casey and Michael chose Durham’s Duke Gardens for both ceremony and reception on a picture perfect October 24th afternoon and evening. Their ceremony was held in the back amphitheater that overlooked a small pond. It is so beautiful there! I did not provide music or mics, but was still there to see it. After the ceremony guests made their way to the back patio for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres where I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.

After the cocktail hour guests made their way inside for dinner and dancing with help from Sally & Kathy from Sally Oakley Weddings & Events (who I was thrilled I got to work with for the 3rd week in a row!). The guests were seated and it was time to announce the wedding party. I introduced them to “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris and each couple or trio had their own special funny dance in. Casey & Mike entered to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and came right to the dance floor for their dance to “You Are The Best thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Casey’s father then welcomed everyone and the buffet opened. During dinner I continued the same mix as cocktails.

After dinner we had several toasts and the Yellowbird Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye. There were 4 cakes and I had to try the chocolate. OMG!! Delicious! Casey then made her way back to the floor for her dance with her father to “Unforgettable” and Mike escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “In My Life” by The Beatles. I invited all the married couples to join Casey & Mike on the floor for an anniversary dance to The Way You Look Tonight’ with the winner at 61 years married. I opened the floor with Motown after that and it filled, I mean FILLED for the next 2 hours to oldies, top 40, Casey’s mom’s request for “Watch Me Nae Nae”, sing a long’s and some 80’s & 90’s. It was great seeing all ages having the time of their lives together having a twist contest (that It think Casey’s father won), Danny’s dance to “Gold Digger”, a huge line dance to “Cotton Eyed Joe” for the Orioles fans and sing a long to “Sweet Caroline” for the Red Sox fans.

We ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” and finally “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers and then a bubble exit. What an awesome group to DJ for. I can’t wait to see the pics from Cole Gorman from Blest Studios!

2015-11-13T15:06:32-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Joe – Ryan & Morgan’s Wedding at Shady Wagon Farm in New Hill, NC

Ryan and Morgan had their ceremony and reception at Shady Wagon Farm. They couldn’t have phoned in a better day. It was gorgeous!!! The lakeside ceremony was perfect and shortly after the guests made their way into the pavilion for cocktails. After the bridal party knocked out their photos, I lined them up for the introduction to “Party Rock Anthem”. After Ryan and Morgan hit the floor, it was time for their first dance as husband and wife. The picked a killer song that I never get to play “Never Stop (wedding version)” by Safetysuit. I can’t even tell you how good this song is. Check it out!

As their dance ended, Morgan and her dad danced to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland and then Ryan and his mom danced to “A Mother’s Song” by T. Carter. Next up was a blessing from the father of the groom and then the food by Cook Shack started flowing. Good stuff! As dinner ended, several folks gave toasts and then the cake was cut. ask.com The dancing started with the anniversary dance and then the partied continued from there.  Later in the night we knocked out the bouquet and garter toss and then more dancing until the big sparkler departure at 11:00. What a great ending to a perfect day! Lynn with Happily Ever After did a great job planning this and keep it all on track. I can’t wait to see the photos from Hartman Photography.

2017-07-24T15:16:43-04:00By |Raleigh, Uncategorized|

Joe – Michelle & Aaron’s Wedding at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC

Michelle and Aaron’s Friday reception at The Carolina Inn was great! Guests arrived around 6:00 for cocktails outside the ballroom and I was set up and ready inside. The doors opened around 7 and I got everyone lined up for the bridal party introductions. Everyone entered to “Party Rock Anthem” and that got the crowd rowdy. Lots of Aussies in attendance! Once the newlyweds hit the floor, it was time for the first dance, “Whatever It Is” by Zac Brown. Michelle and her dad danced next to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” by Brother Iz and then Aaron and his mom danced to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. The father of the bride welcomed everyone, the blessing was said and dinner was served. Great food!

After dinner, there were a few toasts, the cake cutting and then open dancing! From song one, it was an awesome dance response. I played a little bit of everything and only stopped for the bouquet toss (“Single Ladies”) and garter toss (“American Woman”). We rocked all the way to the closing song “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton. Glow sticks closed out the night with a big departure for the new Mr. and Mrs. Ryder!

2017-07-24T15:16:45-04:00By |Raleigh, Uncategorized|

Randy – Dana & Lyle’s Fantastic Wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham

I was sooo very excited to DJ Dana & Lyle’s wedding and see them again. I had helped them buy and sell a house and became friends with them during the process. They are the funniest couple! When they asked me to DJ their wedding I was not only thrilled, but honored to be asked. So, the day was upon us and I couldn’t wait for it to begin and work with Carrington from Erin McLean Events. As guests arrived for the evening ceremony at The Cotton Room in Durham, I had a mix of soft rock songs playing. The Grandparents and Parents entered to Vitamin Sting Quartet’s cover of C,S & N’s “Our House”. Lyle & his groomsmen entered to VSQ’s cover of “We Will Rock You” complete with hand & knee clapping along to it and the guests thought it was hilarious! The bridesmaids (and Dana & Lyle’s beautiful daughter/flower girl Ashlyn) entered to a classical version of “Uptown Girl” and Dana and her father entered to “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles that I edited for her. After a beautiful ceremony by fav Minister Barbara Lodge that included very heart felt hand written vows by Lyle & Dana, a reading by Dana’s Grandfather and a unity family painting to Kermit The Frog’s “Rainbow Connection” it was time for the recessional to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”. Barbara invited guests to the back of the room for the cocktail hour and the staff got the room ready for dinner and dancing.

During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country, soft rock, standards and classic soul playing while photographer Melissa Smith and videographers Nathan and Ashley from Oak City Films got some shots of the wedding party inside and outside. The shots were finished and the white linens opened exposing the room with tables decorated with centerpieces by Tre Bella. The guests made their way to their seats and I went to line the wedding party up for introductions. They entered to Huey Lewis’s “Power Of Love” only fitting because it’s from the ‘Back To The Future’ movie that was supposed to take place just days before this wedding. Dana & Lyle entered to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” that got the crowd pumped up! They came to the dance floor and had their first dance to “I Could Not Ask For More” by Edwin McCain. I have loved that song since he sang it acoustic in my record store in the 90’s. Dana’s father took the mic to welcome everyone and bless the meal. The buffet opened and I continued the same mix as cocktails, but adding in some acapella songs that Dana & Lyle love.

After dinner we had the toasts and the Sugar Euphoria cake cutting to “Pour Some Sugar On me”. Get it?? LOL. Dana and her father made their way to the dance floor for their dance to “I Loved Her First” and Lyle escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “My Wish”. I opened the floor with some Motown and top 40 that shortly filled it for the next 2 ½ hours. The night was filled with oldies, top 40, 2000’s hip-hop, a couple line dances and some sing a longs. We only paused briefly for an anniversary dance to “Through The Years” by Kenny Rodgers with the longest married couple being 61 years! We ended the night with “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing that included Lyle lifting Dana in his best Patrick Swayze pose. So Great! Many have tried, but I have never seen it pulled off. The guests made their way downstairs for a sparkler exit and we called it a night. What a fun group to play for! Thank you Dana, Lyle and Ashlyn and congratulations!

2015-11-13T15:06:51-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Joe – Todd & Patrick’s Wedding at 214 Martin Street in Raleigh, NC

Todd and Patrick celebrated their wedding and ceremony at 214 Martin St. in Raleigh, NC. The day started with pre-ceremony cocktails. I did the music and mics for the ceremony and it was amazing as one of their close friends officiated and Todd’s cousin sang. Such a great one! As soon as the ceremony ended, it was time for more cocktails. Todd and Patrick thanked everyone for coming and then I introduced them into the room to “One More Time” by Daft Punk. ask.com That got everyone really fired up! After that it was time for the buffet and the food was perfect!

After everyone was full, it was time for some dancing. We opened up with an anniversary dance/first dance. Todd and Patrick didn’t want a long, drawn out first dance so this was a great option! Next, Todd and his mother danced to “Unforgettable” and then it was time to rock! This crowd was awesome! They came to party and I was loving it behind my light up DJ booth they had rented for me. The night went by too fast and eventually it was time for the sparkler departure. What a great time and great couple!

2017-07-24T15:16:47-04:00By |Raleigh, Uncategorized|

Randy – Laura & Michael’s Wedding at The Museum Of Science Research Center

I didn’t get to meet Laura and Michael until right before they came in the door after the ceremony, but I knew I would love them from from their musical taste! Their ceremony and cocktail hour were held on the 4th floor of the Museum of Science Research Center in Raleigh on October 18th and I did not handle any of that. After the cocktail hour the guests made their way back down to the first floor for dinner and dancing with help from planner Sally Oakley. I introduced the wedding party to the indie rock song “Have It All” by Jeremy Kay from the Scrubs soundtrack. They came down the stairs and made a circle at the bottom and awaited the introduction of Laura & Mike. After the arrived, the applause faded and Laura’s father said a heart felt welcome to everyone followed by a blessing of the bread by their Rabbi. I invited the guests to find their tables for dinner and the salad’s and entrée’s came out. During dinner they chose a mix of their favorite movie scores and some Disney movie songs that went along with the tables named after movies.

After dinner we had the toast by Michael’s brother and the cake cutting to
“Sweetest Thing” by U2. While the staff cut the cake for serving, Laura and Michael made their way inside the globe to the dance floor for their choreographed dance to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz. Laura’s father joined her for their dance to “Mandolin Wind” by Bruce Hornsby and Mike escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “Unforgettable”. I opened the floor with the “Hora” and it filled instantly. For the next couple hours guests danced to oldies, Motown, top 40 and some line dances.

After a little bit we paused for the bouquet toss to “Jumpin’, Jumpin’” by Destiny’s Child and then back to dancing to some sing a long songs until the end of the night. I ended with Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” and they had a flower petal exit from the front of the Museum. What a wonderful night and great couple! Thank you Laura, Michael, Susan and Sally and congratulations!

2015-11-13T15:07:23-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Randy – Ashlee & Tm’s Marathon Wedding at Treyburn Country Club

Ashlee and Tim had both their ceremony and reception at Durham’s beautiful Treyburn Country Club on a perfect October 17th day. Their ceremony was officiated by Dr Christopher Skinner and I provided mic’s for him, Tim and their reader as well as the music. The ceremony was about to start and guests came down the stairs to the ceremony location. The Grandparents, parents and wedding party all entered to The Piano Guys version of “A Thousand Years” and Ashlee entered to “Angel”. After the short ceremony they recessed to “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker and guests made their way back upstairs for the social hour during which I had a mix of standards playing.

After some pics were taken by Brittany Pelegrino Photography, it was time to introduce the wedding party and I invited guests to find their seats in the ballroom. I introduced the wedding party to “Treasure” by Bruno Mars and Ashlee and Tim came right to the dance floor for their first dance to “Hold On” by Michael Buble. The wedding party then took their seats and Ashlee danced with her father to “I Loved Her First” and Tim (who had a hurt knee) danced with his mother to “Never Alone” by Jim Brickman featuring Lady Antebellum. Tim thanked everyone for coming and the buffet opened. During dinner I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had a few toasts including a surprise toast by Ashlee’s brother. I opened the floor at 6:15 to everyone with some Motown and current dance hits the filled the floor until 11PM! I mean, 5 hours of dancing is maybe my record. We paused briefly for a cake cutting to “Grow Old With You” and bouquet toss to “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” and garter toss to “Hot In Herre” where Tim had a hard time finding the garter..because Ashlee had hid it in her bra. So great!!! Back to dancing til the end of the night to top 40, line dances, some country and everything in between. They even had a great soul train line dance to “Don’t Stop Til You get Enough” and a huge sing a long to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” where I think they guys were singing louder than the girls.

We ended the 7.5 hour reception with “The Time (Dirty Bit)” by Black Eyed Peas and a sparkler exit from the front of the Club. What a fun night and awesome couple! Thank you Ashlee and Tim and congratulations.

2015-11-13T15:07:44-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Randy – Allaina & Chad’s Outdoor Wedding at The Merrimon-Wynne House

Allaina and Chad chose downtown Raleigh’s historic Merrimon-Wynne House for both their ceremony and reception on a picture perfect North Carolina day on October 16th. Their ceremony was held on the side lawn and they had a violinist providing music. After the ceremony was over, guests made their way inside the house for hors d’oeuvres and refreshments while Three Little Birds Studio snapped some shots of Allaina, Chad and the wedding party. After pics were done guests started making their way out to the tent where I was ready to go and found their seats with help from The Merrimon-Wynne’s Kaila. I introduced the wedding party to Jason Derulo’s HUGE summer hit “Want To Want Me” and Allaina and Chad to Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be”. They came right to the floor to thunderous applause and had their first dance to the Van Morrison song “Crazy Love” covered by Michael Buble. After that Allaina danced with her father to “I Hope You Dance” by Ronan Keating and Chad escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “Like Jesus Does” by Eric Church. I love all of those songs so much!   Allaina’s father welcomed everyone and her friend Taryn blessed the meal. During dinner I had a mix of standards, country, rock and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had a couple toasts and the cake cutting inside while I opened the floor with some Motown and top 40 that got the guests on the floor for the next 2 hours. They danced to top 40, oldies, a couple line dances and some country including a birthday shout out to Craig when I played “Keep Me In Mind” by Zac Brown Band. I loved seeing Allaina’s mother’s dance to “Super Freak”!! Classic. I ended the night with “Heaven” by Jason Aldean because his concert was one of their first dates, “Sweet Caroline” for the Red Sox fans and finally “Shout”. They chose “Take Me Home Tonight” as their last song and guests made their way to the front of the house for their sparkler exit before they jumped in the rickshaw for their getaway.

What a fun night and beautiful Bride! Congratulations Allaina and Chad and thank you so much for having me as your DJ!

2020-01-07T12:04:59-05:00By |Uncategorized|

Joe – Hannah & David’s Wedding at The Oaks at Salem in Apex, NC

If the old saying about it’s good luck to get married on a rainy day is true, then this couple will have tons of good luck! Gross day, but a beautiful wedding at The Oaks at Salem! The day started with guests arriving to the house and (luckily) tented area for cocktails. Around 6pm, it was time for the introductions to The Black Eyed Peas’ classic “I Gotta Feeling”. This got everyone charged up for the big entrance of Hannah and David!

Next, they went right into their first dance which a real treat for me and every guest there. David actually wrote and recorded an original song for their dance! What??!!! And even better, it was killer! There wasn’t a dry eye in that place! Hannah and her father danced next to “Little Miss Magic” by Jimmy Buffett and then David and his mom danced to Van Morrison’s “These are the Days”. The father of the bride welcomed the guests and then it was buffet time!

As dinner ended, a few people gave some great toasts and then it was time to partayyy! The guests hit the dance floor right off the bat and the only time we paused was for the bouquet toss (“Single Ladies” by Beyonce) and the garter toss (“Want to Want Me” by Jason Derulo). The partied all the way to the last dance “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey. As the song ended, it was time for the sparkler departure and their getaway in David’s antique pickup truck! Great night, great wedding!

 

2017-07-24T15:16:49-04:00By |Raleigh, Uncategorized|