Joe and Maddy’s reception took place last Saturday at Durham’s Cafe Parizade. It was a lovely day for the ceremony which actually took place outside in the courtyard area behind the restaurant. I played the music which was amazing! Check out these choices. Bridal Party-“In Love with a Girl” by Gavin Degraw, Processional-“Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, Recessional-“Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. What a rocking way to start the day! After the short ceremony, cocktails and food were flowing. I played music for about an hour and then guests made their way inside for the dinner portion of the night.

I introduced the couple into the room to AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”! Since Joe and Maddy were friends with the owner, they customized an amazing menu. The food looked awesome. After everyone had something to eat, we moved into the toasts from the best man and maid of honor, and a short while after that, the couple got their lovely tiered cake. Finally, it was time to move back outside where Joe & Maddy went into their first dance, “Sweet Baby” by Macy Gray. I went right into dance music after that for about an hour. At around 9:00, it was time for the “special guest”. I had know about this for many months and was so excited I could hardly contain it. Joe and Maddy hired Ed Kowalczyk from the band Live to do a 45 minute acoustic set! First off, if you don’t know of this band, start downloading! They are incredible, and man, Ed still has it! He ran through all of his hits and even did a couple of his newer solo songs. I was spellbound and loving every minute of it. For a while I forgot I was the DJ. Finally, at the end of his last song he goes “Lets get the DJ back on” and I was like “Oh, me?” Ha! I got right back into it though and the crowd partied hard until the last song at 11:00. What a killer reception! Thanks to Amanda with A Swanky Affair for getting them to book me, and for keeping the party moving all night long. I can’t wait to see the video from the team at Heart Stone Films and the photos from Riley McLean!

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