I never met Debra and Alex until I was the wedding DJ at the JB Duke Hotel Wedding Venue in Durham (Click here to visit the JB Duke Hotel site) on their wedding day, but felt like we have been friends forever. They are that nice!

Their ceremony was held in part of the ballroom and officiated by Reverend Ed Sansbury with music provided by the violin and guitar duo Violet Bell. After the ceremony, the 200 guests made their way to the lobby for more music by Violet Bell while the staff flipped the room and I set up.  This was my first time at JB Duke Hotel and I am absolutely in love with it!!!

When pics were finished by photographers Rebecca and Brian Mullins (and the Duke game was over), the doors to the ballroom opened and the guests found their seats.  I introduced only Debra and Alex.  They came in to a cover of The Specials “No Wondering Why” and they danced in and continued to on the floor like they do in their kitchen to this song.  They now had what was their second dance as husband and wife to “You Are The Best thing” by Ray LaMontagne.  After that Debra made a toast in honor of her late Father and Alex danced with his Mother.  They had their dance to “Child Of Mine” by Carole King and Debra’s Mother welcomed everyone.  The salads and entrées came out and I had a mix of blues, indie rock and classic rock playing.

After dinner we had some big group pics taken and the cake cutting to “The Way I Am”.  A Few toasts followed and then the dance floor erupted to “The Hora”.  Nothing like 180 guests doing the Hora within 2 minutes!  After that, some Motown, oldies, 70’s 80’s and top 40 kept them dancing for the next couple hours.  I even got to see Alex’s parents do a few ballroom dances!

We ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” and finally the original recording of “Make You Feel My Love” by Billy Joel.  Thank you so much for everything Debra and Alex and congratulations!!

Photo courtesy of Brian Mullins Photography.


Randy Bennett works out of the Raleigh office, has 38 years of DJ experience, and wants to be YOUR Wedding DJ. Contact Randy here or call 919-785-9001.