I had been waiting for this day for over a year now. I was honored to be one of the first vendors Jaclyn and Chris chose for their wedding ceremony and reception at the historic Merrimon Wynne House in downtown Raleigh on May 11th. I was there to provide mics and music for both along with Will Greene Photography.
The rain held off just long enough for the ceremony to be held outside with Reverend Kayelily. I always love working with her and hearing her take on the couples love story! As the 120 guests arrived I had a playlist of love songs playing. The wedding party entered to an instrumental of “A Thousand Years” and Jaclyn and her Father to “Canon In D”. Jaclyn looked beautiful with makeup by Makeup For Your Day. After a short service they recessed to “Best Day Of My Life” and Kayelily invited everyone inside for the cocktail hour right before the rain started.
After the cocktail hour guests were invited to the carriage house where I was set up for the reception. The room looked so pretty with floral arrangements by Southern Petals! I lined the wedding party up with help from Merrimon Wynne’s Kaila and got them ready for introductions. They came in to “Uptown Funk” and showed off some great dance moves. Jaclyn and Chris came in to loud applause and had their first dance to the piano version of “Then” by Brad Paisley. Maybe my fav first dance song. She danced with her Father next to “In My Life” by The Beatles. Chris escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “My Wish”. Her Father welcomed everyone and Reverend Chris blessed the meal. The Rocky Top catered salads and entrees came out and I had a mix of soft rock, standards, classic soul and country music playing. The meal was just delicious!!!
After dinner we had the Simply Cakes cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and I opened the floor with some beach music and Motown before mixing into some top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours. Even her 90 year old Grandparents were dancing most of the night!! For dancing I played a few more beach songs, some country, line dances, hits from 60’s to current and even played “Old Town Road” that had everyone singing a long!
I closed the night with “Friends In Low Places” and “Wagon Wheel”. Then, I ended with “All I Do Is Win” for all the ECU alumni there. I even wore my ECU cufflinks for them.
Thank you Jaclyn, Chris and Kaila! I wish we could do it all over again!!
DJing is more than just showing up and pressing play. It’s also more than just knowing how to choose songs and mix them together. Begin a wedding DJ is about creating experiences and atmospheres. That’s what our DJing philosophy boils down to. We don’t want to just provide the perfect music. We want to create the perfect day. That’s why we excel in what we do. And this wedding was a perfect example of that. Working with this awesome couple to create the day they envisioned is something we’ll never forget. And it’s a service we provide all our Raleigh Weddings again and again.