The Merrimon Wynne in downtown Raleigh is one of my most favorite venues to DJ and I was thrilled to be back there for Lauren and Michael’s wedding on Friday, June 21st.

Their ceremony was held on the lawn under a large tree.  Their officiant was their friend Laura.  I ran a mic for her, Michael and a reader while the music was covered by violinist extraordinaire Udeshi Hargett.  I always LOVE working with her!  Lauren and her Bridesmaids looked beautiful with hair and makeup by WINK. After a short service the 140 guests were invited to the house for the cocktail hour while photographer Krista from Six Foot Photography got some shots of the wedding party.

After pics were taken and the cocktail hour was over, planner Lynn from Happily Ever After invited everyone to the carriage house where I was for dinner and dancing. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Brides and Bouquets! I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for introductions with Lynn.  I introduced them to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and Lauren and Michael to “Marry You”. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Speechless” by Dan & Shay.  That’s going to be a HUGE first dance at weddings this year!!

The Parents’ dances followed with Lauren and her Dad first to a medley I made them of “My Little Girl” then “Celebration” that caught everyone off guard!  So great. Michael and his Mother’s dance was to “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams. Her Uncle blessed the meal and the salads came out before the Donovan’s Dish food stations opened in the lawn. During dinner, I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul, standards, and country music playing.

After dinner, we had the toasts and cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5. Before opening the dance floor to everyone we had an anniversary dance to “Still The One” by Shania Twain.  The Mama Birds Ice Cream station opened and I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 3 hours. They danced to lots of Top 40, oldies, ’80s, and 2000’s hits.  We paused for a bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” then back to dancing until the end of the night.

We ended with the last dance for everyone to ”Closing Time” and the private last dance for Lauren and Michael to “Perfect Duet” by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce before a sparkler exit.

Thank you, Lauren, Michael, Abby, and Lynn!  I had the best time!!

Photo courtesy of Six Foot Photography

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.