I was honored to be Valerie and Nate’s wedding DJ at The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC on May 19th.

They had the luck of the rain stopping long enough for the ceremony and cocktail hour to be held outside. The lawn overlooks a pond with a fountain in the middle of it.  It is just beautiful!  Their ceremony music was performed by Elegant Ensembles.  After the ceremony the 150 guests made their way to the back patio and inside for passed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  They also enjoyed taking fun photos in the ZimZoom Photo booth.

After the cocktail hour, the doors to the ballroom opened and guests found their seats with help from Gina from A Southern Soiree (YAY!!). The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Embellished Blooms! I introduced Val and Nate to the intro of “Crazy In Love” by Beyonce.  They came in to loud applause and dropped her bouquet off at the head table.  They made their way back to the dance floor for their first dance to “Everything” by Michael Buble. The parent’s dances followed. Val and her Father danced to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole.  Nate escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys (LOVE that song!!).  Val’s Father welcomed everyone and the 3 course meal came out.

After dinner Nate and Val thanked everyone for coming followed by the Ashley Cakes cutting to “How Sweet It Is”.  Before opening the floor to everyone we

had an anniversary dance to “Just The Way You Are” with the longest married couple at 48 years!!  I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” that filled it for the next 1.5 hours!  We paused for a bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and for the late night snacks to come out.  I ended the night with a huge circle dance sing a long to “Sweet Caroline” before a rose petal exit.  I can’t wait to see video by Thomas Blake Films and pics from Anna Routh Photography!

Thank you for everything Valerie, Nate, Amanda & Gina!


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.

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.