Stephanie and Harris have got to be two of the nicest people I have met!  Her parents are just as nice!  I was so happy to be their DJ at The Umstead Hotel on June 3rd!

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Their ceremony was held on the back lawn with live music performed by jazz trio The Boulevard Ensemble.  After the ceremony and breaking of the glass, they made their way to the cocktail hour on the back patio and inside the pre-function area.  The trio provided music for this too.  After the cocktail hour, the doors to the ballroom opened and the guests found their seats with help from GINA!! from A Southern Soiree.  The room looked amazing with arrangements by Embellished Blooms! I introduced just Stephanie and Harris to “It Had To Be You” by Harry Connick Jr.  They came in and had their first dance to “When I Fall In Love” by Nat King Cole.  Her Father welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out.  During dinner I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Ashley Cakes cutting to “Love And Happiness” by Al Green. Stephanie & her Father had their dance to “Unforgettable” by Nat and Natalie Cole before an anniversary dance.  I invited all the married couples to open the floor to dance to “These Arms Of Mine”. The winning couple was married 62 years! WOW!!  I opened the floor to everyone with some oldies and top 40 that filled it within the first song.  They danced hard for the next 2 hours even though the ZimZoom Photo Booth was just outside the door.  I’m sure photographer Hooman from Vesic Photography and videographers Twenty One Films got some amazing dance shots!

The late night snacks of Umstead made pizza came out (so good!!!) and guests continued to dance right up until the last song!  I ended the night with “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips, but they weren’t ready to leave yet and started chanting “one more song”.  I kinda knew that was coming and had “Sweet Caroline” ready.  I invited everyone outside for a confetti cannon exit after.

Thank you Stephanie, Harris, Betsy, Gina, and Amanda!  I had such an amazing time playing for you!

Photo courtesy of Vesic 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.

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.