Shira and Josh knew they wanted to have a fun dance party wedding at The Umstead Hotel on October 8th, and boy did they!! I was beyond thrilled to work with some of my favorite co-vendors in A Southern Soiree, Azul Photography, Twenty-One Films, Tre Bella, Sugarland, Arioso Strings and Zim Zoom Photo booth.

The Wedding Ceremony

The ceremony was held on the side lawn overlooking a beautiful pond. The rain held off just long enough for the ceremony. Arioso Strings was there to provide music again. After the ceremony the 160 guests made their way inside for the cocktail hour.

The First Dance

After the cocktail hour was over and pics were taken by Christobal, Megan invited guests into the ballroom for dinner and dancing. I introduced only Shira and Josh to “Crazy In Love” and they came in for their first dance to “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” by Stevie Wonder. His Grandfathers blessed the bread and meal and the soups salads and entrees came out. During dinner I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing.

The Dancing

After dinner we had the cake cutting to ‘When I’m Sixty Four” and toasts before opening the floor with the Hora medley. It was amazing to see 150 people jump to their feet and join in within a minute! Some Motown for their parents kept everyone out there and soon I was into some top 40 dance music. I had them dancing had for the next 2 hours to top 40, 80’s and some 2000’s throw backs. We ended the night with “With You” by Chris Brown and finally “The Girl From Ipanema” for Shira’s Father. After that, I invited the guests to join Shira and Josh in the hotel bar.

What a fun night and awesome group to play for! Thank you Shira, Josh, Amanda and Megan!

Photo Courtesy of Azul 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.