Claire and Drew were the kind of client that most DJs want to work with: they were extremely easy to get along with, very happy, and hilarious. They had some suggestions but mainly wanted to trust you to make folks dance! I tried my best to deliver, and judging from the sweat and tired feet, it looks like everyone was satisfied.
The beautiful Cardinal Club is 2 levels, and boasts some of the best views in Raleigh. We started out split between the lobby downstairs, and the bar upstairs. The guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks. We moved to the dining room, and with a guest count of 257, that was no easy task. But Rebecca Naderman of the Cardinal Club was on hand to help out, and was a huge help! Once everyone was situated, I introduced the couple and the Groom’s Father gave a brief welcome, with the Reverend gave the Blessing. Once the toasts were complete at the end of dinner, it was time to transition upstairs for the cake cutting and special dances.
We introduced the bridal party, and (re-introduced) the couple to Jimi Hendrix’ “Purple Haze”. (ECU fans of course!) Then went with the Couple’s First Dance to “Johnny & June” by Heidi Newfield of Trick Pony, followed by the Father/Daughter Dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra and the Groom/Mother Dance to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”. The cake was then cut to Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue”, then I was my turn to pack the dance floor.
Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Pharrell Williams, and a little Digital Underground were a few artists I played, and honestly, I probably could have played elevator music and these folks would have jammed! They were so fun! Claire tossed the bouquet to “Ladies Night” by Kool and the Gang, and the garter was removed and tossed to Van Halen’s “Hot for Teacher”! Awesome!
We rounded the evening out with Etta James’ “At Last”, and led all those down to Fayetteville street for a bubble exit! The gorgeous cake was created by one of my faves, Cinda’s Creative Cakes, while the flowers were provided by North Raleigh Florist. The fabulous photos were taken by Carrie Richardson Fry, a friend of the couple. Carrie will send some over, and I’ll post them here, once I receive them!
It was a pleasure taking part in this couple’s whimsical day. Thank you!
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.