I was so honored to be asked to DJ Lauren and Max’s wedding in Wilmington at Wrightsville Manor on November 11th. Lauren is a planner with Viva L’Event and has seen dozens of various DJs, so to be asked was truly an honor.
The Cocktail Hour
After an early afternoon ceremony at Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary, the guests had a short break before the reception. The 150 guests started arriving a little early for the cocktail hour outside on the lawn of Wrightsville Manor and I had a speaker outside for them. I played a mix of rock, standards and classic soul. Beau Catering was there to pass hors d’oeuvres. It started getting a little cold, so guests came inside to warm up and find their seats. Photographers Cara and Dax from F8 Photo Studios and videographer OTB Productions were done with pics and it was time to introduce the wedding party.
The First Dance
I lined them up with help from Stephanie from Viva L’Event and got them ready. They were introduced to “Let’s Get It Started” by Black Eyed Peas and Lauren and Max came in to a loud roar. They had their first dance to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. I know this is going to be a huge first dance request very soon! After their dance, I had all the past and present military stand up and thanked them for their service and wished them a happy Veterans day, their Father’s welcomed everyone and Frank Stoppa blessed the meal. Chef Beau described the meal and the salads came out. During dinner I had the same music mix playing.
After the amazing dinner we had the toasts that ended with the Maid Of Honor’s rap to the “Fresh Prince” theme. So great! We had the cake cutting to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and they presented a small cake to a couple celebrating an anniversary with them. The sweetest!! Lauren then met her Father on the floor for their dance to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw. After that, Max escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “You’ll Be In My Heart”. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it within a minute. This group came to party and they did!! The floor stayed packed for the next 2 hours to top 40, oldies and some throw backs. We paused for the bouquet toss to “Crazy In Love” and garter toss to “Danger Zone”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.
We ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” before the last dance to “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing and a sparkler exit. Thank you Lauren, Max and Stephanie and congratulations!
Photo courtesy of F8 Photo Studios
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.