From the moment I met Sharon and Jared, I knew that they were going to be “my kinda couple”. Right from the very first consultation well over a year ago they said, “We don’t care about much of anything at the reception other than the music and that’s why we are here”. Heck yes! They found the right place and the right DJ!
The Wedding Ceremony
The day started with a bunch of Jared’s friends showing up and basically stacking, yes stacking, their Jeeps on top of each other right outside the entrance of The Grand Marquise Ballroom. It was quite the site for guests to see when they rolled up for the ceremony. The ceremony went great! I did the mics and their officiant Jackie was awesome. My favorite part was that they picked “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen as the recessional. Classic! After the ceremony, guests went into the foyer area as everyone worked hard to “flip the room” for dinner.
The First Dance
After cocktails, it was time for introductions. Each couple came in to a different song, which makes it a little more work for the DJ, but totally worth it for the audience. When I finally announced Jared and Sharon from the top of the stairs, the place went bananas! They made their way down the stairs to “Shut Up and Dance with Me” and then went right into their first dance, “Little Moments” by Brad Paisley. Next, Sharon and her father danced to “My Girl” by The Temptations and Jared and his mother danced to “You’ll be in My Heart” by Phil Collins. Sharon’s dad welcomed everyone and then it was time to eat! During dinner (by Rocky Top Catering), they wanted me to play sing alongs and for everyone to actually sing. I was skeptical. Boy, was I wrong. I played all types of stuff from “Brown Eyed Girl” to “Build Me Up Buttercup” and I could hear folks belting them out!
After dinner, Sharon’s dad did another special toast and dance with her to “Unforgettable” by Nat and Natalie Cole that was really sweet. Next up were the toasts. The best man gave a short but sweet one and let Jared off easy. Sharon’s matron of honor Christine killed it with a song done to the tune of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”! The cake cutting was next to “Cake by the Ocean” by DNCE. As soon as they cut the cake, it was party time! I started dropping oldies at first and then eventually mixed into some Top 40 bangers and then some killer 90s hip hop tracks! Everyone was getting down! The only stops were for the bouquet and garter tosses, and then more dancing. Around 11:00pm, we wrapped with Locash’s song “I Love this Life” into Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind”. As the song ended, Sharon and Jared prepared for their getaway. Oh you thought they were just going to do sparklers? Nah, much bigger and better. I went outside and started playing Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again” as folks started coming out and lighting sparklers. Once they were lit, I cranked AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” just as Sharon and Jared rounded the corner…on GO KARTS! The crowd went wild as they slow rolled through the sparkler line. It was truly the best exit ever! What a wedding! I can’t wait to see the photos from Carolina MediaStar!
Photo courtesy of Carolina MediaStar
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.