Kate and Calvin chose Gravy in downtown Raleigh for their ceremony and reception on a perfect fall day! I was there to provide mics and music for the ceremony and provide the soundtrack for the guests to dance the night away.
The Wedding Ceremony
As the guests arrived for the ceremony in the open-air patio I had a mix of classical music playing. The Grandparents and Parents walked down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” and Calvin to an instrumental of “Elvira” that brought some laughs with it. The wedding party entered to “Swept Away (Sentimental Version)” and Kate to “The Lovers Waltz” by Jay Ungar. After a short ceremony by Officiant Michael Sisco, they recessed to a 101 Strings cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”.
The First Dance
The 125 guests made their way to the back of the patio for the cocktail hour and I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing while the staff cleared the ceremony seating. After pics were taken by Karen Salinas Photography and the video by Dean Garris, it was time for the introductions. They had a couple friends, Nash and Dustin, provide music for the introduction and first dance. I introduced the parents and Kate & Calvin, and they came in for their first dance to “Someone Like You” originally by Van Morrison. Kate then danced with her Father to fav Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York”. Calvin escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “The Wonder Of You” by Elvis before Calvin’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal.
The Dinner & Dancing
I invited guests to find their seats inside and out on the patio and the Gravy buffet opened shortly. During dinner I played a mix of soft rock and indie rock. After dinner they cut the cake privately and had a few toasts. Calvin’s son Grayson even gave a toast and told a funny joke!! Great job Grayson. I knew it was going to be a great dancing crowd because they started dancing towards the end of dinner. I opened the floor with some Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 2.5 hours. I played lots of Top 40, 80’s, some 90’s & 2000’s hip hop and some oldies.
We ended the night with Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” and a sparkler exit. Thank you Kate & Calvin and congratulations!!
Photo courtesy of Karen Salinas 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.