I haven’t been a DJ for a wedding at Preston Woodall House in Benson, NC in a while, but always have a blast when I do. The grounds are beautiful and Nick and the staff are wonderful to work with!
This time I was there for Janet and Jay’s wedding ceremony and reception. The ceremony was held in the back yard and officiated by secular minister Kenna Covington. As the guests arrived I had a mix of classical covers of hard rock songs playing. I think that was Jay’s idea. Jay, the groomsmen and bridesmaids all entered to 2 cover of “Perfect” by 2 Cellos. Janet and her father entered to “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros. I love that song!! After the short ceremony they recessed to “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons. Kenna invited the 80 guests to the house for cocktails while Terry & Sarah from Carolina MediaStar got some great shots.
After the cocktail hour the doors to the ballroom opened and I left music playing while I lined the wedding party up with lots of help from Nick. They entered to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” and Janet and Jay came in to loud applause..and screaming..lol. They had their first dance to “I Wanna Grown Old With You” by Bride & Groom. Janet’s father welcomed everyone and the appetizers, salads and entrees came out. The food was all amazing!! During dinner I had a mix of rock, country, soul and standards playing.
The cake cutting followed to “Love You Madly” by Cake, then the the toasts and a fun shoe game hosted by groomsman Teddy Pierce. We had an anniversary dance after that to “First Day Of My Life” by Bright Eyes. Love that song too!! I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 and turned on my dance floor lights. I also had purple uplighting around the room to match the linens. The floor stayed filled for the next 2.5 hours to top 40, EDM, 90’s and some 80’s. It was great seeing Janet’s parents out dancing hard to EDM with her college friends!!
We paused for the bouquet toss and the very original garter toss. I have done over 1,000 weddings and never seen this. Jay knelt down like he was taking her garter off, then lifted his leg and HE had it on. She removed it and he threw it. So great!! We ended the night with “Bye Bye Bye” by N’Sync and a sparkler exit from the front porch. Thank you so much for everything Janet, Jay & Nick!
Photos courtesy of Carolina MediaStar
Randy Bennett works out of the Raleigh office, has 38 years of DJ experience, and wants to be YOUR Wedding DJ. Contact Randy here or call 919-785-9001
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.