I had the absolute pleasure of DJing Amanda and Michael’s beautiful wedding reception at The five star Umstead Hotel and Spa on April 16th. I was thrilled to be working with Carrie from The Umstead, planner Tia from Erin McLean Events, Photographer Cara Galati from F8 Photo Studios and videographers Reel Weddings.
The Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony was held out back and officiated over by Minister Kayelily Middleton and live musicians from Arioso Stings providing music. They all always do an amazing job! After the ceremony guests made their way around the back of the building to the outdoor cocktail hour. Once again Arioso Strings covered the music. After pics were taken by Cara, the wedding party joined the cocktail hour and got ready for introductions.
The doors to the ballroom opened and guests found their tables that were decorated with floral arrangements by the Watered Garden. I left music playing in the ballroom and went to line the wedding party up. They came into the room as a huge group to “Crazy In Love” and Amanda & Michael came in and right to the dance floor for their first dance to “She’s Got A Way” by Billy Joel. Amanda’s father welcomed everyone and the three course meal came out of soup, salad and entrees. During dinner I had a mix of rock, country and classic soul playing. I even snuck a few Italian crooners in for Michael’s parents.
The Toasts and Parents Dances
After dinner we had a toast by the Matron of honor and then the parents dances. Amanda and her father danced to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. Michael and his mother to “Unforgettable” by Natalie and Nat King Cole. Then, as a surprise Amanda danced with Michael’s father and Michael danced with Amanda’s mother to “The Way You Look Tonight” by my favorite, Frank Sinatra. It was so sweet and special!
The Cake Cutting and Dancing
The Shutterbooth Disney Photo Booth opened with fav Elisabeth and the dance floor opened to some Motown and top 40 that packed it for the next 2 hours. We paused after about 30 min for another toast by the Best Men and Sweet Memories cake cutting to “I’ll Be There For You” from Friends, then back to dancing til the end of the night.
The Last Song and Exit
We ended the night with some 80’s and current hip hop before the last dance. “Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing and then a confetti exit from the front of the hotel ended the night. What a fun night and great group! Thank you Amanda, Michael, Mrs. Diamond, Giggles, Carrie and Cara for everything!
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.