I was thrilled to be DJing Katie & Tim’s wedding reception at The Angus Barn Pavilion with some of my favorite vendors! I got to work with Jamie & Richie from Jagg Photography, Phil and Jess from Twenty-One Films and wedding planner Kailey from A Southern Soiree working her last wedding. It was a perfect day with not a cloud in the sky! As guests arrived to the pavilion, they wrote well wishes on custom pharmacist notepaper to Katie and Tim (who are pharmacists) and took M&M’s contained in prescription bottles as favors. LOVE that idea! The guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres on the patio and inside the pavilion as I had a mix of soft rock and beach music playing.

The wedding party showed up and it was time to get the party started. Guests found their tables that were decorated with floral arrangements by The English Garden. I introduced the wedding party and Katie & Tim to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full Of Stars” (love that song!) and Katie and Tim went right to the dance floor for their first dance to Ingrid Michaelson’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. It’s such a beautiful version! Katie’s parents welcomed everyone for coming and blessed the meal. The food stations opened and I continued soft rock and beach music through dinner.

After dinner and a few toasts, we had the Ashley’s Cake cutting to Jason Mraz’s “Lucky”. Katie joined her father on the floor to dance to Steve Tyrell’s “The Way You Look Tonight” that her father dedicated to her and Tim escorted his mother to the floor to dance to “My Wish”. I opened the floor with “Carolina Girls” and some other beach music that filled it with young and old dancing and singing along.

After about 30 minutes of dancing, the surprise of the night came. I played the “2001: A Space Odyssey” theme and Katie and Tim had no idea what was coming… Cocky!! The USC mascot came running out and I played the USC fight song! They were shocked!! The expression on their faces was priceless! Everyone started dancing with Cocky and I then played “Shout” that had everyone surrounding them and dancing. Cocky stayed for an hour getting pics taken and dancing with everyone. He even helped with the bouquet toss to “Where Dem Girls At” and had everyone out there to do the “Chicken Dance” with him. I have never had that many people doing that dance at a wedding before!

After another hour of dancing to top 40, 80’s and a few oldies mixed in, it was time for their last dance to “Dream A Little Dream Of Me” by Michael Buble and a sparkler exit. What a fun night hanging with some of my fav vendors and playing for Katie & Tim and their families and friends!

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.