I met Meryl & Trevor through a friend of mine, Bayhan that I worked with 10 years ago while DJing at The Office Nightclub in Raleigh. As soon as I met them I knew this would be a fun group and a night to remember. They chose The Stockroom for their cocktail hour and reception and All Saints Chapel for their ceremony. I provided music for all. I was thrilled to be working with photographer Cara Galati from F8 Photo Studios and Lyn Graves from Fresh Affairs for their floral arrangements. I set up for the cocktail hour and reception and left music playing, then headed over to set up for the ceremony at All Saints.
Meryl & Trevor did not want typical music for the ceremony and pre-ceremony, so I turned them onto The Vitamin String Quartet and Trevor fell in love with their classical interpretations of pop songs. The pre-ceremony music was classical covers of music by Panic! At The Disco & Metallica and soft rock like Adele and Lana Del Rey. The grandparents and parents entered to a classical version of “Wonderwall”, the wedding party to “Air On A G String” and the adorable flower girls to a classical version of “A Thousand Years”. Meryl entered to an instrumental of “Bittersweet Symphony”. During the ceremony they had written very heartfelt notes to each other and the minister read them aloud. Very, very touching! They made their exit to Jason Derulo’s “Marry Me” and went off to take pictures and the guests caught the Raleigh Trolley back to The Stockroom for the cocktail hour and I joined them shortly.
The cocktail hour was just getting started when I arrived and I played a mix of standards with a lot of Sinatra in memory of Meryl’s father. Meryl and Trevor arrived shortly and it was time to announce the wedding party. The parents entered to “Get Down On It”, the wedding party to “Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphy’s and our Bride & Groom to “The Rocky Theme”. Trevor has arms as big as my thighs (kinda not kidding)! They came to the back of the room where the dance floor was and had their first dance to “All Of Me” by John Legend. It was very touching to see Trevor singing it to her. Trevor’s father welcomed everyone and their friend “Big Boy Josh” said the blessing. He may have had bigger arms than Trevor. The buffet opened and I changed the playlist to soft rock and some current R&B.
After dinner we had a couple toasts and the cake cutting to “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and then Meryl went to clean all the cake off….oh Trevor!! I opened the floor with some beach & Motown that brought some older guests out and soon went into some current dance music that had younger guests join them. Meryl changed into a “dancing dress” and soon they were joining their friends on the dance floor to some current Hip-Hop and dance music.
We paused shortly to do the bouquet toss to Marilyn’s “Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend” and the garter toss to the “Mission Impossible” theme then back to dancing.
I had so much fun playing for them and meeting them prior to their wedding. I couldn’t be happier for them and the opportunity to play for them.
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.