James & Lauren’s Wedding At The Umstead
I was honored to be James & Lauren’s wedding DJ at one of my favorite venues, The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC on June 17th, 2017. James is in the Army as were some guests and groomsmen.
The Wedding Ceremony
Their ceremony was held in the picturesque back lawn of The Umstead with music provided by Arioso Strings that always do an amazing job! After a short ceremony, the 140 guests made their way to the reception area. Cocktail, passed hors d’oeuvres and music again by Arioso Strings welcomed them. After pics were taken by Cara from F8 Photo Studios, the doors to the ballroom opened and guests found their seats with help from The Umstead’s Amanda and A Southern Soiree’s Alyssa.. The room looked & smelled amazing with floral arrangements by Tre Bella!
I introduced the wedding party to “Downtown” by Macklemore and Lauren & James came in to loud applause. They took their seats and Lauren’s Father welcomed everyone followed by a blessing by her Godfather. The 3 course meal came out and I had a mix of rock, classic soul, country & standards playing. After each course we had a different toast that made the time fly by. After all the toasts and a thank you from James & Lauren, we had the Cinda’s Cake cutting to “Lucky”. They made their way to the dance floor for their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis and then the parents dances. Lauren danced with her Father to “Father & Daughter” by Paul Simon & James & his Mother to “Sweet Baby James”.
I opened the floor to everyone with motown that filled it instantly. I cleared the floor for a flash mob dance to “Uptown Funk” that her Aunt started. It was so fun and really set the tone for how fun this reception was going to be! The floor stayed packed after that for the rest of the night. I think I even saw a few sets of feet in the air from the dance floor at a couple points toward the end of the night.
We paused for the bouquet toss to “Love On Top” and garter toss to “Fat Bottom Girls”. Some classic rock sing a longs ended the night with the last song of “Rosalita” by Bruce Springsteen. Thank you so much Lauren, James, Amanda & Alyssa. I had a blast and loved every minute of the reception! AND, thank you James and other military for your service to our country!!!!