Casey and Michael chose Durham’s Duke Gardens for both ceremony and reception on a picture perfect October 24th afternoon and evening. Their ceremony was held in the back amphitheater that overlooked a small pond. It is so beautiful there! I did not provide music or mics, but was still there to see it. After the ceremony guests made their way to the back patio for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres where I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing.
After the cocktail hour guests made their way inside for dinner and dancing with help from Sally & Kathy from Sally Oakley Weddings & Events (who I was thrilled I got to work with for the 3rd week in a row!). The guests were seated and it was time to announce the wedding party. I introduced them to “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris and each couple or trio had their own special funny dance in. Casey & Mike entered to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and came right to the dance floor for their dance to “You Are The Best thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Casey’s father then welcomed everyone and the buffet opened. During dinner I continued the same mix as cocktails.
After dinner we had several toasts and the Yellowbird Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye. There were 4 cakes and I had to try the chocolate. OMG!! Delicious! Casey then made her way back to the floor for her dance with her father to “Unforgettable” and Mike escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “In My Life” by The Beatles. I invited all the married couples to join Casey & Mike on the floor for an anniversary dance to The Way You Look Tonight’ with the winner at 61 years married. I opened the floor with Motown after that and it filled, I mean FILLED for the next 2 hours to oldies, top 40, Casey’s mom’s request for “Watch Me Nae Nae”, sing a long’s and some 80’s & 90’s. It was great seeing all ages having the time of their lives together having a twist contest (that It think Casey’s father won), Danny’s dance to “Gold Digger”, a huge line dance to “Cotton Eyed Joe” for the Orioles fans and sing a long to “Sweet Caroline” for the Red Sox fans.
We ended the night with “Wagon Wheel” and finally “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers and then a bubble exit. What an awesome group to DJ for. I can’t wait to see the pics from Cole Gorman from Blest Studios!