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The Barn of Chapel Hill Wedding of Blair & Alex

Amazing Vendor Team:

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Florist: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Caterer: City BBQ

Hair and Make Up: Courtney Hughes (The Makeup Team of NC)

Dress Boutique: Alexia’s Bridal Boutique

Videographer: Morgan Scott Films

Planner: Vision Events

Cupcakes/Cake: Sweet Traditions – Wake Forest, NC

Officiant: Ed Sansbury with Triangle Custom Ceremonies

DJ: Eric Hodgden with All Around Raleigh DJ Company

 








The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve Wedding for Dale & Jake

Dale & Jake by Kivus and Camera at The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve All Around Raleigh DJ

 

Like many of our clients, Dale & Jake live out of state so we planned everything electronically.  We have so much experience with this now that the process is pretty well refined and everything went off without a hitch!  Working with a wonderful planner like Amy at Knots ‘n Such always helps a ton too.  Dale & Jake chose The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve for their wedding venue. This venue is BRAND NEW and STUNNING.  This was only the second event their but you wouldn’t have guessed it because the whole amazing staff was prepared for everything and ready to help at a moment’s notice.  The rain may have been relentless and cold but these clients and their guests were so good-spirited, fun and ready to celebrate that it didn’t even matter. They had a wonderful ceremony inside the larger wedding space and then everyone came next door to The Green Room to dance and celebrate the second half of the night.  Check out the very impressive photos below from Kivus and Camera!

To start their reception, we brought the bridal party in to “Fire and the Flood” by Vance Joy.  Their guests were excited, loud and clearly ready to rock!  The amazing dinner by Fresh.Local.Good Food Group followed and then immediately after that we did the cake cutting and toasts. After toasts (really fun toasts btw!), we all watched as Dale & Jake had their first dance to “Ocean’s Away” by Arizona which was followed by “Stand by Me” by Ben E King for the Mother/Daughter Dance and the Mother/Son Dance to “She’s Always a Woman’ by Billy Joel.”  Now, we should say that all wedding parent dances are special but the song Jake chose for his Mom’s dance was a surprise to her and she cried on her son’s shoulder for the whole dance….we had to look away! At first Dale and Jake were going to give us playlists for dancing but after some thought, they decided that wanted to give us complete freedom to choose the music. We do appreciate the trust y’all!  Turns out that we got to throw this amazing couple one of the most amazing parties ever with a packed dance floor for two solid hours which was capped off with the very fun ‘Inspector Norse’ by Todd Terje. From Jake’s review on Google: “He helped take the reception from good, past memorable, and made it all the way to legendary occasion amongst our friends.”   Thank you to Dale & Jake for reminding us why we love our job so much!

Here are Dale & Jake’s reviews of our DJ service:

“”When “Africa” by Toto started playing during the reception, I knew we had found the right D.J. Every song was perfect and perfectly timed, and Eric listened to all requests and read the room really well. He talked to everyone and was a great emcee for the toasts. We loved working with Eric and would recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone else who’s looking for a wedding D.J.!” – Dale (Read this review online)

“”I got this.” These were the words Eric gave us in an email the night before our wedding. Let me tell you, he wasn’t kidding. He was absolutely phenomenal in every way. He wasn’t just a part of the wedding, but a boon to the wedding. He he helped take the reception from good, past memorable, and made it all the way to legendary occasion amongst our friends. If you need a DJ for any situation, All Around Raleigh DJ will be the best you’ll get.” – Jake (Read this review online)

 

Check out Dale & Jake’s Wedding Vendors!

Venue: The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve

Coordinator and Florist: Knots ‘n Such

Photographer: Kivus and Camera

Caterer: Fresh.Local.Good Food Group

Linens: CE Rental

Wedding Cake and Desserts: Cuisine Lucette

Hair and Makeup:  Parlor Blow Dry Bar

Transportation:  White Horse Private Transportation

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31 Mother/Son Wedding Dance Songs

Courtesy of Caroline Scott Photography

 

One of our favorite moments at a wedding is when the parents finally get to dance with their children!  Here are 31 great picks for your 2018 Mother/Son dance at your wedding!  There are some unique and original, some slow and traditional, oldies, country and rock.  We are Raleigh’s most requested wedding DJ company!  Check these out on our Youtube page!

1.  Stand by Me – Ben E. King

2.  How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

3.  Letter to my Mother – Edwin McCain

4.  Thank You Mom – Good Charlotte

5.  My Mom – Tony Bennett

6.  You’ve Got A Friend In Me – James Taylor

7.  A Song For Mama – Boyz II Men

8.  God Only Knows – Beach Boys

9.  You Raise Me Up – Josh Grobin

10.  Through The Years – Kenny Rogers

11.  Up Where We Belong – Joe Cocker

12.  Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd 

13.  I Hope You Dance – LeAnn Womack

14.  I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

15.  Have I Told You Lately – Van Morrison

16.  What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong

17.  Here Comes The Sun – Beatles

18.  I Wish You Love – Natalie Cole

19.  Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

20.  Days Like This – Van Morrison

21.  Romeo and Juliet – Dire Staits

22.  I’ll Have To Say I Love You With A Song – Jim Croce

23.  Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding

24.  Like Jesus Does – Eric Church

25.  Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon & Garfunkel

26.  Blessed – Elton John

27.  Lovely Day – Bill Withers

28.  My Baby – Blake Shelton

29.  My Wish – Rascal Flatts

30.  Mama – BJ Thomas  

31.  Just Watch Your Mama and Me – Waylon Jennings

Wedding Ceremony Playlist Ideas

Wedding Ceremony Music Playlist

 

Do you still have a few blank spots on your wedding ceremony playlist? All Around Raleigh DJ is here to help! There are so many wonderful songs and wonderful covers of those songs both classical and contemporary. We hope you enjoy these songs and they inspire your wedding ceremony song list!

 

Stephanie & Daniel’s Train Station Wedding at 305 Trackside in Southern Pines, NC


We’re back with another amazing wedding that we got to DJ for!  It was all smiles at Stephanie & Daniel’s wedding at 305 Trackside and we’re so glad to have been able to provide the music for their day.  We’re too excited to share some of our favorite images of their wedding by Jennifer B Photography!

The night opened up with some light acoustic music for the cocktail hour which allowed everyone to catch up and have a few drinks as the newlyweds took photos with their bridal party and family.  We brought everyone in to the reception area and then introduced the parents and bridal party to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder but changed it up to, one of our favorites, “Come and Get Your Love” by Redbone to introduce the Bride & Groom. Stephanie’s Dad said a very nice welcome speech then Daniel’s Dad said a blessing to open up dinner. Dinner was served with Motown, oldies, light, upbeat, classic soul and jazz gave the occasion a timeless touch, allowing guests to share memories and enjoy the delicious cuisine from 39 West Catering.

After beautiful toasts from the Bride’s brother and then the Best Man, the newlyweds took the dance floor to share their first dance as a married couple to “Baby, I Need Your Loving” by The Four Tops.  Stephanie and her Dad then danced their Father/Daughter Dance to an instrumental version of “Perfect” by Ed Sheehan followed by the Mother/Son Dance to “Wonder of You” by Elvis . We opened up the dance floor with the Anniversary Dance and it was immediately clear that Stephanie and Daniel’s guests came to celebrate!  We happily obliged and had a really great night of dancing and celebrating this amazing couple.

Stephanie and Daniel designed their timeline to maximize time spent on the dance floor, and I’m really glad they did! Their friends and family kept dancing the entire time, all the way up to the last song of the evening, “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede. It was a fitting song to capture the mood of pure joy and celebration of this wonderful couple’s wedding. The night ended with a very fun sparkler exit. Congratulations and best wishes, Stephanie and Daniel!

Here is Stephanie & Daniel’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  305 Trackside

Photographer: Jennifer B. Photography

Coordinator: A Lovely Affair Weddings

Caterer: 39 West Catering

Wedding Cake Baker: C Cups Cupcakes 

Ceremony Musician: Winifred G Harpest 

Rentals: Ward Productions 

Florist: Specialties Events

Makeup: Sunshine Artistry

 

 

 

Gin & Perry’s Party Wedding at Belt Line Station in Durham, NC

Gin & Perry had the most amazing, blow-out, party wedding of their dreams at Belt Line Station!  This was one wild and fun wedding and we got to supply the playlist for a very memorable night.  Please check out the amazing work by Ariel Kaitlin Photography below.

To start their cocktail hour and set the tone, Gin & Perry wanted some 80’s music, blues and some great rock classics. We brought them into their reception to 24K Magic by Bruno Mars and it just about brought the venue down!  Gin & Perry chose ‘Let’s Stay Together’ by Al Green for their first dance as a married couple. The dinner playlist was a really fun playlist of James Taylor, Leon Bridges, Ray LaMontagne, Lauryn Hill, Michael Buble and more. When dinner was just about finished, Gin & Perry played The Shoe Game to throw even more fun into the night.  We opened up the dance floor after toasts and it was packed immediately and stayed that way all night long.  This was a really, really fun wedding and Gin & Perry had a lot of fun planning their day and we had a great time working with them.

Here is Gin & Perry’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  Belt Line Station

Photographer:  Ariel Kaitlin Photography

Florist:  Petal & Oak

Caterer:  Belt Line Station

Pies and Tarts Baker: Belt Line Station

 

Kelly & Steven’s Sweet Wedding at The Sutherland in Wake Forest, NC

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly & Steven had their wonderful, classic and fun wedding at The Sutherland wedding venue in Wake Forest, NC on a gorgeous summer day and we got to help make it a great day for them!  Please check out the amazing work by Carolyn Scott Photography below.

The couple’s wedding ceremony was on the beautiful and intimate front lawn of The Sutherland.  The cocktail hour was on the back patio and the reception was in the pavilion.  The ceremony music was acoustic covers of contemporary songs like ‘Latch’ and ‘Fast Car’.

To start their reception, we got their guests a little fired up and brought everyone in to the carriage house. Steven and Kelly are huge Game of Thrones fans so we played the intro to G.O.T. for their Grande Entrance and they had an absolute blast with it. Kelly & Steven chose ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ by Sleeping at Last (great cover!). The dinner playlist was classic, timeless music style similar to Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. Their dancing playlist included Pitbull, Sia, DJ Kool and other old-school hits, MGMT.  Along with the wonderful vendors below, we helped throw this amazing couple a great wedding reception full of dancing and laughter.  After a few hours, things got more and more fun and everyone really got into partying so at the very last minute the bride and groom chose to really close it out strong with ‘Shots!’ by LMFAO ft Lil Jon and the dance floor just about blew up!

Here is Kelly & Steven’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue:  The Sutherland

Photographer:  Carolyn Scott Photography

Florist:  Fresh Affairs

Wedding Cake:  Ashley Cakes

Caterer:  Rocky Top Catering

Hair and Makeup:  Makeup for Your Day

Lighting and Arbor:  Themeworks Creative

Rentals:  CE Rentals

 

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

 

Kelly and Steven at The Sutherland by Carolyn Scott Photography

Tiffany & Andy’s Stunning Wedding at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, NC

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Tiffany & Andy’s wedding at North Ridge Country Club was simply gorgeous and we’re so honored to be a part of it!  We worked with this couple for their wedding soundtrack had a great time with them and the amazing team of vendors that made this day incredible. This wedding was the perfect combination of style and fun. North Ridge Country Club lent its beautiful ballroom while the wedding couple brought their love of classic rock, modern pop and eclectic tunes. Their first dance was the perfect mix of elegance and light-hearted fun with “At Last” by Sundance Head. We always encourage couples to let their personal preferences shine through and dinner and cocktail hour are great times to pick songs and bands that are important to you but maybe aren’t designed for the dance floor. Tiffany and Andy didn’t disappoint and really set a great mood with their choices. After dinner, Tiffany’s brother-in-law treated everyone to some sing-a-longs at the grand piano that sits in the ballroom at North Ridge. This really got everyone loosened up and ready to dance and dance they did! We even got to play a short set of 80’s hair band rock!

Tiffany and Andy absolutely struck just the right balance between black-tie and laid-back that was right for them! It was a pleasure helping them celebrate with their friends and family and I wish them many more dances to come!

Here is Tiffany & Andy’s Amazing Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue: North Ridge Country Club

Photographer: Azul Photography

Florist:  Watered Garden Florist

Wedding Cake:  Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Wedding Ceremony Musicians:  Florian Music

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

Azul Photography – Tiffany & Andy’s Wedding at North Ridge Country Club

18 Cake Cutting Songs for Your Wedding Reception Music

Here are 18 great songs to pick from for your Cake Cutting at your wedding reception.  All Around Raleigh DJ Company is based in Raleigh, NC and we are Raleigh wedding DJ specialists!  We would love to hear from you if you have any thoughts on additional songs!  

1.  Sugar – Maroon 5

2.  Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band

3.  Sugar, Sugar – Archies

4.  Joy to the World – Three Dog Night

5.  I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher

6.  How Sweet It Is – James Taylor or Marvin Gaye

7.  Better Together – Jack Johnson

8.  Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard

9.  Love Makes the World Go ‘Round – Deon Jackson

10.  Sweetest Thing – U2

11.  Just One Look – Doris Troy

12.  Love Grows – Edison Lighthouse

13.  A Kiss To Build a Dream On – Louis Armstrong

14.  When I’m 64 – Beatles

15.  It Had to Be You – Harry Connick Jr.

16.  Love and Marriage (Married w/Children) – Sinatra

17.  Cut the Cake – Average White Band

18.  Honey Bee – Blake Shelton

101 Wedding First Dance Songs

 

Here are 101 first dance songs for your wedding reception…in no particular order.  Remember, every wedding is different and special.  These may not work for you but they should help get you closer!  Good luck! – All Around Raleigh DJ

 

1.  At Last – Etta James (Beyonce has an excellent version too)

2.  All My Life – K-Ci and JoJo

3.  Amazed – Lonestar

4.  Always – Atlantic Star

5.  All of Me – John Legend

6.  La La Means I Love You – Delfonics

7.  I Swear – All For One

8.  Marry Me – Train

9.  I Cross My Heart – George Straight

10.  Me & You – Kenny Chesney

11.  Amazed – Lonestar

12.  Keeper of the Stars – Tracy Byrd

13.  Angel – Aerosmith

14.  Then – Brad Paisley

15.  I Can Love You Like That – All For One

16.  That’s Where It’s At – Sam Cooke

17.  Make You Feel My Love – Adele (Garth Brooks too)

18.  I Do – Paul Brandt

19.  Kissing You – Des’ree

20.  I Choose You – Andy Grammer

21.  Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

22.  Never Let Go – Hanson

23.  You and Me – Dave Matthews Band

24.  Steady As We Go – Dave Matthews Band

25.  This Must Be the Place – The Talking Heads

26.  You’re My Best Friend – Queen

27.  Lucky – Colbie Cailat and Jason Mraz

28.  My Best Friend – Tim McGraw

29.  You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

30.  Keb’ Mo’ – One Friend

31.  Thank You – Led Zeppelin

32.  One – U2

33.  Stolen – Dashboard Confessional

34. La Vie En Rose – Louis Armstrong

35.  Love Song – Cure (311 too)

36.  Come Away With Me – Norah Jones

37.  Sweet and Low – Augustana

38.  I’ll Be – Edwin McCain

39.  You’re Just Too Good to Be True – Lauren Hill (Four Seasons too)

40.  Everything – Michael Buble

41.  Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

42.  Love and Happiness – Al Green

43.  Fade Into You – Mazzie Star

44.  Lovely Day – Bill Withers

45.  Just The Two Of Us – Grover Washington

46.  I Wanna Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler

47.  Rhythm of Love – Plain White T’s

48.  A Kiss To Build A Dream On – Louie Armstrong

49.  A Wink and a Smile – Harry Connick Jr.

50.  I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

51.  Unforgettable – Nat King Cole (With/Without Natalie Cole too)

52.  I Can Love You Like That – John Montgomery

53.  From This Moment On – Shania Twain

54.  Our Love Is Here To Stay – Harry Connick Jr.

55.  No Ordinary Love – Sade

56. When You Say Nothing At All – Allison Krauss

57.  As Time Goes By (A Kiss is Just a Kiss) – Michael Feinstein (Johnny Mathis too)

58.  Faithfully – Journey

59.  The Way You Look Tonight – Frank Sinatra

60.  Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

61.  I Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis (UB40 too)

62.  Someone Like You – Van Morrison

63.  Can’t Help Falling in Love – Haley Reinhart

64.  When a Man Loves a Woman – Otis Redding

65.  I Will – Dean Martin

66.  Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

67.  Better Together – Jack Johnson

68.  Feels Like Home To Me – Chantal Kreviasuk

69.  Like Red on a Rose – Alan Jackson

70.  Always and Forever – Heatwave

71.  Loving You Is All I Know – The Pretenders

72.  Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

73.  I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders

74.  Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper

75.  The Luckiest – Ben Folds

76.  Lost in this Moment – Big & Rich

77.  Wicked Games – Chris Isaac

78.  Breathe Me – Sia

79.  It Won’t Be Like This for Long – Darius Rucker

80.  Sunday Kind of Love – Etta James

81.  That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding

82.  You Are My First, My Last, My Everything – Barry White

83.  You Are My Special Angel – Bobby Helms

84.  Romeo and Juliet – Mark Knopfler

85.  Ingrid Michaelson – The Way I Am

86.  Forever and Ever Amen – Randy Travis

87.  For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder

88.  Eternal Flame – The Bangles

89.  You Are the Sunshine of my Life – Stevie Wonder

90.  I Only Have Eyes For You – The Flamingos

91.  In My Life – The Beatles

92.  I Will – Beatles

93.  I Just Want to Make Love to You – Etta James

94.  Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts

95.  Fly Me To the Moon – Frank Sinatra

96.  Save the Last Dance For Me – Drifters with Ben E. King

97.  Whatever It Is – Zac Brown Band

98.  L.O.V.E. – Nat King Cole

99.  Truly, Madly, Deeply – Savage Garden

100.  You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker

101.  Fields of Gold – Sting