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The Barn of Chapel Hill Bridal Bash Open House

We were invited to come out for the first time and be a part of an amazing night at The Barn of Chapel Hill and it was so much fun! We were invited out by the pros at Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events who threw a wonderful open house Bridal Bash and really nailed it with all of the small details.  We joined a stellar wedding vendor team and treated the brides and grooms to be to a fun night of music, food, champagne, great lighting and even a little dancing!  The Barn of Chapel Hill is one gorgeous and unique wedding venue.  If you have not had the chance to visit yet then you need to make it out for a tour.

The good folks running the show let us have a little fun and show off our uplighting which we were very happy to do.  Take a look below to see how we painted the outside and inside of the barn in multiple different colors to wow the guests pulling up.

Check out the vendor team that helped make it special!

Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill

Coordinator: Magnolia Grove Weddings and Events

Photographer: Six Foot Photography

Caterer: Scarborough Fare Catering

Sorbet Dessert: Sweet Water Ices

Specialty Gifts: Shelby Dillon

Photo Booth: Snap It Photo Booth

Lighting Design: All Around Raleigh DJ


 

 

Carrie & Albert’s All-Smiles Wedding at The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, NC

We met Carrie & Albert for the first time over bagels and coffees and we immediately understood how amazing this couple was! They were both highly educated, deeply caring and very genuinely nice people which may help explain why we love our job so much. We got to work an amazing team of wedding vendors but most of our interactions were with Leah from C&D Events. Leah really made our job easier with so many moving parts and the ceremony “off the grid” down in the trees. The Barn at Valhalla is one of the unique wedding venues in the area and has an amazing story which is exactly why Carrie & Albert chose it to host their wedding guests.  Check out the photos below from Annie Watts Photography!

For the ceremony, Carrie chose  ‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power for her entrance song and they chose the Star Wars Throne Room song as their recessional.  Albert’s Dad was the officiant which always makes a ceremony a little more sentimental.

The cocktail hour music was provided by a jazz quartet of students at the University of North Carolina  and they were so much fun and really sounded great.  We took over and brought the bridal party in to “You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher” by Jackie Wilson then we dropped that out and announced the newlyweds to their first dance song ‘La Vie En Rose’ by Louis Armstrong.  The Father & Daughter Dance and then the Mother & Son dance were followed by a very warm and special welcome by Carrie & Albert.  Dinner was a combination of upbeat contemporary, wedding dinner classics and jazz.  The Matron of Honor and Best Man brought down the house with two short but amazing toasts and then we were off and dancing!  Everyone was so genuinely happy and fun that it really made for a fun and memorable night for us and for everyone else involved too. You’re really going to enjoy the photos from Annie Watts Photography below. Thank you Albert & Carrie for letting us be a part of your wedding day!

 

Check out Carrie & Albert’s Wedding Vendors!

Venue: The Barn at Valhalla

Coordinator: C & D Events

Photographer: Annie Watts Photography

Caterer: Neomonde Mediterranean

Linens: CE Rental

Wedding Cake and Cupcakes: Bella Cupcakes

Hair and Makeup: Radiant NC

25 Best Shag and Beach Music Songs for your Wedding Reception Party

Katrina & Kalep by Sarah Morrel Photography at The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Katrina & Kalep by Sarah Morrel Photography at The Cloth Mill at Eno River

Let’s admit it, not everyone at the wedding is going to want hip-hop so here is a list of great shag and beach music songs specifically for your 2018 wedding reception but they are good anytime!  We should know because this area is known for the best shag/beach songs in the country.  Beach music is a lot of fun and some really good dancing music!

The All Around Raleigh DJ Company is based in Raleigh, NC and specializes in DJ’ing for weddings, private parties, corporate events, bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs, pool parties and any other event where you need great music!

1. Carolina Girls – General Johnson

2. With this Ring – Platters

3. I Love Beach Music – Embers

4. My Girl – Temptations

5. Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward

6. Under the Boardwalk – Drifters

7. Miss Grace – Tymes

8. Summertime is Calling Me – Catalinas

9. Myrtle Beach Days – Fantastic Shakers

10. What You Do To Me – Embers

11. Shama Lama Ding Dong – Otis Day and the Knights

12. 39-21-46 – Showmen

13. Stay – Maurice Williams

14. Cool Me Out – LaMont Dozier

15. Lady Soul – Temptations

16.  Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard – Alabama

17.  Ocean Boulevard – Band of Oz

18.  My Guy – Mary Wells

19.  You’re More Than a Number in My Little Red Book – Drifters

20. Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy – Tams

21. Just a Gigolo – Louis Prima

22. She Used to be my Girl – O’Jays

23. Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations

24. Girl Watcher – O’Kaysions

25. Some Kind of Wonderful – The Band of Oz

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 & Patrick’s Hip Hop Wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC

 

It was all smiles at Stephanie & Patrick’s wedding at Bay 7 in Durham, NC and we’re so glad to have been able to provide the DJ service, lighting and photo booth on their wedding day.  We’re also super pumped to share some images from one of our all-time favorite wedding photographers of their wedding by Connections Photography!

Their reception started off with the new couple and their very dapper wedding party walking in to the beautiful Bay 7 ballroom at the American Tobacco Campus with House of Pain’s “Jump Around” setting the perfect mood for the PARTY to come. The newlyweds took the dance floor to share their first dance as a married couple to “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds which is a fabulous song for a first dance.

The amazing dinner by the highly acclaimed Angus Barn was served and the Empty Pockets Band took over with their amazing performance.  Stephanie & Patrick really wanted to hit it hard after dinner so the band took the rest of the night off!

After some very special and entertaining toasts by Stephanie’s sisters and Patrick’s Father, Patrick invited his Step-Mom out for a really touching dance to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. Then Stephanie and her father shared the dance floor to “Pintame” by Elvis Crespo which was a lot of fun and transitioned into a dance with the groom and is Mom to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts.  We broke open the dance floor with “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire but quickly transitioned to a ton of great hip-hop by Nelly, Young Joc, Fetty Wap, French Montana, Lil’ Wayne, Petey Pablo, Flo Rida, Lil Jon and a whole bunch more.  It was an intense and crazy dance floor especially with the uplights going hard to turn Bay 7 into a night club for the night!

Patrick and Stephanie 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, “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. It was a fitting song to capture the mood of pure joy and celebration of this wedding. Congratulations and best wishes go out to Stephanie and Patrick!

Check out Stephanie & Patrick’s Professional Wedding Vendor Team!

Venue: Bay 7 at American Tobacco Campus 

Coordinator: The Angus Barn

Photographer: Connections Photography

Caterer: The Angus Barn

Wedding Cake Baker: Cakes by Chloe

Photo Booth: All Around Raleigh DJ

Florist: Teacup Floral

Band for Cocktail Hour: Empty Pockets Band

Videographer: AK Focus – Andrew Kennedy Cinematography

Makeup: n/a

Wedding Lighting: All Around Raleigh DJ

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

 

 

 

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

Megan & Charlie’s Classic Wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

The lovely couple of Megan & Charlie (and their precious daughter) were so wonderful to work with!  C’mon how awesome are these photos from L’amour Foto?!  This truly beautiful spring wedding was so amazing to be a part of.  You can see so much emotion on their faces.  This wedding was full of family first moments that they will never forget and neither will we.  Make sure you check out the wonderful team that helped us put it all together.

Venue: The Cotton Room

Catering: Triangle Catering

Photographer: L’amour Foto

Cake: Cinda’s Creative Cakes

Hair: The Sky Parlor Salon

Florist: Artfully Arranged

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto



Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

Megan & Charlie's Wedding by L'Amour Foto

Megan & Charlie’s Wedding by L’amour Foto

 

Laura & Blair’s Wedding at The Cotton Room in Durham, NC

Photo by Connection Photography www.connectionphoto.com

Today we’re taking a look back at Laura & Blair classic southern fall wedding sprinkled with gold magnolia leaves.  This couple let their unique style come through in every little detail on their wedding day and everything came together amazingly. Laura and her team of bridesmaids made the gold magnolia backdrop for their wedding ceremony.  The groom is a musician and Laura’s entrance song was his own version of Canon in D…wow!  Make sure you scroll through all of the photos below because it got a little out of control when I called Laura and Blair up and let them take over the turntables!

“Thank you to these amazing wedding vendors for helping us make Laura and Blair’s wedding day perfect!”

 Venue: The Cotton Room is a true Durham original with exposed brick, lots of sunlight and wood floors but what truly makes this venue top-notch is the incredible staff.

Photography: Joseph and Andrea at Connection Photography were absolutely amazing to work with again!  Check out their beautiful and artistic style in the photos below.

 Florist: Only Tre Bella could capture the bride and groom’s exact style in flowers.  We are lucky to work with Tre Bella a lot and they always impress.

Wedding Cake: Miel Bon Bons artistically captured Laura and Blair truly unique style with the delicious and beautiful wedding cake.

Catering: Triangle Catering provided an amazing in-house experience worthy of the amazing day.

Laura & Blair Wedding’s Timeline/Planner

The Cotton Room, Durham, NC

 4 pm – All Around Raleigh DJ set up and playing music

4:30 – Ceremony Begins

  • Prelude music is solo classical (Chopin-Waltz in A flat Major, Liszt-Love Dream, Bach-Cello Suite 1, etc)
  • Pre-processional (family) song is ‘Clair de Lune’ by Debussy
  • Processional (bridal party and bride) song is ‘Canon in D’ performed by the groom
  • Recessional song is ‘You Are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne

4:50 – 5:50 – Cocktail Hour

5:55 – Grande Entrance

  • Mr & Mrs Blair & Laura!!

6:00 – Dinner Begins

  • Welcome by Andrea’s Father Ron

7:00 – Toasts

  • Best Man and Maid of Honor

7:15 – First Dance

  • Song is personalized version of ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’

7:20 – Father/Daughter

  • Song is ‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac
  • Ron and Laura

7:25 – Mother/Son Dance

  • Song is ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ by Frank Sinatra
  • Blair and Elizabeth

7:30 – Open Dancing

8:00 – Cake Cutting

  • Song is ‘Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie’ by Jay and the Techniques

8:05 – Party Time!!

10:00 – Expected end of Laura and Blair’s Wedding Spectacular

 

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