Black Balsam Mountaintop Elopement Inspiration

We spent a beautiful day wandering the forests and mountaintops of Pisgah National Forest and the result was pure magic.

Black Balsam Knob is just a skip and hop off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, North Carolina. It is known by locals as one of the most beautiful spots in the area for a sunset mountaintop elopement. Our location at Black Balsam Knob involved an approximately 3 mile hike roundtrip.

Photographer: Elizabeth Ladean

Planning & Coordination: Kat Warner & Elizabeth Ladean

Live Acoustic Musician: Ben Warner

Florals: Fern and Flora Studios

Awards of 2019

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Thank you so much to each and every one of our incredible couples for sharing so many beautiful moments in your lives with us! Thank you for sharing your stories, passions, and visions with us. Thank you for trusting us to help bring those visions for your music, lighting, and productions to life!

Thank you so much to our incredible community of musicians for sharing your pure genius throughout the year!

Thank you so much to our beautiful community of friendors for your camaraderie, dedication, spirit, and awe inspiring skills!

We are so incredibly honored and grateful! Thank you to the moon & back!

benjamin t warner dj & musician won couple’s choice awards from wedding wire in 2019

We did three very special happy dances this year when we received the three very special awards above. A huge thank you to Junebug Weddings, The Knot, and WeddingWire!

Acoustic Wedding Songs Ideas 

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Picking out songs for key moments in your wedding celebration can be a daunting task. You have seemingly endless choices and you want your songs to be authentic, meaningful, and just right. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that we are asked for recommendations almost every week.

As a result we have created an inspirational list of acoustic wedding songs, all of which we have performed in the last few years. We hope it inspires you and helps you find your perfect songs!



Yours - Russell Dickerson

The Story - Brandi Carlile

Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton

More of You - Chris Stapleton

Love Story - Taylor Swift

Yellow - Coldplay

I Choose You - Sara Bareilles

Perfect - Ed Sheeran

Thinking Out Loud - Ed Sheeran

Photograph - Ed Sheeran

A Thousand Years - Christina Perri

Better Together - Jack Johnson

Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson

Marry Me - Train

Marry You - Bruno Mars

I Do - Colbie Caillat

Lovesong - The Cure

All of Me - John Legend

Today - Smashing Pumpkins

You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne

Hold You in My Arms – Ray LaMontagne

Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan  (Adele)

Home - Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes

I Will Follow You Into the Dark - Deathcab for Cutie

First Day of My Life - Bright Eyes

When the Right One Comes Along - Striking Matches

Ho Hey - Lumineers

Everything - Michael Buble

1,2,3,4 - Plain White Ts

Darlin’ - Dave Barnes

When the Right One Comes Along - Striking Matches

The Luckiest - Ben Folds

Everything – Michael Bublé

Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer



Oldies (1930 - 1999)

Can’t Help Falling in Love - Weiss/Creatore/Peretti (Elvis)

Your Song - Elton John

Fly Me to the Moon (Howard) - Frank Sinatra

My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart) - Frank Sinatra

The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern) - Frank Sinatra

This Must Be the Place - Talking Heads

Ripple - Grateful Dead

Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead

Wonderful Tonight - Clapton

Wedding Song (There is Love) - Peter, Paul & Mary

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Garland

Dancing in the Moonlight - King Harvest

Ashokan Farewell - Ungar

We Are the Champions - QUEEN

Somebody to Love - QUEEN

Grow Old With Me - John Lennon

Close to You - Bacharach (Carpenters)

The Girl From Ipanema - Antonio Carlos Jobim

Unchained Melody - North/Haret (Righteous Brothers)

Don’t Stop Believin - Journey

Friday I’m in Love - The Cure

Stand by Me - Ben E King

The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra

La Vie en Rose - Louis Armstrong (Edith Piaf)

Light My Fire - The Doors

How Sweet it is to be Loved By You - Marvin Gaye

500 Miles – Proclaimers

Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac






I Will

Octopus's Garden

I’ve Just Seen a Face

Here Comes the Sun

In My Life

Penny Lane

All You Need Is Love

I Want to Hold Your Hand

Free as a Bird

I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party

When I’m Sixty-Four




Lullaby - Dixie Chicks

Walk Through This World With Me - George Jones

My Heart Skips a Beat - Buck Owens

Walk the Line - Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash

You Are My Sunshine - Traditional

The Lucky One - Alison Krauss & Union Station

Danny Boy - Irish Traditional

In Spite of Ourselves – John Prine, Iris DeMent



Classical & Traditional

Canon in D - Pachelbel

Air On a G String - JS Bach

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - JS Bach

Wedding March - Mendelssohn

Ave Maria - Schubert

Ave Maria J.S. Bach

Bridal Chorus - Wagner

Ode to Joy - Beethoven

Trumpet Voluntary - J Clarke

Good Good Father - Chris Tomlin

How Great thou Art - Traditional

Let there Be Peace on Earth - Traditional

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We are also always happy to learn songs beyond this list for your celebration!

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Song Ideas for Parent Dances

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Parents Dance Song Ideas

Choosing a song for a Parent Dance can be surprisingly difficult. We have therefore compiled some of our favorite Parent Dance Song Ideas.

Mom - Meghan Trainor

Dance like Yo Daddy - Meghan Trainor

Butterfly Kisses - Bob Carlisle

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

My Wish - Rascal Flatts

Cinderella - Steven Curtis Chapman

Isn’t She Lovely - Stevie Wonder

I Loved Her First - Heartland

My Little Girl - Tim McGraw

Then They Do - Trace Adkins

Father and Daughter - Paul Simon

Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland

Everything - Michael Buble

Don’t Blink - Kenny Chesney

You've Got a Friend - James Taylor

In My Mother's Eyes - Willie Nelson

I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

You’ll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins

Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw

Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd

We hope these Parent Song Ideas are helpful and cannot wait to hear what you will choose!

Photography by Amanda Sutton Photography

Beautiful photo of the Father of the Bride fighting tears during the Father Daughter Dance at Chestnut Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina, Music played by Benjamin T Warner DJ & Musician, Photography by Amanda Sutton Photography
Father of the Bride and Bride hugging just after their Father Daughter Dance at Chestnut Ridge in Asheville, North Carolina, Music played by Benjamin T Warner DJ & Musician, Photography by Amanda Sutton Photography

How to Find Your Ideal Wedding DJ

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What to Look for in a Wedding DJ

Your event is a unique expression of you. Your music selections and celebration style are sure to be just as unique. Music can make or break a party, and weddings are no exception.

1. Style

Finding the best DJ for your event begins by finding the person who best matches your personal style and vision for the event. Picking the right sound and mix of entertainment for your event will not only help set the tone but also ensure that your guests have a night to remember. When you contact your DJ, be thinking about what type of music you like and what kind of experience you want your guests to have. 

2. Professionalism

Two additional aspects that are important to keep in mind are professionalism and passion. Find someone who loves their work and that passion is sure to show through to the dance floor. It is also crucial to hire a DJ that is personable, reliable, punctual, has excellent communication skills, and a system to handle potential emergencies. 

3. Experience

Another crucial element is experience. Years of wedding experience will equip your DJ with the ability to seamlessly direct the party throughout the evening with customized music and non-cheesy MC skills. It will also allow them to efficiently and gracefully address sudden weather emergencies and last minute changes in plans. In addition to the years, finding a DJ who has experience as a sound engineer, lighting designer, musician, or even in standup will add greatly to their service and your experience.

4. Equipment

Last but certainly not least is the quality, quantity, and variety of equipment. Whether you are expecting 50 or 500 guests, have 1 or 10 locations on the big day, or if there is power available at each location - there is equipment available to meet your needs. If you are a very visual person, you may also want to ask about custom designs for the DJ booth, dance floor, lighting, and more. With the right equipment and customization, your day can look as good as it sounds. 


Photography by Lauren Bender Photography

Wedding Timeline Ideas

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The Ultimate Wedding Day Timelines

Are you hoping for a really fun and (mostly) stress-free wedding day? Creating a wedding day timeline can be a big help for making your day run smoothly. That is why we are happy to present three Wedding Timeline Ideas that we have seen make for an amazing reception and event!


Newlywed couple during their first dance

Option 1: First Dance First

Just after your Grand Entrance, continue that note of joy & excitement while all eyes are on you and begin your First Dance.


Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party

Welcome/First Dance



Cake Cutting

Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night


Newlywed Couple making their grand enterance at their reception

Option 2: Say Hello & Thank You!

While your guests are still completely focused on you both after the grand entrance, use the moment to say a few words of welcome.


Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party




Cake Cutting

First Dance

Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night


Beautiful wedding cake

Option 3: Have Your Cake & Eat It Too!

Let your guests enjoy the sweetness of your cake cutting and your delicious cake immediately after dinner. By doing your cake cutting before dinner, you will allow your servers the time needed to cut the remaining cake while dinner is enjoyed.


Cocktail Hour/Brief Photo Session (30-45min)

Grand Entrance of Bride/Groom + Wedding Party

Welcome/First Dance

Cake Cutting



Parents Dances

Open Dancing (30min)

Bouquet Toss

Open Dancing til End of Night


We hope this gives you a good starting point and takes even just a little bit of the stress away. There are endless possibilities for your timeline and what you choose to include in it. We hope you have an amazing time planning with your finance and whole vendor team!


Photography by Stephanie Nachtrab Photography