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A Venue With Variety

bear lake wedding venue decorWhen first arriving at Bear Lake Reserve in Tuckasegee, NC, there’s a feeling of entering an entire new community. Clubhouses, amphitheaters, and even a lake… it’s definitely an inclusive experience. Sometimes with wedding locations like that, there’s a faint worry that when they do host a wedding, it somehow won’t seem “weddingy” enough. As though since weddings aren’t all they do, they won’t be able to throw a good one.

With Bear Lake, that is not the case. When we arrived, we were immediately impressed. The first thing you notice is how the architecture fits perfectly with the “mountain lakeside” aesthetic that’s prominent throughout the entire space. It really fits with the “lodge” theme. So if you’re looking for a wedding venue with that mountain vibe, look no further.

While Bear Lake looked awesome during the day when we arrived, night was when it truly shined. As the sun set, the outdoor lights illuminated the stone and wood exterior. That combined with so many stars made for a night none of us there will forget.

We hired Dow Oak on short notice (whoops) but luckily they were available and let me just say.. our DJ Bradley was incredible. He listened to our song requests and made the entire day so enjoyable. I am so glad we went with Dow Oak. Talk about a party!

The Big Day

bridesmaids with flowers and dressesThough we always appreciate a scenic mountain venue, we’re DJs. So for us, it really does all come down to the music. And as a running theme, the weddings we remember the most were the ones with the music we liked the best. It’s as simple as that. And there was definitely some very cool music going on with Kelsey and Grant’s ceremony and reception.

The ceremony and reception were both piano-based, which kicked everything off on a very classy note. With piano covers for the ceremony prelude and instrumental piano for the ceremony, it was definitely very cool.

Later in the day, we had some Queen for the introductions of the bridal party, and went from that into a first dance to a U2 song. And the last song of the night was a Queen reprise, which was an awesomely high-energy way to end the night.

Ultimately we had a great time DJing for Kelsey and Grant. The venue was super cool, they were very nice, and all the guests had a great time. And that’s the kind of wedding we shoot for. No surprises and everyone having a fun and memorable day. And to end on, we just want to say that we’re looking forward to the next time we get to take the trip out west to Bear Lake. We have a few more weddings currently booked there for the coming months, and we’re excited to go back. Really, we have nothing but good things to say about Bear Lake Reserve. Anyone looking into having a mountain wedding should look into booking it in Tuckasegee, North Carolina.



Vendor Team

Carolina Love Events

Max Cooper Photography

JQ Videography

Alice Townsend with Bear Lake Reserve

Taylor Mills with Taylored Blooms

Dow Oak Events



Final Thoughts


And as a final note, we just need to say… We absolutely love what we do. Being a part of the unique and personal ways couples celebrate is why we do it. And we loved being a part of this celebration. It’s always awesome to see how couples choose to celebrate.

In conclusion, we’ve learned that being a wedding DJ near Asheville isn’t just about playing the music. So we take our role seriously. Facilitating such a big day is a serious job! That’s why we always give every wedding or event our all.