Joe and Emily had both their ceremony and reception at Delightful Inspirations (http://www NULL.delightfulinspirations NULL.net) here in Raleigh, NC. They have a beautiful space out back where the ceremony took place, and the weather was actually amazing. I was handling the microphones and the music for this part of the day as well. The ceremony, officiated by Jay Bowers, was perfect and my favorite part was the recessional to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” by Stevie Wonder. They both looked so happy coming down that aisle! Afterwards, the guests made their way inside for the reception and the air conditioning!
Drinks and food were flowing as I played my “cocktail” mix and waited for the bridal party to arrive. Once they did, I went out and lined everyone up. They were ready to get into the room and start the party! I cranked up AC/DC’s “Rock N Roll Train” and did all of the intros and got a huge roar when I finally introduced Emily & Joe Giguere! They went right into their first dance “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes (a great song). Emily and her dad danced next to “When My Little Girl is Smiling” by The Drifters, and finally, Joe and his mom danced to “When You Say Nothing at All” by Allison Krauss. Before the late lunch/dinner, Jay Bowers came up and gave a lovely blessing and then the incredible buffets opened. The food looked fantastic, and the guests seemed to enjoy it. As the plates started clearing, the parents of the bride (actually great folks from my hometown of Wilson, NC) came up next and gave a quick toast and then Emily and Joe turned to the cake cutting. Finally, it was my turn to get these guests up and dancing, and from song number one, it was ON! Now, let me tell you, sometimes daytime weddings are a struggle, but not this one! These folks came to have a good time, and for almost two hours straight they danced hard! At the very end, we played “Gone Gone Gone” by Phillip Phillips and then made two lines inside to send off Joe and Emily the right way! What a great wedding! Congrats! I hope to get some photos soon from Rebecca at Red Fern Photography (http://www NULL.redfernphotographync NULL.com) to add here.
On Saturday, I came back from Kinston where I did a great rehearsal dinner after-party for Kent and Stacy. The restaurant where it took place was called The Chef and Farmer, and the food looked amazing…I wish I had eaten there instead of Hardee’s in the parking lot of my hotel! Oh well…
Ashely and Aaron’s reception took place at the beautiful Contemporary Art Museum (http://camraleigh NULL.org) (CAM) here in Raleigh. The venue is really unique, and a great place for a party. The guests arrived at 6:00pm for cocktails on the upper level of the museum. I ran a speaker up to the top for this part of the event. Shortly past 7:00, the bridal party was ready to be introduced. Each couple came in to a different song, which was hilarious! The best was “Drink” by Lil Jon where that bridesmaid and groomsman took shots when they were intro’d! Hilarious! Finally, Ashley and Aaron made their way up from the bottom floor to the sounds of “I Gotta Feeling” and the place erupted with applause! They went right into their first dance “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison. After that, they both welcomed the crowd and thanked them for coming. As they ended, the food stations by Posh Nosh Catering (http://www NULL.poshnoshcatering NULL.info) opened up.
Later, the bride’s sister and the best man gave great toasts. As the toasts ended, it was time for Aaron to dance with his mom to “What a Wonderful World” and then Ashley danced with four very important men in her life to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. We danced a while after that, but then stopped again for the cake cutting. We got more dancing in and then took one last break for the bouquet and garter toss. After that, it was all dance party until around 10:45. We sent the newlyweds off with a huge sparkler exit. What a great reception!