Michelle and Eric chose Chapel Hill’s beautiful Carolina Inn for both wedding ceremony and reception on December 16th. I was thrilled to be there for both!
When they told me the wanted lots of swing music, I knew I was going to LOVE being their DJ! The ceremony was held in the courtyard behind the main lobby. They had a heated tent to keep everyone warm and I was set up in there. I ran mics for their minister (Michelle’s Uncle), Eric and a reader as well as all the music. As the 120 guests arrived I had a mix of classical pop songs playing. Her Uncle entered and asked everyone to silence their phones and the ceremony was under way. Their Mother’s entered to an instrumental of “Perfect” and the wedding party to an instrumental of Ingrid Michaelson’s cover of “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. Michelle and her Father entered to “Canon In D”. After the service that included a reading and hand-written vows, they recessed to “Joy To The World”. Planner Betsy from McLean Events ushered everyone to hallway outside the Old Well Room for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres.
During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards and swing playing. After pics were taken by Michelle’s cousin/photographer Kenzie from Hart Films, the doors to the ballroom opened and I went to line the wedding party up with help from Betsy. I introduced them to “Crazy In Love” and Michelle and Eric came in for their first dance to “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole. One of my favorite songs ever! After that I opened the floor to everyone with “Runaround Sue”, “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” that filled it for 20 min or so before we broke for dinner. Her Father welcomed everyone, her Uncle blessed the meal and the salads and entrees came out. During dinner I played more standards and swing.
After dinner we had lots of toasts and the cake cutting to “Sugar” by Maroon 5. She joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “Isn’t She Lovely”. Eric escorted his Mother to the floor next for their dance to “How Sweet It Is”. I opened the floor to every again with some 70’s and 80’s that filled it. We paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and an anniversary dance to “Always and Forever” by Luther Vandross. This was so special because it was her parents wedding song! Back to dancing until the end of the night to more 80’s sing a longs and some 2000’s hits.
We ended the night with “Save The Last Dance” by The Drifters. I invited everyone outside for a sparkler exit and when the room as empty, Michelle and Eric had one more intimate private dance to “Better Together”. I love when couples do this so much!!
Thank you Michelle, Eric, Betsy and Kristen!! I LOVED playing this wedding!!
Photos courtesy of Hart Films