Katherine and Tommy chose the historic wedding venue The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill for their reception on February 6th. It was a little chilly, but a beautiful day none the less. Their ceremony was held earlier in the afternoon at St Thomas More Church, giving photographer Warren McCormack time to get some pics and guests a little break before heading over to the Inn for cocktails, dinner and dancing.
The Wedding Cocktail Hour & Dinner
The cocktail hour was held outside the Old Well Room and I had a mix of standards playing. The doors to the ballroom opened towards the end of the cocktail hour and the 120 guests found their seats. The black and white room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Tre Bella! I lined the wedding party up with help from the Inn’s Kristen (Fav).
The wedding party entered to Harry Connick’s instrumental version of “It Had To Be You”. Katherine and Tommy came in to maybe the loudest welcome I have heard and right to the floor for their first dance to Louis Armstrong’s version of “La Vie En Rose”. I love his version! After that the guests took their seats and Katherine danced with her father to “I Loved Her First”. Tommy escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World”. Katherine’s father then welcomed everyone and Monsignor Clay blessed the meal. The food stations opened in the next room and I played a mix of soft rock, standards and classic soul during dinner.
After dinner we had a hilarious toast by the best man and very sweet toast by the Maid Of Honor, then the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. I invited the married guests to the floor to share a “longest married couple” dance with Katherine and Tommy to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra with the winners at 47 years married! After that some Motown, line dances, 80’s and current top 40 filled the floor for the next 2 ½ hours.
Before ending the night, we had a bouquet toss to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and finally a huge sing a long circle to “Sweet Carolina” and “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. Guests made their way to the front lobby for the glowstick exit and grabbed delicious Duck Donuts as a parting favor. What a fun night and one of the sweetest couples I have played for. Thank you Katherine and Tommy and congratulations!