Hollis and Rolondo chose Chapel Hill’s Historic Carolina Inn for their wedding ceremony and reception. Although it was a little hectic when I got there during a home UNC Football game and raining outside, the Kristen and the staff were working hard to make sure everything ran perfectly!
The Wedding Ceremony
Their ceremony was moved inside due to rain with music provided by Arioso Strings. As usual, they did an amazing job. After the ceremony that included the vows in English and Spanish, planner Kelley Ann from A Southern Soiree invited guests to the hallway for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. Photographer Caroline Lima took Hollis, Rolo and the wedding party away for some pics. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of classical and standards playing. After pics were taken, the doors to the ballroom opened and I invited the 80 guests to their seats.
The First Dance
I introduced the wedding party to “One More Time” by Daft Punk and Hollis and Rolo to “Boogie Wonderland”. They came to the dance floor and had their first dance to “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. Hollis’ Father welcomed everyone and the appetizers and salads came out before the buffet opened. During dinner I played a mix of standards and 80’s love songs.
After dinner we had the Simply Cakes cutting to “Over The Rainbow” by IZ followed by the toasts. Hollis danced with her Father to “Have I Told You Lately” by Van Morrison and Rolo and his Mother to a Spanish cover of “Mama” originally by Il Divo. UNC’s mascot Ramesey arrived during the parent’s dances and even joined in!! So great!! I invited the married couples to join them for an anniversary dance with the winners married 49 years.
I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown, top 40 and Latin music that filled if for the next 3 hours. Guests danced to top 40, Latin, lots of 80’s, some disco and oldies as well as got some funny pics at the Raleigh Photobooth Fun. We ended the night with some sings a longs and finally Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” before a sparkler exit. What a fun night and amazing group to play for! Thank you Hollis, Rolo, Kelley Ann and Caroline!!
Photo Courtesy of Caroline Lima Photography