Kyndal and Isaac’s reception took place at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy, NC on a Saturday that ended up coinciding with a blizzard that buried much of the East Coast in snow and ice. Anyone from North Carolina knows that the threat of snow alone makes traveling difficult. When there is actually significant precipitation, the roadways grind to a halt. Luckily, the ladies at Rebbeca Rose Events, being the amazing planners that they are, proactively scouted out a nice hotel near the venue that they recommended for any vendors that wanted to head into town ahead of the storm. I did just that and made the trek from Charlotte to Mount Airy on Thursday night.
It wasn’t too bad being snowed-in in Mayberry. I took the downtime to check the 2015 year-end music charts, update playlists, and sustained myself on mixed nuts, complimentary breakfast waffles, and a few too many Otis Spunkmeyer cookies (shout out to the Hampton Inn). I emerged from the hotel midday Saturday to make my way to the venue in at least 6’’ of snow. The NC DOT had done a great job scraping the main road that got me almost there. The side road was a little trickier, but had gorgeous views of rolling, snow covered hills. I slid my way to the country club with plenty of time to watch some kids sledding on an awesome hill by the golf course before getting all of my gear set-up.
Now to the event: Even with the snowy conditions, 100+ guests made it out to celebrate with the newlyweds. I played standards and classic R&B as guests arrived for passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Shortly after all of the guests had arrived, I had them join me in welcoming “Mr and Mrs. Isaac Draughn,” who entered to “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by the great Stevie Wonder. The two immediately made their way to the dance floor for their first dance which began as a slow dance to “Come Live With Me” by Ray Charles and transitioned into the uptempo “With This Ring” by The Platters. After the applause died down, Kyndal danced with her brothers, Ty and Trey, to Van Morrison’s version of “Have I Told You Lately.” Isaac danced with his mother to a mix of Carole King’s “Child of Mine” and “Loves Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon. Isaac then welcomed everyone and thanked them for braving the conditions. After a blessing by a friend of the family, dinner was served and I got back into the standards and classic R&B.
As dinner was winding down, we opened the dance floor with “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison and continued with beach music as guests made their way to the dance floor to shag. Kyndal had stressed her love for oldies and beach music, which was confirmed throughout the night by Isaac and other guests. The couple had requested some great songs and I was able to play a mix of Motown, disco, funk, 80’s pop, classic rock, country, as well as some current hits. The crowd was into everything and kept the dance floor packed all night! They were a lot of fun and I’m sure would have kept dancing well into the night if we could have. Because of the slick conditions outside, we called an audible and had the grand exit inside on the dance floor. I played “Family Traditon” by Hank Williams Jr. as everyone gathered around Kyndal and Isaac. They all threw rose petals into the air around the couple, then finished out the song hugging, singing, and swaying. It turned out really nice. I’m sure Marcie Meredith Photography got some great shots. Thanks so much for having me Kyndal and Isaac!