21c Museum Hotel Durham Wedding Venue
Californians Anita and Matt chose Durham’s very hip 21C Museum Hotel for their ceremony and reception on November 25th. It has to be one of the coolest venues in the area and they are one of the coolest couples I have played for.
The Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony was held in the main ballroom and I provided a mic and music for that. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Bowerbird Flowers and amber uplighting by me. As the 120 guests arrived I had classical music playing. Grandparents, Parents, Groom & Groomsmen & Bridesmaids all came down to a separate classical piece and Anita to “Your Hand In Mine” by Vitamin String Quartet. After a short ceremony officiated by Ana Quintana, they recessed to “God Only Knows” also by Vitamin String Quartet.
The Cocktail Hour
Planner Amanda Scott from A Swanky Affair invited guests to the second floor for the cocktail hour. I had a mix of indie rock and classic rock playing while they toured the exhibit and enjoyed refreshments. After pics were taken by Rachel and Bill from Thirteenth Moon Photography the guests made their way back downstairs to the ballroom for dinner and dancing. I always LOVE working with them!
The First Dance
I introduced the wedding party to “Can’t Rock My Dream Face” by Umphree’s McGee. Anita & Matt came in and right to the floor for their first dance to “Let’s Stay Together”. Matt welcomed everyone and the buffet opened. During dinner, I played more indie and classic rock.
After dinner, we had the toasts and Suzie Q Cake cutting to “Cake” by Flo Rida. Anita joined her Father on the floor for their dance to “Into The Mystic” and Matt & his Mother danced to “I Will”. I LOVE both of those songs!! We had an anniversary dance to Nat King Cole’s “L.O.V.E.” with the winners married 40 years. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 for a few songs that filled it. Then, mixed into some high-energy crossover dance music and the first set of EDM (Electronic Dance Music). We paused for the bouquet & garter tosses, then back to dancing until the end of the night.
We ended the night with the last dance to “Real Real Love” by Father John Misty and lots of sour feet from dancing. They had a sparkler exit from the front of the building. Thank you Anita, Matt & Amanda!