Downtown Raleigh’s Melrose Knitting Mill was the setting for Caitlin and Forrest’s wedding on June 1st. I was so excited to be there for both ceremony and reception.
The ceremony was held on the second floor and officiated over by Reverend Perry Hardison. He always does a great job and has the best laugh!! I ran a mic for him while the music was covered by Arioso Strings. After a short service the 110 guests were invited downstairs to the pool area of Mulinos for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while the staff flipped the room.
After pics were taken by Photographer Megan Kerns and the room was set, the guests were invited back upstairs for dinner and dancing. The tables looked beautiful with purple floral arrangements by Expressions Of Love. I left music playing and lined the wedding party up with help from planner Jessica from Southern Oak Events. I introduced them to “I Gotta Feelin”” and Caitlin and Forrest to “Marry Me’ by Jason Derulo. They came to the floor and had their first dance to “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett. Love that song hard!! The wedding party took their seats and we had the Parents dances.
Caitlin and her Father danced to a shortened edit I made her of “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and Forrest escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “Never Alone”. Her Father welcomed everyone and the salads came out before the buffet opened. During dinner I had a mix of rock, country, classic soul and standards playing. Towards the end of dinner guests just started dancing, so I played some sing a long and beach songs for them to dance to while Caitlin and Forrest finished talking to tables.
When they were ready we had the Cinda’s Cake cutting to “Make It Sweet“ by Old Dominion followed by a group pic of all the NC State alumni with an NC State flag. I opened the floor (again) with “Wagon Wheel” that packed it until the end of the night. I played lots of oldies, 80’s, early 2000’s and some sing a longs at the end of the night.
We ended with “Ignition (Remix)” (ok’d by Caitlin) and a sparkler exit. Thank you so much Caitlin, Forrest and Jessica. I had the best time!!!
Photo courtesy of Megan Kerns Photography