Bailey and Cruz chose the Historic Wakefield Barn in Wake Forest for their wedding ceremony and reception on May 17th and I was so excited to be there for both!
The wedding ceremony was held on the 2ndfloor of the barn and officiated over by Reverend Heidi Gessner. I love working with her and just did another wedding with her a couple weeks before. As the 100 guests arrived I had a mix of classical music playing. The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Claire De Lune” and Cruz and Heidi to an instrumental of “Marry me”. The wedding party entered to an instrumental of “Bittersweet Symphony”. Bailey and her Father entered to “Canon In D”. After a short service they recessed to an instrumental of “A Thousand Years”. Heidi invited guests downstairs for the cocktail hour on the outdoor patio.
During the cocktail hour I had a mix of country, rock, classic soul and a few standards playing. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, drinks and cornhole while the staff flipped the room upstairs for dinner and dancing. The floral arrangements by English Garden looked beautiful!
When pics were done by photographer Brandon from Southern Love Studios the guests were invited back upstairs by planner Janna from Chad Biggs Events & Design. I left music playing and lined the wedding party up for introductions. I introduced them to “Let’s Get It Started” by Black Eyed Peas and Bailey & Cruz to “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Beautiful Crazy” by Luke Combs. The wedding party took their seats and we had the Parents dances. Bailey and her Father’s dance was first to “My Little Girl”. Cruz danced with his Mothers to “Hero” by Mariah Carey. It was so sweet!! They welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out. During dinner I had the same music mix as cocktails playing.
After dinner we had the toasts and Simply Cakes cutting to “From This Moment On”. We had a reverse anniversary dance to “It Had To Be You” starting with everyone married a day, then 5 years, 10 years..etc until Bailey’s 95 year old Grandparents who have been married 78 years joined the floor. That may be the longest I have witnessed!! I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and top 40 that filled it instantly and kept them dancing for the next 2.5 hours!
We paused for the bouquet & garter toss from the balcony, then back to dancing. We ended the night with “Everything” by Michael Buble before a sparkler exit downstairs.
Thank you for everything Bailey, Cruz, Kaisey & Janna! I had a blast!!
Photos courtesy of Brandon at Southern Love Studios
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