I never met Hannah and Wayne until their wedding on May 5that the Historic Wakefield Barn in Wake Forest, NC. I originally just had a Facetime meeting with them while they were in NY. I was so excited to play for them and meet all her family and friends from the UK.
Their ceremony was held on the 2ndfloor of the barn due to rain and I provided a mic for their officiant, Heidi Gessner and music. As the 70 guests arrived I had a mix of classical pop music playing. The room looked and smelled beautiful with floral arrangements by Anna & Brian with Meristem Floral! The Groomsmen and Bridesmaids entered to “Marry Me” by The O’Neill Brothers. Hannah entered from the top of the balcony and down the grand stairs to “I Get To Love You” by Ruelle. I LOVE that song!! After a short service, they recessed to “I Do” by Colbie Caillat and were invited downstairs to the horse stalls for cocktails.
During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, blues and top 40 playing. Photographer Joe Payne and videographers Jamie & Al from the UK took photos of the wedding party upstairs before the staff flipped the room for dinner. After pics were done and the room was ready, planner Blake invited guests back upstairs where I was for dinner and dancing.
I introduced the wedding party to “First Date” by Blink 182 and Hannah and Wayne to and edit I made her of “London Bridge” by Fergie. They came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “I Want To Grow Old With You” by UK band Westlife. Hannah then had a dance with her Mother to “You Are My Sunshine” by Jasmine Thompson. It’s such a beautiful and tender version of the song! Wayne escorted his Mother to the floor next for their dance to and edit I made them of “Mom” by Garth Brooks. Hannah welcomed everyone and the salads and entrees came out. During dinner was same music mix as cocktails.
After dinner the sun came out so Joe was able to take Hannah and Wayne outside for pics. Everyone was done eating so I started playing some sing-a-long songs that got everyone (I mean everyone in the room) on the floor singing with their arms around each other! Tom Jones “Delilah” was a HUGE hit!! When pics were done and they were back in the room, we had the toasts and the Simply Cakes cutting to “I Can’t Help Myself”. After a bouquet toss to “Sweet But Psycho” I got everyone back out on the floor with some Motown and top 40 that kept them dancing for the next 2 hours.
We ended the night with “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and “Marry You” before a sparkler exit. But, someone asked me to play “Star Spangled Banner” so how could I refuse?? I ended with that then “God Save The Queen” for everyone from the UK.
I had such an amazing time playing for this group! Thank you so much Hannah, Wayne and Blake!!
Photos courtesy of Joe Payne Photography