Bride and Groom: Colleen & Daniel

Where & When: Merrimon-Wynne Carriage House on July 2nd, 2016

The Professionals:

Planner- Kaila from Merrimon-Wynne

Photographer- Forage & Film

Video- Dogwood Media

Ice Cream- The Freezing Pointe

Caterer- Beau Catering

Florist- Anna with Meristem Floral

Photo Booth- Classic Carolina Photobooths

Wedding Reception Songs

Introduction of the Wedding Party: “Shut Up & Dance” by Walk The Moon

Introduction of the Bride & Groom: “Say Hey” by Michael Franti & Spearhead

First Dance: “Amazed” by Lonestar

Father-Bride Dance: “I Loved Her First”/”Shout” (Buffalo Bills Version)

Mother-Groom Dance: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel

Last Dance: “Sweet Caroline”/ “New York, New York”


Colleen and Daniel chose one of my favorite venues for their Wedding Reception. This was my first of three weddings in a row this month at Merrimon-Wynne and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Their ceremony was held earlier in the day at Sacred Heart Cathedral and guests made their way to Merrimon-Wynne after that. The cocktail hour was held inside the house with jazz playing and passed hors d’oeuvres by beau Catering coming around. After the cocktail hour guests made their way to the carriage house for dinner and dancing.

After the introductions the 160 guests took their seats and Colleen’s father welcomed everyone, blessed the meal and presented Daniel with his own Jim Kelly #12 jersey from The Buffalo Bills. So great!! I was a huge Bills fan when I lived in New York in the 70’s & 80’s. Beau then took the mic to tell the guests about the meal and the salads and entrées came out. During dinner I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul and standards playing including some Phil Collins for Daniel (his favorite).

After dinner we had toasts and then the dances. Colleen and Daniel had their first dance, Daniel escorted his mother to the floor for their dance and Colleen and her father had their dance that started with “I Loved Her First” for a minute, then I mixed into the Buffalo Bills version of “Shout” that I played twice. The floor packed instantly with Bills fans in jerseys, a huge Bills towel and screaming & cheering. This was one of the best father/daughter dances I have witnessed! After that I opened the floor to everyone with “Cupid Shuffle” and some oldies and top 40 that kept them dancing for the next 2 hours. The Ice cream bar opened in the pergola and guests continued to dance in the carriage house, eat ice cream and mingle outside in the side lawn.

We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” then back to dancing til the end of the night. The night ended with sing a long songs and a filled dance floor.

This was one of my favorite weddings, and not one I, or the guests, will soon forget!

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