Shira and Josh knew they wanted to have a fun dance party wedding at The Umstead Hotel on October 8th, and boy did they!! I was beyond thrilled to work with some of my favorite co-vendors in A Southern Soiree, Azul Photography, Twenty-One Films, Tre Bella, Sugarland, Arioso Strings and Zim Zoom Photo booth.
The Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony was held on the side lawn overlooking a beautiful pond. The rain held off just long enough for the ceremony. Arioso Strings was there to provide music again. After the ceremony the 160 guests made their way inside for the cocktail hour.
The First Dance
After the cocktail hour was over and pics were taken by Christobal, Megan invited guests into the ballroom for dinner and dancing. I introduced only Shira and Josh to “Crazy In Love” and they came in for their first dance to “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” by Stevie Wonder. His Grandfathers blessed the bread and meal and the soups salads and entrees came out. During dinner I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing.
After dinner we had the cake cutting to ‘When I’m Sixty Four” and toasts before opening the floor with the Hora medley. It was amazing to see 150 people jump to their feet and join in within a minute! Some Motown for their parents kept everyone out there and soon I was into some top 40 dance music. I had them dancing had for the next 2 hours to top 40, 80’s and some 2000’s throw backs. We ended the night with “With You” by Chris Brown and finally “The Girl From Ipanema” for Shira’s Father. After that, I invited the guests to join Shira and Josh in the hotel bar.
What a fun night and awesome group to play for! Thank you Shira, Josh, Amanda and Megan!
Photo Courtesy of Azul Photography