Laura and Les chose the 5-star Hotel, The Umstead Hotel and Spa, for their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception on August 16th, 2014. The 90 guests arrived to the back of the Hotel for the wedding ceremony and I had a mix of standards playing. The bridesmaids came down the isle to “Canon In D” and Laura and her father entered to “Here Comes The Bride”. After a short service by minister Terry-Michael Newell the wedding party exited to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon”. Guests waited for a large group pic with Laura and Les by photographer Brian Mullins and then made their way to the outdoor patio for cocktails. I had a mix of soft rock and classic soul playing for the social hour as guests enjoyed drinks and passed hors d’ oeuvres.
After the cocktail hour, guests made their way into the ballroom for the reception and found their tables with beautiful floral arrangements by The Watered Garden. I lined the wedding party up with help from The Umstead’s Margaret Northrup and she did an awesome job all night! The wedding party danced into the ballroom in couples to “Call Me Maybe” and Laura and Les came right to the dance floor to have their first dance to Etta James “At Last”. Laura then danced with her father to “My Girl” and there was a huge “awwww” from the crowd. Les escorted my mother to the floor to their dance of “It Happens In A Heartbeat” that led to Laura’s fathers welcome. The 4 course meal came out with appetizers, salad, entrée’s and dessert as I continued a soft rock and classic soul playlist.
After dinner we had toasts by Laura’s Maid Of Honor and Les’s Best man (and younger brother) who had me play the “Rocky” theme as he came to the mic. Lol.. The Cupcake Shoppe’s cake cutting came next to “I Can’t Help Myself” and I opened the floor with some Motown that filled instantly. I couldn’t believe how many people packed the floor. After a few Motown songs, I mixed into some 70’s funk and disco that kept young and old on the floor together. After a few line dances and a 60 person conga line through the room, 80’s and disco we stopped briefly for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Yeah” and Les did quite a dance for her..ha ha. I opened the floor again with some current hip-hop and dance music mixed with some more 80’s that kept them dancing til the end of the night. I even played “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life” by Monty Python for Laura’s parents bridge club. That seems like a fun bridge club!
The night ended with Journey’s “Faithfully” and guests took custom printed M&M’s on their way the bubble exit. What a fun crowd and a great couple!
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