Danielle and Andrew originally wanted to have an outdoor wedding ceremony at The Umstead Hotel in Cary NC, but the rain had other plans so it was moved inside and did not damper the spirits of the day at all. I was working with Minister Barbara Lodge for the second time in 2 days and couldn’t be happier about it! As guests arrived for the ceremony I had a mix of classical pop songs by Vitamin String Quartet playing. The wedding party entered to “All You Need Is Love” by VSQ and Danielle and her father to “The Bridal Chorus”. After a short ceremony the wedding party recessed to “The Wedding March” and guests made their way across the hall for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul playing. It was time for the introductions after photographer Kevin Milz got some shots and the doors to the main ballroom opened for guests to find their seats. The tables were decorated with beautiful arrangements by Tre Bella Florist. I introduced them to “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” by one of my favorite bands, The Darkness , and Danielle & Andrew entered to “Bring ‘Em Out” by T.I. They came right to the floor and had their first dance to “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones. Danielle’s father joined her on the floor to ready her the book he read to her as a child called “Hugs”, then handed the book over to Andrew. There really wasn’t a dry eye in the room! He then had his dance with her to “Father & Daughter” by Paul Simon and Andrew escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World” by KD Lang and Tony Bennett. They took their seats after that and the 5 course meal started.
During dinner I had a mix of standards and Italian crooners playing. I even played a few Louis Prima songs. I LOVE him! As dinner wound down I started picking up the pace with some classic rock and soul. We had the cake cutting to “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole and then toasts by the Best Man and Maid Of Honor that both did a great job! I invited all the married guests to the floor and had a “longest married couple” dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra before opening the floor to everyone with some Motown that filled it for the next 2 hours.
We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies”, garter removal to “Hot In Herre” and garter toss to “Danger Zone”, then back to dancing to some 80’s, top 40 and sing a long songs until the end of the night. There was a great dance off between Danielle and one of her guy friends to Beyonce’s “Get Me Bodied” that I will always remember. We ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and then Green Day’s “Time Of Your Life”. It was such a wonderful night and I had a blast. Congratulations Danielle and Andrew!