Kristen Shirey and Steve McDonough were married on Saturday, September 6th at the beautiful Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham, North Carolina.
The couple was joined in Durham by about 100 of their closest family and friends, many of them traveling from Midwest and Northeast to be there with them on the special day. After the outdoor ceremony overlooking the immaculately manicured golf course, the bridal party and bride and groom were introduced to the reception, making their presence known to “Bang Bang” by Jessie J featuring Arian Grande and Nicki Minaj. The couple then proceeded to have their first dance, which was very well choreographed and rehearsed, to “Night and Day” by Bebel Gilberto.
During dinner and cocktails, the bride had some unique requests for some background music. The bride requested some songs by Saturday Morning Slow Jams and Post Modern Jukebox which I happily obliged. If you are not familiar with these groups then you need to be! They take old cartoon-tv-show-theme songs as well as pop songs by artists such as Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and One Direction, and do ‘50’s-type doo wop covers and they are awesome! It was funny to play some of them because I would look out to the crowd and see the puzzled looks on some of the guests’ faces as they realized it was the “Gummi Bears Theme Song” or “We Can’t Stop”. They were a lot of fun to play and listen to so I thank the bride for introducing me to that music!
The bride and her father then danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. The groom and his mother followed, dancing to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. After cutting the cake, the bride and groom were toasted by several of their friends and family and it was obvious how much they meant to so many people.
Opening up the dance floor, I played everything from Motown to Iggy Azalea to Norah Jones. A great moment was when I played “Hang on Sloopy” by The McCoys. This song is the official rock song of the state of Ohio, which also happens to be the home state of the bride and her family. They all sang the official “O-H-I-O” version of the song and it was a lot of fun!
Beth Pendergrass and her staff at the Washington Duke Inn were amazing as always and made things so easy for everyone. Scott Faber of Scott Faber Photography took some amazing pictures of the ceremony and reception. I cannot wait to see the final shots!
It was a great wedding, a lot of fun, and I am happy that I was able to be a part of such a special day! We wish Kristen and Steve all the best and a lifetime of happiness!