Marian and Brandon chose the southern charm of Rose Hill Plantation in Nashville NC for their ceremony and reception on August 23rd, 2014. I always love playing there! The ceremony was held on the front porch of the Plantation house and they had a live pianist providing music. The cocktail hour was held inside the house and the 140 guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The cocktail hour wound down and guests made their way to the ballroom for dinner and dancing.
I introduced the wedding party to Bruno Mars “Marry You” and Marian and Brandon came right in to their first dance to the acoustic version of “Latch” by Sam Smith. If you haven’t heard this version, get it now! Marian then danced with her father to “Lady” by Styx. This song was a surprise for him. He is a HUGE Styx fan and always cranks the radio up when they are on. Brandon then escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”. Uncle Mike blessed the food and the buffet opened and had a playlist of rock and classic soul playing during dinner.
After dinner we had the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor and the cake table opened with a dozen different cakes to choose from all made by Marian’s Aunt and church members. I have to say, the chocolate pound cake was delicious!! Marian’s father told us a story about the day she was born and then a toast to Marian and Brandon welcoming him into the family that led into the garter and bouquet toss.
For the garter toss, I played “Blurred Lines” and for bouquet toss “Fancy”. After the bouquet toss I invited all of Marian’s sorority sisters to the floor for the “loving cup” and the A.O. Pi girls did a great job. I opened the floor with some beach and Motown, then shortly into some current dance music.
After dancing to lots of 80’s, some current music and a few line dances, it was time for their exit. Guests signed the thumbprint tree and grabbed some honey on their way out for the sparkler exit and I played “Come Away With Me” for their last song. I can’t wait to see photos by Jana & Michelle from Magnolia Photography and video from Hope Turner.