The weekend started off for me the night before when I DJ’d Holly Grove’s 8th grade dance in Holly Springs. Why an 8th grader would ask me to play Metallica and “Eye Of The Tiger” at a dance is beyond me…anyway, the kids did have a blast and danced all night. No, not to Metallica and Survivor.
I woke up Saturday thrilled to be playing for Kate & Dan at The Carolina Inn with planner Shawn Schindler from Your Special Day Weddings and Special Events! The 72 degrees could not have been better for the outdoor ceremony in the Bryan Courtyard with UK officiant Han Hills that I could have listened to all day. Their pre-ceremony and ceremony music was all by classical group Vitamin String Quartet. Their parents walked down the isle to “God Only Knows”, the wedding party to “A Thousand Years” as well as the 2 cutest ring bearers (one carrying a sign around his neck saying “Keller..est 05/17/14) and an adorable flower girl and Kate with her father to “All You Need Is Love”. After a short ceremony and a “bonding” with rope around their hands they recessed to a smooth jazz cover of “How Sweet It Is” and guests made their way to the cocktail hour.
The cocktail hour was held outside of the black and white “Old Well Room” in The Inn and I had a mix of soft and classic rock playing while guests enjoyed refreshments and food. Kate and Dan joined the guests for a short time while photographer Julia Wade took pics inside the banquet room with floral arrangements by Tre Bella. The doors of the ballroom opened and guests quickly found their seats. The wedding party entered to Barry White’s “You’re My First, My Last, My Everything” and there was a huge roar when Kate and Dan appeared in the doorway. They made their way down the stairs to the floor and had their first dance to “All My Days” by Alexi Murdoch. They took their seats and salads came out and the food buffet opened as I continued a rock mix for dinner.
As dinner was winding up, guests started dancing including young children and their parents to Sinatra and Pharrell’s “Happy” and a dessert table opened in the hallway with treats by Sweet Sin’s Bakery. We had toasts by the Best Man and Maid Of Honor and Ben thanked everyone for coming. Ben and Kate then went to the Cinda’s made cake for the cake cutting to James Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is”. Kate made her way back to the dance floor for her dance with her father to “What A Wonderful World” and Dan escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “Carolina In My Mind”. I invited all the married couples to the floor to join Kate and Dan in a dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” that was an elimination dance and winners had been married over 55 years. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown that filled the floor. I even snuck a Tavares song in for Kate’s father who actually saw them in the 70’s when he was in College. After a couple hours of hard dancing and a 50 person train to “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” it was time for their last song of “I’ve Had The Time Of My Life” from Dirty Dancing.
What a fun night and I am so happy for this wonderful couple!