After dating for 8 years, Jess and Adam chose Durham’s Bay 7 on the American Tobacco campus for both ceremony and reception on a humid June 26th day. The ceremony was held on the top floor and officiated by Jess’s brother Mike who did a fantastic job! They had a live pianist for the music and I handled the mic. After the ceremony, the 140 guests made their way downstairs for the cocktail hour while photographer Cara Galati from F8 Photo Studio and John Hayes from Southern Video Design got some shots of the wedding party and Jess & Adam. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing. They also had a slow motion video booth supplied by Southern Video Design that opened and was a huge hit all night long! Jess & Adam were ready to get the party going, so I invited guests to take their seats and I lined the wedding party up for introductions with help from Bay 7’s Sarah Lilly.
Each couple had their own personal song to come down the stairs to and Jess and Adam came down to “Love Me Do” by The Beatles. They came down the stairs to a loud roar and to the floor for their first dance to “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith and then Jess’s father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal. The food stations opened and I continued the same mix as cocktails. After dinner, the dessert station opened and we had toasts by Adam’s father, the best man, maid of honor & a bridesmaid. Jess then joined her father on the floor for their dance to “My Girl” and Adam escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “Your Song” by Elton John. Before I opened the floor to everyone I invited the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra with the winners at 51 years married! So great. I opened the floor to everyone with “Build Me Up Buttercup” and the floor packed for the next 2 hours to oldies, current top 40 and some sing-a-longs.
I ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and everyone made a huge “train” around the room to the song. That was a first for me. Their last dance song was “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole and guests made their way outside for a sparkler exit and I played “Closing Time” as they left. Guests got to leave with a custom pint glass as a wedding favor. What a great gift and wedding! Thank you so much Jess and Adam and congratulations!