Lindsey and Chris chose Fuquay-Varina’s Highgrove Estate for both ceremony and reception on a beautiful May 8th day! I always love witnessing guests seeing the ceremony sight for the first time. It really is a breathtaking view with the lake and trees in the background. For the ceremony they had a live string quartet provide music. I was thrilled to be working with Angela from Highgrove, photographers Samantha & Graham Terhune and videographers Jess and Phil from Twenty-One Films!
For the cocktail hour on the outdoor patio I played a mix of standards including Frank Sinatra (my fav), Dean Martin, Michael Buble & Harry Connick. After pics were taken and cocktails enjoyed, guests were invited into the ballroom for dinner and dancing. I lined the wedding party up in the house and ushered them to the ballroom for introductions. I introduced the wedding party and Linsey & Chris into the room to Switchfoot’s “Back To The Beginning Again” and Lindsey & Chris came right to the floor for their first dance to “Swept Away (Sentimental Version)” by The Avett Brothers. The wedding party took their seats and Lindsey stayed on the floor to dance with her father to “My Girl” and Chris escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “The Words I Would Say” by The Sidewalk prophets. Since it was Mothers day weekend, Chris had all the mothers join them on the dance floor with their dancing partners. What a great idea! They all took their seats and Lindsey’s father welcomed everyone followed by a blessing by Minister Rick Clayton. The food stations of chicken and waffles, crepes and pasta opened in the ballroom and in the house and I continued a standards mix.
As dinner was ending I played “Let It Go” from Frozen and went into a Happy Birthday sing a long to Lindsey’s beautiful little 2 year old flower girl Ellery who was celebration her birthday. She was so excited to hear “Let It Go”! They even had a pink cake for her! I invited all the married couples to the floor to have a “longest married couple” dance with Lindsey and Chris to “Tea For Two” by Yael Meyer. I opened the floor to everyone with “Carolina Girls” that filled it for the next 2 hours. Guests danced to beach music, oldies, current top 40 and even saw her grandmother getting down to “Runaround Sue”. We pause briefly for a cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and a candle light ceremony for Lindsey and her Sigma sorority sisters then back to dancing. I loved seeing everyone including her parents bouncing up and down on the dance floor to “Sandstorm” and then I mixed into a Weaver family favorite “Dream Weaver” (get it??) by 70’s singer Gary Wright. We ended the night with “Don’t Stop Believin’” and a sparkler exit from the front of the house. What a fun night and a great group to play for !!