Alyssa and Keith had so much fun at their reception at luxurious 5 star Hotel The Umstead in Cary. Every time I looked at them they had a huge grin on their face! They had their cocktail hour before the ceremony and what a great idea. It was 90 degrees out so it helped cool everyone off before the ceremony began. After the ceremony guests were invited into the ballroom by Kelley Ann Ward from The Umstead. She is always so amazing to work with as is Jose and the rest of the staff there. The room looked beautiful with help from Lyn at Fresh Affairs.
I had standards playing while the guests entered the room and I lined up the wedding party with Kelley Ann. They entered to “I Do’ by Colbie Caillat and made their way to the dance floor for their first dance to “ Stuck On You” by singer Meiko. After a welcome by Alyssa’s parents Roy & Cherie, the 3 course dinner started with appetizers, salad and entrée’s. During dinner I had a mix of standards and soft rock playing.
Photographers Cara Galati and Jonathan Kazmierczak from F8 studios were with me all night long to catch every smile and dance. After dinner Alyssa danced with her Father to “Father & Daughter” by Paul Simon and Keith escorted him Mother to the floor for their dance to “All To You” by DJ Keo. They wanted to open the floor with a song for all the Fathers and their families so I picked “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” by James Brown and it couldn’t have been a better opening song.
After a short oldies and Motown set, it was time for the fun Sweet Memories cake with ducks on top. I asked Alyssa why there were ducks on top and she said “because I like ducks”..LOL.. so funny.
The floor opened back up to some 70’s and 80’s then onto more current top 40. I saw Alyssa and Keith singing along to every song. What a great couple. The night ended with their last song of “Still The One” by Orleans and it must be some family dance thing. The whole family was in a huge circle singing and dancing to that song. I was so happy to spent Fathers Day with Alyssa and Keith and their friends and families!