My two La Fete wedding day started bright and early for Marley and Michael’s wedding at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 18th with Heidi Werner from the Inn and planner Carly from La Fete. Their ceremony was held in the Bryan courtyard at The Inn at 11am and it was beautiful outside! After the ceremony, guests made their way inside for cocktails, dinner and dancing.
The social ½ hour for the 120 guests was held in the hallway in front of the Hill Ballroom. I had a mix of country, rock, reggae and soul playing during the short cocktail ½ hour. The doors to the ballroom opened and guests made their way to their tables. I only announced Marley & Michael and they entered to the Alabama fight song since Michael LOVES Alabama! They stopped on the dance floor and had their first dance to the acoustic version of “Wedding Song” by the indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Marley’s father joined her for their dance to “I Just Called To Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder and then Michael escorted his mother to the floor to dance to “What A Wonderful World”. After their dance, they took their seats and Marley’s father welcomed everyone. The plated salad’s came out and the food stations opened. During dinner I continued the same playlist as cocktails.
After dinner we had a few toasts and the cake cutting to “Simple Song” by The Shins. While the staff served the cake, I invited all the married couples onto the floor for a “longest married couple dance” to Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love” with the winner married 43 years!
I opened the floor with some Motown and current dance hits that kept people dancing for the next 2 hours. I even saw Marley’s Wake Forest Cross Country Girls on the floor dancing to “Shake It Off” with Marley and her adorable flower girl! I ended the reception with “Sweet Caroline” and finally “Ho Hey” and Marley and Michael made their rose petal exit from the horseshoe entrance to The Inn. I can’t wait to see photographer Ryan Midgett’s pics. Thank you Marley and Michael and congratulations!