Shannon and Alex had their official NC wedding ceremony and reception at Chapel Hill’s historic Carolina Inn on Saturday November 15th, 2014. They both are in the service so do not see each other much, even though they were married 2 years ago. The outdoor wedding ceremony started a little after the UNC/Pitt football game got out..and yes, Carolina won in the last minute.
I was thrilled to be working with the Inn’s Melissa Sayre, planner Tia Jones from Erin McLean Events and world class photographer Shane Snider! For the cocktail hour, Shannon and Alex had an acoustic guitarist, Dave from Save The Date Music. The cocktail hour ended and the doors to the Old Well Room opened. I had light standards playing as guests found their tables in the black and white ballroom that was decorated with beautiful floral arrangements by Lyn at Fresh Affairs. The wedding party came dancing into the room to “Happy” and Shannon and Alex to “I Do” by Colbie Caillat. They came down the stairs and right into their first dance, “You and I” by Michael Buble that they both sang to each other like they were the only ones in the room. After that, guests took their seats and the 3 courses of soup, salad and entrée’s came out. For dinner I continued standards playing.
As dinner wound down, we had a few toasts and the Sugarland cake cutting to Queen’s “You’re My Best friend”. Shannon made her way back to the floor and danced with her father to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw and Alex escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz. I opened the floor to the wedding party to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and then for everyone to “Crank That” by Soulja Boy because that is the song Shannon was dancing to when Alex first saw her and went up to meet her. LOL, classic!! After that, “My Girl” brought everyone out for the remained of the night.
After some oldies, line dances and current dance music it was time for the bouquet toss to “PYT” and garter toss to “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”, then back to dancing to 80’s and current music. We ended the night with “At Last” and then a soul train line dance to the end of “Shout” that Shannon and Alex exited to. What a fun night and a wonderful group to play to!