My busy Memorial Day weekend started off with a bang with Jessica & Ryan’s wedding reception at The Carolina Inn in the old well room for 150 guests with Melissa Sayre from the Inn and wedding planner Gina Annab from A Southern Soiree. I only provided music for the dinner and dancing portion of the reception. The doors of the black and white ballroom opened and guests found their tables that had floral arrangements by Victorian Seasons and I had a mix of standards playing. The rowdy wedding party was beyond ready to make their entrance into the room and get this party started! They entered to “Gone, Gone, Gone” by Phillip Phillips and each couple had their own special dance into the room. Jessica & Ryan came into what may be the loudest roar I have heard at a wedding and made their way to the dance floor for their first dance to a shortened edit of “Hey Pretty Girl”. They took their seats and the salad’s and entrée’s came out after a blessing by Pastor Ken Ray. For dinner I continued the standards mix.
After dinner and toasts by Jessica’s father, her sister and both best men we had the Cinda’s make cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” and the dessert bar opened in the hallway as well as the F8 studios photo booth. Cara and Jonathan from F8 were there all night to take pictures and video as well. I always love working with them!
After the cake cutting, Jessica joined her father on the floor to dance to “Beauty and The Beast” because her and her father used to love watching that movie together, then ½ way through her 13 year old sister took her place to finish the dance. It was so sweet! Ryan escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “You’ll Be In My Heart” from the Disney Tarzan movie and I opened the floor to everyone with “My Girl” that filled instantly. After some Motown, oldies, current and a polka for Jessica’s grandparents (who danced all night), we stopped shortly for a bouquet and garter toss to “Hit Me With You Best Shot” and we went right back into dancing to some 80’s, 90’s and current including “Jump Around” for all the UNC basketball fans. Around this time came a first for me. After a thousand or so wedding’s that I have done, I have never had groomsmen and guests filling large glass flower vases with beer and passing it around the dance floor to drink out of (including Jessica’s Grandmother!! Ha Ha..) until this wedding. Classic !!! Ha Ha.. I loved it. Jessica’s Grandfather borrowed a cowboy hat from the photo booth and was dancing to “Wagon Wheel” in it.
What a fun night and an awesome group to play for. I couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to my DJ weekend. Thank you Jessica and Ryan and congratulations!