Rachel and Brad were originally supposed to get married here in NC, but decided to go ahead and tie the knot in Montana instead and just have a celebration here in NC afterword with friends and family. I love that idea personally!

They had their “reception” at their house in Louisburg in their huge back yard. As the 100 guests arrived to the casual party, there was a Scooby-doo bounce house for the kids and a white tent for guests to mingle and get cooled down by the 14 fans surrounding it. I had a mix of soft rock and country playing and Rachel and Brad shortly joined them.

The BBQ dinner was ready and I invited guests to find their seats. We had a heart felt blessing by minister Jimmy Carpenter and the buffet opened with pulled pork, mashed potatoes, beans, bbq’d chicken and slaw. It was all so great and catered by the Cookshack Catering Company! During dinner I continued the same mix as the social hour.

After dinner Rachel and Brad had their first dance to Dustin Lynch’s “Cowboys & Angels”, Rachel danced with her father to “I Loved Her First” and Brad and his mother danced to “Angels” by Randy Travis. I love that song! I opened the floor and guests mingled, danced to some line danced and oldies and the kids ran back to the bounce house. We paused briefly for the cake cutting to “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole, then back to mingling and dancing. My biggest song of the night was the 50’s ballad “Last Date” by Floyd Cramer. As guests left, they took koozies and pepper jelly as favors.

I loved that this couple really made this party low key and just had a blast catching up with friends and family. Congratulations Rachel and Brad!