Samantha and Bobby chose Nashville NC’s own Rose Hill Plantation to be the setting for their classic southern wedding on June 13th 2015. The ceremony that was held on the front porch of the large white plantation house with huge pillars. As guests arrived, I had light classical music playing. The Grandparents and parents entered to “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring” and the wedding party to an instrumental of Train’s “Marry Me”. Samantha and her father entered to a live acoustic version of “Brown Eyed Girl” performed by their friend Dave who sang and played the song on guitar and did an excellent job! After the ceremony, guests made their way to the back porch of the reception hall for cocktails and I had a mix of beach music and classic soul playing while photographer Will Greene took pictures of the wedding party around the picturesque property.
After the cocktail hour, guests happily escaped the 98 degrees to come into the ballroom for dinner and dancing. The guests found their seats and the wedding party was ready to be introduced. Samantha’s parents entered to “September”, Bobby’s parents to The Grateful Dead’s “Sugar Magnolia” and the wedding party to “Uptown Funk”. Since both Sam and Bobby went to ECU (Yes, I wore ECU cufflinks), they came into the room to a loud roar to “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix. They came right to the dance floor and had their first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” performed by Dave. Sam then danced with her father to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and Bobby and his mother danced to Brad Paisley’s “Anything Like Me” preformed by their friend April. Samantha’s father then welcomed everyone and the minister blessed the meal. The buffet of southern food opened and I played a mix of standards, classic soul and soft rock.
After dinner we had the toasts and pie cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor (yes, pie and it was delicious!!). The bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Hot For The Teacher” followed and I invited all the married couples to the floor for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” with the longest married couple being 48 years! I opened the floor with “My Girl” and some beach music that filled it for the next 3 hours. They danced to country, line dances, oldies and lots of 90’s and early 2000’s dance music. The night ended with “Save The Last Dance For Me” by The Drifters. The highlight for me was when all Samantha and Bobby’s friends from ECU were on the floor “enjoying” “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC. I will never forget that one…ha ha..