Caitlin and Zach had both their ceremony and reception on the grounds of the gorgeous Oaks at Salem in Apex with owner April Maness and planner Joslin. The ceremony was held under a huge oak tree on the other side of a pond from the house. What an elegant setting with white and tan paper globes hanging from the tree. The wedding party walked from the house around the pond to “Clair De Lune” and Caitlin and her Father walked in to Chopin’s “Nocturne Opus 9. No. 2”. It was so beautiful despite the mist in the air earlier. After a fun and touching ceremony by minister Paul Rodley, Caitlin, Zach and the wedding party exited to “More Today Than Yesterday” and guests were invited back to the house for the cocktail hour and reception. I had a mix of Motown and classic soul playing for the cocktail hour.
After a few pictures were taken by their friends at Pink Martini Photography Caitlin and Zach were intro the covered courtyard and went right into their first dance “Our House” by Crosby, Stills and Nash. After that, Caitlin danced with her Father to “Forever Young” by Audra Mae. The original of this song by Bob Dylan was actually the first song her Father David played for her when he brought her home from the hospital. I have to say I had a tear in my eye when I told that story. Zach then escorted his Mother to the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World”. The caterer, Beau Bennett from Beau Catering welcomed everyone and told them what was on the buffet and the staff got them through the line quickly. I had a mix of classic rock and soft rock playing during dinner. People actually started dancing during the first song of dinner, “Bring It On Home” by Sam Cooke. I love that song!
Towards the end of dinner Caitlin’s Father said the first toast and I could listen to him all night. What a great accent. Cailin’s Sister Leah ended the toasts and Caitlin and Zach had a pie cutting instead of cake by Pam Runyans from ABC Pie Company. They must have been good because they were gone quickly. We said a happy birthday to guests David and Shirley as I played “Birthday” by The Beatles and I opened the floor with an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. After that I opened the floor to everyone with “My Girl” and the floor filled. I played a mix of everything from “In The Mood” to “Gangnam Style” and their minister showed everyone up with his Gangnam style moves!
We ended the evening with Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing” and guests made their way to the front of The Oaks for the bubble exit and took their favors on the way. It was my first time playing at The Oaks and I love it!