Shannon and Bryan only hired me a few months ago, which is fairly unusual for me, because I am usually booked months or years ahead of time. So I’m always a little leery because the couple must work on their song list quicker than usual. But they made quick work of it, and chose some really great music. I was also a little nervous because this venue was new to me, and I was unfamiliar.
I was put to ease rather quickly because I would be working with the resident caterer Alison Purdee with Rocky Top Hospitality. I’ve worked with Alison numerous times, and she always takes good care of me! Making sure to arrive early, I received some great directions from Alison and quickly got my gear set up for the arrival of the guests.
The space is very long, so the guests arrived into one end for cocktail hour. A mix of Jazz, Motown, and some newer music greeted the guests as a slideshow played on the many TV’s throughout the club, over-looking the Blue Zone of the Carolina Football Field. I gathered the guests around the dance floor, as I introduced the couple to “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. Shannon and Bryan then took their first dance to Dave Barnes’ “Amen”. A new song for me, but I really enjoyed it, especially as a first dance. Her Father then joined her for Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Cinderella”, followed by Bryan and his Mother to “What a Wonderful World” by the great Louis Armstrong.
The Bride’s Father gave an emotional Welcome, with the Bride’s Grandfather giving the blessing. Once dinner was completed, the Maid of Honor and Best Man made their speeches, and the cake was cut to The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey”. The dancing began and it was on.
This group was so great to play for, they cheered with every song, and made very little requests. I even played “Baby I Love Your Way” from Peter Frampton for the Bride’s Dad! The bouquet was tossed to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce, and the garter was removed to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You”. The Couple and I surprised the guests by tossing the garter by wrapping it around a Carolina football and changing the song to “Jump Around” by House of Pain. The crowd went wild!
After the Anniversary dance to James Taylor’s “Carolina On My Mind” (the “winning” couple has been married for 55 years!) we rounded the night out to Eric Church’s “Carolina” and Darius Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel”. This was such a great reception that flew by! We could have danced for another hour! Sarah of Sarah Der Photography took photos of the event, and we’ll post them as soon as we receive some! Congrats to the new Bryan and Shannon Weynand and enjoy your honeymoon to St. Lucia!