Christy Teasley and Navy Lieutenant Blake Thomas chose to get married at the fabulous Umstead Hotel and Spa.  A dreary day outside did not damper the spirits of their families and guests.  Joy from A Joyful Occasion was their planner, and wasted no time making this wedding amazing!  Our photographer was Stacy Borelli of Swank Photo Studio, with Blueberry Creative on video, Mel Day on flowers, Sweet Memories with cake, Save the Date Music on ceremony music, and even the folks at Elevate!  There were so many vendors, I hope I didn’t leave anyone out!

I guess it would be neat to say that the Bride and some of the bridesmaids and family snuck in to dance to my sound check!  They were jamming!  It sure helped sooth some of those pre-wedding jitters the bride was having!

The ceremony took place in the parlor, with the cocktail hour outside the ballroom.  Once the guests were inside, we lined everyone up and introduced them to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You” with the introduction rounding out with a bona fide Navy Sword Arch!  Awesome!  These Seamen were so on point with everything!  (I’m glad the Best Man (Will) didn’t smack Christy too hard!  She was really nervous about it.)  The first dance was “To Love Somebody” by the Bee Gees, which I slowed to make it more romantic.  Then Van Morrison’s “These are the Days” for the Father/Daughter dance, and “Loves Me Like A Rock” by Paul Simon for the Mother/Son dance.  Fun times!

The Bride’s parents gave a very emotional welcome, with the Rev. blessing the meal.  An amazing dinner was next, and the couple even provided a vendor table in the ballroom.  We ate well that night!  However, no one was prepared for what was about to happen.

Christy adhered to tradition and cut the cake with Blake’s ceremonial sword to Average White Band’s “Cut The Cake”, then it was my turn to jam.  Sort of.

The couple chose Teddy Pendergrass’ “Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose” to open the dance floor, and of course in true Elevate fashion, they came up en force.  First one, then two, then five, then all seven dancers converged on the floor for a show that created electricity in the air!  Then the dancer began to draw guests to the floor, and it was on!  I spun through several different songs that even surprised the dancers!  We jammed for the next 2 ½ hours!  Only stopping a couple times for slow songs, and to toss the bouquet to Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”.

The evening rounded out with Michael Buble’s version of “Save the Last Dance for Me” and a “snowy” exit!  Thank you Lt. and Mrs. Thomas for having me at an amazing night of great food, great music, and fun dancing!

Best Wishes in your new life together!