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My first wedding of the last weekend of the year was for Meghan and Dustin at downtown Raleigh’s Melrose Knitting Mill on December 28th.  It was such a great way to start the end of the year!

The ceremony was held on one side of the room and I was there to run a mic for their officiant Kayelily and also all the music. Their Mothers entered to a classical version of ”Stand By Me”, The Groomsmen to “Perfect” by The Piano Guys and Bridesmaids to their cover of “Begin Again”. Meghan entered to The Piano Guys cover of “Rewrite The Stars” from The Greatest Showman movie. After the ceremony, they recessed to “Home” by Phillip Phillips and Kayelily invited the 85 guests downstairs for the cocktail hour.  The staff flipped the room for the reception and photographer Katherine from George Creatives got some shots.

After pics were done and the room was set, the guests came back upstairs for dinner and dancing.  I left music playing and lined the wedding party up for intros with lots of help from planner Blake from Melrose.  I introduced them to “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.  Meghan and Dustin came in to loud applause and had their first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Kina Grannis.  Meghan danced with her Father to “I Loved Her First” and Dustin and his Mother then Stepmother danced to “Never Alone”.  Meghan’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal. The salads came out and the buffet opened shortly.  During dinner I had a mix of rock, classic soul and standards playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and Simply Cakes cutting to “How Sweet It is”.  I opened the floor while the staff served the cake with some Motown and Top 40 that filled it for the next 2 ½ hours.  We paused to honor Dustin and all the other military past and present with “The Ballad of The Green Berets”, then back to dancing.  I even played “Rhinestone Cowboy” for their Grandmothers.  I still LOVE that song!!

We ended the night with “New York, New York” before sending everyone outside for a sparkler exit. Thank you so much Meghan, Dustin and Blake!  I had a blast!!

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