I was so thrilled to play for Sheila and Mike’s wedding and to take on the task of blending both American and Persian music and customs together at NC State’s Park Alumni Center on October 26th!

Their American ceremony was held earlier in the day at the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. After the service, the 150 guests had a little break before heading over to the Alumni center for the reception.  The cocktail hour was held in the foyer and on the 2ndfloor.

After the cocktail hour, the doors to the oval black and white ballroom opened and guests found their seats. The room looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Daniel’s Florist.  I left music playing and went to line the wedding party up for introductions with help from planner Stephanie Shaul. I introduced them to “Marry You” and Sheila and Mike to “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. They came in to loud applause and sat down at the back of a decorated stage for a Persian ceremony hosted by her Uncle.  After the ceremony her Father welcomed everyone and Mike’s Mother blessed the meal. During dinner I had a mix of soft rock playing.

After dinner we had the toasts and dances.  They had their first dance to “Faithfully” by Journey.  Sheila’s Father joined her on the floor for their dance to “I Hope You Dance” and Mike and his Mother to “You’ll Be In My heart”. Before the cake cutting, her Sister and cousins did a Persian knife dance to “Ay Gole Royaee” that flowed into the Publix cake cutting.

While the staff served the cake I opened the floor with some Motown and Top 40 for 15 minutes, then blended into a Persian music set that took the energy thru the roof!!  It always does!!  So fun.  I went back and forth with American and Persian music for the next 2 hours only pausing for a couple ballads and the bouquet and garter toss.

I ended the night with “Sweet Caroline” and “Wagon Wheel” before sending everyone outside for the sparkler exit.  After everyone was gone except Photographer Chelsea Allegra, videographers Bryce and Jessie from Muddy Trails Film Co. and Sheila and Mike, they had a private last dance to “At Last”.

What a beautiful and fun wedding!!  Thank you Sheila, Mike, Stephanie and Hannah!!  I will never forget this wedding!

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