Bride and Groom: Julie & Martin Shull

Where & When: All Saints Chapel in Raleigh NC on May 7th, 2016

Julie and Martin have got to be two of the sweetest and nicest people I have worked on a wedding with! I met them at an open house at All Saints Chapel and instantly knew that we would be a great match.   They had both their ceremony and reception in the historic white chapel and I was there to provide music all day.

The Professionals:

Photographer- Bronwyn Duffield

Caterer- Catering By Design

Florist- Yeopim Flowers

Wedding Ceremony Songs

Pre-Ceremony music by Vitamin String Quartet and Piano Guys

Parents Thru Bridesmaids Entrance: “Feather” from Forrest Gump

Bride Processional: Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Vitamin String Quartet

Recessional: “Alla Hornpipe” by Handel

Wedding Reception Songs

Introduction of the Wedding Party: “Happy” by Pharrell

First Dance: “As Time Goes By” by Dooley Wilson from Casablanca

Father-Bride Dance: “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong

Mother-Groom Dance: “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan

Cake Cutting: “How Sweet It is” by James Taylor

Anniversary Dance” “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

Last Dance: “Somebody To Love” by Queen

The Wedding Ceremony

As guests arrived for the ceremony I had a mix of pop songs performed classically by Vitamin String Quartet and The Piano Guys. The small white Chapel looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Sybil Skinner from Yeopim Flowers. The parents thru the bridesmaids walked the aisle to “Feather” from Forrest Gump and Julie & her father to “”Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Vitamin String Quartet. After a short ceremony by Reverend Ronald Poythress and readings by both fathers, Julie, Martin and the wedding party recessed to Handel’s “Alla Hornpipe” and the guests were invited to the basement for cocktails.

The Social Hour

During the cocktail hour guests enjoyed custom drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres, a selfie station and a snow cone station! Yes, an awesome snow cone station!!! During the cocktail hour I had a mix of pop, classic soul and standards playing.

The Introductions

After pics were taken by photographer Bronwyn Duffield guests made their way back up to the main floor that had been transformed for dinner and dancing. The wedding party was introduced to Pharrell’s “Happy” and Julie and Martin came in to some of the loudest cheering I have heard. They came to the dance floor for their first dance to “As Time Goes By” by Dooley Wilson from the movie Casablanca. Julie then danced with her father to “What A Wonderful World” and Martin and his mother to “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan. Julie’s father blessed the meal and the buffet opened. During dinner I continued the same playlist as cocktails.

The Dinner & Dancing

After dinner we had the toasts and the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. I invited the married couples to the dance floor for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra and then opened the floor to everyone with “My Girl” that filled it instantly. The guests didn’t leave the packed dance floor for 2 ½ hours and danced to oldies, top 40, sing a longs and a couple line dances.

The Exit

We ended the night with Queen’s “Somebody To Love” and guests left for the sparkler exit as I played “Celebration”. What a fun night and wonderful couple! Thank you Julie and Martin and congratulations.

This was one of my favorite weddings, and not one I, or the guests, will soon forget!