Wedding First Dance

The Ceremony

Kristen & Austin chose to have both their wedding ceremony and reception at the historic Market Hall in Downtown Raleigh on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day. I provided music and mic’s for the ceremony as well as the cocktail hour and reception. As guests arrived for the ceremony I had a classical mix playing. It was time for the ceremony to start and the 150 guests found their seats with help from planner Kathy from Sally Oakley Events. The Grandparents and Parents walked down the aisle to “Ode To Joy”, Austin and the groomsmen to “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing” by Chris Rice, the bridesmaids to “Canon In D” and finally Kristen & her father to Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain’s version of “The Bridal March”. After a short ceremony with a few readings, they recessed to chorus of “Islands In The Stream” LOL. So great!

The Cocktail Hour

The guests made their way to the bar for cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres, the staff flipped the room and photographer Philip Herndon got some pics of the wedding party in the room and outside on the cobblestone streets. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of soft rock and country playing. After pics were done and the room was flipped, guests found their seats and it was time to introduce the wedding party.

The Introductions & Dinner

I introduced each couple to a different song including the ushers, ring bearers, Parents and Austin’s Grandparents. They came to the dance floor and lined along the back wall. Kristen & Austin entered to “You’re My Best friend” by Queen and had their first dance to The Avett Brothers “Offering”. They took their seats and Karen’s Aunt blessed the meal. During the buffet dinner I had another mix of soft rock and country playing.

The Dancing

After dinner we had toasts by the maid of honor and best man and the cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor. Kristen’s father then joined her on the floor for their dance to “I Loved Her First” and Austin escorted his mother nicely to the floor for their dance to the beach music hit “Ocean Boulevard”.   I invited all the married couples to join them after that for an anniversary dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra with Austin’s Grandparents winning at 65 years married! That may be the longest I have ever had. I opened the floor with Motown and top 40 that filled it for the next 3 hours! I played everything from country line dances, top 40, oldies, 90’s hip-hop and some 80’s sing alongs. We ended the night with Wilson Phillip’s “Hold On” and finally “Wagon Wheel” before the sparkler exit. This was one of my favorite weddings! Thank you Kristen, Austin & Kathy!