Elana and Chris had their ceremony and reception in Pittsboro, NC at the lovely Fearrington Village. The ceremony took place outside with music by Arioso Strings. I immediately took over after the ceremony with cocktails on the patio outside the barn. Once again, the weather was absolutely perfect! They couldn’t have picked a better day! I went out to say hey to Elana and Chris just before introducing them, and they were so excited! I only introduced them, but the room still was really into it as I played “Signed Sealed Delivered” as they entered. They then went right into their first dance “You and Me” by Dave Matthews Band. Next, Elana’s mother welcomed everyone and gave a great toast, and then I introduced Elana’s uncles who gave the blessing over the challah (a Jewish custom). Dinner was out soon after, and it looked fantastic! At the end of dinner, the staff passed out champagne for three toasts that took place next. The two best men, Tomas and Chris and then Elana’s sister/maid of honor Sarah who kind of lost it (hey, so did I at my sister’s wedding) so like a true gentleman I gave her my pocket square. I always wondered why I wore that thing! The cake cutting was immediately following to “How Sweet It Is” by Michael Buble.

Elana and her father then danced to “Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon and finally it was party time. As I do with most of my Jewish weddings, I started with the Hora. If you have never been to a Jewish wedding, you’re missing out. It basically starts with the guests joining hands and moving in a circle before finally putting the bride and groom in (sturdy) chairs and lifting them high into the air over and over again. At a certain point, the couple usually takes a napkin and they link together with it. It’s a great way to start a dance party, and it definitely did last night! I went right into “Twist and Shout” after that and for two straight hours, these folks partied! The music varied from 80’s rockers to current Top 40, and the night concluded with Eddie Money’s “Take My Home Tonight” and then a song by a fictional boy band from a show on MTV years ago called 2Gether (anyone remember that). Elana and her friends knew every word and loved it! What a great ending, and I’m so happy for the new Dr. and Mrs. Edwards! I’m looking forward to seeing the photos from Robert Ross and the trailer from Crown Alley Films.