Rachel Rose and KJ had their ceremony and reception at Chapel Hill’s amazing Carolina Inn on Saturday. The weather was a little windy and cool for this time of year, but at least no rain! The day started off with a great ceremony! They had a Catholic ceremony a few days before, and this one was Jewish. The rabbi had an incredible voice and the music by Arioso Strings was perfect. As the ceremony ended in Bryan Courtyard, the guests made their way to the other side of the hotel to the area just outside the Hill Ballroom for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

I was all set up and waiting inside when the main doors opened at around 7:00pm. After lining up the bridal party in the hallway, we were ready for the intros to U2’s “Beautiful Day”. KJ and Rachel Rose entered to thunderous applause and went right into their first dance “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. I’ve played that song hundreds of times, but not as the first dance, but you know what? It worked! Everyone was clapping right along! Next, Rachel Rose and her father danced to “I Loved Her First” and then KJ danced with mother to “Blessed” by Elton John. After a little while with his mom, he invited in his two aunts to dance with him as well. It was very sweet!

Dinner started after a brief welcome from the father of the bride. They had several amazing courses, so it took a little while, but was well worth it. After dinner, we had the cake cutting (Cinda’s Cakes-the cinnamon one was amazing) and toasts from three people (all whom were excellent). Once we were done with the formalities, it was time to PARTY! As is tradition at most Jewish weddings, we started with the Hora, a traditional dance forming a ring of guests around the newlyweds and than raising them up in chairs! It was havoc and a great way to open up the dance floor. And from that first song on, it was three straight hours of folks on the dance floor! That place was jumping, especially the last half hour going into the club music. Rachel Rose was screaming “one more hour!” when I stopped at midnight! The night finally ended with “Devil with a Blue Dress” since they both went to Duke, and then guests made their way outside for their big exit! Gina and Whitney from A Southern Soiree did a killer job of keeping this event right on schedule, I mean almost to the minute! Amazing. I am looking forward to the photos from Cristobal Perez with Azul Photography. He is one of my favorites and his work is always outstanding! I’ll post some here!