Kristen Hassett and Darren Clary were married on Sunday, September 14th at the beautiful and picturesque Magnolia Manor in Colfax, NC, just outside of Greensboro.

The couple was joined at the historic site by about 100 of their closest family and friends for their ceremony and reception. Kristen and Darren were married beneath the large oak tree on the grounds of Magnolia Manor. The bride, escorted by her mother and father, made her way down the aisle to “A Thousand Years” by The Piano Guys. Rev. Elizabeth Grimes performed a beautiful ceremony full of great tennis references…the bride and groom met while playing in a tennis league, so it was perfect!

After the outdoor ceremony and pictures, I introduced the bridal party and bride and groom to their guests to the tune of “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.  After dinner, the couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “Overwhelmed” by Tim McMorris.  Even though they were dreading dancing in front of everyone with all eyes on them, they did a great job and it was a special moment for everyone who was there. After their first dance, the bride danced with her father to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, shortly followed by the groom dancing with his mother to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Following some very heartfelt toasts, we opened up the dance floor. I played hits from all decades going back to the ‘50’s, and with several of the bride and groom’s nieces and nephews in attendance, I kept the kids dancing as well. Everyone danced and had a great time, especially towards the end when the Best Man’s was giving everyone personal salsa lessons, including me!

Jamie Gilliam and her staff from Graceful Wedding Management were amazing and made things so easy for everyone.

Taylor Bree of Taylor Bree Photography took some amazing pictures of the ceremony and reception. You can see the teaser pictures here which look awesome and I cannot wait to see the final shots!

It was a great wedding, a lot of fun, and I am happy that I was able to be a part of Kristen and Darren’s such a special day! We wish them all the best and a lifetime of happiness!

David Fox