Kelly & Jon chose the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh on October 10th for their outdoor ceremony and reception. It was the perfect place for Kelly to get married because her Grandmother used to work in the house when it was a government building and Kelly played there as a child. Guests arrived to the house and took seats in the side lawn for the ceremony as I had light classical music playing. The wedding party came down the isle to “Trumpet Voluntary” and Kelly and her father entered to a beautiful piano and violin version of “Canon In D”. After the ceremony, Jon and Kelly exited to “The Wedding March” and guests made their way to the side yard open-air tent for cocktails with floral arrangements by The Watered Garden. I had a mix of classic rock playing for cocktails as guests enjoyed cocktails, cheese and fruit, passed hors d’oeuvres and checked out the houses porch and inside the house as Kelly and Jon had pics taken by photographer Katherine Miles-Jones and videographer Phillip Kirchoff from My Motion Picture.

Kelly and Jon were all done with pics and ready to get the reception under way. I lined the wedding party up in the house and introduced them into the tent to Natalie Cole’s “(This Will Be) An Everlasting Love”. They came right to the middle of the floor and Kelly’s father welcomed everyone for coming followed by a few toasts. Kelly and Jon then had their first dance to “Unchained Melody” and Kelly’s father joined her on the floor for their dance to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight”. Jon escorted his mother to the floor and they had their dance to “Wind Beneath My Wings”. The Caffé Luna buffet opened in the house and I continued a classic rock mix. Towards the end of dinner I played “Under My Thumb” by The Rolling Stones and Kelly’s parents started dancing that had others join them for a few Stones songs then into the some beach music and Motown that filled the floor.

We stopped briefly for the Edible Art cake cutting in the house, then back to dancing to some line dances and current top 40. A Thunderstorm came rolling in and Kaila and the staff at The Merrimon-Wynne house was on it fast to put the sides of the tent up. Great job ladies!

After a couple hours of dancing to oldies, classic rock, sings-a-long’s and current top 40, it was time to call it a night and have a sparkler exit from the front of the house. The rain held ended just in time for their exit. What a sweet and beautiful couple and I am so happy I was part of their day. Thank you Kelly, Jon and Mr. & Mrs. Bryant!