Kristin and Matt had their wedding reception on the top floor of downtown Raleigh’s Wachovia building in the newly remodeled City Club (formerly the Cardinal Club). The room has floor to ceiling windows overlooking Raleigh. It really is a breathtaking view! I can’t wait to see photographer Diane McKinney’s pics.

The cocktail hour was held one floor below in the bar and lobby area. For the cocktail hour, I had a mix of standards, rock and classic soul playing with a little indie rock to cover Kristin & Matt’s musical taste. After the cocktail hour, guests made their way up the winding staircase to the top floor for dinner and dancing. The room was decorated in gold, black and white balloons with red centerpieces that the guests got to take home with them later in the night. Guests found their seats and I lined the wedding party up for introductions. They entered to “Best Day Of My Life” by American Authors and Kristin and Matt went right into their first dance to “I’ll Follow You” by Shinedown. They took their seats after for Kristin’s father’s welcome and Matt’s brother-in-law’s blessing. The plated salads came out and the food stations opened. For dinner I continued the same playlist as cocktails. During dinner they also had a short slideshow of their lives growing up and together.

As dinner finished we had individual toasts by the 7 person wedding party and then the Cinda’s cake cutting to “The Calculation” by Regina Spektor. The cake was awesome with a Bride & Groom with a motorcycle on top of it. After the cake cutting, Kristin joined her father on the floor for their dance that started with “My Little Girl” for a minute then into “The Twist”, “Greased Lightning”, “Jump On It” and on and on until “How Low” by Ludacris! They did a great job and her father was hilarious. After the long applause stopped, Matt escorted his mother to the floor and had their dance to “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins. I opened the floor to everyone after that with “My Girl” and the floor was filled within 2 minutes. The floor stayed filled all night with a mix of oldies, current hits, 90’s hip-hop and some 80’s and a few line dances.

We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Dark Of The Matinee” by Franz Ferdinand and garter toss to “Short Skirt, Long Jacket”. They did a great thing here, the catcher of the bouquet also got a bottle of wine for catching it. The catcher of the garter also got a bottle of Jack! What a great idea!!! Back to dancing after that with “The Wobble” and a college favorite of Kristin’s “Still Fly”. I even saw Kristin’s parents square dancing to “Call Me Maybe”.

We paused again around 11:45PM for a heartfelt toast by Kristin’s father and a few dance songs to bring us to the New Years Eve countdown. As the clock hit midnight the staff pulled the strings for the balloons in the ceiling. The floor filled with them coming down on the entire crown dancing to “Auld Lang Syne” by Dougie MacLean. It was such a great sight and picture by photographer Jenn Aan.