Marjorie and James chose the Arnold Palmer designed Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh for their ceremony and reception on October 12th, 2014 and I was there for every moment. Marjorie had a Great Gatsby theme going that I fell in love with! The programs had the theme, the men wore black and white wingtips and her cocktail and dinner music were classic swing and standards.

The weather did not permit an outdoor ceremony, so it was moved into the Club, but did not damper the mood at all. As guests arrived for the ceremony I had soft rock and indie rock playing. The groomsmen and James walked in to Train’s “Marry Me”, the bridesmaids to a piano version of “A Thousand Years” from Twilight and Marjorie entered with her father to Ingrid Michaelson’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. The backdrop for the ceremony was hundreds of origami cranes that Marjorie had made by hand. After a wonderful ceremony and touching reading, they had a candle lighting ceremony to Yiruma’s “A River Flows In You”. Their recessional was “Home’ by Edward Sharpe and guests made their way to the bar area for drinks and hors d’oeuvres. I had a custom classic jazz mix playing while photographers Joshua and Candace from Lotus Creative Studios took some group pics.

The cocktail hour ended and guests made their way down the hall for the reception in the ballroom. The floral centerpieces were white flowers with feathers in them to keep the Great Gatsby theme. I introduced the wedding party to Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” and Marjorie and James entered to “I Gotta Feelin’”. They went right into their choreographed first dance to “All Of Me” that they killed! You could tell they had practiced a ton. Marjorie’s father joined her for their choreographed dance to “I Loved Her First” and James and his mother danced to “My Wish”. Marjorie’s father welcomed everyone and the buffet opened as I continued a classic swing and standards mix.

After dinner we had toasts and the cake cutting to “Smile” by Uncle Kracker. I opened the floor with Fergie’s “A Little Party Never Hurt Nobody” from the new Great Gatsby movie (get it???) and then into “Love Train” that had Marjorie and James leading guests around the room and they all had glow sticks around their necks, wrists and heads. Even some blinking rings that really lite up the dance floor with color.

After about and hour of dancing to oldies, current top 40 and a couple line dances it was time for the bouquet toss to “Short Skirt, Long Jacket” by Cake. I opened the floor back up for Marjorie and her mother to dance to the 70’s hit “Love Grows” by Edison Lighthouse and then some 80’s and current top 40 that filled the rest of the night’s floor. I even saw a dancing horse out there! Well, the head anyway.

The night ended with “Don’t Stop Believin” and a sparkler exit from the front of the Country Club. What a fun group and a wonderful Bride and Groom!