Paige and Steven’s wedding reception was held at NC State’s Alumni Club in Raleigh on July 18th and could not have been more fun! Their ceremony was held earlier in the day at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. After a little break, guests made their way to the Alumni Center for cocktails, dinner and dancing..and more cocktails…

Their cocktail hour was held in the front lobby and side hallway of the Aluumni Center with passed manhattans and hors d’oeuvres. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards playing. Paige and Steven were done with pics by photographer Amy and Scott from Your Still Life and wanted to join their cocktail hour, so I introduced the wedding party early to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and they came down the long staircase to the lobby and Paige and Steven to “L.O.V.E.” by Nat King Cole. When I went to line them up for the intro’s I could tell this was going to be a great one! They joined the remainder of the cocktail hour until the doors to the ballroom opened.

Guests found their tables that were decorated with beautiful arrangements by Lyn Graves from Fresh Affairs and Paige’s father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal. The served meal came out and I played a mix of standards, soft rock and classic soul during dinner. After dinner we had toasts by Paige’s sister / maid of honor and Steven’s best man and the Cinda’s Cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye that had everyone in the room clapping along with it. Paige and Steven then made their way to the dance floor for their dance to the piano version of “Then” by Brad Paisley, Paige danced with her father to “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” and Steven escorted his mother to the floor to dance to “Baby Mine” by Alison Krauss. The cigar and bourbon bar set up by the club’s Wendy opened out in the front of the building and I opened the dance floor with some Motown and current dance music that filled the floor with young and old.

After about an hour of dancing we paused for the bouquet toss to “Wishin & Hopin” by Ani DiFranco then back to dancing to some current hip hop and top 40. The night ended with Jack Johnson’s “Better Together” and finally “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit before the sparkler exit. What a fun night and great group to play for! Congratulations Paige and Steven.