Rachael and Zack had both their ceremony and reception at Raleigh’s Angus Barn Pavilion on a beautiful October 17th evening. The weather could not have been more perfect for their special day! They held their ceremony at the pond with Elegant Ensembles providing live classical music. They also played for their cocktail hour on the patio.

After some pics were taken by Jim Coleman Photography and video by John Carter of Perfect Day Images, it was time for the intro’s and guests started making their way to their tables under the “big ass fan”. I introduced the wedding party to Pink’s “Get The Party Started” and Rachael and Zack entered to their first dance “Carried Away” by George Strait. After their dance, Rachael’s father joined her on the floor to dance to “I Loved Her First” and Zack danced with his mother to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”. Rachael’s father thanked everyone for coming and Dr. David Hailey blessed the meal. The food stations opened and I played a mix of soft rock and country.

After dinner we had a couple of toasts and the Cinda’s cake cutting to “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies. I invited Zach and Rachael back to the floor for another ballad to open the floor, but this was just to surprise Zack. I started “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis and after about 30 seconds I played the NC State wolf howl and Mrs. Wuf (The NC State Mascot) cut in for a dance with Zack. He was shocked! I then played the NC State fight song and the 7 foot Mr. Wuf appeared. Everyone joined them on the dance floor and I played “Jump Around” that had everyone dancing with them for about 45 minutes to Motown, top 40 and a couple line dances. Guests even got to get pictures taken with “The Wuf’s”.

Some guests made their way outside the pavilion to the bonfire for s’mores and cigars. We had an anniversary dance back inside after Mr & Mrs Wuf left to “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg and the winning couple was at 48 years. More top 40 and some hip-hop brought us to the bouquet toss to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and garter toss to “Danger Zone”, then back to dancing until the end of the night.

The night ended with “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” and a sparkler exit. What a fun night and a great group to play for. Congratulations Rachael and Zack and I hope you are having a blast on your honeymoon in Italy!