Tara and Eugene chose downtown Raleigh’s 140 year old little white church All Saints Chapel for both ceremony and reception on August 2nd. The ceremony was officiated by DC minister Veronique MacRae and held on the main floor of the church. Their parents entered to “Here & Now” by Luther Vandross, the wedding party to “All My Life” by K-Ci & JoJo and Tara and her father to “You & Me (The Wedding Song)” by Johnny Gill. During the ceremony they had a reading by Tara’s Sister Kirstin (who did a great job!) and a blending of the sand ceremony that also included their children. During the sand ceremony I played “The Lord’s Prayer” by Dinah Washington. The ceremony concluded and for their recessional I played “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love)” by Natalie Cole. Veronique invited guests to head down to the basement reception hall for cocktails and hour d’oeuvres. During cocktail hour I had a mix of classic and current R&B playing.

After photos of the wedding party were taken by photographer Kendall Lynette, they were ready to be introduced into the hall to “Happy” by Pharrell and each couple danced into the room. Tara and Eugene were introduced into the room to “Bring Em Out” by T.I. and came right to the dance floor for a wedding party group dance that included “Candy”, “Brick House”, “Apache” and a few others in the custom mix I made for them. It was awesome and a great way to start out the party! After that, Tara and Gene had their private dance to “All Of Me” by John Legend. Tara’s father joined her on the floor for their dance to “You Are So Beautiful” and Gene escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “A Song for Mama”. Veronique blessed the meal and the buffet opened. During dinner I continued the same playlist as cocktails.

After dinner we had a few toasts and the cake cutting to “Sweet Love” by Anita Baker and I opened the floor with “The Electric Slide” and some R&B including one of my favorite songs of all time “Before I Let Go” by Maze. We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Milkshake” and garter removal and toss to “Right Round” by Flo Rida and “Another One Bites The Dust”. It was so funny to see all the single guys follow the garter from Gene’s hand, up in the air and land on the floor with none of them taking their hands out of their pockets! Classic !! LOL.

The night ended with their last dance to Stevie Wonder’s “As” and a glow stick exit from the front of the Chapel. What a lovely couple and I am so happy for them! Congratulations Tara and Eugene. I hope to run into you again!