Whitney and Christian had both ceremony and reception at The Carolina Inn with the ceremony outside and reception in The Old Well Room.  They were engaged there, so it was very important to Whitney to get married in the same spot as the engagement.  Wedding planner Sally Oakley made sure it happened in between the raindrops. Great job Sally!  Photographer Wendy Boyer from Dancing Heart Photography was there all night capturing every moment.

The wedding party came into the beautiful Carolina Inn Old Well room to the 80’s gem “The Final Countdown” by Europe, and Christian and Whitney made their way to the floor for their first dance “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys.  One of my favorite songs ever!  After their first dance Whitney danced with her Father to Kenny Loggins “Return To Pooh Corner”.  Bridesmaid Jessilyn introduced the next song which was an interpretive Japanese dance to “Mata Kimi ni Koi Shiteru” by Fuyumi Sakamoto.  The dancer had a full on Kimono and her dance was absolutely beautiful! Whitney’s Father Joe said a few words and it was time for the 3 course meal with soup, salad and entrée’s.  Dinner music was standards and some latin bachata.

After dinner, the Miel Bon Bon’s cake cutting to “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles and toasts brought on one of the most touching parts of a wedding I have ever seen.  Whitney’s Father was supposed to perform a song during the ceremony, but the oncoming rain cancelled it.  He decided to perform it after the toasts and before I opened the floor.  He sang and played acoustic guitar to “Follow Me” by John Denver and there was not a dry eye in the room.  He used to sing it 38 years ago.

It was hard to open the floor after that, but “My Girl” brought everyone out.  After a few Motown songs I mixed into “Suavemente” and a few other latin songs and all of Chris’s Spanish speaking family members rushed the floor.  It was great seeing Whitney’s family and Chris’s family having such a great time dancing together!

We stopped to do a longest married couples dance to “At last” by Etta James and Chris’s parents won. The floor opened again to some current dance music and guests filled the floor until the last song of the night, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Elvis.

Whitney and Chris made a bubble exit from the front porch of The Carolina Inn.  What a fun time and I was so glad I was there for it.  I will never forget this reception and Whitney’s Father’s performance!