The ceremony was held outside and I ran mics and music. As the 140 guests arrived I had a mix of classical pop songs playing. The Grandparents and Parents entered to “Wonderful Tonight” and wedding party to “Yellow”, both by Vitamin String Quarter. Summer entered to “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by The Piano Guys. The ceremony included two performances that were both amazing! One performance by Monica during the unity candle and another by Kelsey during the blessing of the hands really made is very special! After the ceremony they recessed to “This Will be (An Everlasting Love)” and made their way to the adjoining outdoor patio for the cocktail hour.
During the cocktail hour I had a mix of standards and country playing with a little soft rock and Motown added. Summer, Chad and the wedding party were off getting pics taken by photographer Mark Mosrie. After pics were taken, planner Alyson invited guests to their tables inside. The room and fireplace looked beautiful with floral arrangements by Expressions Of Love. I introduced the Parents to ”I Gotta Feeling”, wedding party to “High Hopes” and Summer & Chad to “Bring Em Out”. They came right to the dance floor and had their first dance to “The Day Before You” by Rascal Flatts. After that, Summer’s Brother welcomed everyone and Stephanie Moore blessed the meal. The Catering Works buffet opened and I went back to music during dinner. I played a mix of country and standards again as well as “The Greatest Love Of All” by Whitney Houston in honor of Summer’s late Father, Al.
After dinner we had the toasts and Parent’s dances. Summer danced with her new Father in Law to “What A Wonderful World” and Chad and his Mother to “My Wish”. We had an anniversary dance to “Through The Years” by Kenny Rogers that had the winners at 59 years married. I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown and Top 40 that soon filled it with young and old.
We paused for the cake cutting to “You Make My Dreams Come True” and then a couple Lebanese dance songs to honor Summer’s roots while the staff served the cake. It was so great to see everyone dancing to those songs together hand in hand! Some 90’s Hip Hop rounded out the night before the last dance to “Then (Piano version)” by Brad Paisley and a sparkler exit.
Thank you Summer, Chad and Alyson! I had the best time!!