Olga & Adrian chose the Durham Arts Council in downtown Durham for their cocktail hour and reception. I had never been there before, but love the layout and it’s great for a small wedding. This one was just under 100 people. I’m sure photographer Michael Williams and his wife from Michaels Memories got some great shots of the guests and floral arrangements by Mel Day from Dogwood Floral Tree Designs! They also had a sign in board for guests that looked like a painting easel. Fun !!
Guests started arriving after the ceremony at Immaculate Conception in Durham and I had a mix of standards and salsa playing. Both Olga and Adrian are latin American. The small wedding party arrived and I introduced them to The Lumineers “Ho Hey” and they came down the stairs and to the dance floor in the lobby for their first dance to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. Olga had one of the biggest grins I have seen on a bride! She then danced with her father to the slow version of ”Forever Young” by Rod Stewart and Adrian escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Olga’s father welcomed everyone and Father Bill blessed the food of their family style dinner. Guests found their seating assignments by looking on custom luggage tags that were on a board. What a fun idea!
For dinner I played a mix of soft rock and classic R&B. After dinner and toasts by Olga’s Sister and Adrian’s Best man we opened the floor with a “longest married couple” dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. I then opened the floor with some oldies and latin music and guests filled the floor and hit the bar for 3 ½ hours. Not kidding!
We stopped shortly for the Cinda’s cake cutting and then back to dancing. The mix all night was latin and American. It was so fun to see them salsa and merengue dancing and I love the music, even though I have no idea what they are saying. Ha ha…
The night ended with their last dance to “Sweet Caroline” and a sparkler exit. What a fun night and I am glad they trusted me with their reception!