Christie and Robby chose the historic Merrimon-Wynne House in downtown Raleigh for both their wedding ceremony and reception on a beautiful August 29th. As the 120 guests arrived for the ceremony on the side lawn I had a mix of acoustic soft rock playing. The grandparents and parents entered to “Here, There and Everywhere” by The Beatles, the bridal party to “Count On me” by Bruno Mars and Christie & her father to “Stay Or Leave” by The Coda Duo. After a 3 minute ceremony performed by Christie’s Uncle, the wedding party recessed to “Better Together” by Jack Johnson and made their way to the front of the house for pics by photographer Graham Terhune.
The cocktail hour was held inside the house and also on the side porch and yard. In the side yard guests could play corn-hole and enjoy cocktails. During the cocktail hour I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul and standards playing. The cocktail hour ended and guests were invited into the tent for dinner and dancing by wedding planner Carly with LaFete. The guests found their tables and the wedding party was ready to be announced. I introduced them into the tent to “Still Not A Player” by Big Pun (LOL) and Christie & Robby came to the dance floor for their first dance to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. The wedding party took their seats and Christie danced with her father to “My Girl” and Robby escorted his mother to the floor for their dance to “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. The salads and individually served meals came out and I continued a mix of soft rock, classic soul and standards.
Towards the end of dinner Christie and Robby had the cake cutting in the house, then came back to the tent for the toast. Christie’s father toasted them with champagne and I then opened the floor with some beach music and oldies for a few songs, then some current hits that packed the floor for the next 2 hours. I played mostly current dance music for this younger dancing crowd and threw in a few more oldies for the older guests. I loved seeing Christie singing along to Lil Wayne’s “Mrs. Officer” and all the groomsmen in a line with their arms around each other singing “Wagon Wheel”!! We paused briefly for the bouquet toss to “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” by Destiny’s Child, then right back to dancing to some current hip-hop. I ended the night with a request, “Unchained Melody” and Christie and Robby made their exit from the front of the house through sparklers to their getaway car.
What a fun night and a wonderful couple! It was an added bonus to see 2 of my past brides and groom. Thank you Christie and Robby and great to see you again Ashley, Sean & Jenna!