People who know me know how much I love a great practical joke and surprising the people I love, especially at a wedding. I was thrilled to be in on Sarah & Alex’s surprise to their 100 family members and friends on February 19th at the historic Stockroom at 230 in downtown Raleigh NC with planner Katie from La Fete and Photographer Graham Terhune!
As guests entered the room for what they thought was an engagement party dinner, they were greeted by Sarah in her wedding dress and Alex in his suit. SURPRISE!! We’re actually getting married right now!! The guests found their seats for the ceremony and I had a mix of classical versions of pop songs playing. The parents and small wedding party walked down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring” and Sarah and her father to “Canon In D”. After a short ceremony by minister Kayelily MIddleton the wedding party recessed to “Gimme Some Lovin’” by Spencer Davis. The guests made their way to the Mahler Gallery next door for cocktails and the staff at The Stockroom got it ready for dinner and dancing.
The guests made their way back upstairs and I introduced Sarah and Alex to “You Are The Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. They came in to very loud cheering and to the floor for their first dance to “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding. Sarah then danced with her father to “My Girl” and Alex and his mother to “The Man You’ve Become”. Sarah’s father took the mic for a heartfelt welcome and blessed the meal. The individually served salads and entrées came out by caterers PoshNosh and I played a mix of soft rock, standards ad classic soul during dinner.
After dinner we had the Edible Arts cake cutting to “Sugar, Sugar” and opened the floor with some Motown and oldies. Through the night I played a lot of 80’s, some current hits and some 90’s hip-hop. The night ended with “Save The Last Dance” by Michael Buble.
What a fun wedding and a great surprise. Thank you Sarah, Alex & Katie!