I never met Kathryn or Ryan until the day of their wedding. I was so honored to DJ their ceremony and reception at Durham’s Bay 7 in the historic American Tobacco Campus.
The ceremony was held on the main floor at the bottom of the stairs with a stainless background. It was so beautiful with floral arrangements by Tre Bella and lighting by Get Lit! Their minister Reverend Shaver gave an a heartfelt service that included a reading by what may have been the cutest 6 year old reader I have seen. She did an awesome job! After the ceremony the Reverend invited guests to the second floor balcony for drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres. During the social hour they had a live pianist provide music.
After pics were taken by Hooman from Vesic Photography and video by Red Letters Media, the 180 guests made their way back downstairs for the reception. I lined the wedding party up with help from Angel from Bay 7. I introduced them to “Say Hey” by Michael Franti and they came down the stairs and lined up along the back of the dance floor. Kathryn & Ryan came down for their first dance to “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. Kathryn’s Father welcomed everyone and the Reverend blessed the meal. During the served meal I played a mix of rock & classic soul.
After dinner we had the toasts and cake cutting to “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch” and then came one of the most touching and special Father-Daughter dances I have seen. Kathryn’s Father Terry had made a video of him reading the book “Forever Young” along with the Dylan song it came from while pictures of her as a child played in a slide show. Not a dry eye in the room! They danced for the first half, then he handed her over to Ryan. After their dance, Ryan danced with his Mother to “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd and I opened the floor to everyone.
For the next 1.5 hours I played a mix of classic soul, oldies, top 40, some 2000’s and even Blink-182 for Ryan and his friends!! So great! We paused for the bouquet toss to “Shoop Shoop Song” and then back to dancing until the end of the night. Their last dance was “Don’t Stop Believin’” before a sparkler exit.
What an absolute perfect reception and great group to play for. Thank you Kathryn, Ryan, Terry & Cathy and congratulations!