April has been busy for consulting and booking, yet on the slow side for performing. Once May hits, we’ll be going full force! For wedding vendors, the winter months tend to be heavy on booking while the summer and fall months are intense performing months [since we're musicians].
However! We played our first 2015 wedding on Friday evening, April 10th, for Mike+Amie at Rolling Hill Farms! I [Jennifer] met Amie in my Monday night Bible study [Bible Study Fellowship, BSF]. We all celebrated when she announced her engagement in October. She was absent for one week of study, and then she told us that Mike took her on a surprise trip to Iceland to propose. Besides being a Principal at a school, Amie is a graphic designer and videographer – you can view her creative Iceland video HERE.
Jon, my boyfriend, filled in on viola since Bethany was traveling with the Galkin Team – she made the commitment after the wedding was booked. Turned out that Jon and Christopher were in the same Bible study small group at BSF with Mike! It was fun knowing the Bride and Groom and being a part of their special day. We’re excited for Amy Kolodziej from Sunshower Photography to post photos!
Amie and Mike invited us all to stay for the reception - it was exquisite! Everything was personalized and beautiful. They even had cartoon artists who were drawing the guests! I loved that idea.
Amie preferred us to wear the wedding colors as opposed to our professional black attire. We enjoyed a change as we selected clothing that matched her color palette of yellow, navy, and gray.
Amie and Mike selected the Prelude and Ceremony pieces. For Cocktail Hour, we played our own selections from memory. The wind made it incredibly difficult to keep sheet music and stands from flying away. One of the risks of having an outdoor wedding is - you guessed it - weather! We're so grateful it didn't storm. It was 80% chance of rain and storms the day before, but the weather miraculously cleared up by the wedding day. Although the precipitation held off, the wind made it tricky to hear each other and to keep the stands and music stabilized. Regardless, we played our best and enjoyed learning some new songs!
Here is the complete list of Ceremony selections:
I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
Pompeii - Bastille
A Sky Full of Stars - Coldplay
Wonderful Tonight - Clapton
Can't Help Falling in Love With You - Elvis
Hey Ho - Lumineers
It's Time - Imagine Dragons [Family Processions]
I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons [Bridal Party Processions]
Happy - Pharrell [Recessional]
Ceremony Musicians: Wescottage Music
Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Caudle! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your first day of marriage.
On Another Note...
Christopher and I had the pleasure of participating in The Queen City Youth Chorus’ Spring Concert at Christ Episcopal Church. The choir sang Stabat Mater by Pergolesi – a beautiful piece of music. The sound is angelic in the acoustics of that church. We were delighted to be a part of this performance! We would love to continue performing music in Charlotte just like this. It gives such a beautiful balance to playing for weddings. Listen to the music on YouTube here to get an idea of the sound of the music [skip to 1:28].
Violin 1 – Martha Gardner | Violin 2 – Christopher | Viola – Matt Primm | Cello – Jennifer
Director - Rob Ridgell
Photography Credits: Jon Courville Photography