Jennifer & Rich’s Wedding at Washington Duke Inn
After a chance meeting on a flight, Jennifer and Rich’s trip to the wedding alter started. I was honored to provide music for their ceremony and reception at the Washington Duke Inn on Good Friday.
The Wedding Ceremony
The ceremony was held inside and the walls were draped with white linens. As guests arrived I had a mix of light classical music playing. Rich walked down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary” and the bridesmaids to “Bella’s Lullaby”. Jennifer and her Father entered to George Winston’s version of “Canon In D”. After a short blessing by Reverend Luffy, singer Beverly Kain sang “How Great Thou Art” acapella. It was just beautiful! After the ceremony that included a reading and “I Believe In You and Me” (again by Beverly) during the unity candle, they recessed to “The Wedding March”. While pics were taken by Steve Coad from Simply Photos & video by David Spector, the 100 guests made their way out back for the social hour. I had a mix of soft rock, classic soul and standards playing.
The First Dance
After the cocktail hour, the doors to the ballroom opened and everyone found their seats. Jennifer’s Father welcomed everyone and blessed the meal. During dinner I had a mix of classical and classic jazz playing. After dinner we had a series of toasts and then their first dance to “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones. Jennifer danced with her Father to “What A Wonderful World” and Rich and his oldest Sister did a mean cha cha to “I Want It That way”. I opened up the floor to everyone then and it filled instantly to Motown & oldies, top 40 and lots of 70’s music.
We paused for the cake cutting to “Top Of The World” by The Carpenters then they were surprised with an adorable 6 year old flower girl (Lydia’s) karaoke version of “From This Moment” by Shania Twain. She did an amazing job and totally surprised everyone! She had practiced it during singing lessons she had since January just for this wedding and you could tell. After that I opened the floor again til the end of the night and last dance to “Could I Have This Dance” by Anne Murray.