The wedding was lovely yesterday! I still don’t know what all the recorded music was that was used – and most of it was pre-recorded. I sang “Hold You Up”, which I am considering recording for our wedding music site, a song by Matthew West that is familiar to some, and led the congregation in singing “Blessed Be Your Name”, a contemporary song that is quite well known in contemporary worship music.
As with a couple other weddings I’ve played at or attended, a photo presentation of the bride and groom from their youngest years to the present was displayed on the giant screens at the front of the church during the pre-wedding time. The actual wedding related music began with the seating of the grandparents.
I had a blast playing with Jaden Street Jazz, a group I blogged about a couple days ago that entertained at the reception. The piano player for the group was unable to come and I was invited to sit in – and I had more fun than you can imagine! I even got to choose a lot of the songs which was nice since I didn’t know even half the songs in their book. We did do 6 or 8 that I didn’t know very well – the bride, Sara Thompson, was at our house the evening before the wedding and I invited her to look through their song list and pick out some that she wanted us to perform. Many of those she chose familiar to her from swing dance lessons and events here and there.
On an interesting wedding side note, one of the bridesmaids and her husband (Mary and Joshua Pedrick) were married about a year ago (I’m guessing on that and may have to edit this later!), and they hired someone to give a swing dance lesson during the reception, which was an innovative and enjoyable addition to the festivities. After all, weddings are all about celebration, and there’s nothing that says ‘celebration’ like a bunch of people who don’t know how to swing dance giving it their best shot. Mary and I had tried a couple times before, so at least we weren’t the most humorous in our attempts. Others who didn’t fare so well shall remain nameless…