Who knew that a beautiful paradise existed just a block off of McLoughlin Blvd? I got invited to play a wedding for a lovely couple at Gray Gables Estate, which has a beautiful outdoor cathedral-like setting, a pond and fountain with live Koi, and a very nice indoor area for gathering. The bride’s dream was to walk down the aisle to Pachebel’s Canon in D, and I was honored to play for her and her partner. Congratulations Shelly and Alyssa, many blessings for a long and happy life together!
There is an amazing plant paradise in NW Portland called Pomerius Nursery, and my cello and I got to play among the palm trees! The bride asked me to play a cello arrangement of Endlessly by Amaranthe for her processional. It’s a beautiful song, and one I will keep on my playlist! Congratulations Emily and Edwin!
Surrounded by old growth trees, my cello felt right at home. I always enjoy playing at Hoyt, today there was perfect weather in this perfect setting. The couple asked me to arrange a cello version of “Yellow” by Coldplay for the wedding processional song, and the song worked well on cello with a light synth background loop.
Tuesday wedding at the Abernethy Center in Oregon City in Abigail’s Garden. There’s a stream running through the gardens here, and a beautiful, peaceful pavilion. The bride requested “Tale as Old As Time” for her processional.
Congratulations to Kate and Robert Squires! Beautiful wedding at the Historic Abernathy Center Cathedral. Processional playlist included: Bach Cello Suite #1, For The Love of a Princess (from Braveheart) and Canon in D. This cathedral actually rang the bells when they finished exchanging their vows! How cool is that!
Wedding at Iriving Street Studios, downtown Portland. Light and airy venue with lots of natural wood, excellent acoustics. The couple chose quite a few Beatles tunes for the pre-ceremony music, which I always love playing. What is it about the Beatles that appeals to so many? It’s music that so many can relate to.
The Processional songs were: cello and looper versions of “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele, and “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”.
Congratulations to the Skripsky’s!
In a total contrast to the outdoor, lodge themed weddings of last week, I got to play a wedding in a very urban venue in Downtown Portland. I enjoyed the modern lighting, decor, and huge windows.
The Processional was a cello version of “A Thousand Years”. And the Recessional: “Don’t Stop Believing” on cello and looper.
Silver Falls State Park has some of the most amazing scenery in Oregon! I’ve been hiking at the Falls, but I’ve never been to this lodge. The ceremony was held outdoors in an outdoor cathedral, surrounded by silent, old-growth trees. Instead of using a generator, I was happy I brought by battery powered amp so everyone got to enjoy the sounds of nature and the cello.
The processional songs were cello versions of “Speechless” by Dan and Shay, and “At Last”.
Afterwards, the party moved into the lodge for the reception dinner. Absolutely gorgeous!
This Saturday night I played in the Crystal Ballroom at Portland’s iconic Benson Hotel. This venue has an urban-vintage feeling; there’s such a solid feeling of craftsmanship in the building, lots of attention to every detail. The series of huge chandeliers put the “crystal” in this ballroom. Whoever designed and constructed this building went all out on the ceilings! So the next time you visit the Benson, be sure to look up.
This wedding marks the first time EVER I have finished Pachelbel’s Canon at exactly the moment the Bride reached the altar. Seems the planets were perfectly aligned for this couple!