9/1/19 – Wedding @Blockhouse

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!IMG_0635

7/6/19 – Wedding @ The Abernathy Center Cathedral

CongratulationIMG_0128.jpgs 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!

6/7/19 – Wedding @ Lucy’s Garden

IMG_0587.jpgWedding at Lucy’s Garden, Ridgefield Washington.  Beautiful gardens and an indoor barn for the reception.

I played before the wedding during a cocktail hour in the barn, and had people singing along to familiar songs.

The bride chose Pachebel’s Canon in D for her processional.

Congratulations to Kristin and Drew!

5/26/19 – Wedding @ Irving Street Studios

IMG_0584Wedding 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!

5/25/19 – Urban Wedding @ Urban Studios

In a total contrast to the outdoor, lodge themed weddings of last week, I got to play a wedding in a very urbanIMG_0562.jpg 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.

7/13/18 – Youngberg Hill Winery

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Lovely 90+ degree day for a wedding, but the setting was scenic (Youngberg Hill Winery) and the people were wonderful!  This couple had a  unique request:  they asked me to play along with the DJ for the processional.  It went amazingly well!  (The song: The City of Black and White by Mat Kearney)  The DJ was great and the processional was perfection.

I was also asked to play a special song in the middle of the ceremony, another request that is not common, but one I wish would make a comeback.  I loved that this couple had a song that had such significance to them that they wanted it included.  Just as hearing a tune from the past brings back vivid memories from that time, marking this day with a song is insurance that every time that song is played, you will have an instant recall of your wedding.  Music just has that kind of power.  So consider putting music in the ceremony; add a meaningful hymn to honor the spiritual nature of your union, or a special song during the lighting of the union candle, or a devotional love song to each other.