Every so often, we get a client with a unique request for music that we never imagine having the opportunity to play.
Jessica was one of those brides. She got in touch with me a full year before her wedding took place, looking for something extremely specific: a cellist and pianist who could play a couple of arrangements that she had already purchased, and a cello quartet who could play Yellowcard 'Ocean Avenue' for her recessional.
Although this might be alluding to the fact that, even as a professional musician, I still have some questionable tastes in music; Ocean Avenue was totally a fav during my highschool years. I mean, it was on every playlist and mix CD I made. I loved it. So I won't lie...I was really excited to make this work for Jessica!
Jeremy Crosmer of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra did the arrangement for us, and luckily for us, he was even available to play as part of the quartet!
(Here's a fun fact: My husband Travis is also a cellist, and we both played in the quartet for Jessica. And Jeremy is the cellist who performed for our own wedding back in 2010!)
My point is, this was an extremely great group and we had an absolute blast performing every one of Jessica's requests. She was stunning as she walked down the aisle to the cello quartet arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon. We incorporated Song for Sienna (Brian Crane) and Expression (Helen Jane Long) into the ceremony as well with our pianist. The ceremony was very traditional: the mother's both lit candles after they walked the aisle for the eventual unity ceremony, and the pastor delivered a wonderful sermon. The juxtaposition of traditional wedding ceremony with such personal music choices worked wonderfully!
Working with Jessica and Donald was so much fun. We always love working with every single couple who comes our way, but getting the chance to do something so unique and so personalized for a wedding is really a privilege. Thank you both so much for letting us be a part of your moment!
until next time,