The perfect complement for your perfect day.
Your wedding is a big deal, and it should be memorable - not just for you, but also for your guests. Holding it in a picturesque location is a great start, but if you want it to have that final, classy element that makes it stick in everybody's mind, you need live music. More specifically, you need a cellist. (That last part may be slightly biased.)
How does it work?
Here's an example of a typical ceremony "Package".
- Prelude - approximately 20-30 minutes of background music before the ceremony starts, as guests arrive and take their seats.
- Processional(s) - music as the wedding party and the bride walk down the aisle. This can be two different pieces, or one long piece for everybody.
- Special Music - a short (or not so short) piece during the ceremony. If you're doing the Ceremony of the Candle, or Pouring of the Sand, or even just meditating for a few moments, it goes here.
- Recessional - a celebratory piece following the conclusion of the ceremony as the entire wedding party exits down the aisle.
- Postlude - more background music as the guests are dismissed. Typically 10-20 minutes, depending on the size of the guest list and lots of other factors.
This is your day. Everything else is exactly the way you want it, so why not the music as well? If you're not a musician, music selection can seem like a pretty daunting task, that's why I'm here to help! First, you need to decide how traditional you want your music. I split my repertoire into three general categories - Traditional, Less-Traditional and Non-Traditional.
- Traditional music consists of pieces that your guests will not only recognize, but also immediately associate with "Wedding". Wagner's "Here comes the bride" Wedding March is the best example of this category, along Mendelssohn's Wedding Chorus and Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary .
- Less-Traditional music consists of pieces that your guests will most likely recognize, but not necessarily as a wedding piece. This is by far the largest category. It contains pieces like Pachelbel's Canon (although it arguably belongs in the first!) Bach's Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring, Sheep my Safely Graze, and the most famous part of his Cello Suites, Prelude #1.
- Non-Traditional music consists of pieces your guests probably won't recognize, but will still enjoy listening to. This would include the less-well known parts of Bach's Cello Suites, Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz (a gorgeous piece that makes a fantastic recessional) and any of the pretty melodies I've collected over the years.
There's always room for Cello!
Is a Ceremony package just not enough music for you? I can also play a Cocktail Hour or Reception!
Sometimes bigger is better.
If you have your heart set on an ensemble larger than a solo cello, that can be arranged. I play with several local ensembles, so we can cover just about any configuration you'd ever want.
- Duo (cello + 1) options - Violin or Flute
- Trio (cello + 2) options - Violin and Flute, Flute and Clarinet,
- Quartet (cello + 3) - traditional string quartet, with two violins and a viola.
- (My classical Violin-Flute-Cello trio also magically transforms into a jazz Flute-Guitar-Bass trio, if that's more your style.)
Location, location, location!
The Adirondacks region is a huge area, covering most of Northern (not Upstate) New York. I know, because I live there. I travel regularly across the park for weddings and concerts, from Glens Falls to Plattsburgh, Ticonderoga to Lake Placid, sometimes continuing on to Saranac Lake or Tupper Lake, even occasionally to Potsdam and Malone. I've even gone as far as the Catskills, New Jersey, far Western New York, and Pennsylvania! What I'm trying to say is that I'll travel as far as necessary. Find your ideal place first, then (wherever it happens to be) send me an e-mail and we'll see what we can do.