Brides or Grooms: If you are stressing about choosing the perfect music, I understand and would love to help! Music adds depth and beauty to wedding ceremonies. It is important for Carsten and me to pay attention to every detail of music in the weddings for which we perform—just as we wanted for our own wedding. When we practice together, we are constantly thinking of ways to make music speak perfectly for your important day. We are committed to make your wedding even better with our music! We are performing for one this June in which we are playing “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked right before the bride walks down the aisle. How fun is that! I have played in quite a few weddings and this is the first time a bride has asked for me to arrange a tune out of a musical. We are so excited!
Here is a little sneak peak of what is was like choosing music for our wedding:
For me, music was by far the most important part of our wedding, other than of course my groom. It was the one of the few aspects of my wedding that I actually cared about. Without my amazing mother taking care of pretty much everything else (thanks, Mom!), I would not have been able to spend as much time and thought choosing our wedding music. As a musician myself, I probably made it more difficult than it needed to be but it was so so much fun. Luckily, choosing the musicians was the easy part - Carsten and I have incredibly talented friends who were able to play for our ceremony.
Carsten and I both being musicians wanted to include a variety of styles of music, and that is exactly what we did. I had the cellist and pianist choose prelude music as our guests walked in. Our family and bridal party walked down to Air Suite No. 3 and Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring which are both traditional wedding pieces.
Originally, I wanted to walk down to “Bring Him Home” from the Les Miserables musical. Someone I love dearly kindly reminded me the meaning was probably not the most appropriate to walk down to but goodness, the music underneath is gorgeous. Especially, with my talented cellist and pianist friends playing it together.
I ended up walking down to “Dawn” which was a perfect alternative. This piece is played from my favorite movie (and book), Pride and Prejudice. Brides, I definitely recommend this piece to walk down to!
I chose “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine” as our congregational hymn because it is in G-minor and it is simply beautiful. One of the most special moments in our wedding was communion. The music gave me goosebumps during this time. I chose some of our favorite worship songs including: Be Thou My Vision (Ascend the Hill), Holy Spirit, and It Is Well (Bethel). Last but not least, Carsten decided we were going to recess to something super upbeat. He chose for us to walk out to Prelude in G-minor by Rachmaninoff. It was perfect.
I want to thank our musicians: Aubrey, Brianna, Grace Marie, Luke, and Jack. We were so thankful to have such incredible talent for our ceremony.