Cape Cod Wedding for Emily & JP

You probably aren’t thinking hot and sticky when you conjure up an image of Cape Cod but the temperatures and humidity levels can get pretty uncomfortable in July and August. So we were delighted to learn that Emily and JP’s summer wedding would be held at Saint Joan of Arc Church in Orleans.


The church is modern with (sigh!) air conditioning. It’s nice to have the option of a cool interior, just in case.

Emily and JP chose three processionals: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the grandparents and mothers, “Canon in D” for the bridesmaids & flower girl, and “Ave Maria” for Emily’s walk down the aisle.

They didn’t have a mass and elected to have no music during the ceremony. (There are some places where short pieces of music would fit but what and when we play is always up to the bridal couple.) The recessional was “Ode to Joy”. We played “La Rejouissance” and “Trumpet Voluntary” while their guests exited the church.

After the ceremony we moved to the Chatham Bars Inn — a pretty location next to the beach — for the reception and switched from classical music to old jazz standards (Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin), Broadway tunes, and contemporary popular songs for the cocktail hour.

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