Shannon & David’s Immaculate Conception Church Wedding in Salem

The bride’s mother, Linda, contacted me several months before her daughter’s wedding to see if Intermezzo could provide a violin, cello and trumpet trio. The ceremony was not going to include a mass but the church organist and cantor would be working with us. This was no problem as we often work with church musicians and are very flexible with music decisions.

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Our violin, cello and trumpet trio played for a half hour before the ceremony began. Ever since Randy (our trumpet player), introduced me to “Heroic Music” by Telemann several years ago, we’ve been playing it for preludes ever since.

Shannon and David chose three different pieces for the processionals. First we played “Ave Maria” for the grandmother and mothers. The five bridesmaids entered to Handel’s “Air” and Shannon walked down the aisle to “Canon in D”.

After the first reading we accompanied the cantor on “I Have Loved You” and joined her again for “One Hand, One Heart” after the rings were exchanged. “Celtic Alleluia” was with the entire ad-hoc ensemble; our trio, the organ and cantor, while the recessional, “Ode To Joy”, featured both organ and trio.

The reception was held at the Hawthorne Hotel where we played old jazz standards and a few Irish tunes for the cocktail hour.

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