Liz and Mike tied the knot at the beautiful Chatham Bars Inn on Cape Cod.
The sun was shining and there was a sea breeze. Wedding planner Allison Liset arranged for a tent for our quartet to sit under. This was most appreciated (and very important) since it protected our instruments from direct sunlight. Liz and Mike had a steel drum band play for cocktail hour.
We were a violin, viola, cello and flute for this wedding. The flute is a nice option if you want a slightly different sound. The music is the same as for all strings so you don’t have to worry about not being able to have your favorite pieces.
The bride walked down the aisle to “Simple Gifts”, a shaker hymn made famous by Aaron Copeland in his composition “Appalachian Spring”. We played a variety classical selections including movements from “The Water Music” by Handel. Of course, we were sitting next to the ocean while playing them! “La Rejouisance” and “Alla Hornpipe” were the recessionals. They’re upbeat, happy tunes and a great way to end the ceremony and begin the reception.
Guests stayed in the area for a while so we continued to play lighter music such as “Perfidia” and “Tango Por Una Cabeza.” People really enjoy listening to them so we play several during cocktail hours. Dinner was under a large tent complete with dance floor and long tables for seating.