When it comes to music for their ceremony or cocktail hour, some brides know exactly what they want, and some know exactly what they don’t want. But what happens if she has no idea at all?!
I love getting into the mindset of each new couple I work with, and the wedding of Vanessa and Anthony presented me with a real and exciting challenge. Confessing that she didn’t really know anything about the ‘cello, Vanessa was worried that she might choose the wrong thing. But that’s no problem to me. I know people have hang-ups about choosing a classically trained musician, and I am sure they don’t always believe me when I say I can arrange any piece, but honestly I can! And I absolutely love putting playlists together.
To take the pressure off them and to get started all I needed to know was the kind of music they liked.
Easy – The Beatles, Police, classic rock.
“Classic rock meets ‘cello?” I asked her. “I’ll see what I can do!”
“Absolutely!” she replied, adding, “To be honest anything you play will be exquisite.”
Feeling reassured by such a lovely remark, I set about selecting pieces I felt quietly confident they and their guests would enjoy. Despite not getting Vanessa’s ceremony music choices until the Thursday before the wedding, and then having to learn Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” from scratch in 36 hours, I was calm, and really looking forward to them hearing my set.
It was going to be tough with the heat, thunderstorms forecast and lack of preparation time, but as I rehearsed the processional, I actually gave myself goosebumps, and I knew it was going to be alright. On the day we had downpours, sweltering heat and wind turning over the pages of my music at inappropriate moments, but it could not have gone better.
The big smile Vanessa gave me when she got to the end of the aisle,
Overhearing a guest during the cocktails saying, “You don’t except that from a classical musician,”
When the bride and groom wanted to have their picture taken with me,
Someone exclaiming, “Oh, I love this song,” as the piano intro started for “She’s Always a Woman”
And best of all, when at the end Vanessa gave me a big hug and told me, “You nailed it!”
(I love my job…)
Congratulations to a lovely couple!
Here is what I played for them.
Vanessa & Anthony
Chateau de le Cazine
4th July 2015
Music Performed by Samantha Bramley (‘cello)
Butterfly Waltz – Brian Crain
La Vie En Rose
O Sole Mio – Di Capua
None But The Weary Heart – Tchaikovsky
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
Moon River – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
When I Fall In Love – Nat King Cole
My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
Little Things – One Direction
Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
Entrance of The Bride and Groom
Photograph – Ed Sheeran
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Fly Me To The Moon – Frank Sinatra
Penny Lane – The Beatles
Come Away With Me – Norah Jones
If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keys
I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
Desperado – The Eagles
Blackbird – The Beatles
True Colours – Cyndi Lauper
Let There Be Love – Nat King Cole
Mon Cœur S’Ouvre à Ta Voix – Saint-Saëns
All Of Me – John Legend
Michelle – The Beatles
To Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan
She’s Always A Woman – Billy Joel
The Long & Winding Road – The Beatles
Just The Way You Are – Bruno Mars
L’Amour est un Oiseau Rebelle – Bizet
Home Again – Carole King
Fields of Gold – Sting
Due Tramonti – Einaudi
Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran