Top Ten Modern #Recessional Songs

If you are struggling for a more modern #exitsong, you need to read this…

Samantha Bramley - Wedding Ceremony & Event Music in France

Top Ten Recessionals for the Modern Couple

@weddingmusicfr shares her top ten #recessionalsongs – with a modern twist

It’s been a while since I blogged, & I know you’ve all missed me, so as I’m starting to think about playlists for this year’s (& next year’s!) weddings, here are my Top Ten #Recessional picks to really start your wedding celebrations off with a bang.

Forget Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, in these enlightened times you can have whatever you want as your #RecessionalSong. This will be the first piece of music you choose to have played as newly-weds, so as well as saying something about you as a couple, why not choose a piece to really get your party started?

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Top Ten Modern #Recessional Songs

Top Ten Recessionals for the Modern Couple

@weddingmusicfr shares her top ten #recessionalsongs – with a modern twist

It’s been a while since I blogged, & I know you’ve all missed me, so as I’m starting to think about playlists for this year’s (& next year’s!) weddings, here are my Top Ten #Recessional picks to really start your wedding celebrations off with a bang.

Forget Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, in these enlightened times you can have whatever you want as your #RecessionalSong. This will be the first piece of music you choose to have played as newly-weds, so as well as saying something about you as a couple, why not choose a piece to really get your party started? Continue reading

Your Wedding Ceremony Music in France

If you are looking for Music for Your Wedding Day in France…

Allow me to introduce myself – I am an English-speaking, classically trained solo ‘cellist providing bespoke entertainment for wedding ceremonies, receptions and special events across Haute-Vienne (Limousin), North Dordogne (Perigord Vert) & Charente. I cover all genres from classical, opera & baroque to jazz, film & theatre music & Broadway showtunes. What sets me apart from other classical ensembles? My repertoire also contains a large proportion of classic and contemporary love songs, and if the song you love is not already on my list, I will arrange it for you free of charge! Oh, and I hardly ever wear black…

Here are some of the reasons you should consider me for your wedding music:

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Musical Magic for a White Winter Wedding

Stuck for a particular vibe for your Winter Wedding? Here are ten different takes on a ‘Winter’ soundtrack from weddingmusicfrance.com

Let It Snow / Winter Wonderland

Start with these two truly timeless classics: ‘Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful…’ Purr-fection! Add ‘Marshmallow World’ featuring Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra, ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm’ by Billie Holiday, Michael Bublé crooning ‘Cold December Night’ and ‘Sleigh Ride’ by The Ronnettes and you’re in for an easy-listening treat. And if Andy Williams’ ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ doesn’t fill you with festive cheer then we seriously can’t be friends… And if you’re lucky with the weather, who knows, in the meadow maybe you could build a snowman?

Baby, It’s Cold Outside  

Possibly the sauciest winter song ever – and featured in the now classic festive movie ‘Elf’ – the definitive version will always be, for me anyway, the duet between Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews. Another cheeky song is the Eartha Kitt diamond, ‘Santa Baby,’ which Kylie Minogue also latterly covered. Naughty!

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These are a few of my Favourite Things (mobile version)

Top Ten Wedding Songs of 2016 (mobile version)

It’s that time of year again, folks – the wedding season is drawing to a close, the nights are drawing in, and Santa says there are fewer than 80 sleeps until Christmas. Seriously.

Inevitably, the award season is upon us, and usually at this time of year I blog about my Top Ten requested songs of the season. This year my Brides & Grooms have had such varied tastes (whoopee!) that it is difficult to choose a clear winner. So to celebrate the Summer of Love 2016, may I present to you, in no particular order, and without any statistical significance whatsoever, my Top Ten Favourite Wedding Song Requests of 2016. Each one of these I have arranged & played at a #realwedding in 2016, and as a special bonus, recorded just for you 😉 Enjoy…

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These are a few of my Favourite Things…

Top Ten Wedding Songs of 2016 (desktop version)

It’s that time of year again, folks – the wedding season has drawn to a close, the nights are drawing in, and Santa says it is fewer than 80 sleeps until Christmas. Seriously.

Inevitably, the award season is upon us, and usually at this time of year I blog about my Top Ten requested songs of the season. This year my Brides & Grooms have had such varied tastes (whoopee!) that it is difficult to choose a clear winner. So to celebrate the Summer of Love 2016, may I present to you, in no particular order, and without any statistical significance whatsoever, my Top Ten Favourite Wedding Song Requests of 2016. Each one of these I have arranged & played at a #realwedding in 2016, and as a special bonus, recorded just for you 😉 Enjoy.

If you are on a slow or mobile connection or my songs are taking a long time to load you can listen to my music clips here

  1. How Long Will I Love You? (Ellie Goulding version)

A new entry for this year, this was the processional for my first wedding of the season, and has turned out to be a popular choice with many couples throughout the year. My version is short & sweet, and taking advantage of the lyrical nature of the ‘cello, has some buzzing close harmonies.

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Summer of Love

2016-09-02-16-35-32Well it’s been a hectic summer – weddings, holidays, music & beer festivals – and my blog has been sadly neglected 😦 So to remedy this, and get us in the mood for some serious off-season blogging, here is the cracking – and very exhausting – 3 set playlist from my latest wedding at a superb venue in one of the most beautiful villages in France. Continue reading

‘Romantic, Relaxed & Fun’

One of the best things about my job is getting to know every couple in order to create the perfect playlist for their cocktail or reception. When a couple has such varied tastes as Sarah & Dean, the problem becomes less what to put in and more what to leave out! CazineS&D

Sarah had given me a brief of ‘romantic, relaxed and fun,’ so working with this and their love of stage and film music I could select pieces I knew they would enjoy based on their favourite artists – Michael Bublé, Take That, Norah Jones – and even include their favourite songs – Etta James’ ‘At Last’ and Elton John’s ‘Your Song’. Continue reading

My Big Fat French Wedding – Part 1

Paris – the city of romance; French – the language of love:

Whether you’re getting married in France or just want to bring a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to your nuptials, here are four different ways to make you go ‘Ooh la la…’

La Chanson Française

With his inimitable warbling, nonchalant style, Charles Tremet’s La Mer epitomises the French chanson. Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Robbie Williams and the surprisingly good Kevin Spacey have all had a go at the English version ‘Beyond the Sea’, but the Version Originale surpasses all pretenders.  For me you just can’t substitute the imagery of moutons blancs, but maybe I’m an incurable romantic…

There’s nothing more à la Française than La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf and it’s just perfect for such a romantic occasion. Expect an impromptu sing-a-long wherever you are.

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Ten romantic classics you may not have thought of… and why you’ll love them too

Along with your first dance, the song you walk down the aisle to will be the most important musical choice you make, and often can be the most difficult. You want something classic and elegant, but ‘Here Comes the Bride’ (Wagner’s ‘Bridal March’) isn’t really your thang, and Pachelbel ‘Canon in D’ is so overdone, (and will probably kill your ‘cellist) so what do you choose? Here are my suggestions for a beautiful and timeless entrance that’s just a little bit different… Continue reading