We recently had the pleasure of playing our first wedding at the Windmill Winery in Florence, Arizona. It’s a small little town, but what a special wedding venue! Before the ceremony, we got to ride in a horse-drawn buggy where the driver took us around to tour the property. We saw the lake house and various animals including donkeys. Along the way, we discovered it’s got several different venues on the property for celebrations, but the wedding we played for was outdoors on the grass and the reception was in a large red barn.
The wedding ceremony took place in a large field with lush grass. There were about 100 guests. We sat in the front with our sound system next to another sound system set up by the DJ for the friend of the bride who sang a special song during the ceremony.
Our music began with the lighting of memory candles where we played “How Great Thou Art”. For the ceremony, Bride’s entrance was to Cannon in D by Pachelbel. (There was no wedding party, so we didn’t need music for that.) During the ceremony, the bride’s friend sang “When You Say Nothing at All to a recorded track played bythe DJ. And then after the couple was announced, we played Mouret’s Rondeau, a popular stately tune to welcome the new bride and groom.
After the ceremony, we moved our Bose sound equipment to the cocktail hour area across the lawn and beside the barn. We set up our chairs and equipment and began playing a mix of contemporary love songs chosen by the couple. We set up in a corner near a power outlet, a must when we use amplification. Guests were greeted by a resident turkey, much to their surprise and delight. The new couple posed for pictures while the guests enjoyed cocktails and barbecue appetizers.
The romantic contemporary songs we played for the cocktail hour included:
- Happy Together
- Til There Was You
- Moon River
- The Nearness of You
Unlike many weddings we play where the couple is so busy with guests, the wedding was special for us because the couple took the time come stop by and say hello during the cocktail hour. After spending so much time communicating with them before their wedding to help them choose just the right music for their special day, it was such a treat to be able to meet them and chat with them a little. They were so appreciative of our music which was so rewarding for us.
The cocktail hour was lively and before we knew it, it was time to pack up as the guests moved to the barn for the sit-down dinner.
We so enjoyed working with this couple and the other vendors there that day. We hope to work with them again and see some of the pictures from the photographer!