Live Music is an important ingredient for your ceremony and reception - my goal is to make this a hassle free experience for you. Just follow the steps laid out in the FAQs link and choose from the samples that are provided on the Listen page.
Prelude: set the mood for the ceremony, while entertaining your guests. This is normally 15-20 minutes before the ceremony. A general style or theme is often chosen. Traditional Classical, Celtic , Spanish, Renaissance or popular - many styles cross over and I normally play what I think works best unless you are specific.
Pre-processionals: Seating of the parents/bridal party. This is where specific choices come into play. Smaller wedding parties will normally use one song. If the procession is longer, with slow walkers, you may wish to choose one piece of music for the seating of parents, and another for the bridal party.
Bridal March: This is the one part of the ceremony where the bride will choose a specific song, even if the rest of the selections are left to me, with general guidelines. It is also where a traditional piece is normally used.
Meditation: Candle Lighting/Sand Pouring/Knot Tying/Wine Ceremonies; these are common to many modern ceremonies. They can harken back to ethnic traditions, and provide a keepsake. Music here should be shorter by nature, and easy to get to an ending.
Recessional: Upbeat and joyous, a traditional recessional followed by a popular tune works well here.
Post-Recessional: A few upbeat tunes while guests mingle and leave the ceremony site.
Cocktail Hour: Entertain your guests while they await your arrival. A mix of styles including flamenco, jazz and popular arrangements are appropriate here. Add vocalist Chandriee for jazz/pop/rock duo - Davis Duo.
Dinner Music: Solo guitar adds a very elegant addition to dinner and James has a wide repertoire to appeal to a wide rang of audiences - and never overpowering dinner conversation.
Is your venue on my partial list of recent performances?
Estes Park Area:
St Malo's (St Katherine's) ~ Peaceful Valley Ranch ~ Taharra Mountain Resort ~
~ Our Lady of the Mountains ~ St Bart's ~ YMCA of the Rockies ~ Lily Lake - SkyView
Denver Metro/Front Range:
~ Denver Museum of Art ~Denver Botanical Gardens ~Chatfield Gardens ~Denver Athletic Club ~Arrowhead Golf Course (Littleton) ~Highland Meadows Golf Course (Windsor) ~Cielo at Castle Pines (Castle Rock) ~Sunrise Ampitheatre (Boulder) ~ Snow Mountain Ranch (Fraser) _ Devil's Thumb Ranch (Tabernash) ~ White Horse Inn (Tabernash) ~Vail Interfaith Chapel ~Donovan Pavilion (Vail) ~Alpenglow Stube (Keystone) ~Lyons Farmette ~Avery House (Fort Collins) ~ Hudson Gardens (Littleton) ~ The Grand Lake Lodge ~ Willow Ridge Manor (Morrison)