As we head towards December and festive weddings with trees, tinsel and all the sparkle, I wanted to write about the final autumn wedding that I played for before leaving the country and heading to South East Asia for seven weeks of music examining. My flight was booked for October 20th, and of course I wouldn’t be a freelance musician if I didn’t also have a gig on the same day!
It was a beautiful sunny morning with clear blue skies, more like summer than the middle of autmun, and with my piano on the back seat I drove the short distance to one of my really local wedding venues, Manor Parc Hotel, nestled beneath the Caerphilly mountain. The staff were really helpful, giving me a hand to unload my piano and set up in the Orangerie, with its spectacular glass domed ceiling – the perfect feature on such a beautiful day!
I was booked to play before and during the ceremony, and I love when the couple has a specific theme for the music. Katie and Adam wanted a mix of Disney music as well as music from the Final Fantasy video games. I already had lots of Disney music in my repertoire but not being a gaming enthusiast, Final Fantasy needed some research! I was pleasantly surprised because it soon became clear that the music, composed by Nobuo Uematsu, makes perfect wedding music! The main theme and ‘To Zanarkand’ were played as guests entered the ceremony room and then Katie and her bridesmaids walked down the aisle to ‘A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes’ from Disney’s Cinderella. During the signing of the register I played ‘Melodies of Life’ from Final Fantasy 9 and ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’ from the Lion King. The couple walked out as husband and wife to Phil Collins’ ‘You’ll Be In My Heart’ from Tarzan. Congratulations Katie and Adam!
A quick trip back home to exchange my piano for my suitcase and I then headed down the M4 to Heathrow to catch the last flight of the day to Hong Kong. I’m looking forward to a few wintery weddings when I get back to the UK, just in time to catch the final build up to Christmas! Don’t forget that just like Katie and Adam, you can customise your ceremony music to fit in with your wedding theme – get in touch to find out more!