This was the second wedding for the Svoboda family this weekend again with photographers Rebecca and Brian Mullins. This time it was for daughter Matti and her husband Gary at All Saints Chapel in downtown Raleigh on Sunday January 17th. The ceremony was held on the first floor and I had a mix of light classical music playing as the 140 guests arrived. As the wedding was about to start they had piper & drum play “Minstrel Boy” for the bridesmaids to come down the aisle to. and Matti walked down the aile to “The Bridal March” by The O’Neill Brothers. After a short ceremony including a unity candle to “Canon In D” and a reading, Matti & Gary were married and recessed to “The Wedding March”. The bagpipers made their way downstairs for the cocktail hour and played the first half of it then I played a mix of standards and Billy Joel for the remainder. It was time for dinner and dancing and guests made their way back upstairs to their tables.
The wedding party entered to Harry Connick’s “It Had To Be You” and Matti & Gary came to the dance floor for their first dance to “Come Rain Or Come Shine” by Frank Sinatra. They took their seats and the buffet opened. During dinner I played more standards and Billy Joel. After dinner they had toasts by Gary’s Best Man who couldn’t make it, but emailed me an audio file of him saying his speech and then Matti’s new sister in law and Gary thanked everyone for coming followed by the Edible Art cake cutting to “That’s Amore”.
Before I opened the floor for everyone we had a longest married couple dance to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra and I opened the floor to everyone with some Motown ad oldies that kept the floor packed for the next 3 hours. They danced to everything from 50’s to 80’s and a couple new songs here and there for the kids.
We ended the night with a huge sing a long to “Piano Man” and finally the Irish folk song “Parting Glass” by The Clancy Brothers to honor Gary’s Irish side of the family. What a fun weekend and I loved playing for The Svoboda’s and their guests!