I know it has been a very long time but I am now back in some sort of a routine after a summer of total craziness. I have played a lot of weddings this summer, but one in particular stands out that I wanted to share. First of all, it took place at the Hilton Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, with the incredible Tom Johnson in charge so that guaranteed a wonderful event right from the start. Second, the bride and groom had put the preparations in the extremely capable hands of Pearl Taylor, of Uniquely Yours by Pearl. I always enjoy working at the Hilton, and having that pleasure combined with Pearl’s professional and loving touch made my day! Even I feel special working with these two people and I’m working! Imagine how the bride felt…
So, she felt great, as a matter of fact. She was a woman who had known disappointment and sorrow, and from what she says, had given up on the idea of “happily ever after” when she bumped into a very nice man in line at the movie theater. They soon discovered that they were soul mates and the joy in the room was palpable. She was escorted by her lovely daughters who were thrilled by the match and the glow on their faces told everyone else how happy they were that their mom had found her other half at long last! Because of her history, our bride asked us to play “Bless the Broken Road” as done by Rascal Flatts for her processional and it couldn’t have been more perfect!
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house and the ceremony that followed was equally personal, as the couple had a long term relationship with the rabbi who married them. She talked about them and to them as if they were old friends (and indeed they are), and shared in their joy in a very genuine way. The cantor’s beautiful voice enhanced the mood further and I was extremely moved by the entire ceremony.
For the recessional, our bride was wavering about whether to go with the traditional Mendelssohn “Wedding March” or use a traditional Jewish recessional called “Simon Tov and Mazel Tov”. At the very last minute, she chose the Jewish music and it couldn’t have been a more perfect choice if it had been scripted in a movie! After the groom broke the glass, we launched into this very lively piece and at first there was a gasp of appreciation and then they all began clapping and singing along as the bridal party danced its way back down the aisle! I almost couldn’t play because I was grinning from ear to ear. What a perfect experience!!!
On top of all of these wonderful things, the bride and groom are just the sweetest people who went out of their way to greet everyone (including the vendors) and make everyone feel great. I wish these two very special people the very best and hope that only good things come to them during their long life ahead.