I was back out to one of my favorite venues, The Angus Barn Pavilion for the second time this weekend for a wedding. This time it was for Rachel and Rick on a beautiful 70 degree October 19th afternoon with photographer Cade Bowman and The Angus Barn’s Kelly Joslin. Rachel and Rick saw me play a couple years ago for Rick’s brother Andy’s wedding to Emily. I love seeing past Bride’s and Groom’s and getting to play for them again!

As guests arrived they were greeted by bagpiper Robert White. It was an awesome and unique beginning to the night. The ceremony started and Robert led the Minister and groomsmen in to “Highland Cathedral”. It was time for the bridesmaids to make their entrance and I played a piano version of “Highland Cathedral” until Rachel was ready to enter to a piano version of “A Thousand Years”.

After the ceremony and a couple readings, Robert led the wedding party out of the pavilion and I started a mix of standards for the cocktail hour inside and outside. Guests enjoyed seafood stations made up of king crab claws and oysters on the half shell and drinks. They were delicious!!! Wow! After Cade got the pictures he needed I invited guests to their tables that were decorated with beautiful floral arrangements by Heather Miller with Eclectic Sage.

The wedding party entered to “Happy” by Pharrell and Rachel and Rick came in and stopped at the dance floor. Rachel’s father welcomed everyone for coming and took his place by my table to perform Rachel and Rick’s first dance. He is an awesome guitarist and played guitar to an instrumental of the 50’s hit “Sleepwalk”. It was such a sweet & special moment and he did a terrific job! Rick then escorted his mother to the floor to dance to “You Raise Me Up” and Rachel’s father joined her to dance to “Pretty Maids All In A Row” by The Eagles. They took their seats and the food stations opened. I continued a mix of standards through dinner.

After dinner we had toasts by Rick’s brother and best man, Andy, and Rachel’s maid of honor Lauren. I invited Rachel and Rick to the cake table for the Gigi’s Cupcakes cake cutting to “How Sweet It Is”. I opened the floor with some Motown and current dance music that had young and old dancing together until we paused for the bouquet toss to “Single Ladies” and garter toss to “Smooth Criminal”. I went back to dance music until the end of the evening playing lots of Michael Jackson for Rick, some 80’s and current for Rachel and her girls and ended with sing a longs for everyone.

The night ended with Michael Buble’s “Hold On” and a sparkler exit from the front of the pavilion. Congratulations Rachel and Rick and I hope you had as much fun as I did!