I first met Bride and Groom to be, Scott and Fiona Baker at a Wedding Fayre at Hatfield House. The day had been buzzing with excited brides to be, bridesmaids and Mother of the Brides all looking for that special something for their wedding day.
It was the end of the day, I had sang my heart out at my exhibition stand and I was about to pack away, happy with how our day had gone when a lovely couple approached me.
They had told me how beautiful my singing had been and did I know the Opera classic "Time to Say Goodbye" I was delighted to say yes and proceeded to give the performance of my life to my captive audience of two....plus all the exhibitors who turned to listen! At that very moment I was Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli all rolled into one!
Myself, Scott and Fiona quickly got chatting about their love for Classical Music and how they would love to incorporate it into their wedding day.
I went through all of the different options they could choose such as:
*Singing during the wedding ceremony for the bridal entrance, the signing of the register and for the recessional music
*Singing during the Drinks Reception
*Providing a selection of Instrumental Music for the Wedding Breakfast
*Singing the first dance live for the evening celebrations before the band or DJ take over for the night
It was at this point in our conversation that my captive audience of two informed me that they weren't getting married in this country, they were in fact getting married in Switzerland! They had booked their wedding on the Isle di Brissago, a beautiful Island on Lake Maggiore and they wanted to know if it was possible for me to travel to Switzerland to sing for them!
My answer was simply YES! I would be delighted to, we swapped contact details and chatted about how we could make this possible.
It isn't quite as simple as hopping on a plane and arriving at the wedding venue to sing, there was lots to think about which included the following;
*How do we transport my PA system onto a Plane followed by 3 trains across Switzerland!
*How to come up with a price that all parties are happy with?
*When would I need to travel?
*How many nights accommodation should be provided?
*Who pays for and organises each of these things?
We agreed a fee, plus flights and accommodation which were booked and paid for by the Bride and Groom to be. I booked 2 extra nights stay and paid for this myself so I could enjoy Switzerland once my performance had finished.
As it happened, the DJ for this wedding (Tom of ST Entertainment) was also a relative of the groom and had planned to drive to Switzerland from England. He kindly transported my PA System for me and he took it with him on his journey.
The wedding day had soon arrived, we had chosen our songs for the wedding and all that was left to do was to start the exciting journey to Switzerland!
I caught a 6am flight the day before the wedding ( you really cannot risk any flight delays by travelling on the day itself, I would highly recommend paying for the extra nights stay for your musicians for your peace of mind.)
I arrived excited to explore and of course my first question was has the DJ arrived with my equipment? and of course he had : )
Switzerland was incredible, I couldn't wait to play my part in this amazing adventure.
It was here, the wedding day had arrived! Myself, Scott (the groom) and all his groomsmen gathered to set off to the Island. I mentioned earlier that the wedding took place on the Island of Brissago which is where we were heading, the Island is only accessible by boat, no cars are allowed onto the Island and I can see why! This is what was waiting for us....
An outstanding and incredible place!
Right, I was here, I was excited. Off to sound check... or so I thought! The generosity of Scott was endless, he wanted to buy lunch first for all the groomsmen and myself included in the beautiful Villa Emden.
I dont know why I remember this next bit but if i remember rightly the whole of the grooms party ordered chicken nuggets and chips off of the childrens menu! I think everyone wanted something simple to eat ahead of the days proceedings!
I left lunch with a happy tummy and went to set up my equipment and sound check before any of the guests arrived.
With everyone and everything in place for the wedding ceremony, we just needed the beautiful bride to make her entrance, everything that had been planned to perfection all came down to this very moment...The Bridal Entrance...and here she was, ready to take her first steps down the aisle to marry the man that stood before her...Scott Baker.
The doors opened, I started to sing our chosen piece of music for the bridal entrance which was Puccini's "O Mio Babbino Caro" It was all so beautiful, Fiona was in everyway the beautiful bride and with grace and elegance she glided down the aisle. There were tears of Joy and emotions were high among family and friends that had come together for this special day.
For the recessional I performed an Andrea Bocelli song "Vivo Per Lei" which means "I Live For Her", there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
I sang throughout the drinks reception in the stunning botanical gardens and of course included Scotts requested and much beloved aria " Time to Say Goodbye"
During the wedding breakfast I provided some romantic classical music, quite rightly so Scott and Fiona wanted to make sure the pre recorded background music for during dinner wasn't just boring "lift music"! I provided a playlist of songs that I knew they would love from Sarah Brightman to Andrea Bocelli along with some beautiful piano classics inbetween.
The couple had asked me to stay into their evening and help them party the night away with their family and friends as Husband and Wife. I'd had an incredible day with the new Mr & Mrs Baker, not only had I enjoyed being a part of their day, I had made unforgettable friends for the rest of my life.
You might wonder why I'm choosing to write about this topic at this moment in time, well this wedding was precisely 7 years ago today....the 24th July 2010. It was my first overseas wedding and I've since been lucky enough to be flown far and wide to perform for other couples on their special day.
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