It was a pleasure to perform at Holly and David’s fairytale wedding at Trim Castle Hotel in County Meath today! The Great Hall was the perfect venue for their ceremony with its spectacular views of the castle grounds, and it was later transformed into a stunning fairylit banquet room for their wedding meal. Holly had some very unique requests in store for me including a beautiful modern arrangement of the traditional Bridal March for her entrance. Written by Jonathan Cain (who found fame with 80s rock band Journey), this version adds a new dimension to the distinctive melody composed by Richard Wagner in 1850. Cain’s contemporary style brings a delicate romantic sound to this vintage classic and the result is extraordinary – once heard, never forgotten! Holly and David also incorporated a Disney theme throughout their wedding, choosing to feature some of their favourite songs during the day and also adding a few special touches around the room such as a Beauty And The Beast inspired ‘Enchanted Rose’! I loved their choice of music for the Signing and it is undoubtedly one of the best Disney duets ever written – A Whole New World – from the film Aladdin. Then for their triumphant exit, they had a dramatic finale in store for their guests! They walked out to a celebratory Disneyland parade song called Magic Everywhere and when you listen to it below, you’ll understand why they decided to use the original track rather than a piano version! They really loved the lyrics, so this was an important factor for them, but even apart from the vocal line, the song is comprised of so many layers, it would have been impossible to replicate on any solo instrument. And as much as I love a challenge, I knew I could not do justice to this song! So I played the track via my sound system on the day and it was a fantastic feel-good song to start their celebrations! Then after the ceremony was over, I relocated to the Castle View Suite where everyone could enjoy more live music throughout the afternoon! Of course there were plenty more Disney songs in my playlist, including tunes from The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Pocahontas, Pinocchio, The Jungle Book, Toy Story and Frozen to name but a few! Really loved being part of Holly and David’s special day and it was definitely a magical and memorable start to married life! Wishing this wonderful couple a fantastic future together and the happiest of happily ever afters!
Bridal March – Richard Wagner arr. Jonathan Cain
A Whole New World – from Aladdin
Magic Everywhere – from Disney Magic On Parade (for the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris)