Lindsay & Christopher at Joan of Arc Church

Joan of Arc in Orleans on Cape Cod is a beautiful contemporary church and — good news for summer weddings — it has air conditioning! That’s something couples often forget to consider when they select a ceremony site. It can be both hot and humid during the summer so it’s really nice to have the option of AC.

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Another plus, Joan of Arc provides a coordinator for the wedding processional and this always makes a huge difference. Everyones’ walk down the aisle goes smoothly and the musicians don’t have to skip a beat. The mothers’ bridesmaids, ring bearer and flower girls all processed to Handel “Air”. The bride walked down the aisle to “Canon in D”.

Lindsay and Christopher chose to have a string trio accompany our singer. The offertory song was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and communion was “Ave Maria”. The recessional was “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. (It’s a good idea to always check with your priest before selecting a popular song as many churches don’t allow them.) We enjoyed working with Father Fitzpatrick on this full mass wedding.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Wequassett Resort May Wedding

May is usually a perfect month for weddings on Cape Cod. Missy and Jay chose to have their ceremony on the lovely Wequassett Resort lawn next to Pleasant Bay.

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You can’t find a prettier view!

We were a trio with violin, cello and trumpet for both ceremony and cocktail hour. The processionals were “Trumpet Voluntary” for the bridal party and “Canon in D” for Missy.

We played “Arioso” for the memorial moment to remember Missy’s dad. It’s a good choice when you don’t know how long you’ll need the music to last. We can easily adapt it to fit unity candle lightings, sand mixings, etc.

“Trumpet Tune and March” was the recessional. It’s a great, upbeat ending to the ceremony. And we had a lot of fun playing old jazz standards and popular songs during cocktail hour.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Early May Wedding at Lynn Woods

Melissa and Forrest chose the garden at Lynn Woods for their wedding ceremony. Although the flowers were not yet in bloom, the wooded setting was a lovely backdrop for a very happy celebration.

This was all about family, with Melissa’s stepfather officiating. (We had played for his wedding to Melissa’s mom several years ago – a second wedding for the bride and groom – with all their adult children as groomsmen and bridesmaids.)

I played solo cello for Melissa and Forrest. Prelude music included such favorites as “Prelude from Unaccompanied Suite for Cello, No. 1″ and “Air” by Bach as well as Handel’s “Air”. The processionals were “Trumpet Voluntary” by Clarke and “Canon in D” by Pachelbel. Handel Bourree was played during the planting of a rosebush ceremony. Allegro from “Spring”. “The Four Seasons” was the recessional.

The reception was held at Finz Restaurant in Salem, MA.

Good luck with your wedding plans.
Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

April Wedding at The Wequassett Resort

We are so lucky to play for weddings at The Wequassett Resort in Harwich. Laruen and Kevin chose this venue for their late April wedding. I never get tired of the spectacular view that serves as the backdrop for outdoor events.

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It was a cool but sunny day which allowed us to be on the lawn. Of course, the recently rebuilt terrace is always a great “Plan B” in case it’s cold or raining. It’s a much larger space for guests to enjoy and offers the same fabulous view as the lawn.

The bride and groom have Irish roots so asked us to play some Irish tunes during both the prelude and cocktail hour. We have a book full of these fun songs and always have a good time playing them. Family member Robert served as officiant, making it a very personal ceremony.

Processionals were “Canon in D” for the bridal party and Vangelis “Hymne” for the bride. We played “Arioso” for the unity sand mixing that was included in the ceremony. (We have several good pieces that can be shortened to fit a unity candle lighting, water or sand mixing.)

“La Rejouissance” was the recessional. Cocktail music included more Irish tunes plus Beatles’ songs, Van Morrisson, “Field, of Dreams Theme.” We played “Falling” from the movie and show “Once” as a special request from the bride and groom after they finished taking photos.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Lisa Marie & Charles Tie the Knot at St Thomas Aquinas Church

Our violin, viola and cello trio had a great experience working with singer Marie Chabot at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater, MA. The bridal couple chose to have a full mass in addition to their ceremony.

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Since the bridal party was large, we played three processionals. The first was “Ave Maria” with singer and strings for the grandparents, groom’s parents and mother of the bride. The second was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for five bridesmaids and two flower girls. Lisa Marie walked down the aisle to “Minuet” from The Royal Fireworks.

“How Beautiful” was played for Presentation of Gifts, “Taste And See” for communion. Both songs were accompanied by the string trio. The organist and singer performed the rest of the music during the mass. Our string trio can play all of the music if a couple prefers not to have organ.

“Trumpet Voluntary” was the recessional, followed by “La Rejouissance” while guests exited the church.

The reception was held at The Brookside in Bourne. We provided cocktail hour music which was a mix of classical and old jazz standards.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

String Trio at the Weston Copley Hotel

The Weston Copley Hotel was the setting for Lauren and Michael’s August wedding. The Staffordshire Room has floor to ceiling windows with a gorgeous view that keep things light and bright.

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The 30 minute prelude while guests were being seated included such classical favorites as Handel’s “Alla Hornpipe”, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”, Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary” and Purcell’s “Trumpet Tune”.

The bridal party walked down the aisle to “Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring” while Lauren entered to the famous “Bridal Chorus”, better known as “Here Comes The Bride”. The recessional was “Wedding March”.

Cocktail hour was a mix of classical music, waltzes, Irish tunes, tangos, Broadway show songs and old jazz standards.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

Jessica & Michael at Hampshire House

Our violin/cello duo had the pleasure of playing for Jessica and Michael’s wedding at the historic Hampshire House located above the famous “Cheers” bar on Boston’s Beacon Street. Thanks to Paula Marrero and Michele Giacomozzi for coordinating a beautiful event.

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The ceremony took place in the 2nd floor Library. Cocktail hour was on the 3rd floor. Guests returned to the Library for dinner and dancing.

Prelude music consisted of various light classical selections. You should think about what “mood” you want to set, when choosing pre ceremony music. I recommend classical but anything goes these days, so feel free to choose whatever kind of music you like best.

Processionals were Largo from “Winter” of the Four Seasons by Vivaldi for the grandmother and mothers, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the bridesmaids and Bridal Chorus for the bride’s entrance. Alla Hornpipe from The Water Music by Handel was the recessional. For the reception, Jessica and Michael chose a number of old jazz standards and popular songs from our extensive list.

Good luck with your wedding plans.

Carol Premack
Musician/Manager
Intermezzo Chamber Players

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