Sheet music closeup. Photography by Valdorama

photography by Valdorama

If you’re looking for that final touch to go with the perfect dress, the romantic setting and the beautiful flowers, the classical guitar is it. I have helped countless couples craft their ceremony to fit their distinctive style. Whether it’s helping the bride choose classic pieces for a traditional wedding or make new arrangements of their favorite songs for something more contemporary, I want to help make this most important day one to cherish forever. As a soloist, I have the portability to play outside (even amplified with a battery powered amp so everyone can hear this beautiful instrument). I can make sure the music lasts right up to last step to the altar by following the action of the procession. No recording can do that. Working with some of my fine talented colleagues, the guitar is paired beautifully with flute, violin, cello or voice. You can expect nothing but exceptional performance and professionalism.

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Weddings FAQ

What does your service include?

For a typical wedding ceremony, I will play a 15-20 minute prelude of music as guests arrive and take their seats. As the ceremony begins, I’ll provide music for the seating of the parents, the bridal party and the bridal processional, respectively. If the ceremony requires any in-service music (between readings or during a unity candle lighting), I can provide that as well. Occasionally, I am asked to provide underscore music throughout the ceremony. On cue from the officiant, I’ll start the recessional. If there is a receiving line, I can provide a brief postlude of 10 minutes.

Do you play with other instruments?

Yes. While most of the weddings I usually play are as a guitar soloist, the guitar pairs especially well with flute, violin, cello or voice. Any music that I have as a soloist can be arranged for a duo.

I don’t know much about music. Where should I start?

For a ceremony, these are the typical parts that will generally have musical accompaniment:

  • Prelude: 15 – 20 minutes of music similar in style to selections used for processionals and recessional. Requests can be specific or I can choose.
  • Seating of the Parents
  • Bridal Party
  • Bridal Processional
  • In-Service music
  • Recessional
  • Postlude

Are you able to meet with us, where can we hear you play?

Yes. Appointments can be arranged to meet at my studio in Manchester, CT. Also, consultations are possible by telephone, Facetime or Skype. If you’re interested in attending one of my performances, let me know and I’ll make arrangements where appropriate.

Our wedding is outside. Do you play outside, and do you use amplification?

Yes, however to protect the instrument(s) from the sun, there’s a $50 fee for the sunshade. The fee is waived if the event is moved inside. Also, I use a battery powered amp for those situations where AC power is a problem.

We have music that is special to us. Can we have it played at our wedding?

Absolutely. Most anything can be arranged for solo guitar, or accomplished as a duo of guitar and melodic instrument. I have made countless arrangements over the years, even entire ceremonies built on a theme. I will arrange up to 3 songs/pieces free-of-charge. Since it is a such a special time in your lives, I want to provide an experience that represents your signature style. It will be something you and your guests will remember forever.

Can you provide a microphones for the ceremony?

Outside ceremonies are great but the voices get lost and guests have a hard time hearing the vows and readings. It’s almost like watching a silent movie. For an additional $75, I can provide sound reinforcement so that all of your guests hear the vows and readings.