Dear Valerie,

A Starlight performance never disappoints. A Starlight performance with you on stage is even more special. Last night at the Freidman wedding you guys more than delivered on everyone’s already high expectations. It was a great party and this morning at the brunch all the folks said just how good the music was. As always, I was delighted to see you. A very happy healthy prosperous New Year to you and you crew.

Ed Shopkorn

What a way to start my day on this Monday morning…..

Another absolutely dreamy wedding, this time at the Metropolitan Club. DeJaun Stroud decorated magnificently. Sean Noonan, from the club, had suggested a wonderful layout for the evening. 300 guests entered through the Great Hall to Starlight’s music of Broadway love songs being performed by our “Custom Ensemble” of violin, piano, upright bass and clarinet. The wedding ceremony was in the West Lounge. The chupa was made from the groom’s grandmother’s antique table cloth; delicate and beautiful, which was marched down the aisle and held up by four special friends. Guests proceeded to the cocktail hour in the Great Hall, and later were serenaded into dinner by our string ensemble which lined the two story spiral staircase leading up to the 3rd floor ballroom. Following a lovely dinner, the Starlight Orchestra kicked up dance music as the guests came back down to the Great Hall which was transformed into a cozy and funky after-party. I have asked Brian Marcus (of Fred Marcus Photography) to send me some of the magnificent photos he took, so I can attach them here.

People are always looking for special music for their wedding ceremony. One of the most common questions I hear is “what music can we play for our wedding processional?”  There are so many choices, and with a savvy musical director like the one we have at Starlight, you can weave together an unusual and eclectic ceremony program.

The bride and groom (Andrea Friedman and Craig Voorhies) had very interesting taste in music, and wanted  a different song for each person walking down the aisle.  We added a few more musicians to the ensemble in order to cover all of the different musical styles, and we produced a Wedding Ceremony Concert  that people are still talking about. Here  are the selections.

Processional:

Rabbi- AL KOL ELEH (traditional Hebrew melody)

4 Chupa Bearers:  DEVOTED TO YOU (Everly Brothers)

Groom’s Parents: WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD (Louis Armstrong)

Best Man: THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND (theme from the Golden Girls)

Groom: SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Van Morrison)

Bride’s Parents: OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY

Matron of Honor: CHIQUITITA (Abba)

Ring Bearer: JOLLY HOLIDAY (from Mary Poppins)

2 Flower Girls: A WHOLE NEW WORLD (from Aladin)

Bride and Father: HERE COMES THE BRIDE (Birdal Chorus from Lohengrin- Wagner)

Recessional: WEDDING MARCH (Mendelssohn)

Other Special songs:

First Dance- Everything (by Michael Buble)

Parent Dances- Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison)

Special requests- Gloria (Laura Branagan)

The rest of the musical program was a great mix of favorite songs from all eras and genres. Musical variety is Starlight’s specialty. It was fun to see our bride and groom so very happy, and their family and friends having a most marvelous time. Susan and Fred Friedman, the parents of the bride, were such a pleasure to work with, and I left the wedding knowing I had made some new friends!

Coincidentally, three of the Starlight Orchestras were all performing in the same neighborhood that evening; (Bandleaders) Rebecca Blake, Laurell Eastman and I were all within one block of each other! Since the first time many years ago that on the same night one of our bands was at the Plaza Hotel, one at the Metropolitan Club, and one at the Hotel Pierre, I am always so proud to preside over  what I call the “Power Corner!”

Thanks to our clients, and thanks to New York City for being such an exciting place to work!

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