The stunning vista of the city of Birmingham provided the backdrop for Bridget and Jeremy’s May 30th wedding at Vulcan Park.  And it truly was a beautiful, unique wedding.  Bridget’s ceremony music was carefully chosen to reflect her fun-loving and caring personality.  As a result our Dolce Duo provided a mix of  traditional music and special arrangements of favorite songs for the bride and groom.  Bridget’s cousin, Lane, possesses a beautiful voice and her rendition of Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning” was fittingly exquisite.  Neki Garrett of Engaging Celebrations was on hand to see that all aspects of the ceremony and reception went smoothly.  Floral arrangements and decorations were provided by Vince Gray of Flower Stems.  Cafe Iz offered delicious food and drink and Simply Bloom Photography captured the special day for couple’s new family album.  We were delighted and honored to have been a part of this memorable and wonderful wedding!

Lauren and PJ’s Wedding

Lauren and PJ’s wedding was one of the happiest occasions ever!  We had been contact by Lauren in late 2008 to assist her in the selection of the music for her May 31st wedding at Hoover’s Aldridge Gardens.  After reviewing the various options, Lauren decided upon our Dolce Duo to provide the music for both the ceremony and reception.  Lauren and PJ’s vows were held outside at the front of the Aldridge’s estate.  Following the nuptials, guests moved indoors for the afternoon reception.  Lauren (who was the most easy-going and relaxed of brides!) opted for traditional ceremony music with a mix of pop, jazz and classical sounds for her reception.  The couple made their first dance as husband and wife to the melody of  “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and appropriately, Lauren and her father danced to “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  We loved this couple and their wedding at beautiful Aldridge Gardens!

Elizabeth and Nicholas’ Wedding

What a great pleasure it was to work with Elizabeth Hawkins and her mother Ann in the planning of this most beautiful April 25th wedding!   At every turn, mother and daughter both showed exceptional grace and thoughtfulness.  Their consideration and elegance was highly evident in the evening ceremony held Saturday at Birmingham’s historic First United Methodist Church.

From our first conversation in the late fall of 2008, it was clear that music was to be of upmost importance to Elizabeth and her family.   Many of their guests were coming from long distances to attend the wedding and it was essential that the music  be of the highest quality.

We were very honored that our Dolce Duo was chosen to perform.   Selections from Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” various Bach Cantatas and other classics were offered.  We were also able to call upon two very fine vocalists, Melanie Williams and Chipper Janes, to perform Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”

A number of our favorite colleagues helped in the creation of Elizabeth’s ceremony.  Elizabeth’s gorgeous gown was from Carolyn and Cathy Kelly’s The White Room.  The sanctuary of FUMC was beautifully decorated with floral arrangements by Vince Gray of Flower Stems.  Frank Carnaggio was on hand to document the festivities through his camera’s lens.

The music and coordinating staff at FUMC was most helpful in working out details for the ceremony (Thanks Nonna!)  And through the planning process Neki Garrett of Engaging Celebrations was of great assistance.

This was one of our favorite weddings.  We extend special thanks to the Hawkins family for including us in this very special day.  Best wishes Elizabeth and Nick!

Jenna and Christopher’s Wedding

The pavilion at Hoover’s Aldridge Botanical Gardens offered a tranquil setting for Jenna and Chris’ April 25th afternoon wedding.

We had been assisting Jenna and her mother Debbie in the music planning of the ceremony since December of 2008 so it was a delight to see their plans come to fruition.   From the various instrumental options available, Jenna chose our Dolce Duo to provide her ceremony music.

Jenna and Chris were surrounded by friends and family for their very special day.  The bride’s uncle, Reverend Michael Northcutt, led the couple through their vows.  The service was touching and reinforced for the couple the love and support shown by those in attendance.

Aldridge Gardens is treasure nestled in the midst of the city of Hoover.  The former estate of Kay and Eddie Aldridge abounds with signature hydrangeas and a wide variety of native trees and plants.  Perfect Events Music has provided entertainment for a number of events at this lovely venue.  We are always impressed by the professionalism of the gardens’ staff and the meticulous care taken in the landscaping and upkeep of the house and other facilities.

We would like to express our gratitude to Jenna and Chris for including Dolce Duo in this most important day in their lives.  Best wishes for a long and happy marriage!

Amy and Dustin’s Smith Lake Wedding

After months of happy anticipation,  Amy and Dustin’s beautiful wedding took place this past Saturday at Clear Creek Park on Smith Lake.   Our Dolce Duo was honored to be included in this lovely couple’s big day.

Although the bride and groom are now living in the Atlanta area, it was fitting that the Amy and Dustin’s ceremony was held nearer to their families and hometown of  Jasper, Alabama.   Indeed, it was evident through the day that both Amy and Dustin’s families are very important to them and will remain so through the years to come.

Amy was a pleasure to work with during the months prior to her festivities.  Her sunny personality, confidence and optimism showed through at every turn!  She also was a most efficient planner.  From the outset, her desire was to create a wedding of simple elegance.  In this, she truly succeeded.

The backdrop of Amy and Dustin’s ceremony was the beautiful and peaceful Smith Lake itself.  With barely a brush of wind, the lake’s surface acted as a mirror, reflecting the shoreline’s brilliant green leafing hardwoods.

The herb rosemary, the symbol of remembrance, held a prominent place in the ceremony.  Decorations and flowers echoed the muted colors of rosemary throughout. It was all tastefully done, allowing guests to delight in the beauty of the bride and the serenity of the surroundings.

It was such a pleasure to provide music for this wonderful wedding.  We offer very best wishes to Amy and Dustin in their new life together!

The Redstone Spring Formal & Dolce Duo

Our Dolce Duo made a return visit to Birmingham’s Mountain Brook Club on Friday for the Redstone Spring Formal.  After hearing Dolce perform at February’s Krewe Ball, planners made a special request for Dolce, to which we were happy to oblige!  Music offerings included jazz renditions along with sultry Latin tangos, a bit of pop and even some classical favorites.  It was great to be back at Mountain Brook Club and to see familiar faces from the Krewe Ball event.  Thanks so much to Dana and Melia at Mountain Brook Club for their fine work and for making our job all the easier!

Melissa and Sammy’s Santa Rosa Beach Wedding


Images by Lauren Carroll Photography

I first had the pleasure of meeting Melissa at the 30-A, Florida icon of coffee shops, Miss Lucille’s at Gulf Place.  Along with discussion of the details of her wedding, I was delighted to hear about her life in New Orleans, her professional goals and her and Sammy’s plans for their future.    Melissa and Sammy’s wedding took place this Easter weekend at The Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club.  It is a venue that seen our Dolce Duo perform often over the last seven or so years.

grey-wedding-4Melissa’s prayers were answered for beautiful weather on her wedding day.  Temperatures were in the low-70’s, the skies were clear azure and a gentle breeze kissed bride, groom and guests.

The bluff-side club house, under the tending eye of wedding and events coordinator Christine Walker was beautifully decorated echoing the simplicity of the bamboo and orchid altar that had been installed on the beach. grey-wedding-3

As guests gathered on the beach for the ceremony, Dolce Duo played music of Bach, Faure and others.   Reverend Troulles guided Melissa and Sammy through their vows with a wonderful mix of warmth and humor that emphasized the depth of love and commitment the bride and groom share for each other.

At the conclusion of their vows, guests were asked to participate in a shell ceremony showing support for the new couple.

grey-wedding-5It was truly a pleasure to be a part of Melissa and Sammy’s beautiful wedding!

Ashley and Gary’s Wedding

Ashley and Gary’s ceremony took place this past Saturday…a beautiful, warm, spring afternoon in Oneonta.

The festivities were held at the lovely Twin Oaks at Heritage golf course.  This was Perfect Events Music’s first experience with Heritage and we were quite impressed by the setting and the facilities.  The course is nestled in a mountain-surrounded valley with numerous spring-fed lakes throughout the grounds.  This is the height of the blossom season and the dogwoods and azaleas did not disappoint!   Guests gathered on the club-house terrace for Ashley and Gary’s ceremony, and then recessed indoors for a celebration featuring heavy hors d’ouvres.

Ceremony music was provided by our Dolce Duo.  Vocal selections included “Surely the Presence,” “How Beautiful,” “When God Made You,” and “I’ll Be There.”  Vocalists Lisa, Mary Beth, Jordan and Jackson all did a great job!  The family was seated to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  The three bridesmaids made their entrance to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and Wagner’s Bridal Chorus accompanied Ashley’s walk to the altar.

We enjoyed the service as presented by Reverend Tony Jones.  A technical note here:  I think everyone in attendance appreciated the fact that they could actually hear Reverend Jones’s words, the couple’s vows and the music!  Microphones and a sound system are especially important for an outdoor service!  We are pleased that that Ashley and Gary had considered this during their wedding planning.

Ashley and Gary looked so very happy on their special day!  We wish them the very best in their new journey as husband and wife!

Wedding Preview Day at Cates House

Sunday afternoon’s Bridal Show at Alabaster’s Cates House was deemed a success by all who were involved.

For many years, the Cates House was reknowned as the Meadowlark Restaurant.  Recently,  Kingwood Church in Alabaster bought the facility and is now offering it as a venue for garden weddings, corporate meetings and other special events.

Our Dolce Duo has had the pleasure of providing music for a number of weddings at Cates House and with each meeting, our admiration, respect and affection for executive director Brenda Lee continues to grow.  Brenda is professional, warm, and genuinely caring towards her clients and vendors.

And what a great group of vendors it was on Sunday!   Having worked on past weddings together I so enjoyed speaking again with Gary of Rush Video.  And it was a pleasure to get together once more with Stacie and Dana of Stacie Collins Photography.  Tiffany’s floral arrangements (Studio Flowers) were as creative and charming as ever and Charles Side’s displayed photography was impressive.   Ron Marko (Vintage Auto), along with his latest purchase (Rolls?  Bentley?)  was on hand to talk cars.  Personally, I’m dreaming for a ’57 T-Bird.   Mr. Burch’s groom’s t-shirts were a big hit.  Hair styling and make-up were being offered by Amy Ledford, Candy Gonzales and Denise West.

When all was over…we ate!  What wonderful food…attractive and tasty.    For dessert: decadent cakes (chocolate ganache and white almond) by Amanda Combs.    A nice day.

Thank-you so very much Brenda!

Tara and Joey’s Wedding


The Carraway-Davie House’s fantastic view overlooking the Cahaba River was the backdrop for Tara and Joey’s wedding this past Saturday.

Out-door nuptials can be a risky, but in this case, the weather couldn’t have been better!  Storms cleared just in time to leave behind a stunningly dramatic cloud structure and lighting that was a photographer’s dream.

And certainly the handsome couple deserved the camera’s eye!  It was great to see Vann Cook (CAM Video) and our other colleagues recording the beautiful occasion for the history of the new family.  Our special thanks to Amber Ford of  Amber Ford Photography for sharing her wonderful shots!   Dr. Joe G.  officiated over the ceremony and music was provided by vocalist Kim M. and our Dolce Duo.image001sm1

We really enjoyed working with Tara in her wedding planning…she was a delight!  Best wishes to the new couple!

Andrea & Shane’s Wedding

The Chapel at the Alabama 4-H Center was the truly beautiful setting for Andrea and Shane’s March 28th wedding ceremony.  Music was provided by Dolce Duo

The 4-H Center is located about 45 minutes south of Birmingham and provides meeting facilities for groups of all sizes.   Nestled amongst the trees and separate from the rest of the Center’s activities and buildings, the chapel is a gem: surprisingly private and touching in its simplicity.  The grounds are beautifully kept as is the wood and flagstone chapel itself.   The selection of flowers and decor were so appropriate for the setting…very tastefully done.  

Fr. Aaron performed a ceremony that was contagiously uplifting and inspiring to the some 150 in attendance. 

We were honored to be a part of Andrea and Shane’s very special day.