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!

Ali and Brett’s Wedding

Ali and Brett’s April 4th wedding was perfect example of Southern grace, style and hospitality!  Held at the Ashland, Alabama home of Ali’s parents, the planning of the festivities began mid-year 2008 and took shape with the assistance of wedding planner Alene Gamel of I Do, I Do Wedding Planning.  Alene’s expertise was a great asset as Ali was planning her wedding long-distance from her home in Oklahoma.   Perfect Events Music has had the opportunity to work closely with Alene over the last few years and have been most impressed by her attention to details.  She is truly committed to helping brides’ personal visions of weddings come true.  Certainly this was the case with Ali and Brett’s beautiful wedding!

Perfect Events Music provided a trio of string musicians for the wedding ceremony.   Thanks to Marilyn, Anne and Avi; members of The Shades Creek Chamber Players.   The pool-side ceremony offered prelude selections by Vivaldi, Mozart and Handel.  The bridal party entered to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” and Ali’s walk up the aisle was accompanied by Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”.   Following the completion of their vows, Ali and Brett exited as husband and wife to the joyous sounds of Handel’s “Queen of Sheba” March.

Perfect Events Music also worked with Ali in an area that often doesn’t get much attention: sound amplification.  Our technician (Infinity Sound) provided microphones and sound equipment for the string trio and minister.  An important detail!

Kozmic Mama was the featured entertainment for the reception celebration.   The band was a great hit with family and guests and was described as “fabulous!”  Lead singer Carla is the Kozmic Mama!  Her dynamic vocals and personality inspired SO many of Ali and Brett’s guests to hit the dance floor.   It’s difficult to imagine a more fun celebration.

Congratulations Ali and Brett!  It was a pleasure working with you.

John and Lauren’s Wedding Reception

During the past eight months, Perfect Events Music has had the great pleasure of working with Lauren in the planning of entertainment for her April 4th wedding reception.

After listening to audio demos, reviewing song lists and discussing the various musical options, Lauren chose the Ray Reach Quartet to provide music for her festivities.  The venue was The Club, Inc., atop Birmingham’s Red Mountain.   The stunning views of  the Birmingham skyline made a perfect combination with Ray’s renditions of classic favorites by the likes of Frank Sinatra,  Duke Ellington, Harry Connick Jr. and others.   After their introduction, John and Lauren’s first dance as husband and wife was to the tune of Michael Buble’s “Everything.”   Lauren’s father-daughter dance was to the tune of Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.”

Our very best wishes go out to John and Lauren as they begin their new life together!

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!

Ashley and Jeff’s Wedding

05227Ashley and Jeff’s garden wedding was held on March 21’st at Mathews Manor in Springville, AL.   Perfect Events Music had the pleasure of working with Ashley and her mother Sheila in the selection and coordination of the Ray Reach Trio for wedding reception’s entertainment.

13912It was a gorgeous Alabama spring day for Ashley and Jeff’s festivities.  Following the outside ceremony, guests moved in to Grace Hall to celebrate.  The band, in tuxedo attire, was set-up and ready to go on the chapel’s stage. 1423

The couple chose a Sinatra/Jazz theme for their music.  Thus, following their first dance (Can’t Help Falling in Love), favorite songs by Ole Blue Eyes, Nat King Cole,  and others were offered.

1371According to Sheila, “The band was wonderful!”  

We very much appreciate the compliments and are proud to have been a part of this most important day in Ashley & Jeff’s lives.

**Our special thanks to Ann Wade Parrish Photography for sharing their beautiful images with us!

Donna and Mike’s Wedding

Photography by Meredith Rowlan

Photography by Meredith Rowlan

During the past few months Perfect Events Music had the great pleasure of working with the one of the most delightful and beautiful brides to be!  Donna’s wedding reception was held March 21st in the Ridgely Ball Room at the historic Tutwiler Hotel in downtown Birmingham.  The band she chose was our very own Deja Blue Band.


Donna gave us a most positive review:   “Deja Blue was excellent!  There are no words to describe how much fun we had.  Tina, the vocalist, was a doll and could sing like you cannot imagine.  It was wonderful to see (the band) read the crowd and conduct their music accordingly instead of just staying with a ‘playlist.’  We have been told by so many that it was the best party they have ever attended!”

As so often is the case with brides, Donna didn’t have much opportunity to eat, but by all reports the food (provided by The Tutwiler’s Icon restaurant) was excellent. 503623949_nwtez-ti

We’ve had the opportunity to provide music for many events at the Tutwiler, including wedding ceremonies, receptions, and more.  In doing so, we naturally have a lot of interaction with their primary “point person,” Patricia Conrad.  In the role of do-it-all events manager, Patricia does an excellent job of planning, overseeing catering, set-up, and coordinating.  We’re lucky to count her as a colleague!   503054029_rnn7l-ti

For the new couple Donna & Mike: Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

Katie and Ryan’s Wedding

Rain showers couldn’t detract from the happiness of Katie and Ryan’s March 14th wedding at The Sonnet House. In fact, The Sonnet House (in Leeds, AL) is quite suited to accommodate wedding functions in the case changing weather conditions.

The venue hosts many ceremonies at its  outdoor pavilion.  But, aware that weather doesn’t always cooperate,  owners Jared and Corey have built a chapel for indoor nuptials.   And it was in the chapel that members of The Blue Galaxy String Quartet offered music of Bach, Purcell, and Pachelbel for the couple and their guests.

Following their vows, a reception for the newlyweds was held in the historic Sonnet House, again with music by the Blue Galaxy players.

Katie tells me that they received many complements on the music…that it was “perfect” for her day.  Congratulations Katie and Ryan!