The bride and groom are both music lovers therefore the ceremony was filled with romantic music from various eras. The groomsmen walked down the aisle as Violet’s best friend Jillian sang ‘Tenderly’. During the bridesmaid’s processional, the groom’s brother Connor serenaded the guests with a rendition of ‘Unchained Melody’. In lieu of traditional flower girls, the bride’s two fun/crazy aunts walked down the aisle as Fairy Godmothers to Tchaikovsky’s ‘Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy’ caring large rustic flower pails, scattering flower petals in the air and down the aisle. The guests smiled and giggled as a lovely summer breeze gently swept the flower petals into the air and over the guests. Being from the south and with the wedding taking place at the Walter’s Barn, the bride’s young cousins Christopher and Adam walked down the aisle ringing large antique rustic cowbells adorned with vintage silk ribbons. The sound of the ringing cowbells was so charming. As if on cue, the cows in a pasture across the lake all came down to the fence to join the ceremony.
The bride’s brother Halem (Halem Albright Band), accompanied by brother Daniel, sang ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ as the bride walked down the aisle, escorted by her mother, Robin. The groom could not hold back his tears of joy when he saw his bride as he whispered “You look so beautiful”. The bride and groom each wrote their own marriage vows. The bride’s mother officiated the ceremony; therefore it was sentimental, heartfelt and personal. Violet is a choral director, musical theatre teacher and an Opera performer. Violet surprised the groom by singing ‘Songbird’ by Fleetwood Mac. Again, the groom could not hold back his tears of joy as his lovely bride sang. The guests swooned, laughed, sighed and swayed to the music with tears of delight throughout the ceremony. The programs were printed on paddle fans to help keep the guests cool and comfortable.