When I tell people I sing for weddings, they usually assume I mean wedding receptions.
In truth, I sing for the actual wedding ceremonies!
Typically those are very straightforward and follow standard American wedding customs and traditions.
But the wedding I played for Saturday night didn’t just skirt convention. It broke the mold (in a surprisingly fun way).
This was the first (and probably only) Beetlegeuse-themed, Halloween wedding I’ve ever been hired to play.
The bridal party danced down the aisle to “Jump in the Line” played by the Florida Street Blowhards (traditional jazz band), and I played Iz’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for the bride’s walk down the aisle.
The sunset setting over the sugar cane fields of south Louisiana provided a beautiful, country backdrop for the ceremony, and almost all the guests were decked out in elaborate Halloween costumes.
I had no idea what to expect when I was initially hired for this gig, but the evening turned out to be a very fun and surprisingly sweet experience.
Congrats to the happy couple, and here’s to more fun adventures as a wedding singer :D
P.S. I'm scheduling now for the holiday season (private parties, holiday markets, etc.), so if you'd like a bit of jazz vocal/ukulele or a Christmas sing-along to brighten up your event, reach out to me soon before I'm all booked up!
Ashley Orlando is a jazz vocalist/ukulele artist and coach who helps growth-focused leaders find their voice, grow their presence & amplify their impact.