Recently, I had the honor of serving in my best friend’s wedding.  I was there as the best man and not a wedding photographer.  This gave me a fresh perspective on some often overlooked aspects of a great wedding.  I thought I’d write a quick post about one of those things that I think is super important… the ceremony music.

I am usually so “focused” while shooting (no pun intended) that I don’t allow myself the luxury of soaking up the atmosphere.  When I started to notice the music, I was really surprised at how much it really changed the entire mood of the ceremony.  Jarrod Haning from Columbia-Strings was the violinist.  He was not just bringing music to the ceremony though, he brought masterful emotion.  He was artfully creating the welcoming feeling in the air for the guests.  Not every musician really brings that feeling, it takes someone with experience, someone who is an expert at their craft.  But I guess that’s to be expected from someone like Jarrod, he is after all the principal violist for the South Carolina Philharmonic.

The reason I’m writing about this here is because that encounter had me reflecting on the music settings for the other weddings where I have been the photographer.  Sometimes people use CD’s or a pre-recorded track… and somehow it just doesn’t feel the same. I mean I’ve heard some great music selections played for a ceremony, but there is just something different about any live music.  Maybe it’s the vibration in the air, or the way it feels like a moment that can never be repeated… its really a strange feeling that I can’t describe.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that there won’t be any emotional response to a CD, or that your wedding won’t be great!  I just wanted to put this out there because its an observation I’ve made after being at well over 100 weddings, and I realize not everyone gets the chance to think about these things!

If you have any questions about live wedding music in South Carolina, the first person I would recommend calling would be Jarrod Haning – Columbia-Strings.

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