Saturday, October 22nd was a gorgeous fall day. Ashley Slack and Daniel Leighton couldn't have ordered more perfect weather for their garden wedding at Oxon Hill Manor. Over 100 guests joined them at the beautiful estate home which borders the Potomac River just south of Washington DC.
Pastor Lookingbill of Ashley's lifelong spiritual home, Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bethesda presided over the traditional wedding ceremony. The couple committed their personally-written vows as the gathered friends and family looked on through the crisp fall air. The splendid surroundings of the Manor house, and scrumptious food, refreshing drink and genteel service provided by the exquisite Windows Catering found the new couple and their family and friends thankful to be celebrating such a joyful event together.
The Polished Brass Quintet were humbled and honored to underscore this blessed occasion with Ashley's selections from Bach, Pachelbel and Mouret during the ceremony. Mouret's Rondeau was chosen as the bridesmaid's processional, and the Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel saw Ashley elegantly walking the aisle on the arm of her godfather. Bach's "Let My Spirit Be Joyful" set the pace for Ashley and Daniel's ebullient recessional.
Enhancing the friendly and informal patio gathering afterwards, we performed a selection of modern love songs and other light-hearted selections including Gershwin's "Our Love is Here to Stay", The Beatles' "In My Life", Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" (Charlie Brown theme) and even James Brown's "I Feel Good"! Who knew a Brass Quintet could "rock out" (a bit)? Well we did!
Events like this mark the most important decisions in our client's lives. And we're reminded that meeting the occasion with thoughtfully-selected and beautifully played music is our mission. It's gratifying for us all to know that our mission helps make our client's event more memorable.
Congratulations Ashley and Daniel! May your love always grow, and your lives together be blessed, long, and full of joy (and great music!)