April 21st, 2013
April 20th, 2013
This was Penguin Music’s first wedding of the season, and the weather really cooperated! It was one of the first weekends of the year that the Botanical Gardens were lively, and it was a great setting for this wedding.
The bride entered to Brandi Carlile’s ‘The Story’, which was a new one for us. Glad to add it to our repertoire! Also really fun was the recessional ‘Higher and Higher’ by Jackie Wilson, which was a lively and extended version!
September 28th, 2012
Erev Shel Shoshanim
This Last weekend we had the pleasure of playing on a beautiful Tribeca Rooftop on 2 Debrosses Street. This roof was amazing, as were the views of the city! As you can see, the new construction of the Freedom Tower stands tall in the background! Breathtaking…
As far as the ceremony itself, there was quite a bit of traditional Jewish music in the ceremony, which Steven and I always enjoy playing. This included Dodi Li, Simon Tov, and Erev Shel Shoshanim. You can hear the recording coming soon to this post. We had a great time playing this beautiful ceremony, although the wind gave us a run for our money with our music and our microphones!!
September 20th, 2012
Rondeau – Purcell
Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desire
On September 15th, we played a beautiful wedding at an amazing venue, The Bedford Post Inn, in Bedford NY. (http://www.bedfordpostinn.com/) This place is absolutely gorgeous, and a fantastic place for this beautiful yet understated wedding. Check out the pic of the lab! He was the ring bearer…
The couple chose to have Penguin Wedding Music basically curate the whole evening of music – we played prelude music as guests arrived, then did a cocktail hour in the beautiful outdoor garden/pool area, finally moving inside to set up and play during dinner. WE made sure to cater towards their style, which was laid back and fun, doing lots of pop and rock covers throughout the night. It was a great night with a fabulous group of people…truly a pleasure!
September 20th, 2012
Last weekend we had the pleasure of returning to the lovely venue in Long Island City, The Foundry (http://www.thefoundry.info/) This is a great spot that should definitely be a consideration for any couple looking at getting married in the NYC area. They have indoor AND outdoor portions to the venue and everything seems very well organized. Penguin Wedding Music was hired for their ceremony, and although it was VERY windy (my stand actually almost blew over during the prelude music!) we were able to help them make their day special. One of the tracks that they requested specially from Penguin Wedding Music was a cello and guitar rendition of Purcell’s Rondeau. Listen to a snippet of the recording below!
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Rondeau – Purcell
Also, while the picture I took of Steven warming up doesn’t quite do the space justice, you can see that they have a beautiful outdoor area perfect for a ceremony.
July 27th, 2012
We have already talked about the beautiful wedding at the Sagamore resort. Here is a great video by Jeffrey Holland from the wedding. You can see us for a few seconds at 2:01
Shanna + Scott :: Wedding SDE at The Sagamore from FFDC :: Jeffrey Holland on Vimeo.
July 27th, 2012
We all hope that it will never rain on our wedding day, but it is important to have a back up plan if it does! This weekend we were set to play music for a wedding ceremony at the beautiful Ladies Pavilion in Central Park.
The rain started at 9AM and did not end until the evening. Unfortunately for the lovely couple coming all the way from the U.K., meant the ceremony had to be moved indoors. Fortunately the wedding coordinator, Orysia Germak from Tourism Marketing Inc, had a beautiful back up plan at the All Souls Church on Lexington where we were able to play Falling Slowly, Iris (Goo Goo Dolls) and All You Need is Love for the ceremony!
July 16th, 2012
This wedding was several weeks ago, on June 30th, at the Sagamore in Bolton Landing near Lake George. It was quite a drive out of the city, but well worth the travel! It was a good thing that we knew most of our music by heart for this gig because the wind was gusting so hard that it was blowing our stands over – we actually just ended up playing from memory for most of the time! Here Comes the Sun, by the Beatles, worked great for this processional, but I think people had heard enough by the time the bride was ready to walk – the ‘aisle’ was probably close to 1,000 feet long!!!
Check out some more pics on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Penguin-Wedding-Music/126066410817506#!/pages/Penguin-Wedding-Music/126066410817506
July 15th, 2012
We’re BACK! To Mymoon, that is, for the second time in about a month!
For this weekend’s wedding, we played a new custom arrangement (you can get as many as 2 as part of our typical wedding package) of ‘Sugar Magnolia’, by the Grateful Dead. This was a great song for the recessional because it is very happy and uptempo.
The wedding was great for the lovely couple, Sarah and Kevin, and Mymoon was decorated beautifully inside and out, as you can see below. The interesting decorations that are there year-round make for a great base to work from to make your wedding unique and beautiful.
June 12th, 2012
Last weekend, after Chris’s return from California, we played at MyMoon in Williamsburg. We have played this venue a handful of times now, and it is always very beautiful.
Today we tried out a new tune for the ceremony, which was a special arrangement of ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns n Roses (or G+R, for the real fans!) This is a great example of Penguin Wedding Music’s diversity…we can play classical music for your prelude and then rock out when the time is right!
Here is a pic of Steven practicing his part before we get started…
June 3rd, 2012
So this week I believe I won the prize for the worst picture taken at a wedding with the blurry pic below. It is sad considering how beautiful of a wedding and what a great venue this is. The Foundry in Long Island City (also known as just lic) is rated as the top wedding venue in New York City according to about.com . This is no small feat in a city with thousands of venues. The Foundry is actually a 19th century metal foundry that was converted into a beautiful event space. The staff had things together enough to the extent that the event seemed stress free. This is more uncommon than it should be at many venues!
We played the ceremony in the main area which is lush and green but with a cool industrial kind of vibe. Then we played the cocktail hour in the room next door which is supposedly a new room. The dinner which we did not play looked like it was happening in a large tent outside of those two rooms. I can see how this is one of the top venues in the city if you are looking for a slightly non traditional kind of venue. There were probably around 100 people there and the space felt quite full.
The songs we played for the ceremony were:
Can’t Help Falling In Love for the bride
In My Life for wedding party
Viva La Vida by Coldplay for the recessional.
It was another great wedding that we were proud to be a part of!