Wedding Ceremony at the Secret Garden in Burrawang
In addition to performing at the wedding reception with my band, I also performed as a solo artist at the ceremony. This was at The Secret Garden, about 5 a minute drive down the road. This was a very damp affair. There was a light rain falling throughout the ceremony.
Interestingly, the ceremony was performed by the bride’s sister. She had done a course which allowed her to conduct the ceremony provided that she was under the supervision of a registered marriage celebrant.
Pre-dinner drinks were back at the Burrawang School of Arts Hall, outside in the courtyard. For this part of the event, the band performed an acoustic jazz set. Being outdoors, it was quite chilly and I could see my breath when I sang.
Dinner and Dancing
The Burrawang School of Arts Hall is over one hundred years old. It is a classic, old style country hall. A unique aspect is that it has a properly elevated stage. This is where the band set up.
For the bridal dance, the band performed “I’m Yours”, which was originally recorded by Jason Mraz. There was also a “father-daughter” dance. For this, the band played one of the bride’s father’s favourite songs, which is “Banana Boat Song”, originally recorded by Harry Belafonte. The final song for the evening was “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, originally recorded by Frankie Valli.
The guests were very responsive and appreciative of the band. We even had three guests (separately) get up and sing with us. This contributed in making this a very memorable wedding reception.