I was out walking on Hollywood Blvd a week before the Academy Awards and the entire street in front of Hollywood and Highland was already blocked off to setup for the Oscars Sunday February 28, 2016.
Equipment, flooring, lighting and yes “red carpet” all being placed. An incredible logistical accomplishment just to set the stage…
…in anticipation of what was about to happen.
Los Angeles is home to the very best in event production. As professionals they routinely exceed expectations and make it look easy.
Beautiful Wedding @ Greystone Mansion Beverly Hills
In a similar way any wedding is a logistical challenge. Many services come together in one location on one day and all of it is done just to set the stage in anticipation of what is about to happen.
Each part of a wedding has its function and can have its own design. And yes, have its own music.
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This sprawling hillside estate (not without its logistical challenges) can accommodate all parts and functions of a large wedding. Greystone Mansion Location Diagram PDF.
This celebration consisted of a wedding ceremony (a big ceremony) in the Formal Garden and an extended cocktail party (a big cocktail party) in the Inner Court Yard and inside the mansion itself.
Wedding Ceremony – Formal Garden
Wedding Ceremony Program
4:30 – 5:15 Elegant Music Quintet with Soprano Sisu Raiken performed prelude music in the Formal Garden as guests arrived.
La Rejouissance, Handel – Quintet
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Bach – Soprano
Motion Picture Medley: Out of Africa, Thorn Birds, Hymn to the Sea, Southhampton, My Heart Will Go On. – Quintet
All I Ask Of You, Webber – Soprano
Somewhere In Time, Barry – Quintet
Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod – Soprano
Brandenberg #3 , Bach – Quintet
Celebrated Air on the G String, Bach – Quintet
The Prayer, Boccelli – Soprano
Con Te Partiro, Boccelli – Quintet
You Raise Me Up, Grobin – Soprano
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5:15 Wedding Ceremony Processionals start on cue from coordinator: Mary Dann
Officiant Groom and Bestman
Mother of the Groom and Uncle
Mother of the Bride with escort
Music: Trumpet Voluntary
3 Junior Bridesmaids
7 Brides Maids
2 Ring Bearers (girl boy)
2 Flower children (girl boy)
Music: Vocal – Amazing Grace
Bride with Step Father
Music: Canon In D, Pachelbel
Mothers light outer candles
Groom and bride light Unity Candle
Roses to Mothers
Music: Vocal – The Prayer
Music: Wedding March, F. Mendelssohn
The wedding ceremony music featured the Elegant Music Quintet performing popular classical and motion picture music totally appropriate for this formal wedding ceremony in this formal setting:
- prelude music as guests arrived
- wedding processionals and
Talk to Sheila and Eric
of Elegant Music: 626-797-1795
Wedding reception begins:
To help kick off the party, strolling musicians lead guests down the hill to the mansion:
- Violin – Dan Weinstein
- Guitar – Fino Roverato
- and Accordion – Oscar Rospodie
Cocktail Hour and Reception Itinerary
6:00 – 10:00 Wedding Reception
The wedding reception featured Jazz covers of popular contemporary music.
Elegant Music Jazz Trio:
String Bass and
Jazz Vocalist Karla Kelly
The Elegant Music Jazz trio performed in the main entrance foyer as guests descended the stairs. During the evening strolling Musicians performing throughout the mansion would stop by the foyer on their rounds and “sit in” with the Jazz Trio for a couple of songs and then would return to strolling. We had a lot of fun!
Talk to DJ/Master of Ceremonies
In brief, a motion picture starts with a written story, is rehearsed and then filmed in many takes (one scene at a time) and then edited (put together). This process can take years. A live show like the Academy awards is written and rehearsed over days, weeks or months and then “directed” while being filmed/broadcasted in one take. Because it is shot “live” there are no opportunities to correct the performance. A wedding or a party has several parts that flow one to the next and also occurs “in one take” directed by the wedding coordinator. An event conducted by professionals functions smoothly and looks easy.
Here are “the credits” for this wedding:
Wedding Designer and Coordinator/Director – Mary Dann
Photography – Jen O’Sullivan
Film/Video – John Goolsby, Godfather Films
Ceremony and Reception Music – Elegant Music
Catering – Wolfgang Puck
Wine – Wally’s of Beverly Hills
Ice Cream – Sweet Lucies
Flowers – www.ixoraflorist.com
Rentals – Town and County Rental
Chairs and Linens – Elegant Designs
Valet Parking – Vallet Parking Service
Shuttle Service – ITS Limo
Golf Cart – Golf Cars & Industrial Vehicles, Inc.
What a pleasure it is to work with some of the best event service providers “in the business.”
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann
Elegant Music 626-797-1795