The word “Pasadena” literally means “valley” in the Ojibwa (Chippewa) Indian language, but it has been interpreted to mean “Crown of the Valley” and “Key of the Valley,” hence the adoption of both the crown and the key in the official city seal.
Sheila and I live in Altadena just above the Rose Bowl. The name “Altadena”, was coined from the Spanish word “alta” meaning “upper” and “dena” from Pasadena. So one could say we live “Over The Valley” which is the title of a beautiful love song by Pink Martini. Over The Valley. I recently finished arrangements of this song for our Quartet and Jazz Trio to play.
We love playing at the Langham. For this wedding we provided the Elegant Music Quintet for the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and the Elegant Music Jazz Trio during dinner where I was also the Master of Ceremonies. Planning a great wedding isn’t rocket science, it’s more like a work of art.
Cocktail Hour Lobby Lounge Langham Hotel Pasadena, CA
Here is what we played:
Groom and 2 Sons (process down the stairs from the hotel)
Music: Hymn, Vangelis
Music: Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, J.S. Bach
Bride processes to halfway point
Music: Grace, Secret Garden
Groom meets bride and they finish processional together.
Music: Trumpet Tune, H. Purcell
Congratulations to the new bride and groom and thank you to Debbie and Beverley of Aquafuzion for a beautifully coordinated wedding at the Pasadena Langham.
By the way, this year marks the 125th year of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the 100th year of the Rose Bowl Game so it is going to be quite a party in my neighborhood come December!
Here’s to beautiful weddings and great parties!
Sincerely, Eric Zimmermann, DJ/Master of Ceremonies, Pianist and Band Leader, www.elegantmusic.com 626-797-1795