Andy and Jessica’s Wedding at Balmoral Bathers Pavilion
We had the pleasure of performing at Andy and Jessica’s wedding at The Balmoral Bathers Pavilion on Saturday, 20th August.
This venue is one of my favourite places to play in Sydney. This renowned restaurant has a function room upstairs with an adjoining balcony. This area is superb for pre-dinner drinks, and is also a sublime place to have a wedding ceremony.
To find out more information about The Bathers Pavilion, please refer to their website – http://batherspavilion.com.au/
Andy and Jessica utilized the balcony for their ceremony. They made their ceremony unique with their wedding vows. These were personally composed by the bride and groom. They were sincere, personal yet humorous, and many tears were shed by friends and family.
We performed at the ceremony as a duo (i.e. me with Blake, my guitarist). I learned a song for Jessica to walk down the aisle to. The song was, “I’ll Be Seeing You”. A rendition of this song by Michael Buble was used in the film, “The Notebook”.
After the ceremony, the rest of the band joined us to play throughout pre-dinner drinks out on the balcony. The balcony has spectacular views that look straight out across the water through Sydney Heads. In between songs, the guests did a trivia quiz with questions about the bride and groom.
Later on, we played throughout dinner, and then for dancing. Immediately prior to dancing was the bridal dance. Andy and Jessica put an original spin on this, by actually performing a song by themselves. Andy (the groom) is originally from Scotland. He dabbles in playing guitar. Jessica (the bride) is Australian and loves to sing. In reference to Andy being from Scotland, they performed the song “500 Miles”, originally recorded by the Scottish band, “The Proclaimers”. After their “un-plugged” rendition of the song, the band performed the song again with full amplification. Dancing then continued until the end of the night.
For this wedding, I wore my kilt. Considering that the groom was originally from Scotland, I anticipated that there would be plenty of men wearing kilts. Alas, I arrived to find that I was the only person wearing one.