I fell in love with Candace the first time I saw her as I listened to her sing, and ever since she has brought wonderful music into my life. At our wedding, held outdoors near a wooded stream at 8 o’clock in the morning, she sang Keith Green’s The Lord is My Shepherd, accompanied by Diane Ramsey on the flute and Jody Kessel on the guitar:
The wedding ceremony was filled with joyous music from start to finish, beginning with Purcell’s Ayre as the Prelude, and a trumpet voluntary as the processional, both performed by a brass quartet of Glenn Lemons (trumpet), Troy Peterson (trumpet), Dr. Roger Cody (trombone) and Trent Kite (tuba). Then Gloria Fields sang Morning Has Broken, by Cat Stevens, again accompanied by Diane Ramsey on the flute and Jody Kessel on the guitar:
Finally, a sextet of Tanya Henmen, Gloria Fields, LaNita Partin, Jill Stoufer, Lori Zoll and Sharon Tait Burch concluded the ceremony with The Lord Bless You and Keep You, by Lutkin:
To all of you who gave us the gift of music on this special day, we offer our continual, life-long thanks. We remember you with joy and treasure your friendship.
But there was more: throughout these performances various songbirds provided improvisational melodies, particularly one red-winged blackbird who repeatedly serenaded us with his organ pipes. As Robert Frost wrote,
“to do that to birds was why she came.”
Thank you, Candace, for making music such a central part of our lives together!