Capel Mawr in Denbigh was the venue for the wedding of Mike Devine and Shereen Lunt on Saturday October 11 2014.
The choir hired to deliver the best wedding wishes to Mike and Shereen at the service.
Arriving at the chapel and entering the school room I met a nervous Mike and his best man, Peter Jones.
Peter was his usual jovial self and relished his important role.
The choir assembled in the school room. We could see that a feast of food and drink was waiting for the guests.
The choir were to join the bride and groom and invited guests for the refreshments. There was quite a detailed inspection and anticipation of what to look forward to !
‘Stand by Me’ Entrance of Bride
It was soon time for the choir to take their place in the chapel and await the arrival of the bridal party. Shereen was a keen time keeper, arriving almost at the appointed time.
She walked down the aisle to the classic Ben E. King song ‘[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”B0053N9J3S” locale=”UK” src=”https://www.denbighchoir.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/51z2BiNB17iL.SL160.jpg” tag=”denanddismalv-21″ width=”160″]’ It struck me as being the perfect song for a wedding ceremony.
The bride and bridesmaids took their place in ‘Y Sêt Fawr.‘
The Minister, Wayne Roberts, welcomed everybody to witness the wedding cermony.
He then invited the choir to perfom their first item. This was ‘Cadwyn Cymraeg’ or ‘The Welsh Trilogy. ‘ It comprises ‘Ar Hyd Y Nos‘, ‘Dafydd Y Garreg Wen‘ and ‘Sospan Fach.’
Young Bridesmaid Surprised
As there were not enough seats in the Sêt Fawr, two of the young bridesmaids sat on the steps leading to the pulpit.
One of them, Ruby, was no more than four or five years old. She proceeded to peer at the choir through the rails of the steps. She may have found all the old men in purple jackets quite interesting.
The choir stood and started to sing. We received an almost immediate reaction from Ruby, who clasped both her hands over her ears!
Not quite the reaction we would have anticipated or wanted. But the assembled guests did not agree with Ruby’s opinion of our singing.
Best Wedding Wishes in Song
Mike & Shereen had asked the choir to perform ‘The Rose.’ I’m sure that was no co-incidence. It gave our baritone soloist, Peter Davies, the opportunity to serenade his neighbours.
After the signing of the register the choir sang ‘Some Enchanted Evening.’ Another appropriate request. The perfect line ‘once you have found her never let her go’ capturing the emotion.
I’m sure that Mike will always remember that line and the vow behind it.
In the school room there was an opportunity to toast the happy couple. A glass of champagne with our best wedding wishes for their future married life.
We would like to thank you both, Mike & Shereen. For allowing us to be part of your special day and also for the refreshments after the service. It was generous of you.
We hope that you have a perfect honeymoon in Italy and a long and happy married life together.