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Jessica Lynne and Raymond Hayden’s Chapel of Love
As I sit in my red, vinyl bean bag chair, headsets on, cord attached to the turntable….
My first wedding memory was from when I was around 5 years old. I was a flower girl for my Great Aunt’s daughter. The only music connection to that wedding, was that I was wearing a satin dress, so I had to lay across a piano bench, so it wouldn’t get wrinkled. The next wedding I was in, was my oldest brother’s. I was a candle lighter, so I imagine there was music involved. But I only remember people thinking I was crying, because I was sniffing. Nope, I just had a horrible cold. Then I was in my sister’s wedding. It was a small house wedding. I think some serious religious songs were involved. No alcohol at any of these family weddings. Just the traditional church weddings, with coffee and punch. Although, I’m sure there were some hidden flasks. And then there was my own wedding. Hmmm, yeah, there were some issues in the music department. However, fast forward to our 30-year anniversary in September. We TOTALLY rocked that one…Rolling Stones in Amsterdam! I would refer to that as ‘” Well Earned Wisdom.”
She Says YES To The Dress! July 18, 2016
I have never been a witness to a proposal. So, when I received a text from Ray, saying he was going to surprise Jessica with a wedding proposal at her show, I said YES! I will be there. It was fun to watch Jessica’s eyes, as all her friends and family started arriving for her show. Ray was also playing the piano. He had it all planned out with the perfect song to lead up to her proposal. When he asked her to join him in the performing area, I remember her saying “Do you need a glass of water, honey?”. LOL. And then, he got down on his knee, pulled out her ring and proposed. It was beautiful and romantic. Musicians and artists know how to create the perfect scenarios. If the proposal was this fun, imagine the wedding!
I DO October 14, 2017
LET’S CELEBRATE October 22,2017
I’ve been a flight attendant for over 30 years, and I see a lot similarity between our lifestyles and musician’s lifestyles. Odd hours, always traveling somewhere to do our job and it takes a lot of planning in advance, to create an event where all your friends can make it. We don’t have Monday -Friday, 9-5 lives. Want to know what day musician’s usually plan a get together? Sunday. That is usually the only day they do not have an event…. although, that is not a guarantee. And, because they travel around so much, they have created many friends. So, trying to create a guest list for a special event can be rather challenging.
Jessica and Ray decided to have a small intimate wedding one weekend, and a larger reception the following weekend. The theme for both events was 1920’s Gatsby!
Their wedding was held at the Freestone Inn, Mazama WA. I did not attend the wedding, but the photos looked gorgeous! A beautiful collaboration of friends and family, to create a very special event, for a very special couple. Glowing and happy. I think I was glued to my FB that weekend, anxiously looking for photos!
The following weekend, a SUNDAY, their wedding reception was held at The Cultura Event Center in Tacoma, WA. What a wonderful time! I had never been to that venue before. It looked like a basic building from the outside, but once you walked in... WOW! A perfect setting for a 1920’s Style reception. Simply and beautifully decorated intimate tables, plus a couch area. A cash bar, accompanied with a mouthwatering buffet. Bryan Groves is well known for his talent and skills as a chef. He recently opened his new business, “Bryan’s BBQ Catering.”. Check him out for any upcoming events
It was fun to see everyone arrive and their attire. Soon, it was time for the music to start. Powercell! Lynn Sorenson, Manuel Morais and Jeff Mills. A totally killer band, with a rockin’ history, present and future. Lynn also performs individually in Heaven and Earth, plus joins Manuel in Spike and The Impaler’s, The Magic Bus and other bands. Jeff also performs in the popular 80’s cover band Night Wave and other side projects. Google them up. Whatever they perform in will rock your socks off!
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Throughout the evening, various vocalists and musicians joined them onstage. I loved it! To be able to enjoy this phenomenal collection of artists in such an intimate setting, was SO much fun!
We had Susan Kendall Morais delivering some serious rock vocals.
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Denmark's own Cirke Cherokee adding a little R&B “Respect”.
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Sherrie Vox Johnson brought Janis Joplin to the stage.
And Paul Sawtelle added his sexy saxophone.
Add a few vocals from Jessica and Ray, and it was pure musical magic!
Plus, added throughout the evening were conversations with other local musicians, attending as guests. A real treat for all of us music supporters. Jessica and Ray were glowing with well-deserved happiness.
This was super difficult for me to write, because Jessica and Ray have so many people in their lives that are special to them. How do I include everyone? This is supposed to be a short blog! But, what a great problem for them to have. A true testament to the music community they have created. Everyone that I have met, are wonderful human beings. That’s what makes Seattle-Tacoma ROCK!
CONGRATULATIONS Jessica and Ray! And may your future be filled with notes of happiness and joy.
SUSAN IN SEATTLE
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