Daryl Pranata and Christina Tanuadji Wedding Reception 30th July 2011

On Saturday the 30th of July 2011 the Simon Montgomery jazz quintet performed as the main entertainment item at the wedding ceremony of Daryl Pranata and Christina Tanuadji who celebrated their wedding reception at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth with their family and friends after a morning ceremony at the Aquinas College chapel.

The Wedding Music Planner, a music agency that specialises in connecting brides and grooms with professional musicians to perform at wedding ceremonies and receptions, were approached towards the end of 2010 by the groom, Daryl Pranata. Daryl was interested in looking at affordable options for live jazz to be provided for his wedding reception which would provide an element of style and sophistication to set it apart form other receptions and would be accessible for guests to dance to throughout the latter part of the evening. After much consultation the Wedding Music Planner proposed the option of the Simon Montgomery Quintet to perform in the latter part of the evening after the conclusion of the reception formalities with a jazz trio, the Emerson Brophy trio, to perform in the first part of the evening as guests sat at their tables enjoying the culinary excellence from the highly qualified staff at the Pan Pacific. The quintet were a great option for the main entertainment item as the vocal talents of Ben Hall would be featured performing a repertoire that would pay tribute to the jazz crooners that have gone before him including Sinatra, Martin, Davis Junior, Baker and more recently Connick Junior and Michael Buble.

The Wedding Music Planner also offered for a small additional fee their organisational and liaising services to ensure that every aspect of the wedding reception was covered. This services included the planning and supply of the PA system and audio engineer for the evening, meetings with the bride and groom, organisation of the various pre-recorded songs wanted for entrances and speeches through the evening as well as correspondence with the venue about the required venue logistics. Simon Montgomery from the Wedding Music Planner, spent time in preparation liaising directly with the event coordinator from the Pan Pacific Hotel, Avril Bezant, via regular email and organised a face to face meeting to inspect the room and run through all the required logistics including stage location and size, availability of power, noise restrictions and setup / pack down requirements all to ensure that the evening would run smoothly and that everyone would be able to work efficiently together to achieve the ultimate goal of providing a memorable evening for Daryl and Christina, their family and 380 other guests. A huge thanks must be given to Avril and her team at the Pan Pacific who were an absolute pleasure to work alongside and we at the Wedding Music Planner hope to be able to work together again in the near future.

The proceedings early in the evening included live jazz music provided by the Emerson Brophy trio and pre-recorded music that had been planned for the bridal party entrance, speeches, cutting of the cake and the first dance of Daryl and Christina. Upon the conclusion of these formalities the Quintet commenced their first set with the Stevie Wonder tune “Isn’t She Lovely”. The first set continued with a full dance floor enjoying the jazz standards including “Come fly with Me”, “A Foggy Day”, “Everything” and “Have You Met Miss Jones”   to the smooth vocals of Ben Hall.

The quintet were fortunate for this show to be joined by Oliver Christie on Double Bass. The addition of Ollie to the lineup added more than just the aesthetic look but rather gave the entire group a solid driving force locking in with drummer Karl Brown and pianist Gavin Nicklette to form a fantastic rhythm section that kept the guests up and dancing. At the commencement of the second set the quintet started with the Van Morrison classic “Moondance”, recently made famous again by Michael Buble, this led flawlessly into the latin favourite “Sway” which went down a treat on the dance floor. Due to the poprularity of these songs the quintet changed their set list to move into a Latin version of “Tangerine” and “Night and Day”  this decision was received exceptionally well and the quintet were rewarded with more people coming and joining the dance floor.

As a part of the second set the quintet were joined for two songs by a friend of Christina’s from Indonesia, Leony. She sang the ballad “The Nearness of You” which Daryl and Christina plus other family members danced appreciatively to. Leony’s voice and intonation was superb and was the perfect addition to provide that intimate moment. The song was so well received that Leony was talked into singing another song “It Had to be You” impromptu with the band backing.

A shuffle version of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” was used to commence the third set of the quintet’s performance. They had saved a number of big songs for the start of this set in order to encourage the guests up onto the floor for the final 50 minutes of the evening. By about 11:30pm a number of the guests had started to leave the reception, this is due to the Indonesian tradition where the guests leave as they feel appropriate before the bride and groom. The quintet kept the music playing through until just before midnight with tunes including “All the Things You Are” , “The Way You Look Tonight”, I’ve Got the World on a String”, Makc the Knife” and “All of Me”. 

A special mention and thanks must go to Adam James from NADAM events for the provision of the PA equipment and running the audio engineering for the evening. His experience and professionalism in mixing sound, keeping a consistent volume and running the segues between all the pre-recorded music added that extra touch of class to the evening that was appreciated by all guests and especially the bride and groom.

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