It was so fun singing with Rachel Kurtz at a recent wedding ceremony in Richfield. She has a powerful, wonderful voice, and she was a joy to chat with too.
Vocalists Rachel Kurtz and Diane Martinson
Review from the Bride
“Diane and JJ sang and played at our wedding last night and they were FABULOUS!!! They were so easy to work with and made the evening even more special. We would recommend them to anyone doing a wedding or other event. Thank you!!!” – Kerstin and Lisa
I’m really looking forward to singing at Matt and Jen’s wedding ceremony in Minneapolis. I’m performing a mix of classical and contemporary love songs in a church setting, accompanied by my musicians.
Thank you to the string trio – Karen Moon, Teresa Campbell, & Andrea French and pianist JJ Saecker for your wonderful accompaniment on my songs and your beautiful instrumental music!! Here’s a rehearsal shot of us.
Emily and John picked out special request music for their processional. I have a solo arrangement of The Prayer that they chose for one of their solos. I’ve included a sample. It was a beautiful ceremony for such a nice couple.
“Hi Diane!, I wanted to pass along an emphatic Thank you! to you and J.J. We were so thankful for your time and music performance and couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out. We received so many compliments … Thanks again for your help in song selection and working with that new song – it was one of the most special moments of the ceremony. We have nothing but rave reviews for you. Thanks again!” – Emily and John
In this picture I’m singing a song (with JJ as piano accompanist) during the couple’s unity sand ceremony, taking place at The Landmark Center in St. Paul, MN. I have gotten the chance to sing for several different types of unity ceremonies. It’s fun to see all the new and different formats that couples are choosing and the music fits so well during the rituals. I have several examples of different unity rituals on my Wedding Ceremony Music Pinterest page including sand, flower ceremonies, candle making, hand fasting knots, and more.
In this case they chose The Prayer which I have arranged as a solo with piano accompaniment. I also sang You Raise Me Up as a vocal prelude, which is really fun to sing in this room with such high ceilings and big sound.
Candid shot of JJ I took during our set up
From JJ: The Landmark Center provided the grand piano and sound system for the wedding ceremony in their main cortile. I loved hearing Diane’s heartfelt vocals and the sound of the grand piano in this room’s acoustics.
The Varsity Theater is a vivid setting for a wedding. They had a wonderful sound system for us to use. We performed the ceremony music, then J.J. played solo piano during cocktail hour and dinner reception.
It was great to receive their card: “Dear Diane & J.J., Thank you so much for providing the music for our wedding night. We had lots of compliments from our guests. The music was an important part of the evening for us, and you both were wonderful”. Brian & Jamie
The ceremony music is usually performed in the “Capitol Concourse”. For ceremonies we usually set up in the very back, or sometimes the side area. The picture is from my view in the back when I had a chance to take a quick picture. I just love singing here with the sound acoustics from the high ceilings in this venue.
The video is a short sample of the song The Rose, which we performed that day from the back of the Capitol Concourse. At this wedding ceremony I was the vocalist, accompanied by J.J. Saecker on piano and our string trio.
We have also provided the reception music here where we turned the sound system around to face the cocktail level for solo piano or jazz duo music. Another time we had preset cocktail / dinner musicians ready to go down a floor to start right after the ceremony.