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Posted on May 6, 2014 at 2:05 AM

This past weekend, May 3rd, 2014 marked a milestone for Marriage Proposals by Mike.  Billy Ryan and I headed down to Naples, FL to provide ALL of the musical entertainment for the Graham & Madeline Gravley wedding.  Billy and I presided over their proposal of marriage a little over a year ago right smack dab in the middle of Chinatown.  Graham requested a rendition of Ho Hey by the Lumineers as the soundtrack to his proposal.  This was long before Marriage Proposals by Mike was ever launched.  But it did serve as the template for how I could drive the idea forward.  I owe him royalties I think.  Haha!  Around Christmas 2013 Graham reached out to ask if Billy and I would like to do the honors and be the wedding band.  YES!!!!  Now that the wedding is now in the history books it's time to reflect on this major victory for me, for Billy and for the whole endeavor.  It marks the first and hopefully not the last time a marriage proposal client has asked us the be involved in the wedding as well.  All the preparation, memorization of songs, rehearsals paid off in spades.  We received a heroes welcome and gave them an absolute A-game performance.  In terms of the music no instrumental detail was spared.  We traveled on the plane with my Guild acoustic guitar, Billy's beautiful Gibson Les Paul electric guitar, a Fender mandolin,  a ukulele (in the event "somewhere over the rainbow/wonderful world" was requested), and a banjo.  I secured a sound system from JC Gutierrez, a local sound guy in the Naples area.  His team set up the sound rig and struck it down at the end of the evening.  The wedding took place on the beach behind the stunning Ritz Carlton Hotel.  It looked like what I picture Old Havana buildings would look like.  Unfortunately rain was a factor.  Billy & I brought the banjo and mando down to the beach.  At the couples request we performed "Swept Away" from the Avett Bros while the guests numbering 15 or so were seated.  Madeline chose to have us perform an instrumental rendition of Ho Hey while she walked down the aisle.  There was a gentle sprinkle of showers on us while the ceremony commenced. As the wedding concluded Billy and I launched right into a cocktail hour set that was pulled from the Setting Suns set.  We were then whisked away to the dinner area and at 9:30 began our prescrbed set that I worked on with Graham.  Our set for the whole day was as follows:

  • Swept Away - The Avett Brothers
  • Ho Hey - The Lumineers
  • Running on Empty - Jackson Browne/David Lindley
  • Ballad of John & Yoko - The Beatles
  • Mrs. Robinson - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Hometown Blues - Steve Earle
  • When I Paint My Masterpiece - Bob Dylan/The Band
  • Just My Imagination - Rolling Stones
  • Timeless - Airborne Toxic Event
  • Paradise in Palestine - Cast Iron Filter
  • Crash Into Me - DMB
  • Love Me - Elvis Presley
  • Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins/Elvis Presley
  • Toes - Zac Brown Band
  • One Particular Harbor - Jimmy Buffett
  • Temptress of Washington - Cast Iron Filter
  • Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison 
  • American Girl - Tom Petty
  • The Promised Land - Bruce Springsteen
  • Pancho & Lefty - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
  • Call Me the Breeze - JJ Cale
  • Wild Horses (Bluegrass version) - Old & In the Way by way of Mick & Keith
  • Harvest Moon - Neil Young
  • 99 Problems - Hugo (Cleaned up Jay Z version)
  • California Stars - Wilco      
At the end of the day we had an amazing time in Naples and hope we have the opportunity to serve our marriage proposal clients on their happy day.   

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