Something the best man said during his toast at the Weasel/Emerick wedding struck me. He talked about the small town in Ohio from where he and some of the other groomsmen herald, mentioning a second small town unified with his by the opening of a new school, which is where they met the groom.
I’d already been thinking about the small-town vibe of my own hometown because of the Jorgensen Farms wedding. It’s hard not to think about small towns when you’re playing in a barn, even one renovated into a deluxe party house. So many people in cities like Columbus have come from small towns all across Ohio, maybe brought to the capitol city for college, or later for work, so I had been thinking it was a tremendously cool concept to have a venue, on the outskirts of the city, where you could invite your small-town friends and family to come celebrate your wedding with you.
I would have thought it much different at The Athletic Club. Set smack-dab in the middle of downtown, with breathtaking views of the city from several angles: skyscrapers, bustling crowds and traffic, metro busses. Despite its posh interior, there is never a question about your metropolitan locale. The best man’s speech, though, reminded me that it is not about the location, so much as it is about the feeling created by the guests who have traveled to be there. Even in the middle of a big, midwestern city, if you bring together folks from small towns in Ohio, other states, or even other countries (like Belgium!), the aura surrounds you.
Even more to the point, no matter from where you, your family, or your friends originally hail—small towns or big cities--whenever they all come together for your wedding, you have momentarily transported your original home to that venue. Weddings are about unity; weddings are about togetherness; weddings are about… home. From all of that, a new couple is created, and, they will go on to create a new home with one another.
Intertwined through all of that is music. Memories of songs from your days “back home” tie you to that place in a way that is at once entirely unique to you, but also shared by other folks with their own unique memories. We, in Scarlet Fever, are always honored and thrilled to bring those song-memories back to you, so that you can be surrounded by the faces and the sounds that mean home to you. We understand the nearly sacred role of music in all of that, and we treat it reverentially and lovingly.
That it ends up being so much fun for us is a welcome perk, and we know you become immersed in the fun too. Whether it’s the father of the groom rocking out with us on drums to Sweet Home Alabama at Jorgensen Farms, or a group of the bridal party playing air solos with me on inflatable guitars at The Athletic Club, we see you smiling. We’re all too happy to provide the building blocks of nostalgia, fun, and home.
Two days later, and I’m already itching to play our first wedding of 2019, so we can do it all over again.