If you follow Music Dept, you already know that we LOVE surprise performances! Late in March 2021 we got a call from a gentleman planning a very special proposal and wanting to incorporate live music. It’s always great to help clients brainstorm and explore different options, but this guy knew exactly what he wanted-an incredible singer/guitarist to perform “Can’t Help Falling in Love” moments before he proposes to his girlfriend! He also referenced the version from Crazy Rich Asians.
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I immediately thought of Sandra Small. Her strong and beautiful voice and rock solid guitar chops would be the perfect for this brief and impactful moment of music. Sandra even recorded a rough-demo of herself singing the song so that our client could get a feel for her sound.
With any surprise performance, planning, flexibility, and teamwork are essential. We made small adjustments to timing and delayed by a day(due to weather.) The venue RH Rooftop allowed Sandra to stash her guitar out of site and blend into the crowd until the perfect moment. Jenna, the photographer, was also a tremendous help and we are so grateful to be able to share her incredible photos of the day. Definitely be sure to check her work out if you’re planning a wedding, proposal, or elopement.