I love a unique wedding. I get super excited when I'm photographing a wedding and see (or in this case hear!) something new. If you know me at all, you know that my husband and I are big fans of live music, which is why I'm so excited to share with you this amazing wedding vendor, Amanda, of Amanda Sullivan Guitar! Amanda is a classically trained guitarist who can provide entertainment for your guests at your wedding. As soon as I went on her website and listened to some of her clips, I knew I had to share her amazing talent with you all! You may want a DJ to kick up the dance party after dinner, but adding live music to compliment the other pieces of your wedding day would make the day even more special. Can you imagine your groom seeing you for the first time as you walk down the aisle to one of his favorite love songs? It would be such an unforgettable moment!
Since Amanda lives on the other side of the state, I decided to let her tell you a little more about herself below. Something that stuck out to me both in her answers and when I saw her reviews was that she is self sufficient and can handle any type of situation on your wedding day. This is so important when hiring vendors, because if something does go wrong or isn't what was expected, she will be able to adjust without worrying you or interrupting the flow of your day. Also, she lists coffee, chocolate, red wine, and making up silly songs for her cat as things she enjoys... this means I can pretty much guarantee she's good people! Check out our little question and answer session below and be sure to listen to her two sound clips (one more contemporary and one a classical selection) at the end of the post! <3
1) First of all, tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a professional musician from Preston, CT. I’m involved in a hodgepodge of musical endeavors: a wedding/events musician; guitarist and vocalist for the alternative folk group The Beekeepers; classical guitarist for the Celtic trio, Celticity; and a teacher at the School of Rock in Madison, CT.
When I’m not practicing or performing, I enjoy all the things most humans do, but I especially love coffee, chocolate, and red wine. I also have a pretty steady habit of making up silly songs about my cat, Bean, and singing them to her.
2) How long have you been playing guitar? How long have you been working weddings?
I’ve been playing guitar for 18 years and playing weddings for 8. I earned my Bachelors in Music with a focus in classical guitar performance at The Hartt School, University of Hartford. I’m also trained in acoustic steel string guitar, electric guitar, piano, and voice.
3) What made you want to play guitar professionally?
I’ve always taken guitar lessons since a young age. In high school a friend’s mother was a classical guitarist and taught me whenever I went to their house. From there she helped me get into college with the instrument and I've been hooked ever since!
4) What made you want to play weddings?
A person’s wedding day is one that they'll remember forever and every detail should be perfect.
My music helps set the tone for the wedding. Everyone is in good spirits and excited; knowing that my music contributes to that mood and their memories is special. I also enjoy customizing my performance to suit the couple, making each wedding I perform at unique.
5) Tell us a little about what you offer for a couple considering hiring you?
I provide music for the ceremony and cocktail hour of the wedding. I can play many genres of wedding songs both traditional and contemporary. Having an outside wedding? No sweat, I’m self-sufficient in that department. I come prepared with an amp that is battery powered, my own chair, and a light source for dim spaces. I do everything I can to give the bride and groom peace of mind and allow for them to enjoy their special day without worry.
6) What makes your services unique?
A lot of wedding musicians only offer classical guitar or pop vocals with acoustic guitar. I offer both. This saves money and time for the couple: no need to contact and hire multiple people for different music genres. This makes things super convenient when a couple has so many other professionals to get in touch with in preparation for their special day.
7) If you could give only one piece of advice to a couple planning their wedding, what would it be?
Try to think ahead when contacting the vendors for all the aspects for your wedding. The earlier you book them, the more time they have in creating a custom experience for you.
8) Finally, what has been your favorite moment from a wedding you worked?
I performed at an outdoor wedding once in the middle of a shallow farm field. Unfortunately for the happy couple, it poured that day. The whole tent was flooded and had to be cleared with a sump pump. Pieces of plywood were laid down on the ground to prevent people’s feet from sinking into the mud. The wedding was an hour behind but everyone pitched in to keep things running while remaining in high spirits. I’ll never forget the moment I played a classical arrangement of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s song “Home” as the bridesmaids came down the soggy aisle in muddy rubber boots with the biggest smiles on their faces. They all laughed and cheered when the couple kissed and I played “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles. No matter how much rain filled the field, they continued to celebrate and make the most of it!
If you're interested in having Amanda play at your wedding, you can find her at all these places: