Misty de Haan and Tye Chatfield Wedding Ceremony

Event Details

Band: Ceremony Duo – Vocalist Steph Ryan and Classical Guitarist Karl Hiller.

Date: Friday 28th October, 3:00pm

Venue: Ceremony Gardens, The Novotel Vines Resort, Swan Valley.

Misty de Haan and Tye Chatfield celebrated their wedding ceremony and reception at the Novotel Vines Resort in the Swan Valley in western Australia on Friday the 28th of October in the beautiful setting of the ceremony gardens. This intimate outdoor wedding setting was complimented by the vocal talents of Steph Ryan accompanied by Karl Hiller on classical guitar, this music was organised through Simon Montgomery and my team at the Wedding Music Planner.

Misty contacted The Wedding Music Planner back in early March to enquire into possibilities for their wedding ceremony, wanting something that would be affordable and compliment the intimate and personal atmosphere of the venue. Misty was referred to the Wedding Music Planner through the Wedding Music Planner facebook page and a recommendation from a friend who used the services of Simon Montgomery as a piano accompanist at a previous wedding ceremony. Other requirements that Misty was wanting for their ceremony included the musicians learning a specific processional song and instrumental music being available for the guests for the period of approximately half an hour at the conclusion of the ceremony.

I suggested a number of options for small groups ensembles for this wedding ceremony including vocal and guitar plus vocal and piano options, the one that I thought would work best was in booking Steph Ryan, one of the contemporary vocalists available for bookings. Steph has performed a number of wedding ceremonies around Perth through the Wedding Music Planner as well as with organist Michael Peters and with The Catholic Guy Ministry. I felt that her relaxed and outgoing nature plus attitude to work hard would be perfect for this show. I suggested to Misty the possibility of booking Steph with a piano accompanist, which was more than likely going to be myself, to provide the music for the ceremony with solo piano happening after the ceremony to continue to entertain the guests. Misty was interested in this option and asked if she could hear the duo perform her processional song “Can’t Wait to Marry You” which she had found on YouTube. We organised a time for Steph duo to go out and meet with Misty and Tye and perform the processional song for them. About a month prior to the meeting Misty got in contact with me asking if it was possible to change the piano accompaniment to a classical guitarist instead. I let her know that this would be no problem for the ceremony however for the meeting at her place it would not be possible to have the guitarist was not available, she was happy with this arrangement so the meeting went ahead with Steph singing and me accompanying on keys.

On Sunday 26th of June Steph and I headed out to Misty and Tye’s house in Forrestfield to meet with them, audition the processional song and also go through the details of their wedding ceremony. We arrived at around 2pm and were greeted by Misty who was very appreciative of us making the effort to drive out to meet with them. After brief introductions we headed out onto their back pergola area and setup out equipment and performed their processional song, Steph sang it brilliantly and Misty was very happy to confirm the booking straight away. Misty wasn’t sure what she wanted for her recessional hymn at this point in time, they were thinking of “Signed Sealed Delivered”, we let her know that if she just get that information to us that would be fantastic. As a wedding planner I am loving meeting with clients and hearing about their story and the plans they have for their wedding day, every wedding is always unique and a reflection of the couple’s relationship.

In the coming weeks Misty had paid the deposit for the wedding music and sent me through the details of the wedding co-ordinator from the Vine, Jessica Terranova, for me to get in contact with and arrange a time to view the ceremony gardens. Upon contacting Jessica I made a time to view the area and get a good understanding of all the logistics of the day including setup, positioning of the band and the size of the area for PA purposes. Happy with all of this, I drew up diagrams for Steph and Karl to be able to follow and sent them via email to both of them. I have to thank Jessica and her team at the Vines Resort, they were really helpful and supportive of everything that we needed to make the wedding music a success, I found her organisation skills and abilities to be fantastic.

On the day of the wedding ceremony I spent an hour in the morning testing the PA system to ensure that everything was going to work smoothly and properly for their day. Steph Ryan came by in the middle of the day and collected the sound system plus the additional information that I had prepared for her and Karl outlining the various elements of the ceremony and gave her some business cards to be distributed if guests were interested in booking them. One of these elements included outlining exactly where they needed to setup as there were tow options available depending on where Misty and Tye had decided to have the main proceedings occur. Misty and Tye opted to have the main fountain as the centre piece with the formal proceedings occurring in front of this. To accommodate this Steph and Karl setup the music equipment off to the right hand side of the fountain in shade of a pergola.

Upon arriving at the ceremony location Steph and Karl met with the celebrant and the on duty co-ordinator at the Vines to run through any last minute details, both the celebrant and the co-ordinator were easy to work which made the entire ceremony a much easier experience.

The wedding celebration was a beautiful intimate for Misty and Tye and their close family and friends. Entering to the song “Can’t Wait to Marry You” Misty and her bridesmaids looked absolutely stunning and stole the show. The music provided was the perfect accompaniment and added to the atmosphere of the ceremony very well, Karl’s classical acoustic guitar was beautiful and elegant in its sound and timbre. The ceremony concluded with Misty and Tye leaving to the Stevie Wonder classic “Signed Sealed and Delivered” which was received very well by the guests gathered. For the next half an hour after the ceremony Karl continued to entertain the guests int he ceremony gardens with a range of songs from his diverse classical repertoire, this provided a pleasant atmosphere with a touch of class that people could appreciate whilst carrying on their conversation at a great ease. Karl performed at the perfect level of volume.

A huge thanks to Steph and Karl for doing a fantastic job with providing the music for this wedding, their professionalism and skill really added to the event and I am already excited at the prospect of them doing some more shows through the Wedding Music Planner in the near future. Thank you and congratulation also to Misty and Tye for the opportunity to organise and plan their wedding ceremony music, we wish you every success and happiness in the coming years as you embark on your life together as husband and wife.

The Wedding Music Planner is Simon Montgomery’s music management booking service that specialises in the provision of music for wedding ceremonies and receptions as well as other private and corporate functions. He prides himself in providing excellent professional musicianship at a reasonable cost. For more information or to book music for your next event contact the Wedding Music Planner.

North West Trip Day One – Perth to Port Headland

Day One – Thursday 4th August 2011.

Perth – Port Headland

On Thursday the 4th of August 2011 my fiance, Melissa Haydon, and I left Perth for a four day holiday in the North West of WA. The reason we were traveling north was to get a taste for Karijini National Park, a beautiful location in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, it had been one of Melissa’s dreams for many years to go there to walk and climb through the many gorges which exist there.

My Dad has been working as a contractor to the state government in the medical field for the past eight months. The nature of his job means that he is based up in Port Headland throughout the weeks. My mum flies back and forward regularly between Perth and Port Headland to both spend time with my Dad and also look after my nephew in Perth two days a week. Our trip came into fruition after a conversation I had with my mum where she said that she wanted to go and visit Karijini whilst they were based up in the Pilbara region, I mentioned that Melissa also really wanted to visit the National Park and the rest was all a matter of working out available times for the four of us to embark on our journey. After sifting through many dates we managed to find time we were all free from the 4th of August to the 98th of August, it would mean I wold have to renegotiate my teaching loads for the Friday and Monday either side of the weekend but I figured it was worth it to have this experience and share it with my fiance and also my parents.

After teaching in the morning of the 4th of August out at Aquinas College my mum and I were picked up by Melissa’s family and taken to the domestic airport to catch our 2:10 flight on QF1114 to Port Headland. Melissa and I were sitting separate from my mum, this worked really well as it gave us the two hour flight duration to talk about various details for our upcoming wedding (the trip was made pretty comfortable thanks to being given an exit row aisle).

On our descent into Port Headland I was blown away to see the size of all of the mining operations happening up here. Out in gauge roads of the harbour were 29 iron ore carriers waiting to gain access to the port to be loaded with iron ore for export to China, India and various other places around the world. It is said that the mining in Western Australia and Queensland is what is providing the Australian economy with a sense of stability throughout this global economic unstable time, however, words cannot describe the extent and size of the operations (which port wise is still being expanded further top maximise export potential).

Upon landing at Port Headland airport we were greeted by my dad and a nice warm 28 degree day (a pleasant change from the cold winter days in Perth). It was an interesting experience being in Port Headland with virtually every person you see wearing a work reflective shirt for mine site safety (it really was a sea of orange and yellow). Another interesting site were all the mine site safety fitted 4-wheel drives (all with only one person in it).

Dad wanted to give us the grand tour of the area so we left the airport and headed for the town of South Headland, the main living area of the town. I was not aware that Headland is divided into two distinct parts being Port Headland and South Headland. The reaosn this came about was due to a need for more land. Port Headland naturally is an island which has very limited land available for development, and most of it is owned by BHP. The site of South Headland was formed from the need for more land for residential living and commercial uses. There is a distance of between 20 – 25km between Port and South Headlands, this distance was worked out based on the location of South being the first strip of land that doesn’t flood during the wet season.

We went into South Headland and were shown the various landmarks (it really was very minimal). He really wanted to show us the brand new hospital which was just opened earlier in the year up here – it is currently the newest hospital in the state of Western Australia. After having viewed South Headland we proceeded back onto the main road to head for Port Headland.

As we approached Port Headland we started to see the extent of the mining operations in the region. Port Headland is one of the two major ports used to export the mineral resources of the North West (the other being Karatha). Before we got into the town of Port Headland we were confronted with the Dampier Salt Company’s Port Headland operations. Dampier Salt is largest exporter of salt in world with the majority of it heading over seas for industrial uses including use on roads in Europe during the winter. 24 hours a day the salt pile is continually added to from the thousands of hectares of salt pans which is refined from pumping seas water into massive pens to be dried over a period of three years.

The BHP port site is an incredible thing to behold, it dominates the entire Port Headland landscape. As we approached the town we saw the size of the machinery, iron ore storage piles and the out of commissioned crushers (all crushing now takes place on the mine sites rather than in the Port area). Mum and Dad have booked us into a mine tour of the BHP site tomorrow so we will look forward to learning more about all the operations of BHP in the Pilbara tomorrow.

After an extensive tour of the town (took all of 10 minutes really) we went back to Dad’s place he is staying in up here, a nice 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house. After having refreshed we went to the Port Headland Yacht Club for dinner.

The Yacht Club building is a rather new structure which replaced the older one earlier this year. A lot of the funds to construct this were a joint venture between BHP and FMG, the two big mining companies invested into the town. Aparently there was a short fall in the money and Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest donated a million dollars of his own money to have the yacht club completed. Dinner was really nice, the menu wasn’t extensive but it was all reasonably priced (as were the bar drinks). The view from the yacht club is very pleasant, the majority of the seating is actually outside and overlooks the mouth of the port harbour.

At the conclusion of dinner we headed back to the house and prepared for the next days activities including the mine tour and leaving for Karijini.

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