November 14, 2004

About Last Night

The wedding was beautfiul. I mean absolutely beautiful. I have never been to one like it and doubt I ever will again.

Bear with me....I'll take you throught the day so you can get the full effect. I was so afraid of over sleeping in the morning I didn't sleep but 3 hours Friday night. Got up around 4:30 and got everything ready for my training class. Made sure I had everything handy that I would need to get ready for the wedding and headed out the door around 6:00am.

The drive was fantastic. Next to no traffic for a change. While driving over I decided that for breakfast I would stop at Burger King and pick up a variety of hot breakfast sandwhiches. It was an excellent idea if I must say so myself. No one was there so they made them all up fresh for me and I didn't have much of a wait at all.

Training went GREAT. Lots of energy on both sides and we all walked away having learned something new.

Hit a couple of other stores and headed back around 10:30am. Called the Bride to let her know Eagle was returning to Nest. **Later learned that was about the best thing I could have done. She was really stressing about me having to go over there.** I hit Orlando about an hour ahead of schedule and went directly to the salon. Managed to get her to pull me in an hour sooner. Again she worked her magic. Not letting me see what she was doing, just asking me about the dress. I explained it was champaign gold, scooped neck, very simple. Almost art deco'ish. When she got done and turned me so I could see I was speechless. I liked it (a lot) Friday. What she managed to do Saturday was amazing. Straight, smooth but it moved with every step I took. I was speechless. Perfect.

I rush home, and started getting ready. I kept praying all day that I just didn't want to be the worst part of their wedding. I used to be really good, and just wanted to do the best that I could. I was so afraid that I'd be so nervous I'd screw up.

**Pictures will be available in time. Meanwhile I'll link to some examples so you get the idea!**

Got to the chapel in plenty of time. It was beautiful from the outside, but inside they were still taking pictures from the wedding just before this one. So I hang out and just start getting more nervous. I hear some one yelling in the chapel, so being me - wandered right back in. Let me just say this...that bride? She was not a nice lady. Not one bit. She was screaching at everyone for just about anything. I almost felt sorry for the groom.

Finally they cleared out and it's time for me to practice. Bill, the accompianist was great....but he hadn't played this song before. He's idea of how it should go and mine were pretty much as different as night and day.

Bill: OK Miss Tammi we'll run through this once and then.....
Tammi: No, Bill I'm sorry. We'll run through this a few times until I'm comfortable that we're on the same page. I'm driving this bus.

We started practicing, and eventually compromised on the style. After a couple of run throughs he excuses himself and leaves me stading there. Comes back with a group of people. We run through it again. He looks at me and says:

You got it. And you know, I finally figured out who you (singing wise) remind me of. Karen Carpenter.

I figure he's just being nice, to keep me from getting nervous. Turn around and the Groom is standing there.

Damn, Tammi. You didn't sing that good when we did Kareoke. That was great.

OK....feeling a bit better now. Family starts to arrive so it's almost show time.

Everything was just beautiful. The inside of the chapel is very sweet. Simple white roses with just sprigs of blue (have no idea what) flowers everywhere. It's really cool that when the B & G are in the front, throught the windows ahead of them is Cinderella's Castle. Yeah, it really was a Fairy Tale Wedding.

I'm at the door handing out programs as the guests start to arrive. Many people I used to work with. The funny thing is? None of them recognized me first glance. Yeah, I really did look good! (snicker snicker) The dress was the perfect choice.

Everyone gets seated and it's time to get this party rolling. I'm still not feeling too nervous yet, and am wondering abit about that. Oh well, my new best friend Bill is just playing all the Disney Music interlude filler stuff. He was really good.

Groom walks in, doing the old victory cheer, clasped hands raised on either side. We all had to laugh. He was so very handsome. The rest of his group get in place and the music changes again.

The Matron of Honor looked like a princess. She was stunning. I can't do justice to it, but I've known her for years, and have never seen her look that beautiful. Next the 6 year old daughter of the Bride. In her Cinderella dress, hair all up in curls and a tiera. Silver gloves and a basket of rose petals. Biggest smile you've ever seen.

The Brides 12 year old son was the Jr. Best Man and her 13 year old daughter was the Maid of Honor. They both walked her down the aisle. Oh No. I'm already starting to mist up.

The minister was wonderful. He really taylored the message to them just made it so personal. (He's an employee of Disney, didn't know them before). As I listen to him, I realize yet again how perfect the song was.

They have a circle of love with the children. They all join hands and the minister explains what an important part of this marriage the children are. It was very touching. (misting #2)

The exhange vows. The Bride gets chocked up. (misting #3)

Oh No. I'm on.

Bill starts the music. I stand up next to him and just started singing. Never the first moment of nerves. It was like I had done it 100,000 times before. I just looked at them and realized I had the beautiful opportunity to express their love in song. I gotta went very well. Almost perfect.

He pronouces them Husband and Wife and Voila! All Done.

Afterwards, I got lots of hugs and kisses and everyone told me how nice it was. I half thought they were just being kind, but took the compliments anyway.

Then it happened.

I've been asked if I would be the contract Wedding Singer for Disney.

What a hoot. Again I thought they were kidding, but was informed that no, they were very serious. Took my information and will call when they need me!

Me, the contract wedding singer for Disney.

Again....what a hoot.

The reception was enchanting. Mickey and Minnie came and hung out for about an hour. The food was amazing, :-)

The way they included all the children was just wonderful. Everyone danced, ate and had a wonderful time.

Like I said, it was like nothing else I've ever seen. Congratulations D & K!! I love you guys. Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your very special day.

Oh, and for helping me land a new gig.

Posted by Tammi at November 14, 2004 11:24 AM | TrackBack

Congratulations! I've been dying to know how it all went. Been checking all day. I've been pestering Bou, and she just e-mailed me the good news a couple minutes before you put this up. I'm so excited...

*does breathing exercises*

O.K. I'm gonna go read the post more slowly. I'll be back.

Posted by: Sally at November 14, 2004 12:17 PM

Oh my...
I'm all choked up just reading about it. The whole thing sounds truly beautiful.

Dammit, where are my tissues?

Posted by: Sally at November 14, 2004 12:25 PM

whoo hooo!!!! I know a wedding singer, I know a wedding singer... :) I am so frickin' stoked for you!! I've been waiting for this post all morning... Brings a smile to my face...

Posted by: Boudicca at November 14, 2004 12:29 PM

WOOHOO! I avoided calling all weekend so as not to add to any nerves and been DYING to know how it went! ALRIGHT! I know a wedding singer! I think that ROCKS! How fabulous is that?! Now you get to get back into music, which I thing is phenomenal!

Congratulations D&K! And Congrats Tammi on wonderful job so very well done! :D

Posted by: Lee Ann at November 14, 2004 05:24 PM

Now what were you nervous about?
Great job, but will you still talk to the little people who knew you before you became all famous and such?
BTW, are we suppose to call you Miss Tammi from now on?
All kidding aside, I'm happy it went so well.

Posted by: Randy at November 14, 2004 05:35 PM

Well, my dear, that is excellent. The good wedding and a job offer. And you thought you were stuck, huh?

Good job!

Posted by: kat-missouri at November 14, 2004 06:03 PM

Congrats!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you. Can't wait to see you on the Disney Channel!!!

Posted by: vw bug at November 14, 2004 06:28 PM

How unnasailably cool is that?! I'm SO proud of you! I guess we can all say "I knew her when" now, and you were worried!

Posted by: Johnny - Oh at November 14, 2004 06:30 PM

Oh Tammi!
I am so glad everything went smoothly for you, and the wedding itstelf.
It sounds just beautiful!
Congrats on the job offer! Wow!
What an absolutly wonderful day you had !!!

Posted by: Jovi at November 14, 2004 06:36 PM

Congrats, Tammi!! Couldn't have happened to a nicer girl. :)

Posted by: Dana at November 14, 2004 10:53 PM

Hi Tammi! First time caller. May I say that by your description it truly DOES sound like a fairytale wedding -- including for you! Wowwowowwww!!


Posted by: Margi at November 15, 2004 01:28 AM

Congratulations! That's so you will have to post one of those "audio posts" so we can all hear! :) Business woman by day -wedding singer by night...sweet!

Posted by: ALa71 at November 15, 2004 08:02 AM

Fantastic! FWIIW, think you far prettier than Adam Sandler and know you have a better voice. *G* Great news on a great job! Hope they call you early and often.

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at November 15, 2004 08:15 AM

The Wedding sounded wonderful and the chapel really is beautiful.

When we were at Disney 2 years ago we checked it out.

I thought about you on Saturday wondering how things were going and I'm happy everything worked out great.

And congrats on the job! We knew you were good!

Posted by: Machelle at November 15, 2004 08:49 AM

Congratulations!! That's pretty freakin' cool. You won't have to sing "Little Mermaid" or "Lion King" tunes at any of these gigs though will ya?

Posted by: Kool Aid at November 15, 2004 10:53 AM

Cool news! Congrats!!!!!

Posted by: John at November 15, 2004 10:58 AM

First - pictures & audio, please.

Second - [pops cork on bottle o'bubbly]

Third - [sprays Tammi with Reddi-Wip... just because ;-)]

Posted by: Harvey at November 15, 2004 11:49 AM


Posted by: Karen at November 15, 2004 04:02 PM


The few times I've ever had to perform (speaking, that is... trust me - you DON'T want to hear me sing!) I've noticed something similar to what you described: a case of nerves for weeks, days, hours, and even minutes in advance - that just disappears when the big moment comes. Good for you! Sounds like it was beautiful (the bit about the open bar brought an extra heartbeat from this grizzled old drinker!)

Posted by: Jeff at November 15, 2004 04:42 PM

Congrats! How exciting! A wedding singer......for Disney! Can you just imagine being a part of so many fairy tale beginnings?

Posted by: Da Goddess at November 19, 2004 11:42 PM