Testimonials

Wedding Testimonials

Many thanks… for the many thanks.

Beyond music, venues or any other achievement, by far the greatest metric of my success has been the relationships I’ve developed with clients.

Music is an incredibly personal thing, and being asked to provide the backdrop for a couple’s wedding day is a special honour.

Over the past 12 years I’ve had the pleasure of working with hundreds of amazing couples—getting to know them through the planning, all the way through the big day, and often afterwards.

Many of them have been kind of enough to express their thanks.

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The weekend went off without a hitch, and one of the most memorable parts was the amazing set that Jake played for our ceremony and cocktail reception.

Colin & Sasha – London, On, Canada

Thank you so much for helping to make our Wedding Day extremely memorable and absolutely perfect! We really appreciate all of the hard work you put in before and during our wedding to help make our day unforgettable. Thank you for learning to play a song just for us. It was absolutely amazing! The music was beautiful and really helped set the mood for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Many of our guests said that the sound of the acoustic guitar added an elegant final touch to our wedding!

Colleen & Matt

Havelock, ON, Canada

We had Jake perform during our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. Our guests confirmed that Jake’s involvement our wedding helped convey the style and atmosphere we were going for. We knew Jake would be a hit because we had the pleasure to hear him play in our own living room months earlier. We reflect back on that evening, in the midst of our hectic wedding planning, as such a great way to take a break from our chaos, and look forward to the joy ahead. Jake’s performance of Crash by Dave Matthews Band was so good that it made us change our mind on our most important cue – the Bride’s walk down the aisle. Such a song, and the way it was played so wonderfully, was exactly the kind of unique and love-inspiring feature that we wanted our wedding to be all about, which Jake helped us deliver on.

Lynn & Mack

Toronto, ON, Canada

Thanks so much for making our wedding day extra special.  As both Anthony and I play guitar, we thought that having a guitarist play for our ceremony and cocktail hour would be very fitting and you certainly did not disappoint. We loved how you spun more contemporary music into wedding-appropriate renditions. Special thanks for working so hard on Muse’s “Starlight”, and taking the time to record your work in progress so that we could be a part of the process. We appreciated your genuine interest in making our day turn out how we had in mind, not to mention your professionalism throughout the entire planning process. Thanks again.

Jen & Anthony

Calgary, AB, Canada

Alison & Andrew

Alison & Andrew

Thank you so much for providing the ceremony and cocktail music for our wedding at Brooklands Farm in Muskoka.

The acoustic guitar sound added the perfect ambiance to our rustic-chic barn wedding and all of our guests raved about the mix of modern and traditional songs that were a part of your repertoire. We were thrilled that you learned a song for our ceremony processional in such a short time. It sounded as though you had been playing the song for years.

Not only was the sound amazing but you were too! You were extremely flexible and able to adjust your setup when it started to rain just as the ceremony started. Thank you for helping to make the day go smoothly. You are the utmost professional and I would not hesitate to recommend your services to other brides looking for a unique musical experience on their special day.

Thanks again,
Alison & Andrew
Newmarket, ON, Canada

Colin & Sasha

Colin & Sasha

We had Jake perform at our wedding in September 2015 at Windermere House in Muskoka. The weekend went off without a hitch, and one of the most memorable parts was the amazing set that Jake played for our ceremony and cocktail reception.

His music is just terrific, a little bit of something for everyone without the need to play any “typical” wedding music. I was really impressed not only with his technical ability but also his song list and creativity.

With respect to Jake personally, he is one of the most professional and well-prepared individuals I have ever dealt with. We were especially impressed with the signature song he learned for us. He was able to turn a classic Led Zeppelin song into into such a beautiful acoustic piece. I would totally recommend Jake for your wedding or any special occasion. Jake’s contribution remains one of the most meaningful aspects of our wedding.

Colin & Sasha
London, ON, Canada

Steve & Ashley

Steve & Ashley

My wife and I got married this past summer (Aug 11th) and it was the most amazing day of our lives.  During the process of putting together all the parts of the wedding, I had one request to my future wife.  Being a huge fan of acoustic guitar, I wanted to have some live music at the ceremony and reception.  We found Jake on his website and were very impressed with the professional setup.  Soon after we talked on the phone we booked an appointment to meet.  Jake came right to our apartment and brought his two guitars and some speakers.  He sent us a list of songs before he came, and there were a few songs I knew I did not want to add to the list at the wedding.  Jake started playing some of those songs, and after hearing the way he played them, I insisted they be added to the lineup.  Needless to say, Jake absolutely blew us away with his talent. I can honestly say that amidst the variety of amazing things that day, Jake was definitely a major highlight.  I still get compliments on certain aspects of the wedding, and Jake has been brought up on several occasions.

I highly recommend having live music at a wedding, and if you are a fan of acoustic guitar, want a professional and someone easy to get along with, Jake is your guy.

Sincerely,
Steve & Ashley
Toronto, ON, Canada

Jenna & David

Jenna & David

We recently hired Jake to perform at our wedding and we could not have been happier.

Since the wedding, we’ve received a number of comments from guests who loved not only the style, but the eclectic mix of songs.  It was important to us to have a musician who could play a variety of genres that would reach all of our guests- and Jake delivered.  We were also really impressed with his ability to play so well for so long (4 straight hours).

Aside from the music itself, Jake was extremely proactive about everything leading up to the wedding.  He made an effort to meet with us months ahead of time to take us through his song list, he made contact with our venue several times to ensure everything would be perfect, he was always responsive to our questions, and he did an amazing job learning our ‘custom’ song.  It made things so much easier for us and we really appreciated it.  His professionalism and sense of humour made working with him a great experience through and through.

Jake’s presence enhanced our wedding, and we really hope to have another opportunity to work with him in the future.

Jenna & David
Toronto, ON, Canada

Lynn & Mack

Lynn & Mack

We had Jake perform during our wedding ceremony and cocktail reception. Our guests confirmed that Jake’s involvement our wedding helped convey the style and atmosphere we were going for. We knew Jake would be a hit because we had the pleasure to hear him play in our own living room months earlier. We reflect back on that evening, in the midst of our hectic wedding planning, as such a great way to take a break from our chaos, and look forward to the joy ahead. Jake’s performance of Crash by Dave Matthews Band was so good that it made us change our mind on our most important cue – the Bride’s walk down the aisle. Such a song, and the way it was played so wonderfully, was exactly the kind of unique and love-inspiring feature that we wanted our wedding to be all about, which Jake helped us deliver on.

Thank you!!

Lynn & Mack
Toronto, ON, Canada

Adriana – Mother of the Bride

Adriana – Mother of the Bride

We had the opportunity to hear Jake play at Samantha’s wedding (our youngest daughter) last June, 2014. I could hear him playing as we arrived home from the hair dressing appointment and it was heavenly music–so much so that our pet Border Collie Abigail was sitting beside him so calm and at peace.

He played the set of music that was requested by Samantha and her husband Gregory, and I recall the song by the band Journey “Don’t Stop Believing.” It was so wonderful. He played it exquisitely. We loved every moment of it.

When our oldest daughter Rina got engaged in the spring of 2014, she had asked for Jake to play at her wedding this August, 2015. As Rina and Adam’s taste in music was slightly different from Samantha and Gregory, we knew that there would be no issue as Jake is a master at playing whatever is asked of him and he does it so well.

Again, it was a joy to have Jake be a part of Rina’s special day. He is like family to us. We could not have asked for anyone kinder, respectful of others and very professional. His talent for playing the acoustic guitar is profound. I myself could sit and listen to him play for hours if given the opportunity. I would not hesitate to recommend Jake for any event as his ability to play is amazing.

Thank you Jake for being such a special part of our girls’ weddings. We are blessed to have met you.

Adriana
Pigeon Lake, ON, Canada

Rina & Adam

Rina & Adam

Adam and I had the pleasure of having Jake play at our wedding this summer and we could not be happier with the results. Jake is such a wonderful and talented person and he was amazing to work with from start to finish. Jake met with us prior to our wedding to go over our music selection and we were able to customize the style of music we wanted so it fit with our story and style of wedding. Jake learned custom songs for us and the music was so outstanding I was tearing up before I even started walking down the aisle.

Jake’s professionalism and courtesy excel beyond reason and he made the process effortless for Adam and I. Jake is more than just a musician. He is kind, thoughtful and funny and makes sure that there is nothing left for you to do but enjoy your night. We are so grateful we had Jake play for our wedding and will certainly look for opportunities in the future to work with him again.

Rina and Adam
Courtice, ON, Canada

Colleen & Matt

Colleen & Matt

Thank you so much for helping to make our Wedding Day extremely memorable and absolutely perfect! We really appreciate all of the hard work you put in before and during our wedding to help make our day unforgettable. Thank you for learning to play a song just for us. It was absolutely amazing! The music was beautiful and really helped set the mood for the ceremony and cocktail hour. Many of our guests said that the sound of the acoustic guitar added an elegant final touch to our wedding!

Colleen & Matt
Havelock, ON, Canada

Robyn & Chandler

Robyn & Chandler

We recently had Jake perform at our wedding as we wanted something a little different musically that people would notice but wouldn’t be overbearing during the ceremony and cocktail reception. We couldn’t be happier with our decision!

Leading up to our big day, we could not have been more confident in our decision to have Jake play. Having met with him once, he was quickly able to pick up on our personalities, and recommend some great songs that fit what we were trying to do with the acoustic guitar sound.

With an eclectic mix that ranged from Taylor Swift to Foo Fighters to Fleetwood Mac, Jake was a hit amongst all of our guests, young and old.  Jake’s extensive catalogue of songs added a really neat dynamic to our day that we feel we could not have matched elsewhere. His timing and precision during our ceremony were perfect, and his ability to play off the crowd during the cocktail reception was second to none.

Thanks again Jake for sharing our special day!

Robyn & Chandler
Nepean, ON, Canada

Carrie & Brad

Carrie & Brad

Jake, thank you for playing at our wedding last weekend. Brad and I loved the warmth, joy and fun that your music added to the event, and I was grateful for your rendition of Annie’s Song. It meant a lot to me and was a finishing touch to the ceremony. Keep up the good work — your online presence, in-person professionalism and charm, all combined with your talent, makes you a great musician and person to work with. I’m so glad we found you! All the best…

Carrie & Brad
Toronto, ON, Canada

The
Venues.

From Canoe to the Canadian Canoe Museum.

There’s a creativity with modern weddings and events that I absolutely love… especially when it comes to venues.

Locations have varied as much as styles…with everything from rustic-chic barns in Muskoka to the urban charm of the Berkeley Church. The quintessential wine-country experience of Cave Spring Vineyard, to Malaparte at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Islands in the Kawarthas, to the grandeur of Graydon Hall, Langdon Hall and Casa Loma.