It all started with my friend Thomas Dang Vu asking for recommended vendors in Hawaii that could ship fresh lei to New York. He explained that he was planning a wedding for his dear friends. I sent him a few names of places that friends of mine have used over the years to which he thanked me and joked, “Now I just have to find music… LOL!” My reply was where and when?!?!

Last Friday evening, I had the pleasure of playing Hawaiian music for Joanne and Mike’s wedding, an intimate gathering of family and friends on a rooftop in Battery Park City. Thomas invited me to play as a surprise to the bride and groom. The views of lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty were stunning. My task was to perform 45-minutes of music as guests arrived and mingled, up until the ceremony started. Typically, I prefer having light amplification, even among a small group, because the acoustic guitar has a tough time being heard over mild chit chat. However, the roof top lacked a power outlet so I picked and sang as loudly as I could. I think it turned out great, and it was a lot of fun to play a small part of the celebration.

Enjoy a few photos that capture the cheerful guests and breathtaking views.