30A Songwriters

A Perfect Match: 30A Songwriters and Your Wedding

30a Songwriters and Your Wedding

Imagine yourself in a moment where words leave you and the only relief in sight is the music that fills your ears. Whether it’s the strumming of an acoustic guitar or a violin hitting rhythmically to the poignant voice of a songwriter; it’s music that fills the void. It does the talking for you. It sets the mood. It creates the memories.

There’s no better time to find that perfect sound than at the 11th Annual 30a Songwriters Festival in south Walton County happening at various venues along scenic Highway 30a January 17th-20th, 2020. The festival features headline performances by artists from Nashville to right in our very back yard.

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January 16, 2015–Davis Naish, Kelsey Waters and Adam James at the 2015 30A Songwriter’s Festival. ©2015 Kevin Novak

Many locals have performed in this multi-location festival, including Kelsey Waters, Kyle LaMonica, and Chris Alvarado. All grew up along the Emerald Coast.

Kelsey was born into a musical family with an instrument always at arms reach and although she’s now rocking a Nashville address working on her first record, she still makes it home for the 30a Songwriters Festival.

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©2015 Kevin Novak

Kyle LaMonica (pictured below) is another shining example of a songwriter you want under a 30a wedding sun during your big day. The acoustic rock singer songwriter grew up just west of the beaches of south Walton County in Niceville, FL. While attending Florida State University Kyle majored in music and has since been performing as a solo musician throughout the Florida Panhandle and, more specifically, around Destin, FL.

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Kyle’s music has a feel similar to that of popular rock bands such as Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Guster and David Gray. ©Rae Leytham Photography

Adding a local acoustic artist to your wedding can add an extra dimension to the day. “They can create an element of acoustic warmth to a ceremony, cocktail hour, or small reception,” said Avis Glenister, Owner, Wedding and Event Planner at Peach and Pearl Events. “My favorite is booking them for cocktail hour because it’s a welcoming sound before the reception energy kicks up.” Lots of local artists around 30A are open to and love performing at weddings because of the fun environment.

Not only does the music scene along 30A give brides a variety of musical taste to choose from, the 30A Songwriters Festival itself can be a unique way to celebrate with your music loving guests. Many music venues along 30A host these performances and tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Outside of venues requiring tickets, many places outside of the festival still offer music to the public. It’s a great way to spend the weekend doing something unique while scouting for your wedding at the same time.

To see the full 2020 lineup, click here. It happens yearly, so if you missed this year, make plans for 2020!

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Photography: Sixpence Productions & Rae Leytham Photography |  Planner: Avis Glenister, Peach and Pearl Events

Hello everyone! My name is Corey Dobridnia and I am currently employed as the Public Information Officer at the Walton County Sheriff's Office. In a past life I was the weekend anchor for WMBB News13 in Panama City. I was a reporter during the week and covered Tyndall Air Force Base and NSA Panama City. I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor's in communication and got my Master's Degree from Florida State University - Panama City in Corporate and Public Communication. ERAU was also where I lettered in Woman's Volleyball. I'm originally a Rhody, born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised all around the Northeast until my mother moved us to Jupiter, Florida where I attended high school. I still continue to play volleyball (on the beach now) and also love to travel, hike, Crossfit, and spend time with my family. I am so excited to take on the new endeavor of blogging for 30A Wedding Co. My passion is writing and telling stories and I cannot wait to get started!

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