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Ceremony Music in Chicago, Illinois,
(773) 551-8601
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    Caitlyn

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  • To put it simply, Neil is amazing! My husband and I hired him to perform at our small, outdoor ceremony in Lincoln Park. We even asked him if he could learn to play our favorite Coldplay song when I walked down the aisle...he was up for the challenge and nailed it! Our guests were so impressed by the atmosphere he set from beginning to end. What a special addition to our wedding day that we will never forget!

    Andrea

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  • We hired Neil to play solo guitar for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at A New Leaf. Neil is fantastic!!! He is incredibly talented, professional, personable, and easy to work with. He learned two new songs for our ceremony and performed them beautifully. He was also very flexible and understanding when our ceremony got a late start due to a medical emergency and he kept our guests entertained with an extended prelude. All of our guests enjoyed his music so much and commented on the “magical” atmosphere he helped create. He was very helpful advising on the musical details for the processional, recessional, and our desire to incorporate a particular song during the ceremony. We had full confidence in his abilities and familiarity with the venue. We didn’t have to worry about a thing! We were really honored and proud to have him be a part of our special day. We highly recommend him!

    Sean

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  • Neil was an absolute joy to work with. Although we didn't have him play any specific songs to us, he was more than willing to do so. He offered to sit down with us well before the ceremony and go over a playlist, but we really wanted him to just play songs he enjoyed playing. We really appreciated the unique (to the U.S.) type of music he plays—it gave a special, not-everyone-has-this quality to the evening. He got lots of compliments from the guests also!

    Jocelyn

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  • Neil was amazing to work with! I would recommend him for any event I possibly could. I gave him my vision for our wedding day (we were quite the non-conventional bride and groom) and he offered his suggestions and worked with my requests as well. He was honest about what would work and wouldn't and I 100% trusted him to make it magical. Our guests were and still are raving! Book him now if you can!!

    Colette

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  • We used Neil for our 10/10/15 wedding at Germania place. Once we signed on with him, which was super easy he came over to our condo and played some music for us. We talked about what we envisioned for our ceremony music and our cocktail hour music. He's so laid back and comfortable. He was one of the easiest vendors of our entire wedding process. We talked every now and then over the next year and when it came to the big day everything went perfectly. His acoustic guitar playing was so beautiful for the ceremony and he was awesome at the cocktail hour as well. He doesn't need any direction. He's truly a professional. He even stuck around for the my Dads speech and borrowed Neil's guitar so my Dad could play us a song for a surprise! That's what a nice guy he is. I would highly recommend Neil for your wedding or any special occasion where you are looking for beautiful live music!

    User6107266

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  • Neil's music was exactly what we had in mind for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour -- intimate, personalized, elegant and just a little bit unorthodox. He was wonderful to work with, being particularly flexible with various last-minute changes, and while he would have been our first choice at any price point, we thought he provided tremendous value, especially for his superior level of talent and service.

    Jennifer

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  • I was recommended to Neil by another musician to do the music for our outdoor wedding ceremony. I had a very simple vision of what I wanted as I walked down the aisle of tree's and with Neil's expert insight and level of skill I was able to achieve that dream. I had SO many compliments on his style of music, and everyone commented that they loved my choices. He chose a very upbeat tune (that he had never done for a wedding) after the ceremony and I love watching the video and seeing the surprise on the guest's faces. Neil's professionalism was only second to his amazing price which was all inclusive and my wedding was 40 miles from Chicago, so to not be charged mileage was the icing on the cake.

    Thomas

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  • Neil was prompt and professional. He is an incredibly talented artist and did and amazing job of setting the right mood during amy surprise engagement dinner at Meson Sabika in Naperville.

    James

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  • It was a pleasure working with Neil. He was very helpful planning the music and logistics involved with our outdoor wedding ceremony. Neil tailored and sang for our first dance to close the ceremony. Everything was perfect. Thank you Neil!

    User6057725

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  • Neil was amazing from the time we booked him through the event. He was extremely accommodating and helpful throughout the planning process. My husband is Venezuelan and Neil did a fantastic job of tailoring our music towards both the Americans and Venezuelans present by incorporating a number of folkloric Venezuelan songs into his set list. He learned a new song for our ceremony a couple of weeks prior, no problem. He also brought along a singer, Leanne, to our cocktail hour and she was also FANTASTIC. Neil is a very talented guitarist who brought a wonderful energy to our ceremony and our cocktail hour, and we are so glad we found him!!

    Kara

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  • Neil is a talented and seasoned guitarist who played beautifully at our wedding. He stayed in perfect time as the waves rocked the yacht during the ceremony. We were honored to work with him and we will always look back fondly on this day and hear his intricate melodies. Thank you Neil!

    Malory

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  • Neil Dixon Smith is not only a phenomenal musician, he's a stellar person, which makes his performance and shows that much more meaningful. I'd been to several of his performances before and asked if he would help raise money for a community in Nepal after the 2015 quake - he provided powerful live music while I instructed a studio full of yoga students. The students had an incredible experience, thanks to Neil's ability to cater to the audience while still pouring personal passion into his music.

    Susan

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  • My husband and I agreed our wedding would be a simple, informal affair, but then, before we knew it... Our venue turned into a destination, our guest list had ballooned to 120, and we naively assumed we'd be able to plan it all ourselves. It was a recipe for a stressed-out bride if ever there was one! Neil not only provided the most sublime music, which will forever be inscribed on my memories of our beautiful ceremony, but he also helped rescue me from the stress of DIY wedding planning. He really listened, offered great suggestions, and put a lot of care into planning the perfect musical accompaniment. In the months prior, he offered several thoughtful ideas on how to make our ceremony more meaningful and enjoyable, and he even helped with last-minute logistics during the rehearsal. Without Neil's wisdom and experience attending and playing at dozens of other weddings, we would have been a lot more stressed! Above all, Neil is an incredible musician. He designed a beautiful pr... Read more

    Joey

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  • Neil went above and beyond the call for our wedding. He played beautiful music for the ceremony and our cocktail hour, and even rehearsed and performed a duet for the ceremony. Absolutely fantastic guitarist and a wonderful addition to any wedding. It would not have been the same without him.

    User6080378

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  • Neil and his music were the perfect addition to the ambiance of our wedding, and without it, we wouldn't have had the magical evening we had hoped for. There was not a dry eye in the house when we danced to "Everlasting Light" , and a lot of that had to do with the heart and soul Neil put in to all that he did. Our wedding night is something we will hold near and dear to our hearts throughout the rest of our lives. We can't thank Neil enough for being such a huge part of it.

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