It was a busy Friday afternoon at the Fernwood Botanic Garden. When I arrived to set up, there was a wedding rehearsal concluding, and two more scheduled for later that evening! Fortunately, we were all blessed with perfect weather.
While I was tuning, the groom and groomsmen wandered over, and had lots of questions to ask about the harp. I love introducing people to the instrument – this may be the only time they’ll ever get to see a harp up close – and give them a chance to try it out. Glissandos make anyone sound like a real harpist! After a quick game of “stump the band” with classic rock songs (yes, I do know how to play “Stairway to Heaven“!), I started the prelude music for guest arrival.
Everyone entered from the Visitor’s Center and down the path to the South Vista Garden. From there, the processional returned back towards the gazebo and waterfall on the edge of the Bauer Terrace. I was set up on the terrace, and had a perfect view of the processional.
The families of the couple entered to “Let it Be” by The Beatles, the bridal party processional was an anonymous Italian composition, “Andiam, mio tesoro,” and the traditional “Bridal Chorus” played for the bride’s entrance. She was escorted by her very proud grandfather! After the processional, the bridal party took their places around the gazebo, and the bride & groom made their way inside where the officiant was waiting for them.
Music for the unity candle was “Come Sail Away” by Styx, which was followed immediately by “Sweet Child O’ Mine” for the recessional.
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