Another beautiful outdoor wedding! This time at Pere Marquette State Park, on the grounds directly across from the Lodge. Very convenient for guests having one venue for the ceremony, reception, and lodging, and all right on the Illinois River. Just an hour outside of St. Louis, it is the perfect rustic escape.
The lawn where the ceremony was held is shaded, which is a must for the harp and very much appreciated by the guests – especially on a hot summer day! I played as guests arrived, then “What a Wonderful World” for the seating of family members. The wedding party, including the canine ring bearers, entered to “Marry Me” by Train.
A lover of jazz standards, Katie chose “La Vie en Rose” for her processional. There was supposed to be a ring blessing mid-ceremony, but it got skipped. No problem on my end – I just played the piece they had chosen for that time (“A Thousand Years” from Twilight) immediately following the recessional (“Everybody Loves Somebody”). It is wonderful how the couple incorporated songs they love, even if it isn’t traditional wedding music!
I continued postlude music as guests made their way to the Lodge, including more popular and jazz favorites. The harp certainly isn’t limited to playing classical music! If you are planning a wedding, and want the flexibility of having many genres of music played, please contact me! You’ll find repertoire lists and more information on my website – St. Louis Wedding Harpist.