Wheeler and Eleanor were married in the iconic Jewel Box of Forest Park in St. Louis. In December, their 4:30 ceremony was just before sunset! The always-beautiful venue was even more stunning with the colors of the sky streaming through the windows.
They originally booked a harp and violin duet, but as their wedding music plans came together, decided to add a cello and trumpet to make a fantastic quartet! The violin plays the melody, cello takes the bass lines, and the harp fills in the harmonies. The trumpet is reserved for the bride’s big entrance! It is an amazing sound, with varied texture, warmth, and depth.
We played prelude as guests arrived in the greenhouse, including favorite Christmas carols selected by the couple’s families (O Holy Night, The Holly and the Ivy, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, What Child is This). The family was seated to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and the wedding party processional was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”
A fanfare on the trumpet announced the arrival of the bride, and she walked down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke. They chose the traditional Mendelssohn “Wedding March” for their recessional, and then we continued to play other Christmas favorites (Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Deck the Halls, We Wish You a Merry Christmas) as guests exited.
No matter what you envision for your ceremony music, I have professional musician colleagues that I can collaborate with to create the perfect sound! Harp and violin is a very popular option, and you can expand upon that or create a different duet with instruments such as flute, cello, trumpet, guitar, piano, marimba, steel drums, vocalists, and multiple harpists. Get in touch with your ideas by visiting my website: St. Louis Wedding Musicians.