We had a lovely (hot) Saturday this week, providing Winchester Guildhall wedding music for the nuptials of Calum and Richard. We’d been booked to play for the wedding ceremony in the King Charles Room.
We arrived promptly and set up – the staff had kept the blinds down to try and stop the room heating up too much in the hot sun. We settled down and waited for the guests to start arriving.
We played a variety of romantic classical pieces that had been hand-picked by Calum and Richard. Such as Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude, Dvorak’s Romantic Piece No. 1, Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair.
When everyone was seated, we played Delibes’ The Flower Duet as the wedding group arrived, and Calum & Richard walked down the aisle together.
There was a lovely reading from Robert Fulghum’s ‘Union’.
You have known each other from the first glance of acquaintance to this point of commitment. At some point, you decided to
marry. From that moment of yes, to this moment of yes, indeed, you have been making commitments in an informal way.
All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began
with, “When we’re married”, and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that
included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All
these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.
The symbolic vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve
promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another –
acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these
past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will
never quite be the same.
For after today you shall say to the world –
This is my husband.
During the signing of the register we performed the Theme from the film, Up – called Married Life. We also played Mancini’s Moon River.
Calum and Michael exited the room to Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, and we swiftly moved on to playing Cantina Band from Star Wars as the rest of the guests moved on.
A really nice wedding – thank you for booking us for your Winchester Guildhall Wedding Music and many congratulations from TBQ!