The Delayed Entrance...
It was a beautiful August day and people were arriving at the church anticipating the wedding ceremony. Music soared and filled the air, greeting the guests as they were being ushered to their seats.
After a half hour of music selections, ending with a special piece for the Seating of the Mothers, the ceremony was about to begin. The harpist (me) then began the all-famous Canon in D procession, chosen by the Bride. First, the pastor walked out, followed by the all-important Groom, backed by his five handsome groomsmen. Next, scheduled to come down the aisle were the 5 maids, fashionably dressed in red, with silver heels and accents, each carrying a red rose, walking slowly and elegantly to the front. A darling little flower girl wandered down the white aisle cloth, carrying a small basket and scattering red rose petals all around.
Because the ring bearer was 7 years old, and the flower girl only 4, he was to follow her. The minister waited, the groomsmen waited, the maids waited, the guests waited , the music continued without a hitch, but no ring bearer. After an amazingly long wait, a gentleman walked up and whispered to the pastor, who in turn announced that the wedding would now continue. As I looked to the back, I saw the Bride and father take their place at the entrance. I smoothly closed out the Canon, quickly turned my page, changed my pedals, and began the Bridal March. All went smoothly and happily ever after "from this moment on"! As I learned later, the ring bearer had an extreme case of the jitters.
Choosing a professional musician is to the advantage of anyone planning a wedding or special event. A professional musician has had formal studies beginning at a young age, continuing through a college with music degree and even beyond. An experienced musician has played many weddings & events, will be familiar with acoustics (sound qualities) of churches and halls, will have a vast repertoire of music of many styles, and will be more adept at "meeting the unexpected".
Miriam Weber Brown, Harpist
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