After a hot afternoon wedding at Allerton Park, I was thrilled to get into the air conditioning at Indian Point Presbyterian Church! Located just outside of Athens, this brick church was built during the Civil War and is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It's a beautiful and secluded location for a wedding ceremony, and they have a platform for outdoor services as well.
Entering the sanctuary, I was especially excited to see the pair of cut-work
wedding banners hanging on the wall - my aunt designs and makes them (check her
website at www.fashionsbysarah.com)!
The prelude began half an hour prior to the ceremony. The bride had heard me play at her grandparents' 60th anniversary party last year, and loved the popular and Disney pieces that were a part of that celebration. She wanted to fill the pre- and post-ceremony music with songs that people would recognize, but not expect to hear on the harp. That's my specialty!
As the families and wedding party entered, I played "A Summer Place" ~ a favorite of the bride's mother. The bride opted for "Meditation" from Thais for her processional music. As the bride and groom lit the unity candle and signed their marriage license, Bach's "Sheep My Safely Graze" played in the background. Following the pronouncement, the couple and wedding party exited the church to the Beatles' hit "All You Need is Love," with "Come Sail Away" by Styx right afterwards.
More upbeat postlude music followed as guests were ushered out of the ceremony and on to the reception in Springfield. Whether you are looking for something traditional, something romantic, or something simple & sweet, the music of the harp can be customized for your ceremony. Visit my website ~ Central Illinois Wedding Music ~ for details on making your wedding music unique!