Celticmusl saidAnyone else have their music picked out for their wedding?
I haven't talked about it with my partner, no chance soon we're gonna be legally married while we live in Florida. But I have been married before.
We chose Handel's Water Music, when we thought we'd be married outdoors on her family's country estate alongside the Musconetcong River in New Jersey in 1978. The stupid Catholic bishop for that rural diocese thought it was some kind of barefoot hippie wedding and withheld permission for a wedding Mass outside of a church. Hippies play Handel with 2 dozen musicians???
So our default was the chapel at Seton Hall University near her city home, where we crammed the chamber orchestra into the choir loft. The bride entered to this. Listen for when the French horns come in, preceded by the trumpets -- she played the French horn herself, and that was the moment the doors were opened and she entered with her father to come down the aisle. Our version ended at 1:05 in this recording, where the brass complete their first statement of the main theme, timed to occur just as she took her place at the altar:
It was June, and after we exited the chapel the wedding party made a receiving line in the outdoor gardens that were in full bloom. The orchestra took chairs nearby, and continued to play Handel and other Baroque pieces as we greeted everyone for over an hour, had pictures taken among the flowers, and then went on to the indoor reception where 2 other groups performed. This was another piece by Handel they played in that exquisite garden setting. Nothing is better for outdoors than Handel, and some of his Royal Fireworks was included. If my partner & I do get married, I will lobby for Handel, and outdoors.
Only the first 2 selections here, Bourree and La Paix from the Royal Fireworks, were played for the garden reception, along with other pieces I quite frankly forget, but featuring the French horn as much as possible: