|Posted by Eliza Bourgault du Coudray on March 24, 2019 at 2:25 AM|
Weddings are some of my favourite events at which to play the harp. It is always such a joyful event - and at times weddings can be pretty emotional, too!
Yesterday (Saturday March 23rd, 2019), I was booked to play for the wedding ceremony and pre-reception. The wedding was located at the beautiful Caversham House in the Swan Valley. As a wedding harpist, I have played at numerous different venues and locations - restaurants, public parks, wineries, resorts - and I have to say that Caversham has to be one of my ultimate favourite wedding venues. The gardens are always meticulously and perfectly trimmed. It's so quiet and peaceful, and so green. The huge staircase down at the Hidden Gardens looks like it's right out of a fairytale! That said, it is not the easiest venue from a harpist's perspective (but at least there is a long ramp to get the harp down to the garden).
Caversham House is a pretty spacious estate and it was my first time yesterday playing up at the Marquee Wedding space (as opposed to the Hidden Gardens).
I set up the harp in the shade and provided some background music whilst the guests arrived. The ceremony begun a little later than planned. I played three songs for the processional: Thousand Years for the first two bridesmaids; All of Me for the next two; and I finished off with Wagner's Bridal March when the bride arrived.
During the sand ceremony, I played Tale as Old as Time and Perfect by Ed Sheeran; and during the signing of the register, Elvis' timeless Can't Help Falling in Love With You.
And already, all the formal requirements of the wedding ceremony were completed, so it was time for the newlyweds to walk down the aisle. Taylor Swift's "Love Story" on the harp accompanied their first steps as a married couple.
I remained another hour and a half to play some background music during the pre-reception drinks and nibbles.