Well, today. Today was the last outdoor wedding of the season. And wow, did it go out with a heatwave and a gust. 85 degrees and 40-50 mph winds.
That's why the harp is lying on the ground
before the wedding. Safer that way.
And to think, when I booked this outdoor October wedding, I was most worried about it being too cold to play outside. Ha. The sun was intense; it felt more like August than October. And the winds were so strong, I couldn't even put music on the music stand - it would have blown into the next county. So I played the prelude, processional, commitment ceremony and recessional music from memory. As I did, I held onto the harp with both knees and both elbows against the gusts.
The flower girl almost got knocked over by the wind. One of the bridesmaids caught the little girl by the shoulder just in time and then nearly tipped over herself. The bride's veil was a wild flurry of white until she gathered it up and tucked it under her arm.
And then the couple walked down the aisle and up the hill into the banquet hall in a shower of falling, blowing leaves. Nature's send-off.
Okay, now I can say it: I'm really glad the outdoor wedding season is over. For sure this time. Of course, until next year...