When Things Don’t Go Quite As Planned

I played for a wedding on a beautiful March day at Glen Ella Springs in Clarkesville, Georgia. The garden ceremony site is a little private nook that can support intimate ceremonies. Since they needed all of the space for their guests, I was positioned off to the side a little up the hill and half tucked away behind some of the landscaping.

Glen Ella Springs in Clarkesville, Georgia

It was still a good view to both the little arbor entrance and the “altar.” It’s great to be able to see everything. The ceremony went along great, there go the groomsmen, the bridesmaids… there go the two flower girls who are now settling into their seats.

Time for the bride! I start the bridal entrance music and no bride appears. I play for a few lines thinking she must be getting her train straight, but the officiant has not yet indicated for anyone to stand. He’s looking totally cool gazing down the aisle. I notice guests starting to look around. Some make eye contact with me and smile, which is kind of them, but at the same time, I wish I wasn’t drawing attention to myself by playing dramatic entrance music with no entries.

I move into playing glissandos in order to get a look around the garden. Behind me, up the path, I see the bride getting her dress straightened. I play some simple music in order to be able to move into a little more drama again, and we get the bride successfully processed up the aisle to her husband.


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