Sunday, September 2, 2007

Piping at the Wedding

The wedding was to be held outdoors on a farm. It was obviously not a working farm, being too tidy and landscaped for that purpose but certainly it was at one time. Beautiful horses and barns surrounded the place. K, a good piping friend, and I tuned up our pipes and then marched toward the gazebo to pipe in the bridesmaids and the bride. We stopped underneath the shade of a tree to finish out the set. At the end of the short ceremony we paraded up to the gazebo, playing a quick march medley and followed the wedding party towards the patio. While the guests enjoyed champagne and cookies we continued to play off and on. Then we took a break before the reception to have our photo taken in front of the corn field. The Midwestern landscape is pretty much all corn and beans right now. It looks beautiful! that probably sounds crazy to people who live in the mountains and hills but it does have a beauty of its own.

As requested by the bride, we played as the guests were moving from the gazebo area into the tent for the reception. It was a beautiful setting and they were so fortunate that the weather was fantastic. We've had so much rain--two weeks ago it would have been a muddy mess. After 2 hours of piping we had played about all the tunes we know (and then some) so we marched out of the area and headed home.

I got a photo of K in front of the getaway car for the bride and groom.

By the time I arrived home I had just 30 min to shower and eat a quick sandwich before going to the theater to see The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which turned out to be great fun.

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