A couple weeks ago I played for Stacy and Ken’s wedding ceremony at Inman Park United Methodist Church, which is located in the “cool and hip” part of Atlanta (ie, not that part where I live).
There were two particularly unique things about this wedding:
1) I was given a wedding gift
Instead of being hired by the couple, their family, or even a wedding planner, I was hired by Danny, who was a friend of the Stacy, the bride. Stacy had asked Danny to play for the ceremony himself, but, as he said to me, “I didn’t want it to sound like a kids’ piano recital.” He decided to give her the gift of a professional pianist instead. Thanks, Danny!
Not a bad idea for a wedding gift, either. I won’t end up shoved in the back of a cluttered cabinet and eventually given to charity 🙂
2) One word: Bagpipes!
I played the music for the prelude, processional, and bridal entrance. The recessional, however, was performed by John Quinn of John Mohr MacKintosh Pipes and Drums, who entered through the back of the sanctuary and circled the edge of the room while he played.
It amused me to think that they wear a special outfit in order to play bagpipes.
What if there was a special “piano playing outfit” that no one else wore unless they played the piano in public?
It might be kind of fun if it was this:
Or maybe this?
What do you think?
While you mull that one over, enjoy some bagpipe music:
Irish Wedding Song With Bagpipes