Saturday April the 27th was a beautiful day for a wedding ceremony! We arrived at Vineland Estates Winery just after 4pm (returning from a performance at the Niagara Food and Wine Expo) and were greeted by the lovely Diane Teeuwsen, the director of hospitality at Vineland estates. She was working hard at getting the last minute details arranged. Shortly after the officiant, Jennifer Bellinger from All Seasons Weddings arrived, and we had a short chat about what was going to happen at the ceremony, and took a few minutes to warm up and get our prelude and ceremony music arranged. As we were working on this, we could not help but notice how beautiful the carriage house was—the back window looking out over the vineyard, and the hawks swooping and gliding in the air. Soon guests started arriving, and we started to play a number of songs from our repertoire, in particular Ave Maria which was that the couple requested.
Once everyone was seated we received a cue from the officiant to start playing, and Robin made a beautiful entrance. As the room is cozy and the aisle not very long, we were able to perform a slightly shortened version of Pachelbel Canon, which ended just as she walked to the front. For the signing of the register the couple chose Bach’s Wachet Auf. The acoustics of the carriage house brought out the best of the song, and they exited to Bittersweet Symphony. As the guests were exiting, we performed Handel’s Rejouissance