Sunday, August 16, 2009

Lovely Wedding!

Sunday afternoon Rowan & I graced a wedding at a B & B in Lafayette, one of the small towns just N of McMinnville. The house itself was built in 1872, & is on the National Register of Historic Places. We were outside, under sunny skies.

The bride & I made all our arrangements thru e-mails, including the recent decision to have me play for the reception in addition to the ceremony. It was a small, simple wedding, & harp was a wonderful choice for the venue & style.

Since the Kelty House is on Lafayette's main street, & there was pretty steady traffic, it was a plesant surprise to find the tall hedges combined with the harp music masked the traffic sounds! The weather was perfect, warmer than yesterday, but still quite pleasant, & the tall trees provided plenty of shade.

One of the nicest things about playing for a reception or other 'wallpaper' (background music) event is the sense of peace the harp brings to the participants. The most common comment today (in addition to the general 'I love harp music!') was that the music kept the conversations quieter, masked the traffic sounds, & fit the event perfectly!

Each 'garden room' was beautifully set up, & the event was seamless. Colours were green & brown, my dress matched the Mother of the Bride's in colour! I wore the wreath during the reception, & had a nice chat (after the cake cutting) about some of the delightful plants now available to Oregon gardeners - Tea Camellias & Olive tree, with a friend & a fellow involved in the Nursery business. Several of the local wineries have planted olive trees, & Red Ridge Farms has even put in an olive press, both for their use & for other growers.
Camellias grow well in our area, olives are just being tried here. I have a couple of each, such beautiful plants.


Tammy Stillwater said...

What a beautiful photo of your harp! Do you make the wreaths yourself? Do you have close up pics of it? I'd love to know how to do that for my harp!! I'm sure you made the wedding just beautiful with your music!

Dia said...

Isn't the wreath fun??
I wear it when I'm harping, but it would be fun to have another for the harp -

I got it at a toy store, a 'fairy' wreath! It's basically one of those stretchy headbands, or stretchy cord, 20" long, with sheer green ribbon ~ 6" long tied around the headband.
The colours alternate between 'grass' & 'lime' green (there are 26 of each) so the 'tufts' are ~ 3" long, with ends cut on the diagonal.they are simply wrapped around the stretchy cord, tied with a single knot in the middle of each.
The streamers are about 50" long, also knotted in the middle, & inc one of each colour & 2 lime green ribbons satin that are 1/4" wide. They're offset, so one end hangs ~ 4" shorter than the other. So hanging, it looks like 2 light & two dark sheer ribbons, & 4 of the smaller satin ribbons.

I've thought of making wreathes in other colours (pink , blue, purple) but haven't 'gotten around to it.
It would be simple to make smaller ones with ribbon knoted onto a 'scrunchy' for the harp.

I've made a white triangle cover for my music stand, with a lavender ribbon bow at the point. (I just have a simple metal fold up stand, so it makes it a bit prettier) It slips over the ends & center bar of the rack, & I've made a second in a pretty brocade plaid for Celtic gigs.

Sophie A. said...

Ooh! I would've loved to hear it :). The harp is such a beautiful instrument. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog, and the tips! Have a wonderful weekend :).

Dia said...

We made a wreath for my granddaughter's Halloween 'flower fairie' costume, with yellow & gold sheer ribbon (a spool of each) & yellow satin ribbon - it is lovely! I'll post a pic soon :)