Two Weddings in One Day: Woburn, MA and Swampscott, MA

I had two out of town weddings on this particular Saturday.  The first one was a big Catholic Mass Ceremony in a beautiful old church and the other was a Protestant Ceremony in a similar church.

When I arrived to the first wedding I met with the organist, who was very organized and wonderful to work with.  He was very flexible with how to work together and accompany the melody line.  Although I hardly ever amplify the violin since it was built to project, (made in 1750 – Italy), I took the organist’s advice to amplify most of the pieces since the organ is such a powerful, dominant instrument.  With the amplification and the exquisite acoustics of the church, the sound billowed through the entire church and sent chills down my spine.  It was at this point that I decided when I get married, I want an organ and a violin.  The nature of the sound is so triumphant and stately – which, in my opinion, is exactly what you want if you’re the bride walking down the isle.  At the end of the ceremony (before the priest announced the new couple as husband and wife, I was dumbfounded when he asked the congregation to take a minute and “thank the violinist for the beautiful music!”  It absolutely made my day.  (On a side note, I definitely got some ideas for a wedding dress here.  She was wearing a gown that you would see out of the 1920s with her hair in a low bun and the veil attached right underneath the bun.

The second wedding was in Swampscott, MA with another organ!  The organist at this wedding wanted to take full control – which I appreciated since it is very rare that I get to sit back and relax for most of the prelude music while the other musician plays his selections.  In the middle of the ceremony, I played Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach with the organist – and in the middle of the piece he had trouble turning the page on time.  He panicked, but I continued to play (to his astonishment) since I have this music and many others memorized.  At the end, he said he would love to work with me again – which I take pride in, since he was a very professional musician.

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