Well what a lovely start to the wedding season!
The beautiful old town of Rye with a very simple ceremony at Rye Town hall. Our string duo set up worked very well in this instance as we were able to fit up on a raised platform at the back and play over the congregation. We played her down the aisle with the Mendelssohn wedding march, played a piece by Joe Hisaishi from his film My Neighbour Totoro for the signing of the register and then they exited to Sampo again from My Neighbour Totoro.
The only downside was a little bit of rain which definitely made the walk over to the quaint old Mermaid Inn atmospheric, or this could have been to do with the old cobbled streets and town crier walking in front of the wedding party. It was like something from another age!
If you are ever around near Rye I would recommend visiting the Mermaid Inn, it is a beautiful little pub with a true antiquated feel to it. The reception and dinner was a small affair and very relaxed, we played a mixture of Handel and other light classical music with some Beatles and Bastille and other more popular music thrown in for good measure (of course all arranged for string duo by Sarah).
They had asked for several arrangements including two game melodies from Everquest and Dragonquest so we definitely got a few laughs when we started up with the Everquest theme when the happy couple entered to sit down for dinner (even if it was a bit of a challenge to arrange such large orchestral scores for string duo) which worked really well!
A great evening and one of the most relaxed weddings we've been to.
Congratulations Alex and Natsuko!