Yesterday, I played an outside wedding. The setting was a farm field, and the nuptials were in front of an oak tree that was a few hundred years old. Idyllic and all that, except for the about 6 inches of rain we've had since Thursday. The bride had a backup location, but wouldn't use it. Our string trio was able to play most of the prelude in the open air, but then the rain started again, so we had to retreat to the small tent (originally there to hid the bride, etc.) for the remainder. Just before the wedding, the father of the bride tried to kick us out of the tent (he was just a little stressed), but a bridesmaid intervened on orders from the bride. Everyone could hear us, but we had a hard time hearing anything, as the bride's limo was idling by our tent. A special highlight of this event was accompanying the singer, who stayed up near the front (about 30 feet away from us) to sing by a microphone. We could not hear her at all, so could only follow by watching her mouth. Just glad to have my ouside violin and hope there aren't any ants in my case.
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