May 2015 turned out not to be a good month for outdoor weddings. Severe thunderstorms made it one of the wettest months in Texas history. According to The National Weather Service in Fort Worth, over 16 inches of rainfall amounted to more than 35 trillion gallons of rain - enough to cover the entire state of Texas in 8 inches of water.
Despite all this, Sunday, May 25th brought us one of the most charming ceremonies in recent memory. The location would have been the fountain / big tree in the historic Dallas Heritage Village, but of course the weather caused everyone to move into the adjacent small church.
There a most unusual program - on which the bride and groom had obviously spent much thought and care on - unfolded with an almost improvised naturalness. In addition, the readings featured poems by Pablo Neruda - “Sonnet XVII” (1959), and D.H.Lawrence - “Fidelity” (1919). Even the postlude - normally upbeat and a little boisterous, but this time calm and relaxed (Handel’s “Air” from Water Music) - seemed to be the perfect bookend as the sun broke through the rain clouds just a little.
Months later, that afternoon still lingers.
Prelude I: Gymnopedie No. 1 – Erik Satie (1866 - 1925)
Prelude II: Pavane, op. 50 – Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924)
Entrance of Family
Edelweiss - Richard Rodgers (1902 – 1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895 –1960)
Entrance of Bridal Party
Ladies in Lavender – Nigel Hess (from the 2004 film Ladies in Lavender)
Entrance of Bride
Stars and Butterflies – Dario Marianelli (from the 2005 film based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice)
Pure Imagination – Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley (from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory)
Mother Nature – Natalie MacMaster
“Air” from Water Music– George Frederic Handel (1685 - 1759)
GYROS STRING QUARTET:
Filip Fenrych, violin
Jennifer Sweetman, violin
Norbert Gerl, viola
Mitch Maxwell, violoncello