On Sunday I played for a civil wedding ceremony at Stowe Landscape Gardens in Buckingham. Stowe Gardens are owned by the National Trust and span 250 acres and contains Stowe House, a beautiful building which, now a school, situated in the middle of the estate.
The gardens are very important in the history of English garden landscape design as many of the great garden designers from different period worked on the gardens and there sections have been maintained perfectly so that visitors can view with their own eyes how the design styles changed through the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
There are over 40 historic temples and monuments on the grounds and the Bride and Groom who I played for married in the elegant temple in the photos above. The acoustics in this temple were phenomenal so the solo classical guitar sounded beautiful and suited the surrounding perfectly, setting the ideal ambiance for an intimate wedding (there were around 25 guests).
I played the following pieces:
Aisle walk: Canon in D by Pachelbel
Signing of the register: Your Song by Elton John
Exit of the Bride and Groom: The Queen Of Sheba
The ceremony was followed by canopés beside the temple and then the Bride, Groom and guests jumped into the buggies (to the right of the temple in the photo above right) and zoomed off around the gardens to take photos. The reception took place later in the evening in Battersea, London.