|it was a beautiful day|
I was told the wedding would be in a nearby church not the one where we rehearse and normally play. When I pressed for exactly where it was, I was told to come to our regular church to carpool. Several people keep their instruments at the church (practice much?) so they had to go there anyway to get the instruments. I was hesitant because then I would not be able to leave until they did, but I didn't want to insult them and went along with the idea.
|looking out at the church from my seat in the front|
|brass group seated in the center, right behind all the action|
|view from the balcony|
|minister in the black and red dress|
|couldn't get a picture of the name-tag!|
Young women who were in very fancy long dresses were also wearing name-tag stickers! Really?!?
The mother of either the bride or the groom was escorted in right before the ceremony. No one had saved a seat for her! They eventually made room, but she had to squeeze past four people to get into a spot in the front row. It's a good thing the Swiss are not fat.
This is an intentional repeat picture - notice the foreground. The biggest surprise for me was after the wedding and the couple said "Ja", the ceremony segued right into a baptism! The couple who were just married have a son who looked to be about 8 or 9 months old. Now I understood why the baptismal font was front and center. Perhaps this is why we played This Little Light of Mine. Since we played a traditional recessional as processional, I was asked by a friend what we played at the end. Nothing. The sing-along of Oh Happy Day was last. Everyone clapped and it was over. No music to accompany people walking out.
The weather was perfect to have a reception or what they probably called an "apero" right outside the church.
Since I didn't know the couple, I felt a bit awkward trying to take pictures; therefore, none are great. I was trying to take them quickly. Here you can see the couple and also get an idea of how the guests were dressed. Most were much less formal than what we'd expect at an American wedding.
|groom is wearing a 3 piece suit and ascot|
My ride said we'd be leaving in 5 minutes, but that didn't happen. About 30 minutes later, we were on our way back to "our" church and my car. I'm glad I had the chance to go to this wedding and am proud that I had enough self control not to laugh aloud at what I thought was comical.