Wedding by the River

Bride and groom waltzing to Irish Eyes

Bride and groom waltzing to "Irish Eyes"

Friday night Eddie and I performed at a wedding in Municipal Park in Boise. After a miserable Thursday (in weather and more), Friday evening, down by the river and under the huge cottonwood trees, was perfect: not too warm, not too cool, very gentle breeze. Lovely.

The bride and groom met with me about a week before the wedding to pick out music and discuss what they wanted and how the bagpipes would fit into their plans. I really enjoyed meeting and talking with them in the Piping Centre and getting to know them a little bit, which is much nicer than just showing up at a gig, playing, and going home.

Preparation

Eddie and I discussing the tunes or something

They both looked beautiful and incredibly happy and peaceful. We marched the bride and her entourage in playing Lord Lovat’s Lament and Murdo’s Wedding. The ceremony was refreshingly brief, with the bride and groom reading vows they composed themselves. After the officiate announced their marriage, we played Highland Cathedral (I played the harmony part). Then we marched the entire contingent back to the celebration area, played “Irish Eyes” for the bride and groom to dance to, and then a few more tunes before leaving them to their guests and – I hope – a wonderful, long life together.

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About Bob McMichael

Education: Ph.D., Brown University M.A., Brown University B.A., UC Berkeley Work: English Teacher, Cambridge High School (2012-present); Owner, McMichael Piping (2008-present); VP, AERO Specialties (2002-2009); web designer (2010-present); Freelance Writer (2000-present) View all posts by Bob McMichael

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