8/4/19 – Wedding @ Hoyt, Redwood Deck

I was asked to play a morning wedding at Hoyt Arboretum.  This ceremony was held at the Redwood deck, an intimate setting among old growth redwood trees.  The wedding began at 10:30am, which perfectly avoided the 90 degree weather forecast for the afternoon.  The couple requested Bach Cello Suite 1, which I’ve always thought sounds better outdoors.

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I really enjoyed the readings at the ceremony, one of which was an excerpt from a poem by Rumi:

Today, like every other day we wake up empty and frightened.  Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading.  Take down the dulcimer. 

Let the beauty we love be what we do.  There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

Congratulations Claire and Zahir.  Wishing you a long and happy lifetime together!

8/3/19 – Wedding at First Presbyterian Church, Downtown PDX

IMG_0376Lovely church wedding at the First Presbyterian Church on 12th and SW Alder.  I had never been inside this amazing church before, and the interior is every bit as amazing as it’s exterior.  I had to get a picture of my cello with all the fantastic woodwork, curved balcony, and huge stained glass window.

Also within this church is a fully functional, massive pipe organ.  The picture I took doesn’t really communicate the actual feeling of the size; it’s definitely the centerpiece of the church.  This speaks to how central music was to worship at the time this church was built – how important it once was. What a wonderful time that must have been to experience!  Congratulations to Katie and Andrew; best wishes on a long and happy life together.

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