It was during fall harvest time when I played for an outdoor wedding ceremony at Walker’s Overlook in Walkersville, MD. The colonial architecture of this historic homestead, and its stunning country vistas, made it a great choice for an autumn wedding.
I was set up in the yard outside the house, looking towards the ceremony site, which was placed under a magnificent old tree with the rolling hills of Frederick County behind it.
Nearby, parked in the yard, was a lovingly restored antique truck, a genuine relic of an earlier time. The back of the truck had been re-purposed as a rustic refreshment station.
As the wedding party walked past me from the house to the ceremony site, I played their music selections: “Feather Theme” from Forrest Gump for the seating of the mothers; Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” for the bridesmaids; Schubert’s “Ave Maria” for the ring-bearer and flower girl; and “Marry Me” by Train for the bride. They all sounded delightful together.
At the end of the ceremony during a burst of sunshine, I played the Beatles “Here Comes The Sun,” an all-time favorite song of celebration. Everyone smiled.
Notes from Crystal: The vintage theme of this wedding fit perfectly with a crisp fall afternoon in the country. What a spectacular day and location for a wedding ceremony! Give me a view of the Blue Ridge mountains and I am a happy girl.
Just as Ben mentioned, the sun had momentarily gone behind the clouds during the ceremony. Then towards the end of the nuptials the sun reappeared, and it was quite fitting that Ben then played ‘Here Comes the Sun’. So the happy couple kissed again sharing a genuinely touching moment in the sunlight. I will tell you a secret… that song when performed by Ben has had that same magical effect for a number of weddings.
As you can see ‘Walkers Overlook’ includes a fantastic tree swing! Just envision the flowing swoosh of the bride’s wedding dress creating a dreamy moment for a memorable wedding photo. I can see recreating the rococo painting masterpiece ‘The Swing’ by Jean Honere-Fragonard in a photograph. That would be fun!
While setting the tone for the happy day, my husband Ben Sherman really does ‘feel’ the music during his classical guitar wedding performances.
Hey! How about a cool vintage Ford truck for your wedding drinks and a place for gifts? Yes please! We loved the old style jugs set up for the guests’ tea and water needs. Perfectly done. Since I love old homes, I imagine how fantastic it would be to live in this house surrounded by hills, valleys, and gorgeous sweeping mountain views everyday. What a glorious place the family that built this historic home chose to live.
Being surrounded by joyful family and friends is the reason to share a wedding celebration. This bride and groom glowed in the afternoon sunshine of this beautiful country setting. Even after attending so many marriages with our business, I never tire of the the love and happiness experienced at each wedding.
Since we seem to have the theme of ‘the sun’ in this blog post… Have you noticed that some people you meet in life shine brightly? This couple had the aforementioned gift of light, and we wish them all the best on their new adventure. Ben and I totally enjoyed our time at ‘The Walkers Overlook’ wedding venue, and look forward to returning to this place of natural beauty.
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