The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore may not be the first place you’d think of to have a wedding, but its quirky charm quickly won me over. I really enjoyed playing guitar in this most unconventional setting.
Immediately upon arriving, one is aware of the unusual, even fantastic atmosphere created by the artworks on display, even outside the museum.
The wedding I played at took place in the Jim Rouse Visionary Center, next door to the main exhibition hall.
The first floor is a huge open hall, and within there are some fascinating large sculptures, and kinetic exhibits such as the “World’s First Robot Family.”
The ceremony took place in a large open space in the middle of the hall. Behind us was a hot air balloon decorated with the words “God Is Love.” Quite fitting for a wedding!
The bride and groom made some wonderful song choices for me to play. For the seating of the grandmothers and parents, I played “Sunrise, Sunset” from Fiddler On The Roof. For the bridesmaids’ processional, it was the classic “Canon in D” by Pachelbel. Then, showing their love for the Beatles, they chose “In My Life” for the bridesmaids’ processional, and “Here Comes The Sun” for the recessional.
After the ceremony, I moved with the party up to the third floor for the cocktail hour. This was another huge open room where the reception was also to be held. I played a lot of contemporary music as people enjoyed more artwork and even went outside to stand on the “bird’s nest” balcony.
The American Visionary Art Museum has a quirky yet heartfelt vibe that contributed to a very upbeat and enthusiastic feeling pervading the whole wedding event.
Notes from Crystal: Love it when people embrace the unusual side to art! You get unique and unexpected surprises. I was quite excited to hear we were going to the American Visionary Art Museum for this wedding! The egg in the courtyard between their buildings is awesome. I wish I had one for my backyard!
Ben and I have been to this museum and the restaurant as well. Loved the entire experience; even the gift shop is unforgettable!
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