Guest Blogger – Ariella Strings
Animals are not usually something one would associate with a string group! We have, however, played at weddings where animals have been part of the celebrations. There are quite a few weddings where we see dove releases during the drinks receptions, but we just love it when the Bride and Groom have organized something a little bit different……
|Photography Credit: John McHale Xpressions Studio
A lovely example was a couple of years ago at Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire where we are preferred suppliers. We were playing in the courtyard for the drinks reception and all of a sudden there was a hive of activity in the centre of the lawn. Apparently the Bride absolutely adored lambs and the Groom had organized 2 little lambs to be brought in as a surprise! One little boy and one little girl each with the appropriate colour ribbon. How cute? How romantic? It really made the Bride’s day and she sat and fed both of them with a bottle.
The second brush with wildlife was last year at Woburn Sculpture Gallery. This was actually as part of the ceremony… we got to the part where the best man produces the rings but this time the best man didn’t have them – 2 beautiful white barn owls swooped from the very back of the Hall with the rings attached to them. It was actually very moving and I must admit to getting my tissues out. What a beautiful touch to the ceremony – and a complete surprise to all the guests! The only people who knew about it were the couple, the registrars, the photographers and the Sculpture Gallery of course.
Our most recent experience with animals was at a recent wedding at Fawsley Hall. The couple walked down the aisle together, closely followed by their two collie dogs who were carrying the rings! The dogs were gorgeous and very well behaved each sporting a very sparkly collar.
I wonder what this year’s weddings have in store for us? We look forward to finding out!
So the question is… would you have your four legged or winged friend at your wedding? and if so, which animal would you choose?