I played at a 1-1-11 wedding (read about it here).
And over the weekend, I played at a 9-10-11 wedding.
I've written about dates and what I think about them here. Mystical meaning or random numbers by some ancient guys who determined our calendar and then changed it around several hundred years ago? I don't know. But interesting dates look cool on wedding invitations. And they could be just the thing to help grooms remember their wedding anniversaries.
The wedding was at St. Mary's Catholic Church
in Sleepy Eye, about 40 miles from where I live.
I'd never played there before.
It reminded me of the churches I visited
when I was an exchange student in Germany.
Ornate, detailed, beautiful.
The church is Catholic and very, very, very, very, very traditional. Very. I was checked out thoroughly before I could play there. (I hope they didn't get access to my FBI file...) I had to give the names and composers of all songs I would and even might play for approval, to make sure I didn't play or do anything inappropriate (I don't know what they'd heard about me, but it's all LIES, I tell you - LIES!). I had to be there extra early to meet with the priest. I had to advocate for "my bride" and what she'd told me she wanted when I had my meeting with said priest. I had to play things I hadn't played since I was a church pianist when I was in college.
Despite all the negotiating, it was a lovely, sweet wedding. The harp was positioned very close to the bride and groom during the ceremony. I watched as they held hands, smiled at each other shyly, leaned in close to whisper in each other's ears.
So happy to have been a part of it all in that spectacular church.
(Looking at future dates: I may have an 11-11-11 wedding...negotiating is still in works.)