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Wedding in the Mist

Yesterday I enjoyed playing for a morning wedding in the Mariposa Garden at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito. The garden is just steps from the ocean and is one of my favorite venues in the area - sometimes I’m lucky enough to spot dolphins playing in the waves during the proceedings.

It’s common at this time of year to have a thick marine layer roll in and that’s exactly what we had today. Wispy tendrils of fog gave the garden a mysterious yet romantic feeling while the air temperature remained comfortably warm for the celebration.

Bride and groom with harp in Mariposa Garden.

Chichester Psalms

Last week I played Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the SBCC Symphony Orchestra and Concert Choir. What a dramatic piece of music! It took me several rehearsals to get used to the crazy chords and bluesy notes. Bernstein composed the two harp parts first and then composed the rest of the parts around them. It was nice to have the harps placed centrally and in front instead of being buried in the back of the orchestra behind the trombones - especially because we had such a nice view of the conductor and the rose window in the First United Methodist Church where the concert was held.

Two harps in Santa Barbara Church

Ojai Wedding

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of playing for the wedding of some of my dear friends. They selected a beautiful venue for the ceremony - the enchanted garden of the Lavender Inn in downtown Ojai, California. Tucked away behind a tall fence on a quiet side street, it is casually elegant and private. With the eerie light of the annular eclipse that occurred during cocktail hour the ambiance was perfect for harp music in a garden.

wedding harpist in Lavender Inn Garden

What a beautiful bride and handsome groom - Mazel Tov to you Lisa and Scott!

wedding coupe and harpist in Ojai rden

San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

I have the good fortune to play frequently for events at the San Ysidro Ranch, located in the hills above Montecito. From the gardens there is a beautiful view of the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other and no matter the time of year, something is always in bloom here. I played for a recent wedding at the Ranch and even though the clouds were hanging low on the hills, everything was perfectly lovely. The overcast weather made the flowers seem brighter and the wedding couple didn’t have to squint into bright sun for the photos. Best of all, the florist spread a romantic carpet of rose petals for the bride -- and the harp!

harp on bed of rose petals