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wedding, santa barbara, court house, sandpiper, ojai valley inn

My Big Fat Wedding Weekend

October generally brings beautiful weather to Santa Barbara. Crisp, clear air makes for a perfect view of the Channel Islands and sunny days aren’t too hot - just right for outdoor wedding celebrations. This weekend I played at three of them. On Friday I was at the Ojai Valley Inn's Herb Garden.

wedding harp at Ojai Valley Inn
The harpist's-eye view


Saturday afternoon's wedding was at the Sandpiper Golf Club where the officiant was the same judge who excused me from jury duty in August. I was grateful because it was a three month trial and although it was an interesting case I couldn’t spend the time. Thanks Judge Hill!

flower girl plays the harp
Flower girls are always fascinated with the harp and they're usually quite photogenic, too.


Sunday afternoon's nuptial event was in the sunken garden at the lovely Santa Barbara Court House. I took the pedal harp because the bride and groom asked me to play "their song" ("Love Letters" as sung by Elvis) which is too chromatic for the lever harp. My version was a bit different from the King's but I think he might have liked it anyway.

Laurie plays harp at SB Court House

Playing the harp all weekend is easy compared to schlepping different instruments to various venues every day. I think I need a sherpa.