It was forecast to be a very cold day when I drove up to Dillon, Colorado to play solo flute for an elegant winter wedding ceremony. I was well prepared with lots of warm clothing, a hot drink, and a couple flutes in case one of them froze. The bride and groom and their guests were all from Florida and Texas, and they enjoyed seeing the novelty of the snowy landscape. They were also extremely cold!
When I arrived, it was cloudy with a temperature of 14F and a windchill of -5F, with wind guests up to 25 mph. Despite the chill, the setting was absolutely picturesque, and it was like being in a winter paradise. The view of Dillon Lake and the snow covered mountains was dressed in the muted winter tones of deep green pines, the blue-black lake, the grey sky, and the clean white snow. My flute music gave the setting a touch of sophistication, celebration, and elegance.
The bride had rented a nice warm patio heater for me to stand by, but when I moved it to the location where I needed it to be, the flame went out and I couldn’t figure out out to relight it. Neither could a few of the guests who tried. However, as one of the guests joked, it was mentally encouraging just to be standing under the heater.
When the groom arrived, he noticed the problem and in five minutes he had the heater working! It was just in time too, because my flute was just starting to freeze and the keys were just starting to stick.
I played a set list of contemporary music that the bride requested. The start of the wedding was delayed by 30 minutes, and the guests enjoyed hearing my music as they waited.
After the wedding, everyone cheered the couple and toasted them with champagne. Everyone scooted out pretty quickly after the ceremony was over, and I was the last person on the overlook. The sun was just starting to set, and other than the sound of the wind in the pines, the silence was profound. I took a minute to drink it all in and to feel the grandness of life and nature.
From the Bride:
“I hired Christen for a Thursday mountain top wedding. Little did I know this would be one of the coldest days. I got her a heater and she played the notes out of that flute! It sounded incredibly beautiful and romantic. She's professional, committed and so easy to work with. She went above and beyond to ensure I had music at my ceremony! Definitely recommend!”
Quick Tip: Are you having an outdoor wedding ceremony in cold weather? Supply your guests with blankets, heaters, and warm drinks. Celebrate the winter theme!
Samples from Prelude and Postlude Music:
A Thousand Years (Christian Perri), Can’t Help Falling in Love (Elvis), Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers), The Ludlows from Legends of the Fall, Thinking out Loud (Ed Sheeran), Ave Maria (Bach), All I Ask of You From Phantom of the Opera, Make You Feel My Love (Adele)
Latch (Sam Smith)
All of Me (John Legend)