Anne Springs Close Greenway Venue
Anne Springs Close Greenway opened in 1995 and is made up of 2,100 acres which has been has been protected from recreation to conserve the property. The Anne Springs Close Greenway is a family brand that is grounded in nonprofit recreation with a firm belief that everyone should be able to benefit from affordable outdoor recreation, education, and wellness opportunities.
Anne Springs Close Greenway's mission is to, "connect people to nature through recreational and educational activities while fostering a passion for environmental conservation, animal habitat, and protection of natural resource." The venue's vision is to preserve the venue for, "people to celebrate and experience nature for generations to come." Anne Springs Close Greenway seeks to enrich the lives of the community and youth which has been made possible through the contributions of school districts, municipals, governments, and partnerships with citizens and the local businesses. They pride themselves in their venue space because of the precious recourse they were founded on and the help that is provided by volunteers to maintain the beautiful scenery.
Day of Wedding Timeline
Our couple's wedding day was so fun and the perfect mix between summer and fall. While their wedding was during the height of COVID, we were one of the only live musician groups to continue to play inside a wedding venue. With all of the changes happening around the world, the couple was still able to have their wedding day surrounded by their friends and family. Our violin and cello trio loved playing both an elegant and classical ceremony and cocktail hour on the clear September day.
3:30pm Our musician trio parked their cars and unload the instruments.
3:45pm Set up began and we scouted out the move from ceremony to cocktail hour.
4:00pm We rehearsed and talked through song selections so that we all of our transitions were seemless. We use a lot of our time during this portion to plan possible cuts, repeats, etc., during the processionals. It’s our goal to play the most recognizable parts of the processionals while being able to come to a natural ending every 6-8 seconds.
4:30pm We talked to the coordinators about cues for song changes from the prelude to the mothers walking down the aisle, to then the bridal party, and finally to bride.
4:45pm We took a break and talked to the officiant about the final words before the recessional. We always like to double check what our cue will be to start the music.
5:00pm The prelude began and we played a relaxing flow of background music while guests arrived and found their seats.
5:30pm The wedding ceremony began. We played three different songs for processionals with the bride walking down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride” which is also entitled the Bridal Chorus (by Wagner).
6:00pm The ceremony ended. There was a big mood shift for the recessional to two really upbeat and fun songs: Signed Sealed Delivered AND All You Need is Love.
As soon as the trio finished All You Need is Love, we moved quickly to the cocktail hour location and started music there. We played for an hour as guests enjoyed cocktails and prepared to be seated for dinner.
Our string trio played Arioso, Arrival of the Queen of Sheba Bourrée in F, Butterfly Waltz, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Gabriel’s Oboe, and La Rejouissance for the prelude to name a few. After the prelude, the processional shortly followed where we played the Bridal Chorus by Wagner Recessional, Signed Sealed Delivered, and All You Need is Love. Some of our favorites during cocktail hour included La vie en rose, A whole new world, Music of the night, Fly me to the moon, What a wonderful world, and Can’t help falling in love.
Looking back at our wedding weekends that our musicians have played is so sweet as we have the chance to reminisce on such a special day for our couples. Wedding photos have not only been fun for our brides and grooms to receive but also for our vendor teams as we were able to bring their vision to life on their wedding day.
Photographer: @demimabry // Event Design: @hallandwebb // Venue: @ascgreenway // Floral Design: @properflower // Hair & Makeup: @whosthefairest // Wedding Dress: @haydenoliviabridal @misshayleypaige // Videographer: @bbunn // Band: Black and Blue Experience with @eastcoastentertainment // Catering: @bestimpressionscaterer // Strings: @deansduets // Rentals: @csspecialevents // Paper Goods: @sealeddesignstudio
April is a professional violinist and the music coordinator for Dean's Duets.