It was going to be the most popular wedding date in years. Everyone had their calendars full for this date. And then Covid happened. Lots of cancellations and rescheduling, and we all wondered what would happen to the most popular wedding date of the year.
In spite of all the changes, the date still turned out to be fairly busy for our team. None of the weddings were what they were originally planned to be. And several of our October 10 weddings were new bookings that had come about once clients decided to elope or have a small micro wedding in the Carolinas
10/10 ended up being a rainy day in much of the Carolinas due to the hurricane in the gulf. Here’s a recap of our Weddings from the most popular wedding day of the year!
1: WRAL Azalea Gardens Wedding in Raleigh, North Carolina
This was our first time playing at this beautiful venue. Clients booked us at the last minute for this wedding, and we provided solo harp music for the prelude and ceremony.
When we arrived and unloaded the harp, it was still sprinkling rain, and it’s always a tough decision for clients when this happens whether or not to leave the wedding outside, or to make the call early and move inside. Thankfully, the rain held off, and it was beautiful, and the wedding remained outside! Weddings at WRAL Azalea Gardens in Raleigh are exquisite! We loved performing at this venue.
2: Hidden Hill Event Venue in Morganton, North Carolina
It was a foggy wonderland as our string quartet arrived to Hidden Hill in Morganton, NC, for this string quartet wedding. Jordan booked us a long time ago, and we were so happy that the wedding was still able to move forward on this date! It was also threatening rain at this venue, and we didn’t know if it would be able to move forward outside or not. The rain held off here too, and the fog created such a unique experience at this venue. It was beautiful.
3: Wedding in Banner Elk, North Carolina at Diamond Creek Club
Diamond Creek Club in Banner Elk, NC, is stunning, and the views from the mountaintops are unparalleled! One thing that stood out to us as we played here was the quiet that exists on the mountain. There is no traffic or any other noise. Complete silence. It makes for the most romantic and powerful outdoor ceremonies, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, with the leaves changing colors, in such palpable silence. The wind is noticeable every time it blows, and every note played by the strings is more present as it breaks through the silence. It's a magical experience playing here.
When we arrived on-site for this wedding, it was raining steadily. We unpacked and rehearsed in a covered barn on the property. Once time for the wedding neared, the clients decided to delay the start of the ceremony by 30 minutes to see if the rain would stop. This was such a smart decision, because the skies cleared just in time for the ceremony, and they were able to have the wedding ceremony outside overlooking the mountains.
Wonderful flexible vendors were able to move chairs and decor at the last minute. After the ceremony, our trio played cocktail hour music and also played for the couple's first dance. The couple loved country music, so the addition of the guitar with the strings created a really nice combination of instruments.
This venue is SO remote. We had to have flashlights to go find our cars at the end of the evening, because there are no lights anywhere. It was a fun experience.
4: Wrightsville Beach Wedding at the Blockade Runner in North Carolina
Ironically, our wedding at the Blockade Runner Resort in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, was the wedding with the most beautiful weather of the day!
Wilmington weddings are such fun. We played violin solos for this sweet wedding on the beach! Beach weddings are such fun! They are a little challenging with all of the sand and wind and everything that comes with it, but it’s totally worth it. There’s something very special about them. We loved working with Katie from bubbly events in Wilmington, NC.
5: Biltmore Wedding in Asheville at Antler Hill Barn
Biltmore weddings are always stunning, even in the rain! We worked with Ashevilleeventco for this epic wedding at Antler Hill Barn on the Biltmore Estate property.
We played violin cello harp trios for the wedding ceremony and also for the cocktail hour music. Asheville weddings can be tricky with weather, and this one was no exception. It was sprinkling rain for much of the day, but the couple had planned ahead with a tent and with a indoor Plan B.
Adding a harp to wedding music in Asheville adds so much to any ensemble. Going from a duet to a trio really elevated the ambiance of this wedding and gave it that elegant quality that comes with having a harpist at your wedding. We loved these gorgeous florals too.
This day didn’t turn out quite like we planned. Who would have ever seen this year coming?! Certainly not us. But we were grateful to be involved in each of these weddings on October 10. With all of the changes that Covid has brought, it has definitely made us grateful for every single wedding we have the privilege to play. Even while carrying equipment up a hill, or walking through through the rain, there is still an awareness of gratefulness for the job that we get to do every single Saturday and for our wonderful couples and clients that spread the word about Deans Duets and trust us with their wedding music!
April is a professional violinist and the music coordinator for Dean's Duets.