Eric and Jess contacted me a year ago for their wedding. I'm so glad (and they are too, probably) that they contacted me early because I ended up getting 6 other requests for weddings on their day! The couple is so sweet, and, as they pointed out, I look like I could be a relative of the groom's family due to having the EXACT same hair color :)
This wedding cemented my opinion of the Duke Mansion. It is, hands down, my absolute favorite wedding spot in all of Charlotte! The old-world charm of this mansion tucked away in Myers Park creates an classic vibe. Honestly, not much additional decoration is necessary, aside from some flowers. Looking around, I love every surface, brick paver, flower in their well-manicured garden, and the incredible friendly staff (who even greeted me with a hug since I'm their recommended harpist!). It is an added bonus, for me at least, that they don't allow any amplified music outside the mansion. Harp is perfect for the setting and anything more, IMHO, would ruin the atmosphere and also piss off the neighbors.
Eric and Jess were SO SMART to get a tent a few days before the wedding, after presumably checking the forecast. Intermittent showers did occur during the ceremony, but the clear ceiling to the tent didn't detract from the gorgeous foliage and ambiance. I actually ended up playing the cocktail hour outside (uncovered on the back patio) after checking the dopplar forecast. Not a single drop fell on me, or the harp, but a downpour occurred the second I started driving away. So lucky!
The ceremony was so sweet and went off without a hitch, even with the rain. The bride's father was the officiant and led the guests in an opening hymn of Amazing Grace, which I accompanied. After readings from both mothers, the couple lit a Unity Candle to symbolize their union. The sun peeked out for their ring exchange and vows and shined down on the happy couple.
Congrats, Eric and Jess!
Bridesmaids: Prelude in C by J.S. Bach
Bridal Processional: Canon in D by Pachelbel
Hymn: Amazing Grace
Unity Candle: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri
Recessional: Concerto in B-flat by Handel