Hina and Matthew celebrate wedding ceremonies for two religions in one festive day accompanied by harp music.
Set in the beautiful Malvern Suite at Solihull’s St John’s Hotel, Hina and Matthew joined their lives with two wedding ceremonies: a Church of England civil ceremony followed by a Muslim Nikah ceremony.
Both Hina and Matthew have very busy work lives making it difficult to meet with me for a music consultation prior to the big day. Through numerous email exchanges and even some low-quality recordings of pieces on my iPhone, the music for the civil ceremony was decided:
Canon in D for the bridal processional
A Thousand Years from Twilight and The Rose for the Signing of the Register
All of Me by John Legend for the bridal recessional
There was then a 15 minute break between ceremonies for the guests to talk and the bridal party to freshen up for the second ceremony. During this break the guests came up to the harp and listened to me play My Own True Love from Gone with the Wind, A Time for Us from Romeo and Juliet, and the Flower Duet from Lakme.
Respectfully, music was not played during the Nikah ceremony, then the bridal party and guests left the Malvern Suite to the beautiful sound of Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol and Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran.
The bride wore the most magnificent red gown, and the groom had beautifully ornate, traditional attire. The guests were all elegantly dressed and showered me with such compliments; it really was an honour to be a part of Hina and Matthew’s magnificent wedding day!