Sunday, November 15, 2009

Popular Wedding Locations for 2009

This year, Allegretto Music had the privilege of playing in many beautiful places around San Antonio. Here are some of our favorites.

The Motherhouse Chapel of the University of the Incarnate Word is by far one of our favorites. There are days when we have played both of the weddings scheduled at the Motherhouse. This is a church with over 100 years of history and tradition. We absolutely love Sister Walter and Sister Dorothy, who always welcome us with a hug and a smile. It's like home.

Chamber Orchestra, waiting for our cue, at the Motherhouse Chapel

The Chapel is a great setting for any ensemble. We've played everything here; from solo organ, to a full chamber orchestra. The most popular choices in 2009 were Violin and Harp, and our String Trio. The Motherhouse Chapel is a great place to feature a vocalist, too. Awesome acoustics.

The Canyon Springs Golf Club is another popular destination for weddings. It's so easy to get married at such a naturally pretty place. Our favorite nook is the lawn by the Pavilion. Towering oaks, a gentle breeze.... and a couple hundred of your closest friends. :-)

Flute and Harp in the River Garden, by the Gazebo

Of course, we can't ignore the Southwest School of Art and Craft. What can I say about a place where we have been welcome to play for the past 10 years? The old Ursuline Convent holds a dear place in our hearts. You can't go wrong at the Southwest School. Ceremonies inside the Coates Chapel are quiet, and intimate, and warm. Ceremonies out in the River Garden, or in the Groto are framed by beautiful landscaping, and historic buildings.

Solo Classical Guitar in the Groto

If you want history, no place can rival the Missions. Among them, Mission San Jose is a clear favorite for couples tying the knot.

Detail of the high-arching cupola at Mission San Jose

And another place we visited a lot this year was the Marguerite Parker Chapel at Trinity University. This church is tucked away inside the university campus. Couples here have favored String Trios and Quartets. With a long aisle, this is a great place to make a grand entrance!

View of the organ pipes at the Parker Chapel, Trinity University

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