I am a sucker for a good love story, and this weekend is revolving around a great one. I’m going to a wedding tomorrow that I know will be very moving. Two young coworkers met at work, fell in love, got engaged a year ago, and now we all get to witness their vows to each other. Weddings like this are the most special. It is one that is meant to be and is so sincere and genuinely brings a smile to my face.
So, as I am sitting here thinking about these two very sweet people this morning, I am turning my attention to one of the most traditional pieces of music of all time: Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” I decided to look up a little history on this infamous melody wondering how it travelled all the way to 2012.
It was written in 1842, and it was written as part of Mendelssohn’s “Suite of Incidental Music” and was used in William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (Shocking!!! I would have never associated “The Wedding March” with Pip!) The first time the piece was actually used at a wedding was on June 2, 1847 at the wedding of Dorothy Carew & Tom Daniel at St. Peter’s Church in Tiverton, England.
The real fame of “The Wedding March,” however, wasn’t established until it was selected by, Victoria, the Princess Royal when she wed Prince Frederick William of Prussia on January 25, 1858. The Princess was the daughter of Queen Victoria, and she was a fan of Mendelssohn’s music. Mendelssohn often played for the Queen on his visits when he visited England, and the rest is history.
I should have known that only a royal wedding could have given “The Wedding March” its place on the map, but I will tell you, this piece of music is associated with most girls’ fairytale weddings, and boy, has it had an impact on the world! To listen to Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” on Youtube, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDr8Q7lDW8o
When I watch a bride walk down the aisle to this piece of music, I always get teary. It is such a magical moment, and I know that tomorrow will be no exception. A big heartfelt congratulations to this very special couple. We are looking forward to celebrating this union and are overjoyed for you both!