August 25, 2013
by Sharon Planer, Pianist for Parties
When we arrived, the Wine Tasting Room was cozy and inviting and the staff were gracious and happy to serve us some tasty hot food and delicious wines. We got a tour of the wine making process and a peek into the Wine Cellar accompanied by some intriguing true cellar stories. The Stables Hall was totally outfitted for hosting fancy events and receptions. It was a very cold night. Peering out the windows, it was hard to imagine what the vineyards would look like for a summer wedding. I really wanted to see their outdoor ceremony locations but there was too much snow and darkness!
Fast forward to March 2013 and the Carlos Creek Winery Open House where I participated with other vendors.
The guests were invited to view the grounds and enjoy the delicious catering and wine sampling. They had a chance to meet the vendors and find out how we could enhance their experience at the winery if they chose to hold an event there in the future. I had the privilege of playing live piano music during the event. One of the attendees was a bride who had already booked her August 2013 wedding at the winery.
When the bride and her parents heard my piano music, they hired me to play for the wedding reception in The Grande Stables Reception Hall as well as the outdoor ceremony in the Natural Cathedral. I was delighted!
Since the bride and groom lived in the Twin Cities, it was convenient for them to meet with me in Minneapolis to plan and select their wedding music. Throughout the planning process for the wedding, Michelle and Katie at the winery were so helpful and responsive to my questions regarding the set up of my portable pianos and details about my music performance.
The Wedding Day! This was the day the bride and groom had waited and planned for.
The beauty of nature provided a relaxed yet elegant setting for their outdoor wedding ceremony.
Since the winery only allows one wedding per day, I had ample time to set up my music equipment for the ceremony and reception ahead of time...one portable piano outdoors in the Natural Cathedral and my other portable piano in the Grande Stables Reception Hall.
The Natural Cathedral was a beautiful setting under a canopy of trees. Even though temps were in the high 80's, the ceremony site was completely shaded by the trees and a slight breeze made it very comfortable. My next stop was The Grand Stables Reception Hall where I set up my other portable piano and amplification.
As the guests arrived to the Natural Cathedral they were greeted by my elegant piano music. The bride and groom shared their intimate vows in the midst of this beautiful woodland.
Following the wedding ceremony, the guests enjoyed some outdoor games as well as wandering through the stables and the lovely grounds.
There was amply opportunity to sample the delicious wines that are made at Carlos Creek Winery.
Their 'Minnesota Nice' brands live up to their names;
You Betcha Blush!
As the door to The Grande Stables opened for the start of the wedding dinner, I greeted the guests with upbeat piano jazz standards.
When it was time for the bridal party and bride and groom to enter for dinner, DJ Kevin set the mood and got the guests clapping and cheering. As the guests began to dine I created an elegant atmosphere with songs of romance. The bride and groom seemed ever so happy with guests speaking kind words about them and sharing in their joyous occasion! I loved sharing my music for their wonderful celebration. After I was done playing and heading out, I could hear DJ Kevin from St. Cloud DJ's, rockin' the place. I am sure there was a whole lot of celebration going on well into the night!