Hubby and I got called to play a wedding ceremony a few weeks ago at a church about an hour north of where we live. It was way out in the middle of nowhere, really beautiful area. Church looked real nice on the outside, we're thinking okay normal average wedding.....oooh boy we were wrong. To start, the bride was the daughter of the pastor at this church and HE was performing the ceremony! Sorry but being married by my dad just seems odd...but then it gets worse. The guy who hired us, someone we do a lot of gigs with, had sent them a list of our music so they could pick out what they wanted for different moments, like seating the mothers, flower girl, processional, etc.... Yesterday we learned why you don't give the music list to country folk-they picked music that seriously did not work with the ceremony at all. Since it was the pastor's daughter getting married, the whole dang church was there for this ceremony-it took FOREVER to get everyone seated. Finally the ceremony begins and we get to take a "break". This is when it got WEIRD. No not weird....CREEPY. The pastor, who is an emotional trainwreck and stumbling all over his words, goes into a huge speech about the history of why the father and mother present the bride to be "given', etc etc...and starts PREACHING the virtues of presenting a "pure virgin bride". As I reach over towards my violin case because I felt like I needed to puke, this pastor announces to everyone how PROUD he is to present a PURE VIRGIN BRIDE I bet he was one of those sickos that made his daughter go to the doctor and have an exam performed. I felt sorry and relieved for the girl at the same time-thank god she's getting married and hopefully getting far far away from this creep. Needless to say when it was all over, we took our checks and booked it out of that place. I've done a lot of different stuff over the years but this was one gig to remember. Totally creepy!!!