Just Back…


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Just Back... | A Practical WeddingI’m just back from our vacation at Bodega Bay. The nights were full of stars and s’mores, and it was good to get away. If you live in Northern California, and haven’t waded in the Russian River, you must go right away!

I haven’t had time to pull my thoughts together, but until then, I’ll leave you with this treat. I posted on wedding music hoping that someone would send me a Klezmer wedding march, and, Internet, you didn’t fail me. Here it is, thanks to a lovely reader: the wedding march by Klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals, more perfect for me then you could ever imagine.

Now, if anyone knows a cool affordable Klezmer fiddler in Northern California, please let me know.

Photo of our campsite at night by the excellent Kory Mosteller of Black Bag Photography

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11371172824707301749 Cate Subrosa

    Ah, that’s fantastic. Isn’t the internet amazing?

    Welcome back :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14942009628858956792 Mia Culpa

    You could always ask the folks at Ashkenaz in Berkeley for a musician recommendation (http://www.ashkenaz.com/). My boyfriend’s dad and stepmom met while dancing there, and I think they had Klemzer at their wedding (or maybe it was just Balkan dancing?).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12095127115348973647 Jessamyn Harris

    funny… I have a good friend from college who is from Oakland (but, sadly, now lives in NYC, after several years in Romania!)who is totally a kickass Jewish fiddler! She mostly does jazz but has done her fair share of awesome klezmer as well… Man, I even feel like you guys should know each other some how. I wish she wasn’t so far :(
    I second Ashkenaz, or check out the sweet stylings of the Shtetlblasters (they are awesome, but expensive) to see if you can hire one of them away or get a fiddler recommendation for your wedding.
    Hope the weather was lovely at the Dunes!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07382314733862881357 (wife.)

    Welcome back!! I actually met Alicia S. a few years ago and wrote to her to ask about playing at our wedding… but alas, they were WAY out of our budget even without traveling. :-( She is ***so*** incredible. I bet if you contacted her through her website, she would have plenty of recommendations in CA!