Down To The River

by Meg Keene, CEO & Editor-In-Chief

I know you all saw this freaking incredible wedding on Once Wed, but I *had* to talk about how much I loved that they walked down the forest path (!) to their beach wedding to a blue grass band playing I Went Down To The River To Pray. I love the song, I love how grounded it is, and I love how beautifully symbolic it is for a wedding by a body of water.

We need more creative use of old standards in weddings, so say I! And can I mention how much I adore the new indie wedding trend of Bluegrass bands?

Photo by Braedon Photography

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • I also love the trend of Bluegrass bands. My friend had one at her recent wedding and it was one of the best weddings ever.

  • Beautiful heartwrenching song. I love how the muted undertones of the whole thing (even her BOOTS!!) match the scenery and the people. Lovely lovey.

  • One Love Photo

    I have always been a bluegrass girl, we have a great festival next month here in Tacoma! I am already getting pumped up for it! The last wedding we shot had such a fun bluegrass band I couldn’t help but dance a little!

  • Oh! Oh! I had somehow missed that part (on account of staring at that nice groom and that nice, mellow bride). It’s even nicer than I thought. Mmmmm.

  • I love her hair! Such a relaxed style..

    I also love her cardigan!

  • Peonies and Polaroids

    Oh I love that song. I wanted to walk down the aisle to it but The Boy said no – too religious. It was one of our few big wedding fights – the aisle song.

  • Wow. We’re having the least-religious wedding you can have in a chapel, but god that’s a beautiful song! I’m now having fantasies of using my gorgeous girlfriends as a choir (five were in the school choir; and three have studied music at uni). First plan was to use partner’s friend – a stunning blues singer – to do All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar… but now… any suggestions for less overtly religious gospel songs?

  • What, you said bluegrass? Oh, wow, just got goosebumps. :)

  • Anonymous

    This wedding is completely stunning. I’m familiar with the store where the bride bought her dress. I think it’s fair to point out that it probably retails for $5000+. But she makes a strong case for blowing half your budget on a gown. I’ve never seen a prettier bride.

  • Meg

    Ohhh!! Do tell! Where do you even get a dress like that?

    Oddly, I’m sort of on board with spending a good chunk of your budget on one big thing you really care about, and skipping all the stupid little useless bits other people want you to care about.

  • ya i love song & good style. for related to wedding visit