There are many spectacular places in Naples to get married and La Playa Beach Resort has to be on the top of the list. With a choice of either the Gulf Lawn or the North Beach you have beautiful views and excellent staff to make sure your Wedding Day is one that will exceed all your expectations. This Saturday was picture perfect weather! Our couple, Merrill and Robert from New Jersey, could not have ordered up a better day for themselves and their guests. People started to arrive early as pre wedding drinks were served on the lawn. Since it was a Saturday night, everyone was dressed in their finest. The color scheme was pale yellow and as Merrill later told me, she chose it because”yellow is a happy color”. The linens on the cocktail tables were pale yellow, the Bridesmaids dresses were pale yellow, the men all wore pale yellow ties and woven into the Chuppah drapery were small yellow flowers. I thought it was stunning.
Today we had the Seaside String Quartet providing music for Ceremony and Cocktail Hour so I was joined by my colleagues Joan Stewart and Susan Sikuta on violin, I played viola and Diane Coffman on cello. Prelude music was appropriately all classical including the Mouret Rondeau, Handel Aria, Bach Brandenburg Concerto #3 and Delibes Flower Duet. As we were playing Handel Bourree, a signal from Karen Marchand meant we were ready to begin the Processional.
The Ceremony began with Rabbi Jonathan Kaplan and Father Gary Anderson leading the Processional. Pachelbel’s Canon in D was perfect for the entire Wedding party, including Robert and his Parents, 6 Bridesmaids and Groomsmen, 2 Flower Girls and Merrill and her Parents. Both Officiates welcomed the guests, readings were done, and vows and rings were exchanged. After that came the Fruit of the Vine Ceremony where the couple drinks from the “Cup of Life.” Father Anderson then explained the symbolism of the Sand Ceremony and as we played the Handel Air from the Water Music Suite, Merrill and Robert each poured sand from their smaller vases into the larger vase. Next came the Presentation of the Ketubah, the Pronouncement, words by the Rabbi and Priest, the Benediction and the Breaking of the Glass. After the couple was introduced, we played Handel’s Hornpipe as the Recessional.
Cocktail Hour was right there on the lawn so we did not have to move for the reception. Merrill had chosen a mix of music so we played light classical music such as Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Sleeping Beauty Waltz by Tchaikovsky, Albeniz Tango in D and Liebesfreud along with some popular songs “All I Ask of You”, ” Someone to Watch Over Me” and”Tonight”. A new arrangement I got of “Love and Marriage’ was a fun one to play. We finished with Danube Waves as Rene came around to encourage the guests to head across the street for dinner. Merrill and Robert came by to say hello and it was such a pleasure to meet and speak with them! Merrill looked lovely in her flowing dress and Robert seemed amazed by it all. They looked so happy! I really regret not having gotten a picture of all of us together. It means so much to me that they were so pleased . Many guests stopped by to express their enjoyment too. It was one of those perfect nights that makes me love what I do.