Marco Beach Ocean Resort is one of my favorite places . When I first moved to Florida and started Seaside Strings, I think this is where we played our first wedding. It is a smaller resort ( I have never see them to have more than one wedding at a time) so you get very personal service and Corrin Green the Wedding Planner is wonderful to work with. And now she is planning her own wedding! Congratulations Corrin!
October is a busy month for weddings in Southwest Florida. The crowds of tourists have not yet arrived and you can get wonderful fall weather. It is a transitional month for us; we move from wearing cream tops and black skirts, our summer dress, to all black. The sun is less intense but we can still get humid conditions, the occasional rain and it can be quite breezy. This Sunday started off perfectly but as Ceremony time approached, so did some dark clouds. The radar looked OK but I took the umbrella as my insurance.
Today our couple is Carrie Anne and Brian from Rhode Island. Since they have around 35 guests, we have the Seaside Strings Violin Duo performing for the Ceremony. I am joined by Joan Stewart on violin.
With the Ceremony planned for 5:45, we begin the prelude music at 5:30. The guests start to arrive and Carrie Anne had requested we save Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for just before the Procession begins. Patti Fuenffinger, the officiate, is the first one to come down the long boardwalk to the beach. We begin to play the Pachelbel Canon in D which has been arranged for 2 violins.
Next comes Brian and his Groomsmen; his parents are seated. Three Bridesmaids wearing lovely salmon colored dress take their places and lastly three young boys serving as ring bearers walk down the beach and take their places. Their tropical shirts match the color scheme perfectly. Carrie Anne has chosen beautiful fall flowers provided by Marco Island Florist.
Carrie Anne enters with her Parents to the Clarke Trumpet Voluntary wearing a white flowing dress that looks perfect for a beach wedding. The short ceremony concludes and we begin the Trumpet Tune by Purcell for the Recessional.
Tonya Malay and husband Mike are the photographers today. Tonya is one of the best photographers in the area and she has been a good friend to me! Mike and I have both recently had knee surgery so we check each other’s recovery progress whenever we see each other. We continue to play as Tonya begins pictures of the group. The group stays close by so we entertain them during picture time. As our time concludes, I get to say a quick hello and thank you to the couple. Congratulations and best wishes Carrie Anne and Brian!