South Seas Island Resort is located at the very tip of Captiva Island. When you get married on the beach there, you have the golf course on one side and the gulf on the other. With a beautiful sunny sky and gentle breeze, it was perfect for the wedding of our couple, Richard and Sarah. This wedding had an international flavor as many guests were from England or Canada.
This evening it was the Seaside String Trio performing. I was joined by my colleagues Susan Sikuta, violinist and Diane Coffman, cellist. I completed the trio on viola. One of the guests kindly took this picture of us as we prepared to start the prelude.
All the guests were there on the beach when we arrived with Amy Morgan of Thank You for the Dance Entertainment. She is the in-house entertainment coordinator at South Seas and made all the arrangements for us.
We only played one prelude piece and they were ready to begin. Richard and Sarah had chosen Bach, Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Seating of the Mothers and the Entrance of her Bridesmaids and Flower Girl. Once they were in place, we changed to play the Pachelbel Canon for Sarah’s Entrance. It was an emotional moment as she kissed her family before Dr. Dan Lamey began the ceremony. Dr. Lamey is always able to put everyone in a celebratory mood and get all the guests involved in the proceedings. Once the vows and rings had been exchanged, it was time for the sand ceremony. We chose to play the Gluck Minuet, a light airy piece, that is a nice choice for this moment.
For the Recessional, the couple requested Bittersweet Symphony, which later got a thumbs up from Nick Adams, photographer who is also from England. I have seen him several times when I have events on Sanibel/Captiva and I know he enjoys anything by the Beatles too. So did our couple. After the Ceremony, Amy drove us back to King’s Crown for the Cocktail Reception and a Beatles medley was first on our playlist.
We performed a mix of music and other popular song special requests included My Girl, Oh, Pretty Woman and Stand By Me. We ended our portion of the evening with What a Wonderful World. Best wishes to all!