The Ritz-Carlton Center Court ( or Fountain Court) has to be one of the most elegant places in Naples to have a wedding. I know this picture does not do it justice. The ladies in the Ritz-Carlton floral department always do a fantastic job. Nicola Long, the wedding planner for the resort, always helps everything flow smoothly. John and Michelle Mansika of Naples Original Video Productions were there to video tape the event . I know they will have some great highlights at their blog. It was another beautiful day in paradise!
The acoustics for live music in Center Court are great too. Our wedding Saturday evening was a memorable one. The Mother of the Bride, Carol, booked the Seaside String Quartet plus two trumpets. I was joined by colleagues Joan Stewart, Susan Sikuta, violins; Julie Cornwall, cello and Cindy and Alan Klispie on trumpets. Carol is very much a music lover and both her children played instruments. In fact, her son studied trumpet with Cindy. Carol was so wonderful to work with and in our conversations always mentioned how excited she was to hear our music. I knew timing was going to be crucial and tricky with this many people in the ensemble and several music changes , so preparation was important. My secret is to mark alternate endings with colored highlight tape. With Nicola’s help and my colleagues following my lead, everything went extremely smoothly and the timing was perfect! First, the grandmothers entered to Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring with the Officiate Reverend Bob Carlson followed by the Groom, Michael, and his groomsmen. The music changed to Mouret”s Rondeau for the Seating of the Mothers. Purcell’s Trumpet Tune proclaimed the entrance of the Bridesmaids and two flower girls. For our Bride, Carly, it was Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke. Carly looked stunning in her beautiful dress!
Our next musical moment was playing for the sand ceremony. This was the string quartet alone playing The Prayer as the couple poured the sand into the single vase. Not long after that the Pastor gave the blessing, invited Michael to kiss his bride and introduced the couple to the guests. At that moment, doves were released in the air and as everyone applauded we began to play the Handel Hornpipe for the Recessional. After playing La Rejouissance as the guests moved to the cocktail reception area, the trumpets were excused. The quartet continued on through cocktail hour. We got so many nice comments from the guests and even had some dancing to our waltzes. It was a great evening! We wish all our best to Carly and Michael!