The Butterfly Estates is a wonderful venue located in the river district of Fort Myers. This was our first wedding here and we were greeted warmly by the owner, Matt Hoover and his assistant, Leigh Ann. We were here for the Ceremony and Cocktail Hour of Alicia and Maurice. Today it was the Seaside Strings Quartet so my colleagues Joan Stewart, Susan Sikuta and Diane Coffman were all here to perform with me.
The Ceremony was to take place in the Butterfly Conservatory. I got a chance to walk around the property a bit as we were setting up. They have a little cafe, sweet shop and gift shop which I would like to come back and explore someday soon ( especially the gift shop!). The area in the back was set up for the dinner and they even had a dance floor set up for the party later.
As a former avid gardener , I really loved the conservatory. The beautiful plants, the butterflies flitting about and the sound of the waterfall was all so relaxing. I thought it might be hot and humid inside but the temperature was just perfect. What a romantic spot for a wedding!
We began to play thirty minutes prior to the Ceremony. As guests trickled in and wandered about, we played some Mozart Quartets. The Mother of the Bride stopped by to greet us. She made us feel so welcome and made us feel like we were a special part of the proceedings!
Once the guests had all entered the conservatory, we got the signal the Wedding Party was ready and we began to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D.
From my spot, I got to see all the people as they were entering. I got a glimpse of Alicia as she peeked it and I could just see her face alight with excitement when she saw us! She looked so happy as she entered at the arm of her father.
Vows were made, rings exchanged and then it was Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for the exit music.
We then made our way to the deck where the Cocktail Hour was being held. We played mostly classical music. When we played Danube Waves, I could see the Bride along with some of her guests dancing to this waltz. That was the ultimate compliment!
It was a wonderful evening and we hope to be asked back to The Butterfly Estates! Thank you Matt and Leigh Ann for having us!