8th Avenue South

Our weddings on the beach are usually at sunset but on this Sunday in December the Ceremony was scheduled for 2:00 in the afternoon. The location that our couple Megan and William chose was the 8th Avenue South park in Naples. It was a picture perfect day! The beach was not as crowded as I expected especially since the weather was absolutely ideal.  It was such a peaceful setting with the clear blue sky, gentle surf and sailboats slowly going by.

We were greeted by the ladies from Niche Rental Events and Focus Floral as they were finishing up the set up for today’s Wedding. They were kind to take this picture of us prior to our start. I was joined by Joan Stewart and Diane Coffman to make up the Seaside String Trio.

We began the prelude at 1:30 with the selections that Megan requested. We were playing the Schubert, Ave Maria as Pastor Gene Scott arrived. He was serving as the officiant for today. We briefly discussed the details of the Ceremony and then it was back to the music. As we started the Bach, Air, the trolley with the guests arrived. The ushers quickly went to work and guests were being seated while others mingled . Since our couple is from Pennsylvania, I think most folks were from out-of-town. As the Wedding Party was gathering at the steps near the street, I could see the  horse- drawn carriage that was transporting Megan arrive. How romantic!

We began to play Pachelbel Canon in D as the Mothers were being seated; the two Bridesmaids entered followed by the young ring bearer with the Matron of Honor and lastly the two flower girls. The music change to the Clarke Trumpet Voluntary announced Megan’s entrance. Pastor Scott is the senior pastor for the Celebration Beach Church and it was apparent he was accustomed to projecting his voice in front of large crowds. He welcomed everyone, gave an opening prayer, led the exchange of vows, blessing of the rings and a reading . Next came the sand ceremony and we  began to play The Prayer”.  After the kiss, the newly married couple was presented and exited to the music, Le Rejouissance by Handel.  We played a few more pieces and then it was time for everyone to head back onto the trolley. I got a chance to meet and speak with Megan before pictures. She looked so beautiful and happy! May they have a long and happy life together!

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