La Playa- South Beach

It was last May that I met Katie and discussed her plans for her Wedding Day. After so many months of planning, the big day has arrived! La Playa Beach Resort is the venue today and our couple decided to have the ceremony on the south beach and the cocktail hour on the gulf lawn. The day started off gloomy but by the afternoon the sun was out . Although a bit windy, it was a beautiful day for late February. Since Mike and Katie are from Wisconsin, I think they had no complaints at all about the weather. With me today are my colleagues that make up the Seaside String Quartet: Joan Stewart and Susan Sikuta, violinists and Diane Coffman, cellist.

When we arrived, Jennifer and Sarah of Lyfe of the Party  were adding the finishing touches to the ceremony site-raking the sand and adding the petals for the aisle. They always do such a lovely job!The videographers from Irberseder Productions were setting up and getting their shots and Kathie Resop, the wedding coordinator, was double checking all the details.  Jennifer of Jennifer Angeloro Photography was also busy at work getting her pre- ceremony pictures. We were set up right in front so I had a good view of everything. When the guests began to appear, we began the prelude music that Katie and her groom, Mike, had chosen. Among the selections were Tonight from West Side Story, Getting to Know You from The King and I, Por Una Cabeza Tango and a Mozart Quartet. The movements from Handel’s Water Music Suite so often serve as our finishing touches as we await for the signal that the processional is ready to begin.

Kathie and Jacqui of Side By Side Destination Wedding Services have such a wonderful system of communication that really helps ensure everything goes smoothly for us. Jacqui came and stood behind me and waited for the signal from Kathie. Once hearing from Jacqui that all  were ready, we began the music for the Seating of the Grandparents and Mothers which was Handel’s Entrance of the Queen of Sheba.  We were able to come to a nice stop just as Katie’s Mom took her seat and changed music to the Pachelbel Canon in D as Reverend Les Wicker led Mike and his Groomsmen out onto the beach. Following them were the 5 Bridesmaids dressed in beautiful purple dresses and the ring bearer and flower girl. The men all had purple boutonnieres to match the dresses. The girls carried lovely bouquets of calla lilies. When all were in place, we began the fanfare for the Bridal March to announce Katie’s entrance. Mike looked a little teary as she approached and she had an unmistakable expression of pure happiness.

I always enjoy listening to Reverend Wicker go through his Ten Commandments of Marriage. His points are good advice for all married couples. Katie and Mike wrote their own vows to each other and we couldn’t help but be touched by Mike’s words to Katie. I think we all teared up and said a collective “wow”. Next came the sand mixing Ceremony and for this we performed The Prayer. I think it is the perfect choice of music. Next came the final blessing , the kiss, the pronouncement and then we played the Wedding March as the wedding party exited. We followed that with Handel’s Hornpipe as the guests moved on to the cocktail reception area.

We quickly moved to the lawn area for the reception. Katie and Mike had chosen their pop favorites and let me choose some classical pieces to form a nice mix. Their selections included When I’m 64,At Last, Come Fly With Me, I’m Yours,Lean on Me and Faithfully. We finished the evening with All I Ask of You. I was so glad Katie and Mike came back from taking pictures on the beach just at the right time so I could get this picture of us together.

Thank you so much Katie and Mike for having us be a part of this special day!

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