It is June and officially rainy season here in southwest Florida. I know that my memory is getting faulty these days but in all our years of performing at beach weddings I think that we have had only a handful of times that we have been moved inside due to bad weather. We had one instance where the bride’s disappointment was so great that she never allowed herself to enjoy the entire evening. But most, like our couple on this day, realized the true meaning of the occasion was more important. On this first day of June, Carolyn and John from Georgia were here to get married at the Marco Island Marriott. Teresa, planner at the resort, had the salon room looking beautiful when we arrived and finishing touches were being made. I am joined today by Si Cheng Liu on cello and I am performing on violin as the Seaside Strings Violin and Cello Duo is providing the ceremony and cocktail hour music.After conferring with Teresa and Reverend Les Wicker, the Officiant for the Ceremony, we began to play prelude music. Carolyn had allowed me to choose the prelude music so we performed classical pieces such as Rondeau, Mouret, Vivaldi’s Nulla in mundo pax sincera, Corelli Menuetto, Be Thou My Vision, and a Tartini Sonata. When photographer Frank Simonetti entered, I knew we were almost ready to begin. Once I got the signal from Teresa , we began to play Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring for the Seating of the Grandmothers and Mothers. Once they were seated we began to play the Pachelbel Canon in D for the entrance of the Men, Bridesmaid, Ring Bearer and Flower Girl. Switching to the Wagner Bridal Chorus, our fanfare announced the arrival of Carolyn.
Reverend Wicker always performs a personal, moving service that highlights the meaning of marriage. After the vows and the exchange of rings,we performed the Handel Air for the Sand Ceremony. The Recessional chosen was Vivaldi’s Spring.
After playing a few more pieces while the guests went through a receiving line to greet the couple, we then moved down the hall for the cocktail reception. Our playlist was a mix of classical and popular songs. This included Strauss waltzes, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Theme from Scheherazade, Fly Me to the Moon, In My Life, I Only Have Eyes For You, and Albeniz Tango . Our evening ended with Music of the Night. We got to meet Carolyn and John as we were packing up. They looked like they were in a haze of happiness. Any disappointment that they had felt was certainly gone. Her dad told me he was going to have everyone get together on the beach on Sunday before they left town. On that day the weather was gorgeous.
May Carolyn and John have a lifetime of happiness!